hey old my name is Caroline for those of you who are new I’m a sophomore at Boston University studying political science in this video I’m gonna be talking about my experience at BU my first calendar year as a view student and my experience in the CGS Boston London program. you don’t know the CGS Boston London program is essentially a two-year Entry Program for you students the first year starts in January after your senior year. you take a semester off and then you finish out your freshman year the same summer by doing a six-week intensive semester in London you have sophomore years well where you take more liberal arts classes that you also take more classes koryagin towards your major i’m vu class of 2022 it’s been about a calendar year since I started at vu I started in January of 2019 and it’s now January 2020. I’ve been through first semester freshman years the london’s term fall semester sophomore year and now I’m about to finish my last semester here in the CGS before I transfer in to CAS College of Arts and Sciences oh and if you don’t know CGS stands for College of general studies in this video I’m going to be breaking down my experience the entire process from applying through this past semester as a sophomore here at BU I applied to you my senior year of high school I graduated in 2018 by the time that I was going through my college applications I knew video was probably one of my top choices I toured it this summer before my junior year I’m pretty sure and I really loved it even the college or the admissions officer that I talked to that was like specific to my range and he even said that my experience at wine proved that really be it was the place for me one little story is that daily natori it was the summer. it should have been nice to be warm and sunny but it actually poured rain and I was wearing a white shirt and they spilled coffee on it and they still look the school. clearly I still loved it this is important because winter in Boston is super long. the fact that I didn’t find that it’s pouring rain in July shows that I really did love it I applied all of my junior senior year at C’s I wanted to apply ed2 but I had applied ei to like five schools and gotten in already. my parents wanted me to keep my options open since I already had some acceptances in retrospect I do wish I had applied 82 because I knew I would have gone and clearly because I went even though I got accepted to CGS not my major I clearly wanted to go because of a lot I mean CGS students is whether or not you click the button to say you were interested in CGS I remember personally that I did because I had a college admissions counselor and she recommended it saying that it would increase my chances of getting in I always wondered what would have happened if I didn’t check the box if I would have straight gotten any to CAS in my major which is political science and then at the time I didn’t know about CGS London when I toured we talked about CGS as a whole but we didn’t talk about CGS London not to my recollection those of you who don’t know there used to be a program just like CGS. you would enter in the fall and there was no London it was just a two-year liberal arts curriculum and my year. like the class of 2022 is the last year that had fall CGS. I won’t really be talking about it in this video because it’s not really important anymore and no I’m not even in the program. yeah that was my experience applying it to be you I heard back from bu and I believe March in my senior year which was crazy considering I’d submitted all of my college apps by probably like December 1st but you know that’s how it goes I was like really excited to hear back because it was one of my top choices it was one of my top choices if not my top choice and. yeah I was excited to hear back you’d read on what was that college forum the irony is I don’t remember there was some forum that we were all used to like hear about like the date that stuff is going to come out. here it was coming out at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and I’m from California if you didn’t know. that was 5 a.m. I was actually a debate convention debate conference I literally could not sleep before I kept waking up or just like not falling asleep just waiting for a 5 a.m. to come around but 5 a.m. came on. I took my phone my email I didn’t get anything. I finally just like waited until I had to be up at like 6:30 checked my portal was excited to hear that I got in yeah like ecstatic I like screamed I know oh yeah. I read I was to GS boss Melinda program and I was like oh it must be like the enuine program because I also applied to Northeastern and that program you study abroad your first like fall semester and then you go to school at Northeastern. I thought it was like that like you go to Northeastern spring semester but after reading about it I realized that you didn’t start school until January and then you studied abroad in the summer instead I figured ok that sounds cool but I’ll have to compare it to my other options because you know I did want to go in as a Poli Sci major ultimately I ended up choosing vu just because I felt like it was the best of my options it was definitely the best school that I got into and like I knew I loved it I still wasn’t sure about CGS originally I plan on taking my dad semester here at home taking a community college class and having continuing my internship from high school but things did take a big turn over the summer and yeah I ended up doing something way different with my god semester July rolls around after I graduated I’m getting the feeling that I do not want to stay here in California for my job semester mostly because all my friends were. hyped up about going to school and you know having their freshman experience and at the same time in my high school boyfriend would be breaking up we plan on doing it you know beginning of August before he left for school. I was kind of feeling like maybe I needed to get away from home to kind of get over that.
