EK 100 Students

Student Advisor Bios

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I’m in it for the sugar

Mariam Ashroff Omar

Where are you from?

I’m from Sri Lanka – a little island below India. Sri Lanka can be identified by its beautiful beach and laid-back individuals who have a distinct singsong tone. We are primarily a Buddhist country so we have a public holiday every full moon!!

What’s your major? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering and have declared a concentration in manufacturing. I’m also taking a few theatre classes to see if I can minor in it.

What did you do this summer?

I was a product development intern at Victoria’s Secret. There’s a lot more to lingerie than you think! I worked on reducing the cost of production of their garments. I was surrounded by lots of lingerie, cost sheets, and Bill Of Materials this summer.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or TV show?

I always feel like I’m on the spot when someone asks me this question, but I think I finally have a favorite movie – Lars and the Real Girl. It talks about really big social issues in a light and touching way, and the movie does justice to Ryan Gosling’s acting!

What’s your favorite place in Boston?

As boring as this may sound, my favorite place is the esplanade. It’s on campus (I’m very lazy) and I can see the stars at night.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I’ve always been used to eating with people, but during my first semester at BU there were times when I ate alone. In the beginning I didn’t enjoy it, but I grew to become comfortable with that time to myself. I’d sit and read while eating, and this allowed me to just think. In my loneliness I discovered things about me. I was telling a friend about this and she mentioned a quote that made sense to me. "The quality of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts." I still enjoy eating with a group of people, but on days that I have to get breakfast early or dinner late, and I’m alone, I enjoy that too. Living in Warren’s constant hustle and liveliness, eating alone is a nice break now.

Any last words to your students?

Be yourself and have fun!  

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Lost headphones. If found, please contact the guy in the picture with the headphones above.

Bradley Chiga

Where are you from?

I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado, home to the US Olympic Training Center, The Nikola Tesla Museum, NORAD, the Air Force Academy, and more beautiful views than you can count!

What is your major?

 I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Electrical Engineering. Sometimes the workload is a little much, but at the end of the day it’s a ton of fun.

How did you spend your summer?

 I spent the summer traveling and visiting my family and friends across the country. I figure it may be my last summer before real, post-college life starts, and I wanted to make the most of it.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

My newest favorite movie, because it’s hard to pick just one, is The Grand Budapest Hotel because it is so whimsical. It reminds me of a time and place that’s on the top of my “To Visit” list once I get my time machine up and running. If you haven’t seen it yet, it got a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, so check it out!

What is your favorite place in Boston?

Without a doubt, my favorite place in Boston is the public gardens. I love walking through and listening to the performers playing accordion or violin on the bridge and watching the swan boats float around the pond. I even have a painting of the gardens hanging up in my room.

What was the hardest adjustment you had to make when you came to BU?

For me, the toughest challenge adjusting to life at BU was balancing the college workload with the college freedom. I taught myself to stay organized and prioritize my life by keeping a calendar and planner.

Any last words?

College is about having fun and discovering yourself. Make sure you come in with an open mind and be willing to try new things, in all aspects of your life. Some of the best friends I have and most rewarding experiences I’ve had stemmed from pushing my comfort zone just a little bit. If you ever need anything, just let me know! I am more than happy to help J

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Danielle Conneely

Where are you from?  

I’m from Weymouth, Ma - a small town about forty minutes outside of Boston.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Biomedical Engineering/Pre-Med/Concentration in Nanotechnology

What did you do this summer?  

This summer I continued with research that I started last semester during the school year. I work in a lab in the department of Pharmacology on the BU Medical Campus. My research involves investigating the link between obesity and diabetes. I also spent a lot of time this summer preparing for the MCAT which I took in July. 

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?  

I’m not too picky when it comes to movies, but my favorite movies tend to be about sports (Miracle, Remember the Titans, Rookie of the Year, etc.). I also love comedies and horror movies. 

What's your favorite place in Boston?  

My favorite place in Boston is easily Fenway Park. There’s no better night than going to Fenway to watch a Sox game while eating a delicious Fenway Frank. It is the perfect place to relax and get a real feel for the city of Boston.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

My hardest adjustment when I came to BU was learning how to become involved on campus. Coming from a very small high school, I found adjusting to a large school to be difficult; BU is very big and there are so many clubs and activities to join that it can become overwhelming. I adjusted to this change by slowly taking on a few activities at a time until I found the perfect balance between academics and extracurricular activities; it simply took time and patience. 

Any last words to your students?  

Don’t be afraid to try new things; join a few clubs and become involved! College is what you decide to make it.  

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Oh… Hey there.

Gil Covarrubias

Where are you from?  

El Paso, TX. There is nothing to do in El Paso. But I love it because it is home. I would not trade it for anything in the world. A couple years ago El Paso had a snowstorm. And it was a disaster, power plants crashed and pipes burst across the city. We only had a total of 3 maybe even 4 inches of snow. It is really funny seeing the whole city collapse with such a little amount of snow compared to Boston.

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

My major is biomedical engineering. I’m doing a concentration in nanotechnology and a minor in mechanical engineering.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I did research under UROP funding. I am currently working on two projects. One project tackles the challenge of how to create a sustainable micro-channel. The other project deals with the making and creating a function valve in a gel.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?  

My favorite movie is School of Rock. There is nothing better. I actually mean it. School of Rock should be everybody’s favorite movie.

What's your favorite place in Boston?  

My favorite place in Boston is the House of Blues. It is easily one of the best places to watch a concert. They always bring great artists at decent prices. 

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

Living with another person. Especially, someone I did not know. I felt like it was an invasion of privacy. However, after continuously living with that person throughout the school year you trust that their intentions are good. Trust was the how I adjusted to this problem.

Any last words to your students?  

We have something called the ENG Cup during our time together. We will conquer all, grab hold of that HOLY GRAIL, and scream like champions.

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Julianne DePaoli

Where are you from?

New Fairfield, Connecticut

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering and am currently deciding on my concentration.

What did you do this summer?

Since I studied abroad in the spring, I wanted to stay home with my family so I worked as a camp counselor in my hometown. I also visited some friends in Boston and went on vacation with my family to Maine and Rhode Island.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

My favorite TV shows would have to be Game of Thrones, Modern Family, and the Office. The first is a little different than the other two, but it’s good to have a variety!

What's your favorite place in Boston?

In Boston, I love the Esplanade. Whether I’m running or just hanging out with friends, there’s always a beautiful view of the Charles and Cambridge/Boston. It’s a very relaxing place and the playground is really fun too!

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU?

I struggled the most with the immense amount of people at BU. Our university has a greater population than my hometown, so at first I felt as if there were too many people and I wouldn’t make friends or fit in. However, I realized that as soon as I became involved with clubs, talked to people on my floor, and attended engineering events I began to feel much more comfortable with my surroundings.

Any last words to your students?

My advice would be that it’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to do with your engineering major. I switched from BME to ME during my freshman year and I know many other students change their majors, too. Don’t be afraid to ask your student advisor, your faculty advisor, or the Engineering Undergraduate Office for help! And most importantly, have a great semester!!!!

