Student Perspectives: Boston University

Are you interested in learning about American's top colleges from the perspective of current college students? We'll be visiting our LogicPrep alum, who are now current college students to get the inside scoop about what makes these universities great and what's completely different than expected. Follow along to learn more!

Jesse and Murilo take on Boston University (BU) and visit LogicPrep graduate, Sofia. Native to Brazil, Sofia is now a sophomore at BU and is loving the opportunities BU has given her. While life at BU might be very different from her life back home in Brazil, she has definitely found her perfect college match.

What words would you use to describe BU?


Do you think high school or college is more difficult academically?

BU. In high school, I could just study the night before, but in college, you just can't do that.

What is the class size at BU?

The class sizes vary. Statistics and Intermediate Micro are both lecture and discussion classes, so they are large. My other classes are relatively small and personal.

What is your hardest class right now, and what is your easiest?

I would have to say Intermediate Micro is my hardest class and Greek and Roman Religion is my easiest. My teacher is extremely energetic in Greek and Roman Religion, which I think helps!

What is your favorite place to study?

I can be found studying either in the student lounge in my dorm or at Starbucks.

How is your social life?

It's great! I meet a lot of people in my classes. I tend to be more social with more international students because we're all in the same boat and we have a lot of similarities. I live with one of my international friends from Spain. There are so many countries represented at BU! Japan, Korea, China, India, Colombia, Venezuela, Indonesia, etc. I also still talk with a lot of my friends from high school and try to meet up with them when I can.

What is the housing situation like?

When I was a freshman, I lived in a double, and it was much better than what I expected. Normally freshman are in a larger dorm and have to share a bathroom with about 70 people. I got lucky and was in a smaller dorm with upperclassman and it was a really great experience. Now, as mentioned previously, I'm roommates with a friend from Spain.

What was the hardest thing about attending a US university, coming from a Brazilian high school?

Getting used to the new routine and being independent was a wake-up call. I have to do things on my own without someone telling me what to do. I have to do my homework, I have to study for my tests. The lifestyle is just much more independent.

What was the biggest surprise about coming to college? 

There are so many classes to choose from! Sometimes the decisions can be overwhelming. As mentioned before, I have to be more independent here, and sometimes that's difficult.

Knowing what you know now about college, what advice would you have given to yourself if you could go back in time? 

I was really nervous about going to college, so my piece of advice is to have courage and don't be so anxious because everything will work out!

Can you share any fun facts about BU with us?

In Marsh Plaza, there is a giant seal on the ground that students avoid stepping on because if you do, you won't graduate in 4 years! Or so the legend says...

Now Murilo is never going to graduate.

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