How can I have a social life, good sleep schedule, and good grades when I have a job & 3 tests in a row in a single day.❤ ps I don’t have time for counselors

How can I have a social life, good sleep schedule, and good grades when I have a job & 3 tests in a row in a single day.❤ ps I don't have time for counselors
How can I have a social life, good sleep schedule, and good grades when I have a job & 3 tests in a row in a single day.❤ ps I don’t have time for counselors

Wow. That’s quite a lot. I wish I had the answers for you, and I really wish there were an easy and quick nugget of insight that would help. I will be thinking of you and all BC students as we head towards May. And, I know you said you don’t have time for counselors, but if that changes at all, here are links for the Connors Family Learning Center: bit.ly/BC-connors and BC’s counseling services: bit.ly/BC-counseling

Best floor in O’neil??

Best floor in O'neil??
Best floor in O’neil??

As a resident of the lobby, I’m partial to the 3rd floor, myself. That being said, the best floor depends on what you’re looking for. Need a quiet place to study? I’ve heard the newly renovated space on the 5th floor is great. Looking for specialized software or tutoring for an upcoming midterm? The 2nd floor is home to the Digital Studio and the Connors Family Learning Center. The 1st and 4th floors also have study spaces and collections you might be interested in checking out.

Hiiii.. Answer wall, am I stupid?

If yes, is it bad being stupid?

No, you are not stupid. You came to me with your question, and that’s a very smart thing to do! Everyone has talents as well as areas that they struggle with. Perhaps you have encountered one of those difficult areas. Don’t limit yourself with a label like “stupid”. Work as well as you can at those hard things, and when a task is easy, know that there are others who will struggle where you don’t.

What is the best way to make yourself focus on school while at home?

its going to be hard for a lot of us with online school. Thanks!

It’s hard for everybody. Step 1 is to remember that working online is one thing, and working at home during a global catastrophe is another. Be kind to yourself. Try and carve out some regular work space for yourself. Try and keep a regular schedule, even if it’s a weird one. There’s a bunch of solid advice on this online, I like this: https://bit.ly/bc-wfh

I’m a senior that needs to overload next year to graduate on time.

If I have above a 3.0, can I just register for the 6th course during add/drop week or do I need to go talk to someone for approval before registering?

It looks like you can go ahead and add the course either if your cumulative gpa is at least 3.0 or your prior semester was at least 3.0. However, I advise you to talk to your adviser right away, to make sure there aren’t any other potential bars to an overload. Policy: bit.ly/BC-academic-policy

How to stay motivated while working from home? I just end up taking a 2 hours nap everyday. It’s so hard to concentrate on work when there is GLOBAL pandemic going on. Looking at how severe this situation is getting really worries me, so I can’t focus on anything :( I really need some working from home tips.

You’re doing fine. Everyone is reacting a little bit differently to what’s going on, but fear, stress, and massive upheaval in everyday life are the exact kinds of things that make it hard to concentrate. Some people are dealing with that by keeping themselves busy. That’s not productivity. Also, there are about a billion lists like this online right now: bit.ly/bc-selfcare. Pick one thing off a list like that you might enjoy, and don’t worry about the rest. Be kind to yourself. Eat regularly. Try to keep a schedule.

I study so much & work so hard for my classes but still not getting the grade I want :(

I study so much & work so hard for my classes but still not getting the grade I want :( sucks to feel disappointed in myself
I study so much & work so hard for my classes but still not getting the grade I want 🙁 sucks to feel disappointed in myself

It sounds like you should be proud of your persistence and hard work, not disappointed! One of my assistants notes that they saw a Twitter thread the other day of dozens of current practicing STEM PhD’s (many with jobs at prestigious universities), who shared how poorly they did at various stages of their education, some even flunking out. Persistence wins! You can do this!

I’m only able to focus on my work using library computers…

I'm only able to focus on my work using library computers but I keep getting distracted by time wasting websites WDID?
I’m only able to focus on my work using library computers but I keep getting distracted by time wasting websites WDID?

There are apps that allow you to block your access to websites, but most won’t be available to you on a public computer. One technique is to schedule a timed increment of internet surfing (10 minutes?) as a treat after getting a block of work done (read 25 pages/ do 4 calc problems/ write 250 words, etc.) For more help with time management and study skills, contact the Connors Family Learning Center (bit.ly/BC-connors) and ask about academic coaching.

Hi Wall I have an exam in multivariable calc Wednesday and I’m freaking out…

Hi Wall I have an exam in multivariable calc Wednesday and I'm freaking out so I'm pulling an all nighter @ O'Niel how can I survive this?
Hi Wall I have an exam in multivariable calc Wednesday and I’m freaking out so I’m pulling an all nighter @ O’Niel how can I survive this?

I have faith that you can survive the all-nighter and multivariable calculus. But I want you to know that you can survive and thrive even if you were to fall asleep in the midst of the all-nighter and miss the exam completely. And after this exam is over – and you’ve had some sleep – maybe contact the Connors Family Learning Center (bit.ly/BC-connors) for some academic coaching, so it doesn’t come down to all-nighters next time?

I hear voices…

I hear voices...
I hear voices…

If you’re hearing voices that don’t exist, and it is disturbing you, I suggest you check in with Counseling Services: bit.ly/BC-counseling. If you’re hearing actual voices and it’s disturbing you, try studying on Level Five – our quiet floor.

How are the Latin honors at graduation calculated for the Class of 2020 and 2021?

How are the Latin honors at graduation calculated for the Class of 2020 and 2021? (I heard there's a change in 2021)
How are the Latin honors at graduation calculated for the Class of 2020 and 2021? (I heard there’s a change in 2021)

I’ll have my assistants check and get back to you.

The details are here under “Degrees with honors”( bit.ly/NewBCHonors ): For 2020: summa for the top 4.5% of the class, magna for the next 9.5%, and cum laude for the next 15% (at the end of 2nd semester senior year.) In 2021: Summa for GPA of 3.9–4.0, magna for 3.8–3.899, cum laude for 3.667–3.799.

I want to learn GIS and how to use it. Does BC have resources for this?

I want to learn GIS and how to use it. Does BC have resources for this? Or online course suggestions? (I'm a 2nd semester senior, so I can't take a class here later.)
I want to learn GIS and how to use it. Does BC have resources for this? Or online course suggestions? (I’m a 2nd semester senior, so I can’t take a class here later.)

Unfortunately we don’t have any GIS sessions happening this semester. But you can always learn more on the Data LibGuide: library.bc.edu/dataservices. If you click the “Get Help” link on the left side of the page, you can make an appointment with one of our two data librarians. They’ll walk you through getting started and talk to you about some of the different options you have to learn more.

It’s only the 3rd week and I’m struggling

It's only the 3rd week and I'm struggling. Am I stupid or what :( (PS, : Happy birthday Answer Wall)
It’s only the 3rd week and I’m struggling. Am I stupid or what 🙁 (PS, : Happy birthday Answer Wall)

You are absolutely not stupid. You’d be surprised at how many students struggle (many!) Please check in with you professors, your advisor, and the Connors Family Learning Center (bit.ly/BC-connors). There’s advice and tutoring and support. And thanks for the birthday wishes.