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Christine Duong

Where are you from?

I’m from Framingham, Massachusetts – a town with a population of almost 70,000 people!

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in all types of cool – Computer Engineering.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I worked as an intern for Juniper Networks, a company that makes routers for companies like Verizon. I worked in the Support Automation department, developing a tool to help the company’s Customer Care more efficiently locate any issues and possible reasons for failure in the routers. It was exciting to apply the things I learned in the classroom to a real life problem and create an application that would actually be used by the company. It was a new experience, but I certainly learned a lot about programming efficiency and how to tackle problems in different ways. Also, on a more nerdy (but fun note), I finally got my archer in Dragon Nest to second specialization and at long last, obtained Pokémon X – I can be a Pokémon master!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

At the moment, my favorite series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The reading level is for sixth graders, but it never fails to keep me entertained. It revolves around the life of a demigod, Percy Jackson, who finds out he’s the son of Poseidon, as well as part of a prophecy that depicts the possibility for the end of the world. It’s a good mix of Greek mythology with the background setting of America. To be honest, I’m a sucker for any fantasy/alternate universe book!

For TV shows, my guilty pleasures are CSI and Criminal Minds, but my favorite will always be Whose Line Is it Anyways?!

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Yamato Restaurant (which is in Brighton – but close enough)! It’s a Japanese restaurant right next to the Chiswick T stop on the Green Line. Not only is it good all you can eat appetizers and sushi, but it’s filled with great memories. I don’t go there often enough, but whenever I do, it’s a treat to just spend time with my brother and my friends.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

The hardest adjustment for me when I came to BU was actually registering for classes. I went to a relatively small high school so class registration every year was no pressure – not only did we have a track, you signed up for what you wanted and there was a 95% chance that you’d get into the only session of that class. My first attempt at registering for classes at BU was a mess. I stayed up all night the day before registration trying to plan the perfect schedule only to find out that half of my classes were full. With the guidance of some of the summer student advisors, Jane and Dan, I was easily calmed down and was able to create an amazing schedule (where I didn’t have to wake up at 8AM). While there’s not much you can do for orientation, it definitely helps to plan for registration! Make sure to talk to upperclassmen about professors and the workload (maybe even browse the internet) for certain classes. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan if your first choices don’t come through!

Any last words to your students?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out to other people! If you’re struggling – in class or just missing home, chances are someone is too. Talk to your classmates and your professors. More often than not, they’ll understand where you’re coming from and help you out.

Also, have an open mind and an open door. Opening your door to your dorm room is a great way to meet new people living around you!

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Allison Z. Durkan

Where are you from?

My hometown is Ashburnham, Massachusetts. It’s a small town in north central MA and driving by, if you blink too fast, you’ll miss it. The other day, I drove across town (which takes about twenty-five minutes) and I saw two ATVs and three dirt bikes, but no other vehicles.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Currently, I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering and pursuing a minor in Computer Engineering. If I have a concentration, it would be in nanotechnology.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I worked in Dr. Joyce Wong’s Biomimetic Materials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. I helped two PhD students conduct experiments, analyze data and compile results so that they could publish papers about their work. Although I had fun working, I also spent time binge watching on Netflix, swimming and trying not to get a sun burn. Oh yeah, and I did a Tough Mudder too!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Of course, Harry Potter takes the cake for the best series of books, but a good popcorn romance is fun too. I also love A Game of Thrones and anything written by Dan Brown. As far as movies, if Zac Efron or Batman is in it, I’m a fan. As far as TV, I love and watch religiously: Grey’s Anatomy, Rookie Blue, and A Game of Thrones. (as well as Teen Wolf but I’ve been told I shouldn’t tell anyone that).

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Fenway Park, but I am a die-hard Red Sox fan. If you’ve got an afternoon and you feel like taking a stroll, hands down I would recommend the Freedom Trail. In case you’ve never heard of it, it runs from the Boston Common to the USS Constitution while passing by most of the historical places in the city, like Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, Old South Meeting House and the Bunker Hill Monument. Not only do you get to see the history of our city’s crucial role in creating America during the Revolutionary War. Most of the sites are free, so when you have time to kill, follow the red brick path through the city and learn a little, eat a cannoli and enjoy the city of Boston.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU?

Coming from a small, Irish Catholic town, the number of people and the diversity was shocking to me. I asked questions and learned more about people from all over the world, so I wouldn’t say something insensitive and offensive. By doing this, I met some of the kindest and funniest people who are now some of my best friends.

Any last words to your students?

As an ENG Cup champion, I would recommend that ya’ll work hard during the ENG Cup Challenges so that you’ll have those awesome bragging rights forever. But as far as advice, ask as many questions about as many things as you can. Knowledge is power!

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Sometimes you just have to roll with it!

Alejandro Eguren

Where are you from?

I’m from Panamá, Panamá! But I come from lots of places: I was born in New York but then I lived in Brazil and Saudi Arabia. I also have Peruvian and Chilean Passports.

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m a Biomedical Major pursuing a minor in Systems Engineering concentrating in Technology Innovation. Overachiever I know right?

What did you do this summer?

This summer by far has been my coolest one ever! I worked as a Student Advisor for the College of Engineering for BU’s Orientation Program so hopefully I know most of the incoming class! I also was part of a program called Common Ground where I conducted GPS city adventures playing games and overcoming challenges along the way with incoming student. It’s been a summer full of personal growth, friendship, and change. I learned how to manage groups and read dynamics as well as engage crowds to deliver a message. Learned a ton about myself and my weaknesses and I’ve loved every step along the way!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Recently my favorite show has actually been Cosmos! It’s super “sciencey” and graphically stunning! But my favorite movie might have to be Wall-E because it’s the most romantic thing out there. I’m not kidding when I say a robot goes to the edges of the galaxy to see the one he loves!

What's your favorite place in Boston?

One of the lesser appreciated hidden gems in my opinion of Boston is the Harbor area near the North End! You have seals and amazing scenery so it’s a great place just to go and chill. But what’s the coolest part about it probably is how close it is to Government Center, Quincy Market, and so many historical places nearby in the North End.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I had two adjustments I had to work on when I came that I can recall. One of them was finding a close group of friends that I could really count on for everything! At first it was difficult since I was trying to be someone I was not to make quick friends but then that quickly passed and I was able to just simply say hey and make friends with people on my floor and EK100 group (found my sophomore roommate there!). The second was the independence! But over time paying my bills, checking my accounts, working for some spending money, and laundry all became just part of my everyday routine and all I really had to do was jump into it and set reminders! Can’t go wrong with reminders!

Any last words to your students?  

Be ready to change who you are as a person, keep an open mind and truly do some soul searching. BU is an amazing place to grow and become amazing people! Amazing people that win THE ENG CUP!!!

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Leslie Michelle Flores

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It's a mediumish country with around 8 million people, home of the 2nd largest coral reef and the biggest Mayan archaeological site!

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I'm majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration in Manufacturing and I might minor in Materials Science. As you can see, I'm in love with my major, and really have come to find passion in it.

