The Dean’s Top Tips for a Fantastic Fall Semester

The following message was sent to all undergraduate students on Monday, September 11, 2023, from Dean Campbell-Foster:


I love this time of year. After a few months of summer quiet along Comm Ave, the energy of the new semester brings electricity to the air. It’s a time of endless possibilities, hope and a chance to show off the new sneakers you bought (nice choices, btw).

Now that you are back, unpacked and in a routine, I thought it would be a good time to share with you my top five tips for a great semester.

The Dean’s Top Tips for a Fantastic Fall Semester

  1. If you are walking down the sidewalk while reading this message, look up! If your eyes are down and your ears are plugged, you will find yourself playing chicken with the T or someone in a hurry to get to work on their bike, or worse, a car. Pedestrian safety is serious here in the big city. (Speaking of the T, check out the helpful guide they publish for students).
  2. We share this city with many others and unfortunately, not everyone has your best interest at heart. Be mindful of your surroundings, unknown emails and phone calls. Lock your windows and doors when you leave your residence. Turn your Terrier Card over to find helpful contact information for who to call if you need assistance.
  3. Be considerate of your community. Take a moment to think about your neighbors before cranking up the speaker system. Walk up to a family huddled near the campus maps and say hello. Hold the door open for someone behind you when you are rushing to get to class and learn how you can care for a fellow Terrier in need.

  4. Engage with the BU community. There are lots of ways to make your mark here at BU, so get out there and experience all there is to do. Join a club, play some tunes at the piano in the George Sherman Union, cheer on our athletic teams or take part in service projects. Whatever you decide, choose something that makes you come alive.

  5. Find your joy. If you need a pep talk along the way, stop by our office (GSU 204).  

Welcome back and thank you for bringing back the vibe with you.

Stay safe, have a blast and most importantly, take care of yourselves and each other,

Jason Campbell-Foster, EdD
Dean of Students
“Dean JCF”

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