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Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2017

Class of 2013 leaves behind some advice about settling in


Buy a fan. Make sure you have lots of winter clothes. Remember that a pot of coffee is not a substitute for a good night’s rest.

Those are just some of the words of advice that graduates of the Class of 2013 would like to pass along to this year’s entering freshmen. Last spring, we asked seniors to tell us what they wished someone had told them when they arrived on campus.

So take a minute to listen to the voices of four years of experience. And take some advice from us as well: get involved and have fun. Take full advantage of the amazing resources that BU and the city of Boston have to offer.

Best of luck as you begin your college careers.

Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

8 Comments on Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2017

  • Karen Cooperman Puro on 08.29.2013 at 7:49 am

    Remember, it’s not only the grades, but the learning…a lesson late learned lesson.
    Oh, and do have fun…Boston is an amazing and amazingly manageable town!

  • Ellen Ben-Sefer on 08.29.2013 at 11:27 am

    Persistence pays!

  • Tracey on 08.29.2013 at 3:19 pm

    Remember, it really is about your education. Study hard first, everything else second!

  • Katherine A. Kaplan on 08.29.2013 at 7:10 pm

    Remember: Nothing is ever black and white; life comes in many shades of grey.

  • Nancy Passikoff SON '69 on 08.29.2013 at 11:47 pm

    What a wonderful beginning that is happening for you…excitement, fear, fun…it never stops, if you remain open to all the opportunities, even when you think you might fail or are not smart enough! It’s only natural, and you have so much to give to society and the older folks! On the anniversary of the March on Washington, I look back at the progressive 6o’s at BU.. BUCRCC, that’s Civil Rights Coordinating Committee, Student Health Organization SHO, wanting health care for all…so it can happen, take up the torch again in your generation…I’m with you…Keep the Faith!

  • Cliff Balzer on 08.30.2013 at 6:53 pm

    It is very difficult to derail your career while in your early 20s. Take those chances, trust your intuition first and advice from others second.

    The closer you are to revenue and customers, the better is it for your career.

  • SMG Alumni on 08.31.2013 at 12:53 am

    Plan ahead and make sure you get your work done.
    Make solid career plans and connections.
    Participate in class and get to know professors.

    Also if your work is done make sure to enjoy your social lives. Don’t use work as an excuse. Drink in moderation as it is a useful life skill and a fun part of the college experience. (BU please stop moderating my comment you asked for wisdom for 2017, they will be 21 eventually)

  • deris angga purnama on 10.21.2015 at 11:26 am

    very touched once ” the words of wisdom ” ( kata mutiara in indonesian language, I was inspired :) it could still provide motivation for others .
    keep sharing :)

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