What did you do this summer?

This summer was interesting to say the least haha. For the most part, I spent time at home with my family and playing with my baby cousins and at the gym. Then, I came back to Boston and worked for the ANDESITE project making CAD files. They are building a satellite to be used for a real space launch, but to do that, they must win a contest with 9 other participating schools. I also am working at EPIC and honestly, it's the best job I've had.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?  

My favorite book....that's a hard one..well, not really haha. I'm head over heels for "Cien años de soledad" (or "100 Years on Solitude" in english) by Gabriel García Márquez. This book is the #1 Latin American novel and is the Nobel Literature Prize of 1984 (I believe that's the right year). It just blew me away. Among other books I love are: The Invisible Man, 1984, The Alchemist, the Harry Potter series (of course). For TV shows, I'm addicted to LOST, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, How I met Your Mother, CSI, NCIS...I could go on and on and on...

What's your favorite place in Boston?

My favorite place in Boston is by far the Boston Commons, the Gardens and the Esplanade. They're just gorgeous places to walk, pet puppies and enjoy almost all year round.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

The biggest adjustment was definitely cultural and academic. But, thanks to great friends I met over freshman year, I actually adjusted pretty quickly and am in love with the school and surroundings. Talking about cultural adjustments, my accent and word use were sometimes an issue...ask my friends about it haha.

Any last words to your students?

The course work is tough, but you should definitely STICK WITH IT!!!! It's all worth it. Meet as many people as you can, and make close friends, they all make the experience and course load seem easier. Plus, take advantage of all the resources and experiences BU ENG has to offer you, there's a place for your quirkiness and addiction for rockets and chocolate. Especially for chocolate.

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Being cute in my BU hoodie

Ander Gomez

Where are you from?

I’m from a little town called West New York in New Jersey. Yes, sadly I do live in Jersey, but it’s a 15-minute bus ride into New York City (if there is no traffic) and I can see the skyline from my house!!!

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Nanotechnology and a minor in Chemistry (hopefully, if I can survive…).

What did you do this summer?  

I was boring and I just took a summer class and worked at a French café and bakery. Baguettes on baguettes on baguettes!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?  

I have too many favorite TV shows but I am obsessed with Orange is the New Black, Scandal, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and RuPaul’s Drag Race (don’t judge).

What's your favorite place in Boston?

On Campus = West Campus (West is best!) and off campus = The Commons (it’s so pretty over there).

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

Coming from a high school of 88 students (my class was 25), the size was a huge adjustment for me. There are so many people at BU and it’s very easy to get lost in the crowd. Also, adjusting to the workload was tough. The work that you are assigned in college is very different from high school, especially in engineering. However, there are so many resources on campus available to help you that it can be very manageable!

Any last words to your students?

Take advantage of all the resources on campus. Don’t be afraid of going up to your professors, TAs, advisors (ME), or anyone else to ask questions. We are here to help! Last but not least, HAVE FUN. You attend an amazing university in Boston. Do not overwork yourself too much and explore Boston. Make friends that will last a lifetime, discover something new, or whatever you want! There is so much to do at BU and being an engineering major should not prevent you from having fun! J

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Carlos Gomez

Where are you from?

I basically have grown up my whole live in Mansfield, MA but I was born in Mexico City. I visit Mexico every year and the majority of my family is there, so I consider myself from Mexico.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering and a concentration in Nanotechnology.

What did you do this summer?

I spent most of the summer hanging out with my friends. I also had a chance to go to my fraternity’s General Assembly which took place in Phoenix, Arizona. The highlight of the summer was participating in Clubes de Ciencia México. I had the honor and privilege to give a week long workshop on genetic engineering to high school and university students in Ensenda, México. One of the best things of the workshop was the fellow instructors because all of them were grad students in master programs all the way to post-docs from various prestigious universities and college.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

My favorite book series is A Song of Fire and Ice because I never felt so many emotions while reading these books. My favorite TV show definitely has to be House M.D because I always been fascinated with medicine and the way Dr. House diagnoses might be unorthodox but highly entertaining.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

My favorite place in Boston has to be the esplanade, which is this beautiful walkway that goes along the Charles River on both the Boston and the Cambridge. The reason this is my favorite place is that I like to go for runs and the esplanade is a great place to run. It is right next to the campus and I don’t have to worry about getting hit by cars. Also it is a very beautiful place just to walk around and do some exploring.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

My hardest adjustment when I came to BU was sharing two showers with 20 other guys especially when everyone had the same morning class. There usually was a line to use the showers. The way I adjusted to this was either to take a shower in the afternoon when no one used them or wake up 2 hours before m morning class so I wouldn’t have to wait in line.

Any last words to your students?

You might not realize it but freshman year is when you have the most free time. As the years go by classes get harder and there will be less time. So, some advice from me is that you should do as much as possible in your free time. Like, intramural sports, any kind of club that interests you and Greek life. Also, try to meet as many new people as possible because everyone at BU has something interesting to teach you.

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Dan Gorelick

Where are you from?
I'm from a small one by nine mile island in Rhode Island called Jamestown. My hometown seems to have written the definition of a "small town." Albeit small, it was a wonderful place to grow up. Sailing and all activities water related come as a given.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?
I am currently studying mechanical engineering. I am looking to take my breadth classes in the computer engineering department to expand my experience in software engineering.

What did you do this summer?
I spent this summer in Boston working on various projects and as a programmer for BU's IT offices. This was my first summer living in Boston and I all I can say is that the summer in the city is great. I was able to explore new corners of the city, play lots of music, and see many of my other BU friends living here over the summer.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Favorite Book: East of Eden - John Steinbeck

Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV Show: House of Cards / Game of Thrones

What's your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite part of Boston is the Esplanade by the Charles River. It is great being able to escape the city and go for a walk or bike ride by the river. 

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?
I feel like the hardest adjustment for me coming to BU was learning how to be independent. Being in college I had to learn how to be self-accountable.

Any last words to your students?
There is so much you can take advantage of at BU. I regret not branching out as much as I could have my first year. Also, find good people to study with. 

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Tru Hoang (pronounced “true ho-ang”)

Where are you from?

Born and raised in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I did not volunteer nor was I chosen as a tribute for my district.

What’s your major?

I came into BU as an Aerospace engineer. But since they don’t offer a degree for that anymore, I am currently studying Mechanical engineering with a concentration in Aerospace engineering and a minor in Systems engineering.

What did you do this summer?

I participated in UROP and did research on applying robotics theory to single particle tracking in Andersson’s Lab. I also watched every game of the World Cup (who wouldn’t?). Fact: Belgium beat the U.S. on my 21st birthday 2-1 (crazy right?). For those who don’t know, Belgium is my team.

What’s your favorite book, movie or TV show?

My favorite book (of all time) has to be Volume I of The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It contains all of his famous cases. Aside from that, I also read novels by Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Kurt Vonnegut. My favorite movie is Intouchables. Favorite TV show has to be The Big Bang Theory.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?

The Esplanade. Best place to see the sunsets.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU?

