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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Directions to Student Programs Office

On-Campus Directions

We’re located on the 4th Floor of the Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road.  Please use the Kenmore Square stop on the Green Line T.

Driving Directions

  • Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) East to Exit 18, Brighton/Cambridge.
  • Exit left. Follow signs to Cambridge to the second set of lights.
  • Turn right at the lights onto Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive.
  • Exit Storrow Drive at the Kenmore exit. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Beacon Street.
  • At this point, the road forks.
  • Take the left fork into Kenmore Square (the large building on the right is the Myles Standish Residence Hall).
  • Bear right at the far end of Kenmore Square onto Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Immediately turn right onto Deerfield Street, 100 Bay State Road is located on the left.
  • The Office of Programs is in on the 4th Floor, room 423.

  • Take I-93 Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) North to Boston.
  • Exit onto Storrow Drive.
  • Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square exit.
  • At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Beacon Street.
  • At this point, the road forks. Take the left fork into Kenmore Square (the large building on the right is the Myles Standish Residence Hall).
  • Bear right at the far end of Kenmore Square onto Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Immediately turn right onto Deerfield Street, 100 Bay State Road is located on the left.
  • The Office of Programs is in on the 4th Floor, room 423.

    • Take I-93 or Route 1 South to Boston.
    • Exit onto Storrow Drive.
    • Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square exit.
    • At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Beacon Street.
    • At this point, the road forks. Take the left fork into Kenmore Square (the large building on the right is the Myles Standish Residence Hall).
    • Bear right at the far end of Kenmore Square onto Commonwealth Avenue.
    • Immediately turn right onto Deerfield Street, 100 Bay State Road is located on the left.
    • The Office of Programs is in on the 4th Floor, room 423.

    • Take Route 1-A through the Sumner Tunnel.
    • Follow signs onto the Expressway North.
    • Take the Back Bay/Storrow Drive exit, and follow signs onto Storrow Drive.
    • Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore exit.
    • At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Beacon Street.
    • At this point, the road forks. Take the left fork into Kenmore Square (the large building on the right is the Myles Standish Residence Hall).
    • Bear right at the far end of Kenmore Square onto Commonwealth Avenue.
    • Immediately turn right onto Deerfield Street, 100 Bay State Road is located on the left.
    • The Office of Programs is in on the 4th Floor, room 423.


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