My name is Dan Bourque and I am currently a senior here at Emmanuel. I know that senior year of college may seem like a long way away, but it goes faster than you think! After three and a half years here, I'm even happier that I chose Emmanuel than I was the day I arrived. I've experienced many of the opportunities that this school has to offer, from the minute I stepped onto campus up until right now.
Coming from Worcester, Mass., I knew that I wanted to go to school in Boston. Emmanuel is right in the middle of this huge city, but still gives you the close campus feel that many other schools in the city don't have. It really makes it easy to feel at home here, which I have from day one.
Here's what a typical weekday looks like for me here at Emmanuel:
Breakfast! I head to the Marian Hall Dining Room to grab a bite before my classes start. One swipe of your student ID and you get all-you-can-eat meal options - certainly a contender for my favorite place on campus. I usually grab a breakfast sandwich at the grill and head off to class.
My first class of the day is Recent Moral Issues. As a liberal arts college, Emmanuel believes in a well-rounded and diverse education for all of its students. Everyone is required to take general requirement classes outside of their major - this one is for my "Moral Reasoning" requirement. Other areas include "Religious Thought," "Social Analysis," music and art classes, and at least one math, science and history course. I am currently a double major in Management and English Communications, but came in as a freshman with no idea what I wanted to do. By exploring different areas of study through these general requirements, I learned what I liked and what I didn't, and it helped put me on the right path.
It's Tuesday - off to my SGA meeting! I am a member of Emmanuel's Student Government Association, where I serve as the Senior Class Treasurer. I attend weekly meetings with the rest of the SGA, where we discuss concerns and issues that affect the whole student body. All students are welcome to come to these meetings and bring up anything they feel that they would like to see done here at Emmanuel. The SGA also oversees all 50 student organizations on campus - and students can come to us and form new clubs if there's something they are interested in starting! Organizations like this one help make Emmanuel such a tight-knit community - and running for Student Government is a great way to get involved with students, staff and administration around campus.
I head back to Marian to grab some lunch. I usually use this bit of free time to hang out in the Jean Yawkey Center, relax and catch up with friends. The Yawkey is like the living room of campus - plenty of couches and places to hang out, a great view of the quad and lots of good people.
Off to my next class, History of Economic Thought. This is one of my electives for my Management major. I know not everyone finds economics as interesting as I do, so I'll spare the details.
One of my favorite things about Emmanuel is the emphasis on professional experience. Many majors require students to have at least one internship before graduating, and every student is encouraged to look into some sort of experience while still in school. The summer before my senior year, I went to the Internships and Career Development office and they helped me find an internship that worked well with my major. I was lucky enough to be hired by the Office of Marketing Communications right here at Emmanuel (and I have to say, my commute across campus to the library isn't too tough to take). I write stories and profiles for the school's website and magazine, as well as work on videos and photos for different marketing features. There are so many opportunities for jobs and internships right here on campus, which is awesome for someone busy like me. I usually give myself a little while every day to check in with my supervisor and get some of my work done before I start on my homework.
I head back to the dining hall to meet my roommate for dinner before tackling some work for my classes. If they have the nacho bar or chicken parmesan, it's going to be a good evening.
I usually find a nice quiet spot in the Wilkins Science Center to set up and get some homework done. With a full course load, it's important for me to stay on top of things so I don't fall behind. Plus, if I don't do it now, I won't be able to go out and have some fun with my friends later on!
Time to go out and enjoy the city! Emmanuel's location is perfect for anyone who wants to explore Boston - a five minute walk to the movies, plenty of restaurants and MBTA stops, and of course, Fenway Park. If it's baseball season, my friends and I will go hang out around the park to take in some game day atmosphere. And Emmanuel often sells discounted tickets to Red Sox games and other events around Boston, so I definitely keep an eye out for those!
It's about time to head back to my room, shower and call it a night. Today was fun, but there's plenty more to do tomorrow!