I struggled a lot during the first semester to find the right balance between school work and fun. Eventually, with the help of my Student Advisor, I made a schedule to set aside time for studying and time for hanging out with friends. I have done this every semester since.

Any last words to your students?

Definitely study abroad sophomore year. It will change your life. 

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“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” –Mark Twain

Shireen Kheradpey

Where are you from?

Honolulu, HI

So yes I surf and dance hula but sadly I do not live in a little grass shack nor do I ride my dolphin to school L

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Double majoring in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering

What did you do this summer?

I finished up an amazing semester abroad in Sydney, AUS with some traveling to Malaysia and Singapore.  Upon returning to Hawaii I worked on a Deployable Disaster Devices team to design and build a portable windmill system to throw out a plane to provide areas recently hit by natural disasters with energy.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show? (Tell us why you like it as well! And if it's too hard to pick then share your favorite genre instead!)

Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You (I have a slight obsession with Heath Ledger and Shakespeare)

Book: Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series (The protagonist is pretty much a human honey badger)

TV Show: Glee (This needs no justification)

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Mike and Patty’s near the Commons, Anna’s Taqueria in Allston, Sunsets Cantina on campus, and Giacamo’s in the North End. Great food = great times.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

Coming from a small, isolated, island that’s always warm, New England was definitely a HUGE culture shock for me. But once I realized that I’m never going to please everyone in this entire world or even just everyone I meet at BU I was able to concentrate on what makes me happy more than what makes everyone else happy. Oh, and I finally got a pair of warm shoes.

Any last words to your students?

Be whoever you want to be, not what people want you to be. Don’t get hung up with the past nor stressed about the future- enjoy the present! Seriously, if you need any advice or guidance (and you don’t feel like asking me for some odd reason…), just go google “inspirational clichés”. There’s a reason why they are overused. Or you could always go get some takeout from Panda Express or Beijing Café then see what the fortune cookie tells you to do.

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Jim

Where are you from?

I am from Allentown, Pennsylvania

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Biomedical Engineering/ Pre-Medical

What did you do this summer?

I worked for a start-up solar energy company founded at Boston University and I worked as a marketing and research intern at a company called Main Street Partners.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

My favorite book/ TV show is A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). I am currently on the third book (as I am writing this) and am hoping to finish the fifth book before the new season comes out.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

My favorite place is the Fitness and Recreation Center at Boston University. I like to go whenever I have free time in between classes and work. It helps me to de-stress after a long day.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

My hardest adjustment was living with a roommate. I never lived with someone else in the same room until I came to college. I adjusted by talking to my roommates and being open with them. Living with a livable roommate can make or break it for you for your first year at college. 

Any last words to your students?

Join a lot of clubs and teams your first year. It gets harder to join a club or team the more you go through college. You can always stop if you find that it conflicts with other things.

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While studying abroad in Sydney last Spring, I took a trip to Tasmania (Australia’s island state below the main continent). Here I’m holding Georgie. She’s a baby wombat and perhaps my favorite of the Aussie fauna!

Annie Lane

Where are you from?

I’m from Trumbull, Connecticut. I also lived in Farmington and Newtown, CT as well as Horsham, Pennsylvania.

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Computer Engineering

What did you do this summer?

For the first half of the “summer” I was finishing up my semester abroad in Sydney, Australia (where it was actually winter). The second half I spent in Boston doing research in Professor Ayse Coskun’s Performance and Energy Aware Computing Lab. My main project aims to maximize energy efficiency and minimize costs in data centers. In addition, I interpret and analyze data collected from the Massachusetts Green High Powered Computing Center in Holyoke, MA. I also was a Teaching Assistant for the BU Summer Challenge Electrical Engineering module. I helped high school students learn about circuits and smart lighting through daily lectures and labs. On the weekends, I loved enjoying the weather and summer events in Boston.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

I’m a big fan of Disney and Pixar movies, especially Up and The Little Mermaid. They are always sweet and relaxing to watch. I also play piano and love playing arrangements of Disney songs. When I rewatch these movies as an “adult”, I discover a new level of humor that I missed as a kid.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

The Esplanade along the Charles River is my favorite. I live in the Women in Science and Engineering Brownstone on Bay State Road, which overlooks the Esplanade. In fact, the pedestrian footbridge is right out our backdoor so I have a perfect view of the stream of runners that pass. Regardless of weather (I LOVE the rain), this view motivates me to get outside. My day is always better when I start my morning with a run and fresh air. Plus, the Esplanade is home to the Hatchshell, where there are free concerts such as Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the 4th of July and the Mixfest Concert in September. This year, Phillip Phillips and Christina Perri are among the Mixfest performers.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

My hardest adjustment was figuring out what I ACTUALLY wanted to do. I came to BU as a Biomedical Engineering major and was on a Pre-med track. I quickly realized that I had never wanted to be a doctor; it was just an idea that others had planted in my mind. I chose engineering because I love math and problem solving. College was my first opportunity to envision my own future and take the steps to achieve those goals. I talked to my Student Advisor and Faculty Advisor about what I want to do and what I don’t want to do. I ultimately switched majors and am now studying Computer Engineering. I’m happy with my decision, but I also continue to refine my goals as I consider the minor and/or concentration will best complement MY interests.

Any last words to your students?

If there’s something you’d like to try doing, let people know! Whether you want to Study Abroad, develop iPhone apps, or run a Half Marathon, you can do it. Boston University is a diverse community and you can find people who are pursuing the same goals you’d like to achieve. The more people you talk to, the more likely you’ll make connections. These people will become your friends and will motivate you along your journey.

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Chilling with a lion statue in the heart of Rome. Thanks BU Study Abroad!

Raleigh Linville

Where are you from?

I am from Marriottsville, Maryland. I live in the middle of the woods with a huge garden, bee hives, and chickens. It is a very different atmosphere from the city of Boston, but a change that I do not regret.

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering and currently borderline pre-med (still deciding yikes!)

What did you do this summer?

This summer I have been working full-time in a biomedical engineering lab. I am working under Dr. Joseph Tien in studying vascularization of microfluidic materials for applications in regenerative medicine. It is my first time working at a BU lab, although I have research experience back home at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Starting in a new lab has been daunting but highly rewarding as I on a daily basis work with fellow undergraduates to overcome roadblocks and progress the projects.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Breaking Bad. Watched the whole show in two weeks during Sophomore Year, worst decision / best decision ever!

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Lately I have been really into swimming off the Esplanade Dock. Very relaxing and refreshing to picnic out there.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

At first my hardest adjustment was figuring out what to fill my days with. I was completely in control to create my own schedule. Even though a majority of my time was devoted to academics, there was plenty of time to explore my other interests. However, this didn't happen overnight. I slowly got involved in many organizations but found my niche in only a handful. The main organizations I am involved with now were not ones I even knew about first semester Freshman Year. Finding the perfect fit for extracurricular can take time, but always keep your eyes open!

Any last words to your students?

Boston University will change you. Don’t be afraid who you will become because it will always be for the best!

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Bow ties are cool.

Zach Lister

Where are you from?

