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Meet Heather Macken

Heather Macken, who lives near the World Cup stadium in Germany, rooted for the United States. In the fall, she’ll root for the Terriers.

Name:  Heather Macken
From:  I’m a military child and my family is stationed at Germany’s Ramstein Air Base. I consider Citrus Heights, California my ‘hometown.’
School: College of Engineering
Major:  Biomedical engineering
 
What convinced you to go to BU?

Unlike a lot of other people, I chose BU because I had never been to the East Coast before, let alone Boston. I’ve moved around quite a bit because of the military life, but my family skipped over the East Coast. What intrigues me the most is being in a new city. On top of all that, BU has one of the leading biomedical engineering programs, which ultimately sealed the deal.
 
What are you most excited about coming to college? 

It’ll be nice to know where I’m going to be for the next four years. I’m used to moving about every three years and having no control over where I go next. This time it was completely my choice. New people and places also excite me to no end and in the city of
Boston I’ll definitely have my fair share of both.
 
What kinds of activities do you want to become involved in? 

Definitely student government. I was really active at both my high schools and that involvement is something I’m looking forward to at BU. I also want to get involved in the German Club and theater again.

What courses are you interested in taking? 

More German courses, with the hopes of eventually becoming fluent in the language.
 
What is one of the goals of your first year at BU? 

Meet as many new people as possible.
 
What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Accepting the fact that “Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance” — Rabindranath Tagore.

What will be your first stop when you start exploring the city of Boston? 

Hit up a 7-11 for a Cherry Coke Slurpee. No joke. 

How are you spending your summer vacation? 

Well, living in Germany has opened up quite a few opportunities. I spent a week in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the beginning of summer vacation. My dad used to be a Russian linguist, which definitely came in use that week. I also live about 10 minutes away from the World Cup stadium in Kaiserslautern. The city has installed two giant televisions and each game day about 30,000 fans are out watching it. My friends and I have been going downtown to watch the games and hang out with all the fans just about every day.