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BU Trustee Scholars

NYNYkidNYNYkid Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited April 2012 in Boston University
Hello BU Trustee Scholars,
I just got the very good news I've been offered the chance to join your ranks! Could some of you please write about your experience. I've been searching the BU site for more info but not finding much. Are Trustees housed together? Are there any extra class requirements or core curriculum exemptions? Do you have any regrets about accepting this over your ivy offers? Do you get a special advisor? What didn't you know going in that you think you should share.
Thanks for your input!
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Replies to: BU Trustee Scholars

  • choi5137choi5137 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I received the Trustee too!! My questions are exactly the same... there's little info on the site about what the Trustees exactly do on campus.

    I can, however, answer one of your questions about housing: (I read this on the kilachand honors college site) trustees can choose to live in Boyd house on Bay State rd or just stay in the Towers on a designated floor with other honors college students. But given the smaller number of trustees, I'd guess most trustees would choose to live in the Boyd house.
  • jennygjennyg Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hey all! I am about to enter my junior year at BU as a trustee scholar and will also be the RA of Boyd House next year. Choosing to be a trustee is one of the best choices I made - it's provided me with a wonderful community and incredible academic opportunities, as well as incredible financial freedom. I'll answer all of your questions and then please send me an e-mail or private message if you have any questions at all.

    1) You need to live in Towers or Boyd your freshman year IF you are in UHC. I chose to not take part in UHC so I could have lived anywhere, but I lived in Boyd every year. A lot of my best friends were trustees in Towers as well - they're very different environments but both have great people. Most trustees pick towers freshman year if they do UHC to meet more freshmen. I loved Boyd and it has a very tightknit community, but there are more upperclassmen, so if you're shy it might be more tricky to meet people. Boyd does provide more privacy, bigger rooms, a kitchen, and a piano, but Towers is a more typical freshman experience and the people are generally awesome as well.

    2) No different classes required to be a trustee, that's all UHC. All you need to do are Monday night lectures for freshman year and keep your 3.5.

    3) I personally never applied to the Ivies because I knew I couldn't afford it, but I did turn down large scholarships at higher ranked schools and also a full ride to a school of a similar rank. I could answer this for hours, but among things going to BU has provided me: a completely free top education, opportunities to research at Harvard Medical School every semester, more than enough research grants to run my own study on mental health while living in provincial Peru this summer, professors who take me out to dinner and write me recs in 5 days when I'm terribly disorganized, and some of the best and most amazing friends of a lifetime. I would never dream of switching it for something with a higher rank - BU has given me the environment and opportunities to shine as a student and travel the world, all without any financial fear. You will value that freedom much more after your first few months in college - you can study anything you want and do as you please without being chained by heavy debt, and your education will be great, rest assured.

    4) You get a special advisor but only to remind you to keep the 3.5. It's a better idea to use ratemyprof.com, talk to professors, and ask upperclassmen.

    Please e-mail me with any questions! I hope you choose to come to BU! :)
  • jennygjennyg Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Oops sorry, UHC isn't its name anymore, they recently changed it to KHC.
  • clarkshannonbclarkshannonb Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I applied for Trustee Scholarship but didn't get it. Would any of you mind posting some of your resume credentials so I could compare mine? Just curious, thanks!
  • rewkakashkarewkakashka Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I haven't found any information on this, so I guess I'll ask it here. How much does living Boyd House cost? And if you have any friends in KHC, how were their experiences?
  • jennygjennyg Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Living in Boyd costs as much as living in Towers - all non-apartment doubles cost the same amount. You can pick a single in Boyd for a bit more, whereas there are no singles in Towers (though you probably won't want one freshman year).

    Many of my friends are in KHC and have had a variety of experiences. I have both friends who loved it and friends who quit. It didn't fit my academic goals because I wanted to pick my classes from a wider range every semester and study abroad sophomore year, plus most of my divisional requirements were fulfilled. However, I have friends who would never dream of quitting and love to have very interdisciplinary classes with students they live with and some very famous professors. I have no regrets about not choosing to participate because I'm so close with that community and plan to do a senior research project anyway, but it can be a great experience depending on what you want from your four years. If you participate and don't like it, you can quit at any time, so there's really no pressure.
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