It’s September. For those of you who are either long since out of school, never went or just couldn’t stand going home for break, it’s time to say goodbye to the serenity of Boston’s Summer, as we welcome back old friends and say hello to new ones. This one’s for you newbies. We hope that you take in all the area has to offer, from the parks that Frederick Law Olmsted planned 150 years ago, to our beloved movie theaters like the Coolidge and Brattle.
You may travel in packs around Allston with people you don’t really know, searching for a place to call your own in this new, unfamiliar territory. Don’t worry though, it’s a rite of passage. You’ll want to party, of course and we encourage that. But if you’re an undergrad, or just arriving onto the scene, we at the Compass want to instill a few words of advice:
1) Explore Greater Boston! This is not your hometown, no. But it could be. Explore the greatness of Greater Boston and learn about all it has to offer. Even if you don’t stick around, explore and find your niche.
2) Be Respectful Of Each Other! It’s one thing to meet someone at a party, hit it off, and enjoy each other’s company. It’s another thing to start your night with the wrong expectations of people around you. Please, make sure you understand the meaning of consent. Yes means yes. No means no. Nobody deserves to feel uncomfortable. Be vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings. If you see someone doing something uncool, intervene. Keep each other safe. Know your limits.
Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. While they’re not exactly playgrounds, they offer a lot. The home to bands such as Pixies, Joan Baez, The Freeze, Gang Green, Donna Summer, Converge, The Proletariat, Mission of Burma, Toxic Narcotic, New Edition, The Showcase Showdown, Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh , and more recently local favorites such as Fat History Month, Pile, and Krill.
One last thing: Go check out the Bill Russell statue by City Hall. It’s incredible.
- Ethan Long