Yichong - Boston College

B Commerce
Semester 2, 2018
There are many highlights of my exchange experience, but the unparalleled precious friendship I made with classmates worldwide is what I value the most.

Academic experience

My academic life here shares both repletion and excitement. Located in the peaceful and affluent village of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a top ranking private research university with Catholic Jesuit religious affiliation. I take four courses this semester. I find the academic system is quite different to the one at UQ, most classes are set out in tutorial format with only 15-20 students. For example, the Business Writing and Communication I take is like a community panel discussion that professor share knowledge and experience as well as exchange ideas with us. Because of the small classes, discussion is a large part of the course, with it sometimes making up 20%-30% of your grade. This is a bit of a challenge to force myself to step out comfort zone and contribute significantly to each class. Another major academic difference I find here is the reading workload and continuous assignments scattered throughout the semester so there was always studying to be done. Also unlike the online lecture recording posted each week in Australia, BC focuses pretty heavily on attendance. As Boston is an intellectual hub, the professors I am exposed to during the semester so far are of extremely high quality, which absolutely broaden my perspectives a lot!

Personal experience

My personal life here is wonderful as well! There are many places to explore near Boston. Boston is such a beautiful city with historic districts and rich culture. And it is only 4 hours  drive away to NYC! 
There are many highlights of my exchange experience, but the unparalleled precious friendship I made with classmates worldwide is what I value the most. I live on campus so it is easy to make friends, also classmates in my classes are very warmhearted.

Accommodation

I lived in Pine Manor College, which is a liberal art college 30min walking distance from BC.

Costs

Everything is more expesive in Boston, rent fee is around 1000-1500 USD per month, food is 10-15 USD per meal usually, if dining out, that would be 30-50USD per meal.

Challenge

My classmates in business school are very competitive, and it is challenging for me to keep up the pace sometimes.

Professional Development

I grew in cross-cultural thinking

Highlight

Met many exchange friends from all over the world, NYC trip and west coast trip.

Top tips

Always say 'yes' to new things. ...
Learn the language. ...
Take initiative. ...
Don't spend too much time at 'home' or online. ...
Make friends from your host country as well as exchange students. ...
Be a part of your host family. ...
Have some cultural perspective.