Whale Watching with the COM Grad Council

Twenty-eight COM Graduate Students departed from the Boston Harbor on Saturday, September 25, with the hopes of seeing a Humpback Whale break through the surface of the choppy Atlantic Ocean. Some students clung to the railing of the boat as they hoped to catch a glimpse of the miraculous creatures, while others clung to paper bags with the hopes of getting off the boat sooner rather than later. It was certainly an eventful day, and one that all students who were fortunate enough to have attended will remember, thanks to the work of the COM Graduate Council.

Many students seemed skeptical about how likely it would be that they were going to see whales breach the surface of the Atlantic, and even began to question if the hour and a half boat ride would be worth it. However, these doubts were quickly silenced as the tail of a humpback whale was spotted. Suddenly, there was a buzz onboard the ship as viewers were eager to see these animals in their natural habitat. 

The success of the first whale watching trip led the council to decide to offer a second trip on October 2, which sold out in just 10 minutes. Those who attended the second trip certainly needed to dress a little warmer as they were exposed to traditional New England fall weather with temperatures in the mid-60’s. The success of these two events seems to highlight that students are excited to begin exploring Boston and all it has to offer. 

Along with whale watching, the Graduate Council has also hosted walking tours that took students on a 2-hour tour along the historic Freedom Trail and will be bussing students to Connors Farm on October 16 to take part in a New England fall tradition, apple picking. 

The Graduate Council also partnered with Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides homeless and low-income children with the essentials they need to thrive. On October 8, students volunteered for a shift at The Giving Factory where they were able to socialize with classmates while also supporting a great cause. 

The Council is excited to be offering these events to graduate students after the past two semesters limited the Council to hosting all events virtually. While this was certainly a challenge, it also showcased the members’ creativity as they offered workout classes, trivia nights, and even a cocktail-making class online. Now that students are once again back on campus, it has allowed for the Council to widen the types of events that can be offered to students. 

The COM Graduate Council is made up of 5 current students who serve as the voice of the graduate cohort. Their goal is to improve the experience of all students at COM, and one way of doing so is through the events that they offer throughout the semester. For many students, this is their first time being in Boston and they may not know anyone in the area. These events serve not only as a great way for students to learn more about the new city that they call home, but also form connections with their peers that will last beyond their time at COM. 

Christopher Kattak, Staff Writer

Originally from New Jersey, Christopher Kattak is a second-year master’s student studying public relations at Boston University.  Before attending BU, Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Sacred Heart University, where he gained corporate communication experience. Christopher began playing ice hockey when he was four years old and continues to have a passion for the sport. Christopher is excited to be a writer for The COMmunicator. 

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