I Think I’ll Go to Boston
Feb03

I Think I’ll Go to Boston

February 3, 2012Chelsea Merget   Looking back on my four years at Boston University, it is difficult for me to pin down exactly what drew me here.   The communications program is phenomenal.  The faculty is first-class.  Boston is a great city to be in as a college student.  But I think that what sealed the deal with Boston University was when I first visited in April of 2008. The campus had begun its spring transformation and was blooming back to life from the winter months.  It enveloped me.  I felt like I already was a student there.  I could see myself walking along the Charles River during a study break. Without hesitation, I could picture milling around the dining hall with new found friends. The scholars around me exuded excellence.  I was surrounded by future CEOs, scientists and educators. It was then that I knew that I would flourish at BU. To this day, spring is still my favorite season in Boston.  It is full of life and color, much like my experience at Boston University.  It reminds me of my first visit to campus and of the new beginnings that await me.   Become a Campus Rep Intern: If you're interested in gaining real-world experience in writing, marketing and social media outreach and, at the same time, representing your beloved college or university, contact us for more information about our campus rep internship...

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I Have To Take WHAT? Theory and Process of Communication?
Nov19

I Have To Take WHAT? Theory and Process of Communication?

We asked our interns to write about a class they had to take but really hated having to do so. Chelsea Merget, a senior at Boston University, is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. Here's what Chelsea has to say about having to take Theory and Process of Communication. There's Always Room For More Knowledge By Chelsea Merget As a student exploring potential college classes, you’ll discover that every degree has a few dreaded core curriculum requirements that no student actually wants to take–even though these classes provide a foundation for the rest of your academic and working career. I am a senior at Boston University and with graduation rapidly approaching, my case of senioritis is getting more and more severe. Final degree requirements are definitely not on my fun list of things to do.  Alas, this semester I ended up taking: “Theory and Process of Communication.” Sounds riveting, right? It is one of the core classes standing between me and my Bachelor's of Science in Communication. The first day of class I showed up with an extremely negative attitude. What could this class possibly teach me that I haven’t already learned? A lot, it turns out. Professor Shanahan has a witty and dry sense of humor that engages and acknowledges the intelligence of his audience. The concepts he teaches are applicable and relatable to students. This class has truly transformed my communication style–something I thought was set in stone long ago. This class has challenged me and pressed me to examine all of the minute details of everyday interaction that are too often overlooked. It has given me an entirely new perspective and awareness about how I communicate with people and how they choose to interact with me. I grossly underestimated the value of this class and how its concepts will be applied to my future career. I’m glad I learned that there’s always room for more knowledge. ~~~ Chelsea Merget is a public relations intern with Smart College Visit representing Boston University. The views and opinions of college likes and dislikes are the personal opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors and staff at Smart College Visit, Inc. Click here to read more of Chelsea's great work!  ~~~ Learn more about our Campus Rep Internship Program! You can read more from our interns in the Campus Rep Blog Series.  Campus Visit Tip:  Make an appointment to meet with a professor or advisor for the major that interests you. Ask to see the degree requirements so you can get a good idea of what the curriculum will be should you...

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Top Tweeters: Where’d They Go To School
Sep20

Top Tweeters: Where’d They Go To School

September 20, 2010 If you tweet, then you’re likely to be familiar with the 2009 Twitter Wars between Ashton & Oprah. As with any competition, there’s the race to the top, followed by the race to stay on top. When we began working on this list of Top Tweeters, Britney was in the lead and, by the time we were ready to publish, Lady Gaga had risen to #1 position. So, rather than rank these tweeters by their shifting number of followers, we’ve provided a list of recent top 20 tweeters. If you want to know who’s #1 right this second, just check with Twitaholic. One thing we know for sure is this: if you’re planning a campus visit to any of the schools listed below, the list of questions you ask on your college tour may change now that you know where some of these celebs attended college. Find out where these “top tweeters” went to school: Britney Spears @britneyspears (Singer): None Ashton Kutcher @aplusk (Actor): University of Iowa Ellen DeGeneres @theellenshow (Actress/TV Show Host): University of New Orleans Lady Gaga @ladygaga (Singer/Songwriter): NYU Tisch School of Arts Barack Obama @BarackObama (President/Politician): Columbia University and Harvard University Kim Kardashian @KimKardashian (Heiress): None Oprah Winfrey @Oprah (TV Show Host): Tennessee State University Taylor Swift @taylorswift13 (Singer): None John Mayer @johncmayer (Singer): Berklee College of Music Ryan Seacrest @RyanSeacrest (TV Personality): University of Georgia Ashley Tisdale @ashleytisdale (Actress/Singer): none Shaq O’Neal @the_real_shaq (Basketball Player): Louisianna State University Justin Bieber @justinbieber (Singer): none Coldplay @coldplay (Band): University College of London Mariah Carey @MariahCarey (Singer): None Demi Moore @mrskutcher (Actress): none 50cent @50cent (Rapper): none Sean Combs @iamdiddy (Producer/Singer/Actor): Howard University Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon (Actor/TV Show Host): College of Saint Rose Lance Armstrong @lancearmstrong (Cyclist): none *** Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology is a public relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. Click here to read more of her great work! Sources for the college data above came from a variety of Internet sites. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. The list we provide represents where people attended college, not necessarily where they graduated or if they graduated. We like these lists because we feel college is a great beginning for many...