I reached out to my summer camp that I attended when I was in middle in high school because they have school year programs and I asked if I could work there sent a resume and a cover letter we go back to me that in fact I could work there. I decided to live in my godson this year and worked in outdoor education I had a fantastic time I’m. glad I did it I honestly wish I could have been there for more time for an entire year at least I even considered deferring halfway through my gap semester but then I realized that I would have to wait until January of what would be my sophomore year. right now where we are now and that just didn’t sound like what I wanted to do I would have rather have just deferred for one semester but I couldn’t do that yeah I had a really great house for me then. many amazing people I’m. glad that I had the experience that I did that was basically my gap semester. that ended at Thanksgiving and then obviously I didn’t start till after MLK Day. I came back over to the internship I had in high school which I was planning on doing during my gap semester and then go my current job at his ski shop which I absolutely love. overall and I get semester was really good and I’m really glad I had that time and I think that it definitely prepared me for college and that I came into college a lot more mature like most people thought that I was not a freshman if they met me like they thought that I was a sophomore and I think that’s true for a lot of people in CGS as well Emily we can rolls around – me and my mom fly out to Boston stay in a hotel it’s time to move in I was. excited I found out I was living in rich riches in West in a triple with two girls that seemed super super nice and yeah I was really excited to like finally start humming my college experience unfortunately my moving weekend did not go smoothly at all and there’s actually a huge storm. my mom had to leave early which means I did not get like a ton of help moving in and if you live in West or you’re going to live in with you know it’s super super hot. even though it was like 16 degrees outside we don’t feel of like for the run felt like it was like a hundred degrees. like it was miserable but whatever that’s a fine how-do-you-do as to plan and at the first couple of days I just felt super lonely because I wasn’t really meeting anybody didn’t really know how to meet anybody and like my two roommates had together the previous semester. obviously they were already friends and I had no idea how to like try to get make friends you know it’s hard it’s transition and colleges have my heart finally I started meeting people in CGS like on my team spring semester I took three CGS classes and that was social science rhetoric and humanities yeah they were fine I thought social science was a lot like 80 euro if you took that in high school. I thought it was pretty easy overall since I took AP or a senior year of high school and then I took the fourth class which was for my major which was intro to American politics where po1 11 highly recommend that class although again I think it’s pretty easy. I ended up designing to pressure sorority my first semester because we do deferred recruitment here at new to do recruitment in the spring semester and mostly as because my two roommates were rushing and they were super excited about it both of my roommates were from Texas or are from Texas and. obviously that was like something that they were definitely going to do I am really glad I decided to rush however the week before rush my two roommates moved out not because of me and I hold it against them at all I still think they’re super nice but they just wanted to live in a double and a double up opened up in the room next to their best friend’s room. it worked out for them and that’s fine yeah I see them all the time were. nice whatever it no beef I for awhile thought that since it was after like the direct swap deadline that nobody was gonna move in and I was really looking forward to having my single that was actually a triple but I ended up getting two new roommates mehar and Abby who I love and I’m. glad that I got the opportunity to live with them last year and Abby was rushing to and she was the truth and we’re moving in the B end of rush. it was absolutely crazy because I was only in the room for an hour here and there and like they were trying to move in and II got was crazy but through rush Abby and I really bonded and became really close. that’s good and then of course that weekend I trying to theta my sorority which I love and I’m. glad and I made. many friends and that’s really like the main reason why I do have friends at school.
I am glad that I rushed for sure I also was inspired by the because of my sorority to Joe to go on an ASB trip which is alternative service breaks if you’ve been watching my blogs you know that I’m actually be doing an ASB trip this year but. last year I went to Asheville this year I’m gonna do a trip to Harpers Ferry West Virginia and I definitely made fun to do that as well and that really motivated me through the rest of the year which was really good and by the end of the semester I was deathly starting to make closer friends and I was like outside of CGS mostly like I had very few friends in CGS. I was kind of dreading going to London because I was going to London week after school and did mostly because I feel like none of my friends were gonna be there I didn’t like have people to hang out with and I just really liked my school life at school a lot and I didn’t want it to be over I was really dreading it and the only thing that I was really looking forward to is that I would be rooming with Abby again. I knew that I would have someone there for me. the time to meet for London cons and it was really hard to leave I didn’t want to go I definitely kicked off on a bad note because my flight got in at like 2:00 p.m. in London we had orientation at 3 p.m. and I was exhausted because my flight took off at like midnight and I barely slept and then there was just no opportunity to sleep and I’m super jet-lagged and then I basically had to be with people Intel like 9 p.m.. that and like fine dinner and stuff like that. yeah that kind of sucked. in London you take 3 CGS classes also social science humanities in rhetoric in class with all the same people as you were in spring semester with the same professors which is definitely one of my challenges to see chance of also pretty nervous about London because and you would be heard to make new friends because you know everybody already knows each other the other thing about the classes is you get 14 credits in six weeks. you’re basically in class all day four days a week and then on these extremely long field trips on Mondays which are technically your off day. like you’ll go to like Canterbury or Oxford all of which required you to drive for like a total of like 8 hours in one day kind of miserable but whatever it was fun and it was good to get out of London to see things overall I really did like London as a city and I’m. glad I got to spent six weeks there yeah it’s just a beautiful place I do definitely want to explore it more if I get the opportunity that being said I hated being abroad like it was a horrible experience for me and that was like all on me too and like my personal interest and my cohort of folks that I was with my cohort was super into clubbing and I just wasn’t interested in clubbing I didn’t want to go to clubs I was like down to go to pubs or bars or restaurants and whatever I just did not want to go clubbing it seemed like everyone else wanted to go club all the time like the six nights a week and I also wanted to keep my grades up and it seemed like a lot of people in my cohort didn’t or like they would rather go adventure than keep their grades up which I can understand but you know my priority is only school especially when you pay. much money to go to school editing Caroline here to say that I totally understand that my experience in London has a lot to do with my perception of both myself and my classmates and I’m sure there are plenty of people that were not interested in going clubbing all the time and did prioritize school and that I could have found those people but I just didn’t and I also definitely put myself in the mindset where I thought that it was everyone I wanted to do what I didn’t want to do and I if I know means think that these people that did go clubbing all the time or didn’t prioritize school as much are bad people I totally understand why you would want to do that I mean you’re in a country where you can legally drink you may just be visiting for the first time and there’s. many things to see and. many things to do I totally understand that’s just not where my priorities route at the time. that was pretty challenging and then also like because you were in class. much of the day and then how to kind of work on top of that I just found it really hard to like explore in one day and explore Europe in general luckily I did get to go to Brussels while I was there because one of my sorority sisters was studying abroad in Brussels.
