On October 19, a chilly Friday afternoon, students and their families–joined by advisors, professors, and COM Ambassadors–piled into the College of Communication for a light reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and enlightening presentations on the classes and majors offered.
The COM Friends & Family Reception was just one of several events Boston University offered over the weekend. There were opportunities to see the pep band perform, to watch the Terrier hockey team play, and even to attend a drag show.
Students flooded the sidewalks of Commonwealth Avenue, giving mini-tours to their parents and showing the highlights, such as their dorms, the George Sherman Union, and Mugar Library.
“Having a chance to meet a lot of the friends and family of the COM community is really amazing,” COM Ambassador coordinator Josee Matela (COM ’20) said.
She, along with 15 other COM Ambassadors, mingled with parents and their students during the event.
Throughout the reception, many parents got the chance to see their students at college for the first time since matriculation. They asked COM Ambassadors about their first months at school to gauge how their students were adjusting compared to older students.
Michelle Gardner, mother of Brady Gardner (COM ’22), commented on the great spread and interesting programming.
“It shows how welcome the school makes parents feel,” she said. “[Brady] has loved his time with COM, even though it has just begun.”
Some parents were more inquisitive than grateful, pulling advisors and professors aside to ask how their students were doing in classes and whether they were ahead of the curve. Senior COM Ambassadors answered questions with smiles and ease.
After the reception, parents had the opportunity to attend different presentations, based on the different majors: film and television, journalism, mass communication, advertising, and public relations. Each room featured professors and program heads from those majors, presenting about what their classes were like and what students could expect post-graduation.
“I enjoyed having the opportunity to mingle with students and their parents,” Jenn Guneratne, an academic advisor, said.
Ultimately, sincere sentiments from COM ambassadors, parents, and advisors were mutual. The reception room was warm, as well as full of good food and hearty laughs. Parents promised to come back to visit advisors and COM Ambassadors again next fall.
“I hope all of [the COM students] enjoy their time at Boston University, because my time flew by,” Brady added. “Cherish it.”
“We’re more than happy to welcome everyone on this lovely weekend,” Guneratne echoed.
Becca Buchholz, Staff Writer
Becca is a junior studying advertising with a focus in statistics. She spends her time reading ad books, watching advertisements, and refusing to disable her ad blocker. She has a midwest personality mixed with an east coast sass but is always ready to lend a hand. Find her on campus with a full bottle of water and her trusty Supergas.