Throughout the ages, humans have turned to writing as a way to explore themselves and the world around them. Whether it is in the form of an academic essay or in the scribbling of a diary entry, the written word captures the essence of humanity: the desire for connection. The handwritten text in the background is the original manuscript for Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Flaubert’s reflections on limitations and dreams serve in this image as both the literal and metaphorical foundation, supporting the world of today, especially its students, in their pursuit of excellence in writing and further discovery of their roles in our ever-changing world. The students of Boston University come from all over the world in search of education, bringing together a great diversity of experiences and perspectives. The world within the silhouette of the students connotes both our diverse backgrounds and the world of potential for tomorrow.

— Samantha Burke