I found this quote among a plethora of quotes about Boston with a simple google image search. Thomas Gold Appleton, who was a writer and artist born in 1812, spent most of his life here which led him to make this statement. While I’ve only been in Boston for a few years I still believe it rings true. Before this semester, I was away from the city for 8 months, I spent the summer at home in Chicago and the fall semester abroad in London. Coming back this year strangely felt like coming to a new place that was still familiar. It took a little while for me to get over not being in London, but being reunited with friends and doing this project helped me to truly feel happy to be back in Boston again. The people, the energy, the accents, the sports, the spirit; it’s all truly a state of mind.
1. City Snapshot
I ventured over to the musically inclined part of the city in Back Bay where the Berklee College of Music, Huntington Theater, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and more places can be found. I also went near Northeastern University and Newbury Street where the city was bustling with shoppers and students. – Taken from 360 Huntington Ave., 1140 Boylston St., and 361 Newbury St.
The sounds of Boston come alive in the Northeastern/Berklee College of Music Area of Back Bay. Here you’ll find people shopping on #newburystreet , carrying instruments heading to the #berkleecollegeofmusic or heading to the @bostonsymphony! Swipe left to the third picture for a representation of how I feel walking through Boston #jo304 #beaming ☺️
Valentine’s Day was a night to remember, mainly because I helped surprise my best friend with a dinner planned entirely by her fiancé (who unfortunately is studying abroad and couldn’t be with her). We ate at Tiger Mama in Fenway, known for its Southeast asian food. The restaurant prides itself on shareable dishes and suggests that two people order around 4/5 dishes to share. It’s a bit on the expensive side so I was glad I wasn’t paying. – Taken from 1363 Boylston St.
3. Person on the Street
I talked to Michael Cocolla about what he enjoys about Boston and he loves that the city is small but still has everything you need. – Taken on Snapchat right in front of Kenmore Station
4. Student on the Street
Candice Lim (COM ’19) loves the hustle and bustle of the city. As an up and coming journalist she thrives off of Boston’s energy. – Taken at 640 Commonwealth Ave.
5. Academic Excellence
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a reckoning of sexual assault allegations coming to light in nearly every industry, BU held a faculty-student forum to discuss the movement and how the faculty are contributing to the research of this movement and of sexual assault. The fact that BU held such a forum and has faculty contributing to such a groundbreaking research shows it is a leader in excellence and innovation. -Taken at 775 Commonwealth Ave.
MIT is another school that displayed Academic Excellence this month. This photo features a student project made for Black History Month. – Taken at 77 Massachusetts Ave.
We had some unexpectedly beautiful weather in Boston this week and many people, and animals, were taking advantage. I met Joseph on the Charles River Esplanade while he was sketching the skyline. – Taken at the Charles River Esplanade
7. Scenic Spot
Back Bay is definitely scenic with its historical buildings, shopping and dining. Some of the Churches even have gorgeous stain glass windows that are decades old. – Taken near 180 Berkeley St.
8. Sports Talk
Siblings Issac and Bertha Borin couldn’t stop raving about their love for David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who retired from the Red Sox in 2016 but not before becoming a Boston Icon. I asked them if they thought the team could ever get back what they had or ever be the same without him. Check out their answer below. – Taken on Bay State Road
9. Fashion Shot
There was no way I could walk past Sage Holloway without asking her about her purple hair and her colorful jacket. She was happy to talk to me about her colorful 80’s style and explain to me how she picks her hair colors. Spoiler Alert: She doesn’t actually pick them. – Taken at 115 Cummington Mall
Sage Holloway did not know what color her hair would turn out to be, and that’s the way she likes it. She is bold and mixes random colors to surprise herself. Her hair color and jacket immediately caught my attention when I passed her at BU, which is exactly what she wanted. She lives for the 80s and wants everyone to know it. “I saw this at Garment District and I just love it. I love how bright it is, there’s this little belt that I think is just so unique and I just never have seen anything like this and it’s functional as a jacket, I hate buying things that just aren’t that functional so this is practical and super fun. I want to be the person who walks past and catches someone’s eye, like that’s what I want so goal reached.” 👾👩🏻🎤🦄 @sageholla #jo304
10. An Olympic Moment
Nikki Havens (COM ’20) isn’t letting her lack of cable keep her from staying caught up with the Winter Olympics. Watch this video to learn more about how she will stay updated. – Taken at 736 Commonwealth Ave.
11. Off the Beaten Path
I saw a glimmer of blue and yellow peeking out behind a building in Allston and when I went to check it out I discovered a whole lot more. This mural exemplifies everything Boston is all about. – Taken behind 136 Harvard Ave.
Boston is known for a lot of things, but having soul isn’t usually one of them. However, Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen in the South End has as much as soul as you would find anywhere in the South. It serves delicious soul food like Chicken and Waffles, and if you go there on the right night there will be live jazz performances! (You have to pay extra on any night where there is a performance but I say it’s worth it). – Taken at 604 Columbus Ave.
My Favorite Tweets
This was hard to narrow down because my classmates did a lot of cool things this week but here are the ones that stood out to me:
1. Natasha Mascarenhas’ pictures of the skyline are amazing. I’m definitely inspired to leave campus more often now.
2. Pamela Fourtounis captured a beautiful aspect of Boston: its inclusivity.
3. I love that Morgan Cheung actually talked to a student who dreams of going to the Olympics one day. Really cool interview!
- I replied to Yasmine Ghanem’s interview with Julia because we both love the amount of students in the area!
2. I also replied to Aleah Floyd’s interview with a student on the street because I also enjoy that I’ve met and made friends with people of different cultures all because I came to Boston for college. (Can you tell that I love meeting people in Boston yet?)
3. Watching Morgan’s interview with Ravi was pretty cool, for reasons I mentioned above, so I just to had to reply.
4. I’ve been in a Black Panther mood for essentially two years, so now that the movie is out and Black people all over the world are feeling inspired to be themselves, I reply to and share images of outfits from the movie showings any chance I get.
5. Laura Guerriero ate at Sweet Cheeks, a place I’ve been eyeing lately but haven’t yet been to. I was happy to see that the food looked tasty.
There are a lot of people and things I miss from London but I think I’m finally in that Boston State of Mind.