The Top Three Business Schools In Boston

Thanks to its dozens of exceptional universities, Boston has earned the nickname “America’s College Town.” At least 250,000 college students from around the world call Boson home during the school season. Whether they’re looking for the arts, sciences, or business, prospective students are bound to find a perfect center of higher education in Bean Town. In this article, we’ll specifically look at a few of the best business schools Boston has to offer.

Harvard Business School
First off, let’s get the obvious choice out of the way. Harvard Business School is consistently ranked not only one of the best business schools in the USA, but also in the world. The roster successful graduates who’ve studied here is almost endless and includes the likes of Michael Bloomberg and Jamie Dimon. A few popular courses of study include e-commerce, leadership, and economics. Professors encourage their students to get real-world business experience with various hands-on seminars, small group work, and study abroad opportunities. Out of approximately 9,700 applicants every year, only about 900 gain acceptance into this prestigious school. An impressive 94 percent of HBS students are employed after graduation earning at least $135,000 per year.

Boston University Questrom School of Business
Boston University’s Questrom School of Business has a wide variety of specialized disciplines students can choose from. A few of the more popular study programs include statistics, international business, and marketing. Students enrolled in the MBA program are required to take core classes with a group of 50 students throughout their term. This is supposed to help students develop solid relationships and promote teamwork skills. Ambitious students can also sign up for a dual-degree program in other BU schools. Out of approximately 1,000 applicants, the Questrom School of Business accepts 400 full-time students each year. 65 percent of students find full-time employment after graduating from Questrom School of Business.

Boston College Carroll School of Management
Another excellent business school in Boston is Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Key areas of study you can choose from at this school include finance, marketing, and portfolio management. Educators at the Carroll School of Management work hard to keep class sizes small and tailored to each students interests. BC also encourages its MBA candidates to get out of their ivory towers and volunteer in the community. Key areas BC’s business professors focus on include corporate finance, global management, and asset management. Out of about 650 applicants, 250 are admitted into BC every year and an impressive 73 percent of graduates find employment.

New Year, New Traveling: Beaches You Should Visit in January


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Many of us made resolutions to make the best of the new year whether that means working out more, hanging out with friends more, or  traveling more, the goal is the same. Be happy. What better way to be happy and start off your new year than on a beach? Below you will find a list of some of the best beaches to visit this month!

The Gambia

The Gambia comes highly recommended for a fun and warm vacation spot for January. This enchanting beach is located on the along the shoreline of the West African coast and has highly enhanced lodging, not to mention an extremely agreeable climate.  With 9 hours of day by day daylight and an average of 87°F, The Gambia is a great place to celebrate the arrival of the new year.  

Cape Verde Islands

Although the Cape Verde Islands is a diverse archipelago between West Africa and South America, it is still accessible with flights leaving regularly from the US.  The average daily temperature for the Cape Verde Islands are around 75°F. Add that with their extraordinary beaches and great lodging quarters and you have a world-class vacation.


The interesting archipelago of Indonesia offers a portion of the world’s most lovely marine parks, alongside stunning sanctuaries, woodland and untamed life from Komodo monsters to Orangutans. If you’re searching for for winter sun, with sensational shorelines and entrancing culture, Bali is the destination for you.


If you are budget conscious like most us, you should look into Goa in India. In Goa you can get beautiful sunsets, 9 hours of every day daylight and 82ºF temperatures, white-sand beaches, and delicious food for prices that won’t bust your bank. As a vacationer in Goa you will also have the option to choose between a beachfront inn or rent a room from a local family.

St. Lucia

St Lucia has been described as one of the most friendly and picturesque islands of the Caribbean. The rich wide open scenery, volcanic crests and beguiling fishery towns will make you question whether or not you ever want to leave.

Teaching ESL | What to do in the Classroom

Alexandra ArrivillagaAs someone who has had the privilege of Teaching English as a Second Language and helping others in my community who don’t speak English through translation work, I have had the opportunity to see  first hand what kinds of aids can help others learn both informally, and in classroom settings. Learning a new language is a process, and the most important thing is to cultivate a supportive and encouraging environment. In addition to how you prepare before you even set foot in the classroom, I would suggest that you consider the following as well.

