That sounds like a research question! There’s a research guide for US History that could be a useful starting point: https://libguides.bc.edu/ushistory. And the Reference Desk just across the lobby is staffed by librarians who can also help you answer this question.
I found the best way to get motivated and keep up in my least favorite subjects was to find a study buddy and set a specific time to work together. You keep each other honest, and have someone to bat around ideas with.
Stay open to new experiences and meeting new people. Savor all that BC has to offer, while allowing your mind to explore your future. Do those things you’ve put off your first 3 years.
The marginal return on cramming is pretty low, so I’d suggest studying as much as you can and still get a good night’s sleep. If you hit snags, try explaining what you’re trying to do to a rubber duck. https://bit.ly/bc-duck
Dropping a course can be complicated. I urge you to consult with your professor, advisor, and Counseling Services (bit.ly/BC-counseling) for support and guidance in making the best decision for now and for your future. My helpers have dropped courses and the world did not come to an end. But you might also find with support and maybe some tutoring with the CFLC (bit.ly/BC-connors) that staying in the class is manageable. Best Wishes!
Everyone has different experiences with professors and glad that you had a good experience!
Study with your friends (but make a solemn pact to actually study). Take planned, fun breaks. Listen to your favorite playlist. Have snacks…
You are part of a long and cherished tradition, only matched by the noble sufferers of Orgo. But you can minimize the suffering with peer tutoring at the Connors Family Learning Center (bit.ly/BC-connors).
I have lots of history major helpers, so lots of possible suggestions. 1) It’s probably not you, it’s the author. It’s OK to shop for another historian on the same topic until you get one that makes more sense. 2) Lots of people who don’t like history love biographies, and a good biography of an important person will teach you a lot of history. 3) Check out the Cartoon History of the Universe on the shelf to my left.
You can always check the course lists on the University Catalog (https://bit.ly/universitycatalog). It looks like there are a few that might be related to business and history: American Capitalism and Its Critics, The Credit Nexus: The Secret History of the Economy in Britain, 1600s-1900s, Heritage Marketing. BC also has a financial historian, Paul Schmelzing, whose classes will likely include historical perspectives.
If you aren’t even getting 5 hours of sleep, that could be impeding your luck in finding a special someone. So, I’d advise addressing that first The Center for Student Wellness has many resources on improving sleep and you can also get individual wellness coaching.
Have an initial conversation with the group: I’m really excited about this project and want it to work well for all of us. What do you want? Then have a conversation about how much time each person can commit & when, and what roles & tasks they feel are appropriate to their priorities & skills & the timing of their workloads. It might take a while, but I think you’ll find it’s time well spent.
My favorite is the type that best represents the data and makes it easiest to understand, so that depends on the situation. We have a Data Visualization Specialist at the BC Libraries who could provide guidance: email firstname.lastname@example.org. That said… “Exploded Pie Chart” always makes me giggle.
The most important skill to develop is the ability to quickly distinguish the essential reading from the merely important. Read the essential stuff and skim the rest.
Anecdotally, fun seems to have peaks at the start of first year; junior year if it includes going abroad, and most of senior year, save for the anxiety about future plans and leaving friends. Sophomore year is notorious for being the least fun. If you are stressed out and not having any fun, the Center for Student Wellness (bit.ly/BCStudentWellness) has a variety of programs that can help you find balance in your life.
I am enchanted by the 4-Color Theorem. It means I can safely make maps even when my Crayola box is down to 4…
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
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.
The windows don’t open in O’Neill, so I think a door would work best.
Why not sign up to meet with a wellness coach from the Office of Health Promotion (bit.ly/BC-health-promo) to learn some techniques to recapture that lovely interrnal peace during these busier days?
Why not schedule a virtual check in with the Office of Health Promotion (http://bit.ly/BC-health-promo)? They’re experts in helping students with stress and health worries. The stresses won’t go away any time soon, but you can learn techniques to cope with them.