I am from Marshalltown, IA. I know what you’re thinking and the answer to your question is yes, the whole state is covered in corn fields (my backyard is a corn field).

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I spent on campus doing research with Professor Starobinski. I built a simulator for an economic model that he had created. I also wrote the research paper on the model and learned about the process of getting a paper published in a journal (So much writing and revising!). It was a great learning experience, if you have any questions about research I’m sure I could help!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Movies: Inception, Anchorman, and The Departed

TV: Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones

Books: Game of Thrones series and Hunger Games series

What's your favorite place in Boston?

I have several places in Boston that I really love (Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, and Boston Commons) but the one spot that is my absolute favorite is the top floor of StuVi2 (Student Village 2, 33 Harry Agganis Way). The view is one-of-a-kind and I highly recommend you make a trip up there as soon as you get on campus.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

The most difficult adjustment I had to make was learning how to actually study. In high school I had developed bad study habits and they were not going to work at the college level. My solution was studying in groups. I found that I learned and retained the information best when I was with other people and talking through problems. So get to know the people in your class, they may be able to help you when you are struggling with a subject and the professor is unavailable.

Any last words to your students?

Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously!

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Huntington Beach, CA spring break adventure!

Olivia Lutz

Where are you from?

Mendota Heights, Minnesota (about 10 minutes outside of the Twin Cities).  While I don’t use phrases like “oh you betcha” and “don’t cha know”, my family does own a ranch in southwestern North Dakota. 

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Biomedical Engineering/Pre-medicine.

What did you do this summer?

I survived systems physiology and organic chemistry, but it didn’t completely ruin my summer.  I also worked part time at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Department of Psychiatry studying schizophrenia.  In my free time I explored Boston, trained for my first half marathon in October and almost completed Candy Crush (one more level)!! In August I also traveled to Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Seattle to visit friends and family.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

The Dark Knight Trilogy and Mean Girls are my go-to movies, but this really requires a longer discussion because the Academy Awards are like my Super Bowl.  I’ve enjoyed watching Breaking Bad, Friends, Saturday Night Live, Big Bang Theory and House of Cards.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

I love running in Brookline because of the gorgeous scenery and it doesn’t feel like I’m in the city.  It’s a great place to escape mentally from a chaotic workload.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I decided to join the BU Novice Rowing team in the fall of my freshman year, but I didn’t realize how much pressure I was putting on myself. While I loved the competition, the intense workouts and being surrounded by ambitious, athletic women, it was too much to balance with an engineering workload.  I immediately became overwhelmed with the pressure to perform at my best both academically and physically.  I began to experience panic attacks, sobbing fits and hated myself for not being able to perform as a student and an athlete. I was incredibly stubborn and refused to quit the team because I feared that I would be labeled as a “failure”.  After numerous discussions with academic advisors I decided that this wasn’t the college experience I wanted; I came to BU to study engineering, not to be an athlete.  This experience forced me to find my limits, put my pride aside and ask for help. 

Any last words to your students?

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone! If you have any uncertainties about school, health or life in general, ask for help!

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Andrew Marcaccio

Where are you from?

I’m from the town of Mansfield, MA, which is about 30 minutes from Providence, RI and an hour or so from Boston depending on traffic (which can be pretty ugly at times).

What’s your major?

I am a student of Mechanical Engineering, and am currently hoping to pursue a concentration in Technology Innovation or in Manufacturing Engineering. I’m also working toward a minor in Electrical Engineering if all my classes line up.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I worked as an Operations intern at a medical device company that produces blood separating centrifuges in Hopkinton, MA. Basically, I was responsible for making sure that we had everything we needed to continue production and maintain a working supply chain.

I also did a lot of cycling over the summer; I bought my first road bike this year after a few years of mountain biking. I hope to reach 1500 miles by the time school starts! I filled my down time with cycling, hiking with friends, and more cycling....

What is your favorite book, tv, or movie?

I’m a big fan of anything on the History or Discovery channels, but would have to say that I’m a movie buff more than a tv series fanatic. My personal favorites include Pulp Fiction, Rambo, Shooter, and anything with Clint Eastwood, mostly because I like action. In terms of music, I would have to say that I have really eclectic taste where I will listen to anything but Pop and Country. That being said, I am a die-hard classic rock fan!

Favorite Place in Boston?

One of my personal favorite places in Boston is the Garden (aka the Gah-den) since I’m a big Bruins fan.

What is the hardest adjustment when you came to BU?

The hardest adjustment would have to be the food. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t Mom’s home cooking! I adjusted by going to different dining halls with friends, and by frequenting the GSU.

Any last words of advice?

Enjoy every minute of your time at BU, set an alarm, go to the gym, and most of all be yourself!

Ps. don’t forget to study!

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Dennis Marquis

Where are you from?

I'm from Plymouth, MA, America's hometown

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I'm majoring in Biomedical Engineering on the Pre Medical track

What did you do this summer?

For the Summer, I had the opportunity to work in Dean Lutchen's respiratory lab as a research assistant. The primary focus of the lab was to examine bovine lungs at the airway level in an attempt to better understand Asthma and Emphysema.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

I finally got around to watching Game of Thrones this summer, so I ended up binge watching all four seasons in a couple weeks. When I ran out of episodes I moved on to the books. Otherwise, my favorite shows include Archer and The League. Sunday Night Football considers itself its own show, so I'll add that to the mix also (Go Patriots!).

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Mike's Pastry in the North End for obvious reasons. Revere Beach is a close second, but it's one of the only beaches in Boston so it wins by default.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU?

Home is only an hour away for me, so moving to Boston was a comfortable transition. However, I was assigned to Danielsen Hall along with my 25 and 23 year old roommates, so I initially had to go out of my way to meet people. Everything worked out though, for I consider some of the people I met at Danielsen to be my best friends at BU.

Any last word to your students?

Be aware of application deadlines! This includes deadlines for obtaining recommendations, applying to go abroad, internships, whatever. It can be very easy to forget about the big picture when you are busy with regular coursework and exams. Besides that, just be aware that even if you haven't decided what you want to do in the future, the best thing you can do it is keep your options open.

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Appalachian Trail hut and beaver pond on Mt. Greylock

Nathaniel Michener

Where are you from?

I’m from Mansfield, MA which is about 45 minutes south of Boston and home to the Xfinity Center (previously Comcast Center / Tweeter Center / Great Woods).

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in Computer Engineering at the moment, but am very interested in Electrical Engineering and am hoping to pursue a minor or to possibly double major in it.

What did you do this summer?