I took the Aerostar and I would our weekend and that was a really great experience I loved Brussels and I would love to go back there too I did make some good friends towards the end but again like that didn’t happen towards in towards the end that was basically my experience I don’t think that CGS London is like horrible for everyone I just thought that it was really hard and challenging academically and also socially for me however I also didn’t have a ton of friends in CGS. if I did I can give it a bit a lot easier and I’d also definitely feel at home safe because I hadn’t been home since I left for school in January and then I do get back from abroad until July 4th. you’ve been a really long time for me and then once I did get home I didn’t really do much I worked on my blog for the rest of the summer and I realized my website which was super exciting and I also took an online class which I think was really good it helps me get ahead in my major and I really took out these I didn’t feel behind in my major just because of CGS because I’d only take it one major class at the end of my freshman year. I’m really glad that I did that anything he thought was a very good choice for me yeah. that was my experience during summer time and yeah it did kind of suck when I reflect on it like I am really glad that I had that experience and I think it made me definitely a more motivated student and I got to see a part of the world that I never been to before. that was really awesome now we get to basically where I am now I just finished up my fall semester and yeah I had an amazing semester I am. grateful that I’m a DUI of this school I love all the people that I go to school with pretty much and I’ve just had like really fantastic professors you can either take three classes to classes or one class in CGS but you have to take a total of four classes in CGS your sophomore year. I took two this semester and I’ll take two in the spring.
I took natural science and humanities you do have to take Natural Science each semester but then you only have to take one humanities in one social science. it’s really up to you when you do those I hate Natural Science it’s. hard I’m not a science person that’s okay I still got out of it with the B which is good much as I don’t wake natural science I’m sticking through it it does help satisfy some hub requirements that I definitely did mean if you like at this semester I really found my groove I found friends and even though I found like new friends that I had been friends with before and I’d say overall my relationships did change a lot but all for the better I still don’t have a lot of friends in CGS but at this point I don’t really care it because only two of my classes are in CGS. besides us classes the semester I took two major classes. to enjoyed comparative politics which i think is 151 and I highly recommend that class fantastic I loved it I also took a common one because I briefly thought it was gonna be an advertising major I do regret taking that um because I realized I do well okay I don’t regret it because I learned that I don’t want to be an Ag major because of that class yeah I definitely got into the groove I found places that I really love to be on campus I love the community center and my ASB family and yeah I don’t know it was a good semester for me I mean Stephanie academically challenging and he definitely had to push myself but it was really rewarding I also didn’t get my best grades I don’t like care that much because I’m proud I learned. much and I’ve been in my blog on the side and I really feel like got flourished as well. I’m really proud of what my semester was like that’s what a year in CGS looks like on your first year in CGS much as I talk about CGS to my friends and stuff I’m really glad that I chose to juicy GSA’s it means I get to be a BU which is more important to me than CGS yeah every one of you I feel like there’s a big like work hard play hard attitude which I personally really enjoy because I think it’s really motivating everybody wants you to work really hard and everybody wants to have fun with you when it’s all over. um I am kind of glad are looking forward to it being over I do have capstone this semester which is like a research paper that you do in a team of seven to ten I think which is really daunting to me I don’t like group projects at much. you let soon be a challenge but I’m really glad I must be you at the end of the day I am glad that I’m gonna say yes. if you ever have any questions about video or about CHS feel free to leave them in the comments down below or DM them to me on Instagram I’m always happy to talk to you guys about my experience and if you like this video and want to see more like it feel free to like comment and subscribe and of course you can always follow me on all of my social media which are always linked down below and I’ll see you guys in the next one