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There are 7 comments on What Makes the Class of 2014?

  1. The article is really great. It looks like our class of 2014 will be a studious one. I would just like to point one thing out in reference to our new students… has there been an increase in the students attending who come from lower income families? Affirmative action is pointless if we just look to diversify ethnically. We need more students who come from lower middle class and lower economic families. Not only that, but what exactly does it say about a person if they sang for the pope or built huts in Africa? Unless they competed for those things regardless of financial status, those experiences are COMPLETELY negligible. Who wouldn’t want to travel to a foreign land to provide shelter of food to those in need. Some of us never had those opportunities. We shouldn’t be judged based on our extraordinary experiences. That is the same as saying, “Okay, we have some students who have been to Disney World ten times! Isn’t that amazing! BU is lucky to have students whose family can afford such extravagance.” Please… who wouldn’t want an internship with Katie Couric? Who’s to say someone else wasn’t more qualified? Someone got lucky; they lived in the right place at the right time. Please don’t tell me an experience dependent on socio-economic background, citizenship, or residence makes a difference in a person’s character, because truth be told they are more often than not influenced negatively. When you get every golden opportunity handed to you because you can afford it, or are the only person there, you become lazy, spoiled, and arrogant. Is that really how we want the class of 2014 to be presented?
    PS- The class of 2013 includes students who have patents and others who have begun their own business (among many other marvelous achievements). Things that anyone can attempt but they succeeded at doing. How does the class of 2014 compare to that?

  2. I agree with you absolutely, positively 100%! it irritates me when universities laud things like travel experiences and summer programs as being proof of drive and achievement. they’re nice, and the community-service related ones are great, but I’d take more pride in going to school with the girl who spent the summer before her senior year working two jobs to support her siblings than the one who spent the summer traveling Italy and took a week out of that at a soup kitchen. thank you for saying that, random poster. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  3. You seem to have a big problem with the students your child will be around. The school is not trying to point out the fact that a bunch of rich kids are attending classes, it seems more like they are pointing out the quality of students at the University. If your son or daughter is admitted you should be a proud of their accomplishment and a little less concerned about some ones else position in life.

  4. To the person that posted the message titled ‘Experience vs Achievement’…I think you misunderstood the point of the article. The point of the article was indeed to highlight some of the unique experiences that the soon to be freshman bring to BU.

    First, off I would like to disagree with your stance. After reading what you wrote it seems as though you would negate the achievements of those that might have strived equally hard as anyone if their family has money. Does being born into wealth automatically disqualify a persons hard work and achievement?

    Secondly, you dont seem to be aware of the fact that top internships (across the country and the world) are coveted and hotly contested. For example in the Financial industry, as many as two thousand students can compete for as few as one internship positions at firms like Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs. Interning with Katie Couric (like her or hate her) is unlikely to be something you can just sign up for. My guess if that he/she had to be well qualified and likely competed against a good number of people. As with the person that sang for the Pope..

    Thirdly, you are very naive in your assessment of peoples motivations. To step outside of your little bubble as a 16, 17 and 18 year old to go to Tanzania is bold and courageous action. You act like it is the simplest thing in the world to do and that everyone would and the absolute only thing that holds them back is being from a low income family! Ridiculous. If that was the case how come there isnt a mass movement of rich people going there to do similar work? (and trust me…there isnt, ive worked all over the continent for over 5 years!) Rich or poor, doing work like that has incredible merit. Specially for the live he/she was able to help. Admire him/her!

    Fourth, if you had to struggle and work your way through BU then that is an admirable achievement. Something that you should be proud of. However, do not project your anger at your financial situation on other equally deserving students. Do not pretend to understand other people situations merely by looking at them. I myself worked and have been struggling my way through BU. I was aware of how much it cost before getting here. I was aware of far cheaper options. I CHOSE to go here – just like you did and I live with my decision – as should you! It is foolish and immature to be jealous of others for merely being born into a slightly more favourable financial situation. Make your own success.

    Lastly, BU needs to be admitting and recruiting the best possible students – this NEEDS to be done regardless of ethnicity, financial status etc.. You seem to suggest that unless BU admits students from lower income families it is a failure. No. BU needs to admit the BEST students possible. Then if they happen to be rich, poor, black, white, green, blonde brunette etc. is an entirely different matter.

  5. Wow, as a member of the class of 2014, I am proud to call these people my classmates and am excited to hear about their experiences. In regards to “Experience vs. Achievement,” I don’t believe that the intention behind this article was to show off a student’s financial background, but rather to recount the numerous opportunities that some were lucky enough to have as well as to suggest the skills or values that they may have gained during such experiences. Like you said, these people were given the opportunity; however, that didn’t stop others from taking the initiative to find opportunities of their own. Rarely does such an experience ask for much beyond leadership, community service and academics and to suggest otherwise, to be frank, undermines a person’s genuine efforts. Call me biased, but the class of 2014 is no less than the class of 2013. Many of my classmates, whom I have spoken to, have worked hard to become a part of the BU community and have come upon such extravagant opportunities by chance or by hardwork. And so, if by chance my classmates don’t hold as many patents as those of 2013 or have had more extravagant experiences, they are only individuals in a bigger group and do not classify the entire class of 2014.

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