This summer, I worked at Invensys Industrial Automation, now part of Schneider Electric.  I was on the Maintenance Over Lifetime team for one of their control systems software products, and helped out with bug reproduction and fix testing and validation.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

I am a huge fan of everything Lord of the Rings, but am also very engrossed in the Game of Thrones books and TV show.  If you want to discuss Jon Snow theories, come talk to me.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Anywhere I go for a run in Boston is very enjoyable, including Jamaica and Fresh ponds, the Emerald Necklace walking paths, and of course the Charles River Esplanade.  If you’re looking for a real hidden gem, the top of Summit Ave in Brookline off of Beacon Street is a great place for a hill workout and has a surprisingly nice view into the city that makes the brutal run up very worthwhile.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

There is a huge difference between accountability in high school and college.  I found that in high school, I had to do very little studying external to the assigned homework and reading, because there was so much of it and I was honest about doing it all well and thoroughly.  In college, a lot of homework is not assigned, and topics are not repeated in class every day, so I find myself reviewing things independently much more frequently.  There were some tough midterm grades the fall of freshman year that taught me this lesson.  Holding yourself accountable for doing homework and learning the material is not easy, but is very worthwhile.

Any last words to your students?

Stay connected with the people you meet!  That doesn’t mean just digitally – make sure you say hello when you see a familiar face.  You never know whether that person you see in the laundry room is going to turn into a wonderful friend!

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I wish I didn’t have to crop out my beautiful niece.

Paulina Michon

Where are you from?

I’m a proud New Yorker (born in Brooklyn), but a big part of my heart stayed in Poland where I was raised.

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Officially: Electrical Engineering (with a strong emphasis on Computer Engineering). After 3 years, I still can’t decide what to major in, so don’t worry if you’re not sure yourself.

What did you do this summer?

I interned for a start-up in New York, basically just worked on a pretty awesome app. 

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

How I Met Your Mother, the show is nearly perfect.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

I’m gonna say the same thing I did last year: Yamato (all-you-can-eat sushi).  I guess the esplanade is kind of nice too.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

The hardest adjustment for me was not being able to watch Champions League whenever I wanted to (it’s a soccer thing for those who don’t understand).  All of the following semesters I tried to keep my Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons opened. (Sometimes you don’t get a choice, and unfortunately I’ll miss some games on Tuesdays of this semester.)  COME ON LIVERPOOL! 

Any last words to your students?

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”

Engineering may be tough, but with good time management you can do anything you want.  No matter how much studying you think you have, trust me, there’s always time for a break.

Also…

STUDY ABROAD! 

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Nick Morrison

Where are you from?

Chadds Ford, PA, suburban life at its proverbial best.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Computer Engineering and currently have no concentrations or minors.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I worked at Comcast Spotlight in my hometown. It started out as just a temp job to make some money but ended being a great experience. Aside from that I spent most of my weekends visiting my friends in cooler places than I and seeing as many of my favorite musicians as possible.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

My favorite movie is The Departed. It’s like the godfather for a more modern audience. Every time I watch it I feel like I notice more and more. So see it if you haven’t, it’s stupid good. Some other favorites are The Matrix (the first one), Anchorman, and Spirited Away.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Definitely the Esplanade. Wake up in time (or let’s be honest just stay up all night) and watch the sun rise over Boston from the floating docks near the bridge across from Towers, you won’t be disappointed. Another favorite is the Commons at night; very peaceful and awesome.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

Size, easily. I came from a fairly large high school but nothing compares to being one of a class of 4000. I felt lost, like I was just a number and found it hard to find the niche I had in high school. You will hear this a lot but I will say it anyways, get involved. It was not until I started putting myself out there that I realized how truly amazing this college experience could be.

Any last words to your students?

There are so many things I wish I could have told little incoming freshman me but I’ll keep this to one piece of advice. Freshman year is an amazing experience but at times it will be hard. You are going to make mistakes, whether it is your classes, relationships, etc. But always remember that you have your whole life ahead of you; these misgivings will hold so little consequence in the long run. So with that said, go out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and don’t be afraid to change who you are.

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Paul Moy

Where are you from?

I’ve lived all my life in Acton, MA. It’s a little suburb about half an hour from Boston.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in Computer Engineering and doing a minor in mathematics.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I had an internship with the MVFS team at IBM in Littleton, MA. After I made ridiculous amounts of money I took a vacation in Costa Rica to relax a little before school starts.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Favorite book is Idlewild by Nick Sagan… if you’ve read it you’ll know why. It’s awesome. Favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption because it’s really, really badass.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

I love the TD Garden! I played hockey all of my life until college and it’s fun going to watch the Bruins play, or BU when we make it to the Hockey East finals.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I was really shy when I came to BU so I had a hard time socially for the first couple of months, but I dealt with it by making friends with everyone on my floor and I ended up having a great second semester!

Any last words to your students?

College goes by really quickly so make sure you enjoy your freshman year!

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Morgan Parker

Where are you from?

Bellingham, WA (proud Washingtonian!!!)

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Mechanical engineering with a manufacturing concentration. I fell in love with space originally though so I’m always up to talk aero (or astro!) if someone asks.

What did you do this summer?

I was a Technical Sales intern with Eaton, living in Denver, CO.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Anything Sci-Fi or old school High Fantasy. I loved Dune and Ender’s Game, but my go to series is always Dragonlance.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

My favorite place is the Reflection Pool on Mass Ave. It has beautiful trees during the spring and fall, and lights strung up everywhere during winter. It is also located between three different conservatories (New England Conservatory, Berklee and Boston Conservatory) so there are always good concerts in the area.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

The hardest thing for me was being so far from home and not getting to see my family during most holiday’s; being a 6 hour flight from home can be pretty daunting. But, I made some really great friends who I spent time with and now I have new traditions to enjoy!

Any last words to your students?

Immerse yourself in Boston and in the College of Engineering. This city is incredible and full of opportunities, so don’t forget to wander around with a cup of coffee and some free time on your hands. Also, we are a family here at ENG and, like all family, we love friendly competition. I hope you are ready for it, because the fight for the ENG Cup is starting soon!

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Marta Mota

Where are you from?  

I am from Leiria,Portugal, born and raised there. I came to the US only for a year to finish high school, experience a new culture and learn English but I enjoyed it so much that I ended up staying for college as well.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering and still undecided about concentrating.

What did you do this summer?   

I studied abroad in Dresden, Germany until the end of July and spent the rest of the summer in Portugal with my family and travelling with my friends.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?  

My favorite genre for books is historical fiction; I like everything that has some historical background. I do not really have a favorite movie but I love watching American TV shows, it is one of my favorite things to do when I have some free time. My favorite TV show right now is Game of Thrones and I have been watching the new season of Suits recently.

What's your favorite place in Boston?  

I really enjoy the Esplanade; it is probably my favorite place in Boston. It is great to go there for a run along the river or just to relax and take a break from school. There are also some events that take place there from free concerts at the Hatch Shell, to the Head of the Charles Regatta (the biggest rowing competition in the Charles). During the winter, usually there are some big snowball fights there too.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

My hardest adjustment was having lived in East Towers on a floor with just sophomores where no one besides me was an engineering major. Initially, I wished I lived in a residence with more freshmen who also majored in engineering because it was challenging to make new friends in big lectures. However, slowly I began making friends within my engineering class while simultaneously making friends with other freshmen that also lived in East Towers. By the end of the first semester, I had a diverse group of friends and I still meet up with them to this day.

Any last words to your students?  

Yes! Check your e-mail at least once a day. Go to office hours, professors are very helpful.

