In case you’d missed it, this is my spiffy new blog space as of January 2018. To see questions and my answers from 2017, you’ll have to go to the old blog. You’ll need to be patient. The old blog is a little slow to load.
Oh, dear. Was that too geeky? Sometimes it is difficult to answer questions (and ask them too) as we are limited by the size of the post-it notes. I am a library Answer Wall so I have taken on some of the characteristics of my library friends: for some questions I would really like to sit down (alas something I cannot do) and have a conversation with you so I really understand what information you are looking for. With limited and/or unclear information I do the best I can, but do on occasion miss the mark. Please do keep responding until we get it right though. I do want to help and I do want to provide the information you need!
Thanks for the additional information there. You’re probably right about what the original question was getting at. Northeastern, MIT, UMass Amherst, and BU all have architecture programs. Sadly for this wall, there are none at BC.
Though as a wall I’m predisposed to think walls make the dorm, I suppose it’s actually the occupants who make any dorm the best dorm. IOW, I’m guessing that award would change from year to year. Students do heartily wish to get into the “mods,” though (bit.ly/BC-mods), perhaps because they’re a little more like houses than dorms. Yes, I love my life as a wall, especially now that I get to express myself and answer questions. (You know the expression “if walls could talk”? Let’s just say few buildings would be very quiet.)
Alas! Not in the flesh. It’s been a long time since cows grazed on this land – long before I was even a gleam in the eye of the O’Neill Library architects. (About 1886, to be precise, when the land belonged to the Lawrence family. More here: bit.ly/BC-to-Chestnut-Hill) But the library does have some nice photos of Paddy Noonan playing accordion for cows in Donegal, in the Bobby Hanvey Photographic Archives: bit.ly/accordion-cows. The cows look as if they enjoy his accordion, wouldn’t you say? They have been documented enjoying concertina: bit.ly/cows-concertina.
I’m sorry to report that there is nowhere on campus that stockpiles newspapers, because BC’s custodial staff is very efficient about making sure all newspapers get recycled.
You should be able to retrieve it at bit.ly/BUStudentlink.
In general the difference between a BA and a BS is the type of coursework required for each. Typically a BA has broader and more varied coursework, while a BS is more focused on the major. So if you’re absolutely, positively sure of what you want to do, a BS might be the better choice. On the other hand, if you’re not sure or interested in lots of different things, a BA might be right. You will need to look carefully at the coursework required for the two degrees and do a good self-assessment: What do you want? What are you interested in? What’s your learning style? And so on. And do ask for help and input from school counselors and family. It’s a difficult decision; best of luck in your studies!
A Master’s Degree is usually a step on the way to a career, or a way to get required credentials for a career already begun, such as teaching high school. So, what you need to do first is figure out a career path, and then find out whether a master’s degree is required or useful as a career boost. Many workplaces (such as libraries) offer the benefit paying for courses toward a degree, in which case you might want to start working in a field before paying out of pocket. I recommend checking in with BC’s Career Center (bit.ly/BC-career) if you’re a BC student or recent graduate.
I’m sorry Monster triggers unpleasant memories for you. Taste can be strongly tied to memories. This short article in Science Daily (bit.ly/TasteMemories) explains some of the underlying mechanisms. Maybe get your hydration and caffeination needs met with something else that doesn’t bring you back to a bad time?
I cannot tell you how students feel about Gasson, as they have not divulged that information to me, but I can tell you a bit about Gasson and you can perhaps infer its meaning. Gasson was the first building built on this campus, in 1913. It houses many classrooms and department offices and a few very special places as well. One is room 305, the Fulton room (actually an amphitheater) and home to the Fulton Debating Society, with a Gothic arch ceiling adorned with a variety of oratorical quotes. Painted on the walls is the list of all Fulton debate winners, from 1890. Another notable place is the big function room on the first floor: Gasson 100 (aka “the Irish room”) was originally used as an assembly and lecture hall and now hosts everything from concerts to parties to Irish dancing. Just outside this room is the rotunda, with a very large and impressive white marble statue of the Archangel Michael overcoming Lucifer. And, finally, let’s not forget the Gasson Tower and its four bells that chime the passing day. I can hear them here and they certainly remain in my memory!
It’s fine to be sad sometimes – everyone is – but if you are “too sad” it’s probably time to look for some help to deal with it. Counseling Services has lots of experience helping sad students, so please consider contacting them (bit.ly/BC-counseling or call 2-3310). The Wall hope you find more joy very soon and is rooting for you.
Getting voluntary compliance with any sort of standard is always difficult. The Wall has 2 suggestions: 1) Have a carrot. Find a way to reward those who do follow the standard without punishing those who don’t. 2) Start ’em young. Students, junior faculty, and early career staff are far more receptive to the idea that presentations and work need to follow standards, even if it’s not a requirement. The more that brand standard pops up around the department, the more normalized it will be such that anything different looks strange. Good luck!
I love Taiwan. It’s such a crazy blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese culture, with Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist temples of all kinds, all of which have intricately carved & colorfully painted walls. I don’t eat (I am a wall), but one of my library assistants says to get scallion pancakes from one of the many walk-up windows, oolong tea, and if you’re into that kind of thing, squid-on-a-stick, a popular snack at seaside places like Yehliu. But you need more walls on tall subway platforms in Taipei, or else all the babies will blow away!
I would recommend going to the Boston University website for admissions: bu.edu/admissions. Or did you really mean Boston College, which is where this wall is located? Don’t worry, it’s a common mistake. The two institutions are totally unrelated (except by a major ice hockey rivalry), even though the names are so similar. Here is a link to BC admissions: bc.edu/bc-web/admission. I hope you find the information you’re looking for there, because I’d like to meet you when you enroll!
Why, yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a helper here who is fluent in Vietnamese. Other languages I get assistance with: Akan, Ashanti, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Twi.
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I’m sorry a boy did something that aggravated you. People are prone to be aggravating. Here are some ways to be aggravating: lie or exaggerate, do something after being asked to stop, fail to listen, break confidences, mind others’ business, brag, complain unproductively, argue frequently, take credit for someone else’s idea, talk over someone, keep silent about what’s bothering you, explain as if someone else is clueless, make broad indefensible generalizations, forget a date or appointment, assume the worst of someone else’s behavior, be quick to aggravate, pretend innocence after doing something aggravating… do any of these sound familiar? Let’s all make a solemn vow to minimize how much we do these things, & we’ll all get along a little better.
Even walls need rest for part of the year, but my helpers and I do miss having students and other folk to talk to.
Why don’t you come on over? (Because, you know, I’m pretty much stuck right here, though occasionally my peeps bring me to conferences and other nice places.)