Autumn Happenings around Boston

Fall in New England is a beautiful time. The smell of apple pie and cider permeates through the air, whether you are in the city or in the country.

One of the best ways to experience foliage in the greater Boston area is to get in a car and drive. Even better? Here’s a list of driving tours already mapped out for you. You don’t need to drive too far from Suffolk to see vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. And if you’re in need of a car, visit this link for a list of affordable car rentals in Boston.

Another great way to experience the fall foliage is to go on a walk or hike and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places nearby that you could do so.

Take a stroll around the Boston Public Garden or head down to the Charles River for a fall jog. Observe Mother Nature’s beauty while navigating the waters of Boston Harbor. Boating in Boston offers kayak rentals at U-Mass Boston until the last weekend in October.

The 14th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival fills Boston’s historic South End with jazz, Latin, blues and groove music this autumn. Featuring three stages, world cuisine, and crafts, the festival stretches across a whopping six blocks. Check out their full schedule for more information and free concerts.

For a taste of autumn, visit a weekend tour at Harpoon Brewery located in the Seaport District in Boston. After touring the factory where Harpoon has been brewing and packaging beer for over 25 years, try their UFO Pumpkin Ale and hard ciders.

Learn about a plant-based diet in a fun environment at the 19th annual Vegetarian Food Festival in October. This free event features speaker and chef presentations as well as educational exhibits, food samples, and special discounts on featured products. It is a great opportunity to talk to food producers and taste new products being introduced to the marketplace.

There’s plenty to do around Boston in the Fall…you just have to discover it!

- Suzanne

Starting Again in Grad School

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Going back to school was not a hard decision for me to make. Since I graduated from Framingham State University in 2010, I knew I would end up back in school…eventually. All I knew when I graduated from college was that I did not want to be a teacher. After less than a year in the “real world” it was clear to me that I did not have all the skills I needed to reach my career and life goals.

For two years I was a journalist at a community newspaper conglomerate on Massachusetts’ North Shore. Within six months I realized print media was not the career that I wanted to be in. As the company I worked for slowly embraced social media, I knew my skills were better suited for other aspects of the communication field: public relations and marketing.

Last fall I went to a Graduate Information Session at Suffolk University and had the pleasure of meeting Communication Graduate Program Director, Gloria Boone. I came with questions after reviewing the different concentrations for the Master of Arts in Communication (MAC), which are communication studies, public relations and advertising and integrated marketing communication (IMC).

Dr. Boone provided insightful and practical answers that gave me a mental picture of what my life would be like as a graduate student: rigorous academics, group projects, real world application of course work, and an internship to name a few. What I got from that meeting was no matter where I decided to go (or rather what program I got into) it will be a lot of work, but the positives far outweighed the negatives.

The concentration I choose was IMC, which combines both business courses taken at the Sawyer Business School as well as public relations and advertising courses within the College of Arts and Sciences. For me, IMC was the most practical option and most interesting.

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Although I applied to other programs, Suffolk was the only school I wanted to go to. I am from Massachusetts; born, raised, and educated…and proud of it. The thought of moving out of state for 18 months seemed almost not worth the value of the degree I was getting. I love Boston and cannot imagine going to school in any other city. Suffolk is also in a great location.

There is always something interesting to do and see around campus. Walk the cobblestone streets of the historic Beacon Hill area or relax in Boston Common by the Frog Pond. Quincy Market is one of my favorite areas, too. It can get busy as it is a top tourist attraction, but there is always live music and entertainment, great food, and shopping.

As a full-time student I know the next year-and-a-half will go by very quickly but I am up for the challenge. I reached a point in my mid-twenties where I knew I needed to take control of my life and plan for my future. Obtaining my MAC at Suffolk University is my first step to a bright and successful future in the city I love.

- Suzanne

16 Reasons to Attend the Suffolk University Graduate Admitted Student Reception

If you’re a newly-accepted Suffolk University graduate student (well hey, congratulations!), you’ve probably heard about our Admitted Student Reception happening on Wednesday, May 7.

You have heard about it, right? Maybe you saw the invitation in your decision packet or have gotten one of the emails/videos/tweets that we’ve sent about it? You’ve seen those too, right? Hopefully? Yes? Cool—because we can’t wait to see you and celebrate your accomplishments.

After all, getting into grad school is a big deal. How big is it? A pretty big…well, you get it.

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So just in case a GIF of Joe Biden didn’t seal the deal for you, here are a list of 16 reasons why you should come celebrate your accomplishments and attend Suffolk’s Admitted Student Reception on May 7.

1) It’s an opportunity to meet future classmates before courses start.

2) This, of course, means ample time for you to network, exchange emails, become Facebook/Twitter/Instagram friends, LinkedIn connections, and maybe even hang out for a cup of coffee prior to meeting for the first time when paired together for a group project.