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Holly Roberts

Where are you from?  

I’m from Hudson, New Hampshire. It’s a pretty small town right on the border of Massachusetts, about 45 minutes north of Boston.

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I am also planning on declaring a minor this year, most likely in mathematics.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I had an internship at AgaMatrix, Inc., which is a company in Salem, New Hampshire that develops blood glucose meters and test strips. I worked to develop new test strip designs, and I also did a lot of studies involving chemistry to investigate different aspects of the strips and optimize strip and meter performance. Of course, I also went to the beach a lot!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?  

My favorite TV shows are probably The Office, because no one is funnier than Michael Scott, and Grey’s Anatomy, which I watched all nine and a half seasons of in much too short of a time span.

What's your favorite place in Boston?  

My favorite place in Boston has to be Newbury Street because I love shopping and it’s easily within walking distance from campus, but I try to avoid going there for the sake of my wallet. I also like walking through the Boston Common and Public Garden, which are beautiful no matter what time of the year it is. (Ice skating at Frog Pond in the winter is a must!) Lastly, going to Fenway Park for Red Sox games or The Garden for Bruins or Celtics games is always a great time!

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

My hardest adjustment at BU was having to meet all new people. I went to school with all the same people for all of middle and high school, so having to start over was definitely a huge challenge. However, I went out of my way to meet a lot of people, and it was definitely worth it! I met great people at BU and have very good friends there now, in addition to my friends at home. Academically, it was also a big adjustment also. Students are fully responsible for their own work and grades. However, I quickly learned that if you put in the effort to talk to professors and TFs about any difficulties or questions, they are more than willing and happy to help!

Any last words to your students?  

Always approach every opportunity or challenge you encounter here at BU with a positive attitude and an open mind, and most importantly never be afraid to seek help! Remember that there are plenty of people who are eager to help you, including your peers, faculty, student advisors, and many other people and services throughout the university!

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A caterpillar was crawling up my back

Sangeeta Satish

Where are you from?

Im from India (yayy international!!!)

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I’m majoring in Biomedical Engineering and I’m also pre-med.

What did you do this summer?

I had a busy summer. I was one of the summer student advisors for ENG during orientation so I’ve already seen and talked to a lot of you amazing students! I also worked at the Collins Lab. I’ve been an Undergraduate Research Assistant there for a year and half now. This summer we worked on some really cool gene deletion screens to investigate whether certain gene deletions in E.coli can enhance antibacterial activity of antibiotics like Ampicillin. I’ve also been volunteering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Along with that, I’ve been exploring so many beautiful places in and around Boston! Modern’s Pastry is so much better.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Favorite show is a tie between Game of Thrones and Suits. Those of you who saw my sign during orientation know that I love Tyrion. Favorite book right now is Say You’re One of Them – Uwen Akpan. It’s a book about people fighting for survival in the African Continent and it never fails to make me think after I finish.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

I love the north end and the harbor. On a nice summer day, it’s so great to walk near the water and then eat the most delicious Italian food you can find in the world (except maybe possibly Italy). Out of all the times I’ve been to the North End, I’ve never been to the same restaurant twice. Partly because I never remember the name of the restaurant I go to. That being said all of them are amazing.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I used to be a very shy person. My hardest adjustment when I came to BU was coming out of my shell. What helped me open up was EK 100, working in a research lab and becoming part of different societies on campus. Becoming involved pushed me to become more outgoing which helped me get more involved. It’s a process of positive feedback!

Any last words to your students?

GET INVOLVED! Be yourself and make the effort to say to hi to people you sit next to in class. The awkwardness is intimidating, so bond over it and get rid of it. You might find one of your closest friends if you just make that small step. Don’t be afraid to go to office hours to ask questions about the course or just talk to professors about their work. If research is something you think you might be interested in, don’t be afraid to send out emails to professors to ask them if you can work in their lab. Also aim for the ENG cup. It’s a great honor to win it (also you get free pizza if your group wins the cup along with bragging rights).

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Ryan Schoeplein

Where are you from?

I am from Storrs, Connecticut—home of the University of Connecticut. It’s a straight up Cow-town, which I have come to appreciate. I live with my mom, younger brother Kyle who is a sophomore at The Boston Conservatory studying musical theatre, and younger sister Courtney who is entering eighth grade. We also have three dogs and two cats (yes, more pets than people)!

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

I am majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in public health at the Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

What did you do this summer?

I had an absolute blast this summer! I was an Orientation Student Advisor for Engineering, where I met many incoming engineering students and cultivated my inner Shaggy! I also interned at a small global health company in Cambridge, where I worked with a device that indicates liver toxicity as a result of excessive medication intake. On weekends, I lifeguarded and taught swimming lessons to three-year-olds at FitRec, while also hitting the beach myself! I went home for two weeks in August where I returned to my summer day camp for a fifteenth year as a first grade counselor.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

In the summer, my family becomes fully invested in Big Brother. Otherwise, my current favorite shows include Skins, Modern Family, American Horror Story, and Criminal Minds. I also enjoyed Lost, That 70’s Show, Dawson’s Creek, and Seventh Heaven back in the day.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

I love Coolidge Corner and Jamaica Plain. Both are super quaint and hip villages close to BU that have awesome shops and restaurants. In particular, the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge is not only an awesome new & used bookstore but has an amazing Urban Outfitters-esque gifts section!

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

Truthfully, I did not find it beyond difficult to adjust to BU. At times, however, BU could be overwhelming—from the sheer number of student groups, to having to be on your social game nearly all the time, to knowing the great possibilities that Greater Boston has to offer. In order to make it less overwhelming, I started my freshman year by focusing in on the activities or college goals I found most important, and slowly adding more as I learned what I could and could not handle. Even as a senior I am accomplishing new things, but there’s no way I could have done everything in a semester. You have a lot of time to experiment!

Do you have any last words for your students?

You absolutely have to study abroad.

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Lindsay Sterling

Where are you from?

Where I call home now is Manassas, Virginia, home of the Battle of Bull Run and Nathan’s Dairy Bar. My dad has spent over 20 years in the military so I have been lucky enough to live in many places in the United States including (in order) Ft. Polk Louisiana, Ft. Sill Oklahoma, Denver, Colorado, Fairfax, Virginia, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

What’s you major?

I am a Biomedical Engineer major, also trying to fit in a minor in Electrical engineering (fingers crossed!). My ultimate goal is to attend medical school after graduation.

What did you do this summer?

I like to cherish what time I have left with my family as well as make as much money as possible to afford shampoo over the year. Therefore I spent the summer driving from one pool to the next as a swim coach, lifeguard, private swim lesson instructor, and nanny. As a side effect I got a killer tan and super blonde hair (thanks sun in!)

What’s your favorite book, movie, of TV show?

