O’Neill Library

Hi, I’m the Answer Wall! I’ve been perched in the O’Neill Library lobby at Boston College since February 2017, except for a year in 2020 when I went fully online. Ask me a question by posting a post-it on me in O’Neill Library. I’ll answer within a day on weekdays. I snooze on the weekends, because answering questions is hard work!

How are you so wise?

How are you so wise?
How are you so wise?

I expect most of the credit goes to my Mom (a sea wall) and my Dad (a dining room wall) who are very wise indeed! But I also live in a fabulous library with millions of volumes, and I have a group of helpers who research questions for me.

If you had a wall child…

If you had a wall child... a) how would you conceive it? b) what would you name it?
If you had a wall child… a) how would you conceive it? b) what would you name it?

I imagine a wall child would be conceived by an architect or designer like most other walls. In fact, two new walls arrived in the library just a few months ago. They’re on the third floor if you want to try to find them. I don’t usually get to name new walls, but how about Wallet, at least until it grows up?

Best Bam For Study?

Best Bam For Study?
Best Bam For Study?

Use all the resources BC has to offer: office hours with your professor, tutors and academic skills at the CFLC, librarians here in O’Neill, great study spaces in all the BC Libraries… . You don’t have to choose just one!

How do I get out of my eternal cycle of sickness?

How do I get out of my eternal cycle of sickness?

If you are sick all the time, I would advise you to first address this with your doctor or University Health Services (bit.ly/BostonCollegeHealth). If there’s no underlying medical cause, wellness may be the road out of constant sickness – check out the Ofc. of Health Promotion (bit.ly/BC-health-promo). Feel better!“

I find it really hard to avoid staying up too late.

I find it really hard to avoid staying up too late. I had one week only sleeping 4-6 hours a day. And I already feel heart pressure and pain in chest. I try to rest but I have so many things to do: assignments, reading, intern & activity. My friend said I have to change or I’ll die. How do I find the balance?

Don’t do this to yourself! This is the time to learn time management and get yourself into a more normal sleep cycle; you will feel so much better and in control. We have 2 great options for developing these life skills: Wellness Coaching through the Ofc. of Health Promotion: (bit.ly/BC-health-promo) or Academic Coaching through the Connors Family Learning Center (bit.ly/BC-connors). Wishing you sleep!

Thank you!

Thank you! But Nothing's changed :(
(You are the best) Thank you! But Nothing’s changed 🙁

These decisions happen at high levels and take some time to take effect. The best I can do as a wall is to give your feedback to the approriate parties. I do hope you get your lighting! 💡💡💡

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall! It's getting colder than last yr :(
Happy Fall! It’s getting colder than last yr 🙁

Happy Autumn to you, too! I don’t mind the cold, but I live in a well-heated place. I hope everyone else has ways to stay warm so they can enjoy the cool weather of fall and the cold weather of winter!