• Ella Malvino

what life at BU is like...

Updated: Oct 6, 2019


Hi everyone! I am so excited to get back to writing on my blog. I know that it has been two months since I was able to last post anything, but starting college, joining a sorority, and learning the do’s and don’ts of college has not given me much time to spend writing for my blog. 

I wanted to recap everything that has happened in the past two months, and tell you all about my experiences at Boston University so far (maybe this can give you an insider’s look if you are considering attending BU next year!) As many of you know, I took a gap semester during the fall and just began college this January. I moved across the country from California in midst of the coldest temperatures Boston has seen this winter, which was a ~chilling~ experience. It got so cold that you couldn’t be outside for more than five or so minutes without feeling like you were turning into a popsicle. So, yes Boston is cold, but it is manageable- most of the times. Except for when it is absolutely freezing and you have to walk 20 minutes to class and there is a wind-chill in the negatives, besides that its really fine (its honestly not, but you have to fake it till you make it). 

However, getting used to the weather was not the only adjustment I had to make. As an only child, I am very close to my family, so I did not know I would react to being 3,000 miles away from them. To be honest, it is not the easiest thing, but over time you get used to it and learn ways to make college feel like home. While I did have a mental breakdown for an hour the day after my parents left, the tears eventually stopped and I decided I was going to get up and just do it. It is so normal to feel confused, isolated, overwhelmed and stressed when you start college for the first time, but it truly comes in waves and does pass. I have said this on my blog many times before, but I think it is important to emphasize that everything takes time to adjust to and while you may feel anxious and uncomfortable one day, for a week, or for a longer period of time, it will always pass in the end.

I also had to adjust to having roommates. My two roommates and I share a triple, and while I did freak out that there was NOT going to be enough room for all my stuff in the beginning- I loved the way it turned out. I love both girls and have had such a great experience with them so far. One of my roommates Guen has literally become my sister. We have almost every class together, are constantly doing things together, and get asked on the daily if we are ever apart or get sick of each other (the answer is no). She has made this whole process so much easier, and since we both came in the January program, we have been there to support each other during the ups and downs that have happened so far. 

 This is really the only picture that shows what my side of the room looks like! If you guys want to see how I decorated my room, I can do a blog post on it! 

However, getting used to the weather was not the only adjustment I had to make. As an only child, I am very close to my family, so I did not know I would react to being 3,000 miles away from them. To be honest, it is not the easiest thing, but over time you get used to it and learn ways to make college feel like home. While I did have a mental breakdown for an hour the day after my parents left, the tears eventually stopped and I decided I was going to get up and just do it. It is so normal to feel confused, isolated, overwhelmed and stressed when you start college for the first time, but it truly comes in waves and does pass. I have said this on my blog many times before, but I think it is important to emphasize that everything takes time to adjust to and while you may feel anxious and uncomfortable one day, for a week, or for a longer period of time, it will always pass in the end.

I also had to adjust to having roommates. My two roommates and I share a triple, and while I did freak out that there was NOT going to be enough room for all my stuff in the beginning- I loved the way it turned out. I love both girls and have had such a great experience with them so far. One of my roommates Guen has literally become my sister. We have almost every class together, are constantly doing things together, and get asked on the daily if we are ever apart or get sick of each other (the answer is no). She has made this whole process so much easier, and since we both came in the January program, we have been there to support each other during the ups and downs that have happened so far. 

After not going to school for seven months (May to January), I was worried about my course load and how much motivation I would have to do work. While some of my classes are hard and tedious, I think my high school prepared me well for what to expect. College is literally just reading countless pages before every class, so if you don’t like reading, be prepared for that. Midterms are also annoying, but a part of life as a college student you cannot avoid. Overall, I am transitioning well academically at BU, and my biggest advice would be to not be too hard on yourself your first semester at college. It is not high school and you should not expect to do as well as you did there, and know that a few bad grades are not going to be the end of the world!  

Ok now onto the fun stuff! 

Within these two months, I attended numerous frat parties, rushed a sorority, got to meet amazing people from all over the country and world, and got to experience a Patriots Super Bowl parade after their win against the Los Angeles Rams (a little awkward for me). 

The first time I went to a frat I think I had a complete out of body experience. First of all, who decided that all these frat parties would take place in a dark basement that is filled with pipes, gross stains everywhere, and god knows what on the ground. Despite the filth, he best part of going to the frats is being with your girl gang, I say girls because unless your guy friends are in that frat- they won’t get in. While they can get boring and tedious after a while, I recommend going at least a few times and seeing if you like it! It can be really fun way to meet new people and just dance with your friends for hours. I also have been going to more frats. 

Also, I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi and I couldn’t be happier with the girls in my sorority and everything they stand for! I would recommend joining Greek life because it gives you so many opportunities to meet girls you would have never crossed path with and create bonds with older girls that are so strong that they would literally do anything for you. I will do a whole separate blog post on sorority recruitment and the entire process, but overall it went really well for me!



Lastly, I could not talk about coming to BU without talking about the Super Bowl victory and parade that took place two weeks into the spring semester. It was so much fun to be in a sports city that is so proud of their team. When the Patriots won, everyone rushed to Boston Commons to celebrate with members of the community. I met students from Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern and other Boston schools and it made me feel welcomed in such a big city. The parade was two days later and not only was it the most beautiful day in Boston, it was sunny and 60 degrees out, but everyone was out on the streets celebrating their beloved team. There is nothing quite like a Boston sports fan, and the Super Bowl win was such a great way to get immersed into the Boston community. 



Overall, these past two months have been tiring, exciting, nerve-racking, fun, and hectic, but I am so happy to be at BU. Although I wish I was a little closer to home, the experiences I have had during my first semester have made up for being so far away from my family. I have made some amazing friends who I feel like I can truly be myself around, which is the most important thing of all. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me at BU, and I hope this gave you all a little update as to what I have been up to and reasons I haven’t been to blog as much as I would like! I promise I have more content on the way, and please let me know if there are any specific college post you would like to see! 

XO, 

Ella 


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