Get to Know Your Students:
The educational needs and background of any given student will vary. So in addition to getting to know your students before they come to class, make a point to continue to get to know them as the term progresses. Making a point to get to know your students not only provides inspiration for your class plans, but also creates a true learning environment for your students.

Maximize Use of English Speaking:

Focus on the importance of speaking English in the classroom, and speaking English only. This creates an environment where students are forced to put their language skills to work. They can practice reading aloud, and practice conversation in pairs or groups. Practicing oral communication is necessary for ESL success. SWRL or Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening should be exercised regularly.

Body Language:

An important tip for knowing you’re being heard and understood, as an ESL teacher, is by reading the body language of your learner. If they’re non-responsive, and they have their arms folded and held tightly to their bodies, they may be uncomfortable. Encourage students to loosen up at the beginning of classes while doing stretches and practicing English words relating to human anatomy, and push students to use gestures, facial expressions and body language in partnership with their English-only lessons.

Limit Dictionary Use:
It’s easy for a student to rely heavily on a translation dictionary or the glossary of a textbook when learning a new language, so encourage students to limit this practice. Rather than flipping to the back of their books, students should verbalize difficulties, which will help them to better absorb and retain words and phrases.

Practice Common Phrases:
Common introductory phrases are important because they help students to become comfortable with a language, and they’re useful. Learning greetings, directions, idioms and salutations can minimize discomfort in an English-dominate situation.

As you continue to develop into the role of the instructor teaching English as a Second Language, it’s important that you check in with students regularly – both in group settings and individually. Standard rules and practices that apply to teaching any subject matter apply to teaching English as a Second Language, but it is of utmost importance that you encourage your students as much as possible as it is a critical skill to have when residing in countries where the dominant language is in fact English.



How to Prepare for Class as an ESL Instructor

Alexandra Arrivillaga ESLMastering the English language can be difficult, but helping others to develop functional and capable language skills can be near impossible if English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers aren’t equipped with proper resources, tips or tools to facilitate their pupils’ needs and growth. Conquering the third most common native language in the world (surpassed by Mandarin and Spanish) is best done when teachers have a slight edge.

ESL teachers should consider a number of things when acting as a language guide. Learning styles, culture, education and comprehensive skills should be taken into account, and ESL teachers should be understanding of the cognitive abilities of non-native English speakers when instructing them. Whether teaching someone English in a traditional classroom setting, or coaching someone in a private home, consider the following tips when instructing your non-native English speaker(s).

Get to know your students:
The educational needs of any given student will be different, whether that student is learning math or English. Becoming familiar with a student’s country of origin, English language or literacy, or their literacy level in their native language should help you determine a starting point for your student, and eventually enable their success. Before your class begins, feel free to send students a survey, or answer basic questions about their backgrounds. In this way you can do some research about your students’ countries of origin before you even meet face to face.

Develop an Exciting Lesson Plan:Learn more about the cultural or educational backgrounds of ESL students, and incorporate that into the lesson plan. Also, introduce students to foods they may or may not be familiar. Additionally, introduce them to English-language films, music and other bits of culture.

Be Thoughtful About Homework Assignments:
ESL students should be given homework, which will encourage them to practice during evenings and weekends. These extra hours of studying are fundamental for practical use of the language.

Read Through All Language Assessments:

Before giving your student a particular language proficiency assessment, you should read through it and make sure that it’s comprehensive for a new language learner. If there are terms or words being employed that might be difficult for a young English-proficient reader, then it may be difficult for someone who is new to English to understand.

Find Great Visuals:

Photos, pictures, drawings and tangible things are helpful when learning a language. Utilize magazines, menus, train schedules, post-cards and mail, and encourage students to name things and read words aloud. This will be helpful for them in their day-to-day.

These are just a few tips on preparing yourself as you embark on the exciting journey into the world of teaching English as a Second Language.

Good Luck!