This question is way too hard to answer. I have literally devoured every book that I have ever come across since I was 4, so I guess I’ll just say that I am obsessed with Harry Potter. My patronus is a dolphin. My taste in movies is that of a three year old, so my favorite movie is naturally Tangled. If you want a movie with real people, my answer would be How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days or Hot Rod. My favorite TV shows are anything on Bravo (Real Housewives is my life), The Office, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother (excluding the crappy ending cause Robin is the worst), Scandal, Suits, Real World Road Rules, the Bachelor/Bachelorette, Jimmy Neutron, anything on Food Network and Spongebob.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?

So I have two favorite place in Boston, the first is obviously Fenway. I fell in love with the Red Sox after my first game and I honestly think that Fenway is one of the most special places in the world. I was lucky enough to see them win the World Series, and it was one of the greatest days of my life. My second is the statue of Paul Revere in the North End. My best friends here at BU and I have a code. We’ll ask each other if we want to “Go visit Paul” which really means to get canollis from Mike’s and eat them by the statue of Paul Revere.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust?

My hardest adjustment was definitely living in a city. I actually hated BU when I first visited it. Being from the south, I wanted to go to a big campus with lots of grass fields in the middle of nowhere. It was scary being in a big city, and I couldn’t even cross the streets without almost getting run over. I toughened up, got myself some “street smarts”(although I still get flustered trying to cross the street), and now I am so happy to be here. My advice would be to put yourself out there, make friends, and appreciate all that Boston has to offer.

Any last words?

Don’t freak out. It’s scary, but there’s so many people here to help you. Just think of how lucky you are to go to college in the coolest city in the world!!

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Can you tell I’m excited?

Jeray Thelwell

Where are you from?

Originally born in Poughkeepsie, NY, but raised in sun-shiny Miramar, Florida – as you can guess, I have quite literally ‘Frozen’ here and have yet to ‘Let It Go’ (see what I did there?).

What’s your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Four years strong in Biomedical Engineering with a Nanotechnology concentration and Chemistry minor.

What did you do this summer?

 I had the pleasure of living out the days of the past summer here at BU as a Resident Assistant. When I wasn’t resident assisting, you would have most likely found me slaving over hot MCAT books, binge watching an assortment of shows (Game of Thrones included!), and catching up on all the sleep I missed in the past academic year.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

My entertainment tastes tend to vary a lot, but going off the top of my head…Brave New World and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (There is a soft –spot in my heart for the Coming of Age and  dark destructive Dystopian genres) definitely tie for my favorite books. As far as movies and shows go, I’d have to say Inception and Suits take the cake – I happen to be really into psychological thrillers as well. I have also been known to nerd out to more anime than I’d like to admit.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

From my previous responses, you can probably guess I don’t always go out…BUT WHEN I DO it’s to Chinatown! There is so much delicious and affordable food – if you’re around there, my recommendations are Dumpling Café and Gourmet Dumpling House.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I have two answers to this question. Coming to BU, I’d have to say the hardest adjustment was not only being less shy and more friendly (I knew absolutely no one who was here or had ever been here), but also adapting to university academics – it can be really overwhelming working alongside various other students with huge gaps math and science background. On top of that, dealing with exams being 20%– 30% of my final grade definitely took some getting used to.

Any last words to your students?

For many of you, this is a new journey in life – be excited! Keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. Focus and take your academics seriously, but not too seriously. Surprisingly enough, you may find stressing too much can actually have adverse effects. Don’t be afraid to lean on one another – this is definitely a journey you cannot go alone. To that end, you all can do it. A very wise man once said, “Don't believe in yourself, believe in the me that believes in you!” Good luck guys!

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Inna Turshudzhyan

Where are you from?

I’m Armenian, but I was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia.

What's your major(s)? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?

Computer Engineering and love it! Started out as a Biomedical though.

What did you do this summer?

My most favorite thing in the world – traveling. I visited family in Moscow, and then went to Armenia, where participated in my cousin’s wedding (people who saw “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” will understand).

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

I love reading in general and I don’t think I have that particular favorite book, but I do have a favorite author – Leo Tolstoy. TV shows-wise, my favorite one is Sherlock.

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Isabella Stuart Gardner museum. It’s a place that truly reminds me of my beloved Italy. I love coming there once in a while to sketch with my sister.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

As an international student, I was very anxious about not being familiar enough with a new school system I was emerging in. New language, new country – it all added up to a very stressful start, but I was glad I was introduced to my current faculty and student advisors. They guided me through my first year of college. Making new friends on campus made the transition to college life even easier.

Any last words to your students?

Join clubs, get to know different people, don’t be afraid to ask questions - remember that there are always people willing to help you.

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Kenmore Square after the Red Sox won the World Series 2013

William Wang

Where are you from?

Lakeville, MN aka land of over 10,000 lakes

What’s your major?

Biomedical Engineering with nanotechnology concentration and pre-med track.

What did you do this summer?

Research within the Tissue Microfabrication Lab directed by Professor Christopher Chen at BU. My work involves studying cell migration within 3D fibrillar tissues, a fundamental step in cancer metastasis that occurs when cells escape the primary tumor and migrate through the fibrous stroma to reach blood and lymphatic vessels. Understanding the environmental factors and cellular mechanisms that control cell migration will identify therapeutic targets that could prevent the fatality of metastasis by confining tumor cells to their primary site.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

What's your favorite place in Boston?

Quan’s Kitchen – a great place to order authentic Chinese food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What was your hardest adjustment when you came to BU? How did you adjust and deal with it?

I struggled to balance schoolwork with my extracurricular activities. I was able to adjust by not hesitating to ask for help when needed, and discovering the wonder that is coffee.

Any last words to your students?

1 convenience point = 1 real US dollar

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Sam White

Where are you from?

Right now my family lives in Franklin, Massachusetts. Home of the first public library! But I have moved eight times growing up, and I have lived all over Illinois, Indiana, and New York.

What’s your major?

I’m going to be a senior in computer engineering.

What did you do this summer?

This summer I worked in the Undergraduate Programs Office for the College of Engineering, and I helped out with orientation. I got to meet some of you guys there, and now I’m super pumped for this fall!

What’s your favorite book, movie, or TV show?

My favorite TV shows are Sex and the City, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Total Divas, and WWE! I will honestly binge watch any trashy TV show. If I wasn’t going to be an engineer, I would either want to be a reality TV show star or a professional wrestler (preferably both!).

What’s your favorite place in Boston?

My favorite place in Boston is either the FitRec or Coldstone. You can find me at the FitRec every morning pumping some iron and getting swole! I wish I could say that you could find me at Coldstone every day, but if anyone happens to go please bring me the peanut butter cup perfection! Yumm!

What was your hardest adjustment coming to BU?

The biggest thing I had to adjust to when I came to BU was learning how to actually study. I used to be able to just read over the notes before an exam, but now I learned that I need to do all of the practice problems available and more. I also find that changing my study environment often helps me stay motivated. My favorite places to study are Ingalls, Photonics, and some PSY classrooms.

Last Words?

My best piece of advice for freshman is to keep an open mind always. Be willing to try new things, make new friends, and get out of your comfort zone. Your time at BU will fly by. You’re in at amazing school, in an amazing city, with amazing people. Make sure you enjoy it, and utilize all that Boston and BU have to offer!