3) Speaking of group projects, your professors and program advisors will be in attendance at the Admitted Student Reception, too!

4) Have a question about a class, a requirement, or want to take a selfie with them and introduce yourself in-person? This is the ideal time.

5) Speaking of selfies, if you get enough of your fellow classmates, professors, and—hey, even Grad Admission staff—together at the same time, you should probably do this and then tag us (@SuffolkGrad) on Twitter.

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6) The President of Suffolk University, James McCarthy, will give the opening address. You can meet the President of Suffolk. The President!

7) Some of our alumni will be present and you’ll have the opportunity to talk to them about what they’re doing now and how a graduate degree from Suffolk helped them get there.

8) You can give the people who admitted you a high-five! (Yes, the Grad Admission staff will be there.)

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9) You’ll have the chance to ask the Grad Admission staff, professors, program advisors, or alumni anything.

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Anything. Seriously.

10) The Admitted Student Reception is on a Wednesday night which is close enough to Thursday, which is close to the weekend and definitely not near a Monday.

11) There will be food. It will be delicious.

12) Ever seen a “Build Your Own Mashed Potato Martini” station? Because you will on May 7.

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13) This is as perfect of an excuse as anything to enjoy a night out in Boston, what we think is the greatest city in the world. Unsure of that? Try us.

14) The entire event is free and will cost you nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.

15) We will tweet about how awesome you are the entire time while using the hashtag #SuffolkBound so that way, you’re able to follow along.

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16) Because we can’t wait to put a face to an application and welcome you to Suffolk University.

See you there!

Q & A with Cory Meyers, Director of Graduate Admission at Suffolk University

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We sat down with Cory Meyers, Director of Graduate Admission at Suffolk, to ask him a few questions about the grad school application process. Take a look and get some tips directly from Cory himself!

Office of Graduate Admission: Why is graduate school a good option for someone looking to advance in their career?

Cory Meyers: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations that typically require a master’s degree for entry are projected to grow the fastest, with an anticipated growth rate of 18.4% from 2012 - 2022. The landscape is shifting and career changers and advancers will increasingly find themselves in competition with candidates who have a graduate degree.

OGA: What are some things that students should look for while researching grad school?

Meyers: My number one recommendation is to find a program in which you are a good fit. While the larger University structure and services are important, choosing a grad school is more about the alignment of the particular academic program with your personal and professional goals. Ask questions like, what are the specialties or research interests of the faculty? Is the curriculum designed to prepare students for the career you are seeking? Are there internship opportunities with the types of organizations you are hoping to work for in the future? If you are planning on enrolling part-time while continuing to work, will the program allow you the flexibility to be successful both in school and on the job?  

OGA: When is the best time to begin looking for a grad school?

Meyers: Early! While many schools, including Suffolk, accept applications on a rolling basis and will allow you to apply late, doing so puts you at a disadvantage. The decision to attend grad school is a major one, and it requires you to take the time and do the research to ensure you are making the right choice. Additionally, once you find the program that is the right fit, you need to figure out what is required in the application process. Is the GMAT or GRE required? Is a portfolio required? How many letters of recommendation are needed? What sort of essay or writing sample must be submitted? To give yourself the best chance of being accepted – start your research early and give yourself the time to be successful.

OGA: What do you look for in a personal statement when reading a grad school application?

Meyers: The personal statement, also known as the “goal statement”, “statement of purpose”, or “admission essay,” is your opportunity to convey three things. First, how will you fit into the program? This should not be a general statement that you use for multiple grad schools. It is important that you articulate specific aspects of the school and program that align with your interests and goals.

Secondly, talk about your potential for success. What personal characteristics, skills, or experiences are especially relevant in predicting your success in the program? While you can mention your prior academic performance and/or test scores, the focus should be on items that are not otherwise represented in your application materials.

Lastly, I’m always looking for a students’ ability to write at the graduate level. Regardless of how the question is worded, the personal statement/admission essay is a writing sample. Make sure that your statement is grammatically correct, properly structured, clear and concise.

OGA: What is something that not many people know about grad school?

Meyers: Simply having the potential for success in a graduate program is often not enough to be accepted. Your application needs to articulate why you are applying to the particular program and how it aligns with your individual interests and goals. Graduate programs are typically much smaller than undergraduate majors and thus are looking more at enrolling individuals who will both benefit from as well as contribute to the program, classroom experience, and community.

One of the coolest, hidden gems at Suffolk—the Poetry Center inside the Sawyer Library at 73 Tremont.

One of the coolest, hidden gems at Suffolk—the Poetry Center inside the Sawyer Library at 73 Tremont.

