Boston College is just down the road from me and I’ve spent quite a bit of time there for soccer camps for my daughters when they were young. It’s also where I hired babysitters over the last 15 years when I needed help.
What stands out for me is that all my babysitters — more than two dozen — have loved their Boston College experience. My babysitters have ranged from head cheerleader to pre-vet (and now a veterinarian) to varsity athletes to a speech therapist who also worked on speech therapy exercises with one of my children while babysitting! I got really lucky when one of my babysitters graduated from Boston College and then went to Boston University for her master’s degree in speech therapy.
Boston College is located in Newton, Massachusetts which is a suburb just 6 miles west of Boston. It’s on the green line so there is easy access to the city by subway. There is no parking for students, however, unless you are in the teaching program and commuting for your internship at a school. Only a few of my babysitters had cars. My pre-vet babysitter who is also my very first babysitter from Boston College was enterprising enough to bring her car from upstate New York and find parking locally. It was feat though!
The only negative chatter that I heard about Boston College (which is also true for a lot of private colleges) is that there were some extremely wealthy overseas students who flashed their status via expensive accessories. It was a marked contrast to the usual college student attire of sweats and t-shirts.
Boston College has a defined campus with additional buildings across the street and 10 minutes away by shuttle bus. I’ve never heard of any safety issues either. Newton is ranked as the 46th safest city in Massachusetts by SafeWise, a community-focused security organization.
Money Magazine recently ranked Newton as one of the best places to live in America, noting “Heartbreak Hill, one of the most dastardly difficult legs of the [Boston Marathon], is located near City Hall. But the bigger heartbreak for most people is Newton’s lack of affordable housing.”
Sadly, my kids will never attend Boston College because it’s too close to home. How about you? What do you think of Boston College?
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