Anonymous asked: Hello! I got accepted to NEU's Digital Art and Game Design program for this fall, and it looks awesome! I'm hesitating to commit because I'm from the west coast and I'm pretty nervous to switch coasts for 4 years. Everything seems so different. I saw that you're from LA, and I was wondering how did you transition? How are the seasons? What do you like/not like about NEU, Boston? Any advice? Thanks!
First and foremost, congrats on your acceptance! You still have about month to look over your options before committing, but I really hope you choose NEU, because we’d be excited to have you!
I’ll be honest, it is a little nerve-wracking to be going to school 3,000 miles from home. My roommates are able to visit home on long weekends, and some of my friends’ parents even come to visit from time to time. However, in just two years of going to school here, Northeastern (and Boston and the east coast in general) has become my home, at least more so than my actual home (sorry, mom and dad!). That being said, the transition wasn’t immediate in the slightest. My suggestion is to limit your calls home within the first month or so, just so you get used to the distance. Really get to know the city by taking walks with friends and going on adventures. Make this place your home.
Season-wise, it was most difficult to deal with the humidity. During the first couple of weeks of fall semester, it’s really hot and you always feel sticky and slightly gross. It gets colder on a gradual basis, so getting used to colder/more winter-y weather isn’t too bad. If you don’t already own a winter coat, I’d say you should wait until you come to Boston (if you do choose Northeastern), and ask a friend or a retail assistant for help with choosing. That was a struggle with me, seeing as I have social anxiety, but it was really beneficial in the end. Rainwear is also pretty important, as Boston weather is pretty fickle (it’s sort of raining today, actually).
Winter stretches on f o r e v e r. But apparently that’s something that everyone here is used to, and after a while you do get used to it. It’s fun at first, though, when there’s snowball fights and such.
As far as Northeastern goes, I love the atmosphere it has: the busy, work-oriented students, the friendly professors, and the constant flow of events and student life we have here. It’s difficult to find something not to like about it, but I guess I miss the lack of authentic Mexican food (which is more of a Boston problem, actually).
I really love living in Boston. In fact, I’m actually going to be staying in Boston for the summer (again, sorry, mom and dad!). It’s really the quintessential college town, and it just adds to the whole experience of being a Northeastern student.
I hope this helped a little! If not, feel free to send another message with more questions!