The benefits of the Master of Healthcare Administration program

Here is an article written by Tara, one of our MHA grad students here at Suffolk University. The article originally appeared in the department’s monthly newsletter…

As a student in the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Suffolk University, I have had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and knowledge related to the healthcare field both inside and outside of the classroom.

Through its innovative curriculum and interactive learning experience, the Master of Healthcare Administration program has been the foundation for me to get involved with those on the leading edge of the changes in the healthcare industry. Located in the heart of a leading center for the healthcare industry, Suffolk University provides the perfect setting to begin my educational and professional career in this field.

Two of the most influential aspects of the healthcare administration program at Suffolk University for myself have been my involvement in the Mentor program as well as the internship course. Through the Mentor program, I was able to connect with a successful and knowledgeable healthcare manager with whom I could network and gain insight into the field with which I was entering. This program has given me the opportunity to discuss concepts from the classroom as well as current events with an experienced and reliable source from the field. 

Additionally, as a student entering into the healthcare field for the first time, the internship experience provided through the MHA program serves as a critical step in my professional development. As an intern this past summer at Tufts Medical Center, I was able to apply the knowledge obtained in the first year of my coursework to a variety of projects and assignments. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, the internship afforded me the opportunity to meet and network with numerous individuals, which I believe will prove to be invaluable as I enter into the healthcare field as a professional.

Perhaps most important to my professional development within the healthcare field is the cutting-edge curriculum and comprehensive coursework offered through the MHA program. The wide variety of courses offered through the program has given me the opportunity to explore several areas of interest related to healthcare management.

As an intern this past summer, I was fascinated to see how numerous principles and concepts studied in the classroom translated and applied to the hospital environment. As a student beginning my educational and professional career in the healthcare field, I am grateful to have had the opportunities and experiences that the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Suffolk University has afforded me.

- Tara (MHA ‘14)

This could be your parade route. Find out how at bit.ly/SUYours. #thiscouldallbeyours

This could be your parade route. Find out how at bit.ly/SUYours. #thiscouldallbeyours

Ready for the Grad School Expo?

We’re hosting the first ever Grad School Expo at Suffolk University this Saturday, November 2 from 9am - 2pm. Maybe you’ve heard about it already via email, social media, or when you saw the ad on the T on your way into Boston.

Oh! Here it is!

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You see, we here at the Office of Graduate Admission are pretty excited about the event and have been working hard to make sure that you, the prospective graduate student, will get the most out of your Saturday. In fact, we’ll just say it—we want things to be perfect. Yep. Perfect. Gulp.

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Okay…as close to perfect as possible. Better? Better.

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We also want to make sure that you’re not suffering from FoME (Fear of Missing Expo). It’s a real thing, you know.

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Luckily, the remedy is simple. You can RSVP here for the Grad School Expo and be ready to go for check-in at 9am! All that’s left to do is show up and just like that…your FoME is cured.

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Once you’re at the Grad School Expo, you’ll have the opportunity to meet program directors, ask questions to graduate admission and financial aid counselors, take a tour of Suffolk’s incredible campus in the heart of downtown Boston, and most importantly, move forward with confidence searching for the graduate program that’s right for you!

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Are we missing anything?

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Oh…we’ll have food, too.

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We’re excited to see you on Saturday and even more excited to tell you everything that we know about grad school. We really can’t wait to see you!

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Okay actually, we promise not to do that. This, however? Definitely.



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This could be what’s next. Find out how at bit.ly/SUGradExpo. #thiscouldallbeyours

This could be what’s next. Find out how at bit.ly/SUGradExpo. #thiscouldallbeyours

The Benefits of Visiting Campus

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After researching different graduate school options, you finally have narrowed it down to your final few, or perhaps you have already been accepted. Either way, there’s no better way to experience a campus than to visit it and see it for yourself.

Think about it—you’ll get to know the ins and outs of the buildings, learn some cool tidbits of info about the University, and see exactly what a day in the life can be like, all while talking directly to a grad student just like you.

Here at Suffolk’s Office of Graduate Admission, it’s our goal to help students see our urban campus for themselves. Suffolk is unlike many other colleges in the country based on our prime location in the heart of downtown Boston. Our unique, non-traditional campus sets us apart as an institution where students can study without ever leaving the real world.

The Office of Graduate Admission offers campus tours throughout the week however, during our special Grad School Expo, we will be leading group tours.

These tours are more than just a sightseeing walk around the city (and considering it’s historic Boston, that’s pretty fabulous itself). We will show you inside academic buildings that house our offices, classrooms, and other college facilities. We will also give you insight into student life in the city and the culture on campus. We are happy to answer your questions and make your Suffolk experience the best it can be!

To RSVP for the upcoming Grad School Expo on Saturday, November 2, please visit our website and fill out this form. We hope to see you and show you around Suffolk University!

- Bethany (MFA, ‘14)