Each year, almost 600 first-year students participate in a 48hours weekend. Many say the experience gives them a realistic and candid look at both the possibilities and challenges that Boston College poses for its newest members.
48hours is a weekend experience open to all first-year students who are interested in taking advantage of BC's intellectual, social, and spiritual resources. Disrupt your regular routine for a weekend, hear from juniors and seniors about their experiences transitioning to BC, and gain a fuller understanding of the possibilities and challenges of a Jesuit education.
Try to imagine what your first semester of college might be like. Just a short summer removed from high school, you arrive on campus, unpack your bags, and begin your long awaited college experience.
As the weeks and months tick by, you may begin to ask yourself some of the common questions that students transitioning to college consider:
To help you navigate this important crossroad, Boston College has established 48hours as a first-year enhancement program. Each year, almost 600 first-year students participate in this three day, two night, weekend experience. Their overwhelming assessment is that it gives them a realistic and candid look at both the possibilities and challenges that Boston College poses for its newest members.
As a 48hours participant, you will hear senior and junior student leaders speak personally about their own college experiences, focusing particularly on their first-year ups and downs.
48hours will offer you opportunities to:
On each 48hours weekend, approximately 13 upperclassmen join the team as Leaders to assist the FYE staff in bringing the retreat to fruition. Each Leader is assigned a group of first-year students and by engaging in personal discussions, they share the advice and wisdom they have collected over their years at BC.
Working with members of the FYE team, Leaders will also prepare and present talks to those in attendance about their own experiences as first year students and their transition to BC. These personal narratives are presented either individually to the retreat audience or as part of a panel made up of other members of the Leader team.
Leaders are encouraged to keep in touch with their groups following the weekend, helping provide valuable advice and friendship based on a mentoring relationship that 48hours initiates.
The 48hours Council is a 12-member supervisory group made up of students in their sophomore year, which meets bi-weekly for both semesters of the academic school year. The Council works closely with FYE staff in the designing, publicizing, and operating of the 48hours program.
In addition to attending bi-weekly meetings, Council members are also responsible for strategizing and organizing a series of outreach efforts to promote the 48hours program to the members of the first year class. This facet of the position requires council members to act in a consulting role and relies on an interest in developing marketing, field organizing, and advertising skills.
Lastly, each 48hours Council member will participate in at least one 48hours retreat weekend. On each retreat, the Council will work with the directors of the program to anticipate all logistical needs, support the 48hours Leaders, and help maintain enthusiasm throughout the weekend.Their role assists in making sure the program runs smoothly and provides an opportunity for leadership, mentorship, and public speaking development.