By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Spring semester is going by in the blink of an eye (how are we halfway through February already?) and BU is racking up the events for senior semester, like a trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino this past weekend, and an upcoming on-campus Matt and Kim concert, as well as parties counting down to graduation.
It’s all fun and games until someone asks the dreaded question feared most by seniors: “So, do you have any plans for after graduation?”
This week The New York Times tackled the issue of how, in a suffering economy where jobs are few and far between, many recent college graduates are feeling trapped in an endless cycle of internships that neither pay nor lead to permanent jobs.
For college students, landing an internship is a great way to boost your resume and learn valuable skills outside of the classroom. But many graduates, especially those aspiring to break into the fashion, film, or magazine industries, are finding themselves at a point where it is becoming increasingly difficult to break free from the cycle of unpaid work.
According to The Times article, post-graduate internship opportunities are far more abundant than job openings these days, making them easy bait for those fresh out of college. But some question whether it’s worth taking the time to work as interns, thereby delaying real employment, and if there’s even a light at the end of the tunnel.
The overall job economy is a major part of the reasons why most companies cannot afford to hire their interns. The overall unemployment rate was 7.4% in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, though it has decreased to 6.6% as of Jan. 2014.
And of course, the unemployment rates vary depending on what your major is. Those studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are probably better off than those studying liberal arts. A 2013 study conducted by Georgetown University shows that there have been lower unemployment rates for recent graduates in education (5%), engineering (7%) and the health sciences (4.8%), all areas that are “tied to stable or growing industry sectors and occupations.”
The future seems bleak for students. While it never hurts to build your resume and gain experience and add to a growing network, for some there may come a time when you’ll have to settle for an office job outside your desired field.
Party hard while you still can, seniors. But don’t let your last hurrah distract you from the “real world” you’ll be entering in a few months.
By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
Brace yourselves, midterm season is coming (cue the theme from Psycho).
For some of us, it has already come. For freshmen, it is definitely daunting to realize that this is our first set of midterms — I swear I moved in just yesterday. In most classes, this and the final are the two biggest components when it comes to grading.
I, being the helpful person that I am, have found a couple of tips for you to make full use of the little time you have for studying.
First of all, location is key. Generally, the dorm room isn’t very ideal just because that is where you live. All your food, electronics and anything else that could possibly distract you are there. This only makes it harder for you to focus, which in turn will not help you. Here are a few places where you can sit down and really focus on study material:
1) Melville Lounge, Warren Towers
This is for nighttime studying. If you’re coming out of the dining hall, make a right towards A Tower. You’ll see this sign in gold that says “Melville Lounge”. It’s just the back of the dining hall, but the best part is that it is usually empty. All you have to do is sign in and then you get to sit wherever you want (there are booths available, which are, mind you, always taken at Late Nite). Open from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
2) Student Village (StuVi) 2 (Level 26)
If you want to study with a view (and not get distracted), this place is for you. It is a quiet study lounge, so make sure you bring a pair of headphones so as to not disturb anyone. The view is actually really calming (unless you’re afraid of heights, I imagine), so come here to de-stress and get work done. Open all day/night
Of course, you can’t have a list of study areas without mentioning the library. Just a tip – don’t come here unless you have to (or unless you come during downtime). It’s always packed, which is especially true during midterm/final time. If you do manage to find a space, take advantage of the resources in the library as well as the quiet to finish that paper you chose to procrastinate on. Open from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.
There’s a lounge on the first floor. However, a little known secret is that there is another lounge on the top floor of 575 Commonwealth Avenue/HoJo. This study lounge is another alternative with a great view. There are options for a noise-permitting study area and a quiet study area. The view of Fenway and Backbay are also extremely pleasant to look at, so there’s that.
Additionally, make sure to take some vitamins so you feel your best while studying because, let’s face it, nothing is worse than studying while you’re sick. Staying healthy and well-rested is key, along with all those other necessary tools (i.e., notebooks, study guides, books, etc.)
Best of luck to all of you and hopefully we all make it through with our GPAs — and brains — intact.
If any of you have other study space suggestions, comment below!