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Have Questions on Your College Tour ? Ask the Natives
Sep09

Have Questions on Your College Tour ? Ask the Natives

We asked Chelsea Merget, our public relations intern from Boston University, if students or parents touring campus ever stop and ask her questions. They do and below is Chelsea's take on her role as a BU native.  I have been approached by several students visiting the campus. I also work in an area on campus that handles a lot of visiting traffic so I have had rather lengthy conversations with parents and students about BU.   One of my favorite questions a student asked was, "What did I like least about BU?" Even though it was kind of difficult for me to answer, I really appreciated her train of thought–what complaints do these students really have about their school? Instead of answering where the best place to live is or my favorite place to hang out like I have a hundred times, I actually had to think about a negative knowing it could make or break a college decision. I was honest about the cost of tuition being a challenge and that sometimes we wonder where our undergrad fee goes. There was no positive way to answer this question except to be completely honest.  Another factor that really makes a difference when answering questions is having the student, not the parent, do the asking. It is the student, after all, who will be attending the college, so they should ask questions that they want answered.   Even with the parent present, there is a difference in how I answer questions compared to when I am directly addressing a student.  My answers are more informal, more approachable, and possibly more honest and frank with a student.  When parents ask questions, a lot of times students feel the need to impress them with statistics, facts, and the typical answers. I always feel more comfortable giving my honest opinion to a student directly, especially if the student is alone. In addition, I think the student feels a more personal connection with the school if they have a real, human interaction with another student.   *** Asking a student on campus what they like least is a great question! Here are 15 other questions to consider asking when on your college tour: Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College...

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Make a New Home For Yourself
Jul11

Make a New Home For Yourself

It is often said that home is where the heart is. So how could someone leave their family and friends to move away? Why move when you are comfortable, stable, and settled at home? You have the benefits of parental support, free housing, and free food. You’d be crazy to move. So why do people choose to leave home for college? The truth of the matter is that there is something special gained from the experience of living on your own while in college. It's cliche, but you get a chance to spread your wings and broaden your horizons. You become familiar with lifestyles you have never seen before. You learn to forge your own path and become an independent adult.  Many teens fear that if they move away to college, they sever all ties with their “old” life. That is only the case if you want it to be. I still keep in touch with several of my good friends from high school and speak with my parents almost every day. I made moving away to school an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons, not to relocate them.  I was born and raised in a small suburb of Orange County, California.  Before moving to Boston to attend Boston University, I had no idea what it was like to be fully responsible for my actions. I had to learn how to manage my own money, stay on top of my homework without pressure from my parents or teachers, and ultimately how to prioritize. I can safely say that this experience has helped me grow noticeably as a student and contributor to society.  Boston is a city rich in culture, history, and diversity and I would never have experienced this richness if I didn’t press the limits of my comfort zone. I could have easily stayed in California and attended a college where I could have continued my high school friendships. But, because I chose to move to Boston, I have developed a sense of independence, a taste for adventure, and I now have friends from all over the world.   Moving away for college is definitely not for everybody. But no one should let distance keep them away from their perfect college fit. It could be your best opportunity to become a strong, independent person and competent student. Seize the opportunity and make a new home for yourself. *** Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. She is spending the summer as a public relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. For other articles about college life,...

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I’m a Proud Terrier: a Boston University Story
May24

I’m a Proud Terrier: a Boston University Story

Making a decision on college is one of the most pressing times in a student’s life. Almost every person they talk to brings it up, just caking on the pressure. Luckily, I had some idea about where I wanted to go because I have a guidance counselor for a mom and she knows the importance of visiting colleges. I had it narrowed down to three: Washington State University, University of Washington, and Boston University. They all had something I wanted out of a college, but once I visited Boston University, it was love at first sight.
The first time I had ever been to Boston, we only spent two days in the city and I was already in love with the city. It had a unique feel to it; it was a city, but not overwhelming, and it had a small town feel without being boring. I knew after that first trip, I would definitely be visiting again soon to further enjoy what Boston has to offer. That desire fueled my decision to apply to Boston University. I already knew I loved the city and why go somewhere for college if you don’t love where you are living? Boston is especially accommodating to college students because they make up a good portion of the city’s population. There are over 60 colleges in the area; it’s impossible to have nothing to do. Everyone tells you that you have to make your college years count and I knew I could in Boston.
Besides the fact that BU has one of the most established communications programs in the country, the school is well connected in the “real world” and accommodates its students well above what is expected. Students like to joke that it’s “all inclusive” in the price of tuition, which is no pretty figure. But seeing this school made me realize that it was worth the money. Besides the rest of the welcoming faculty, our Dean of Students, Dean Elmore, makes sure every prospective student he meets feel like BU is his or her second home. Mission accomplished, Dean Elmore.

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