2011
04.20

Seahyun Oh

Before I came to Boston, I didn’t know about it so I found some information about Boston. After I searched for information, I knew some of the difference between my city and Boston. In my city when we come to the house, we have to take off the shoes. But in Boston, they don’t have to do that. And when we go outside, almost all Koreans are usually conscious of the way other people are looking at them but Boston people don’t care much. We can’t walk across the crosswalk when the traffic light is red, but in Boston they can walk whenever they want.

When I came to Boston, I was surprised because of these things. In my first week, I couldn’t get used to the new things . All these things were new for me. So I made mistakes frequently for a few weeks. For example when I went to restaurant with my friend, we paid the 10~15% tips after meals. Because I’d never paid tips in Korea. Also when I came to my friend’s house, sometimes I didn’t get used to putting on shoes. In addition, there were a lot of mistakes since I came here. I was a little bit nervous if I made some mistakes. But also I was interested in Boston because it’s my first time living in another country by myself. So I tried to get used to adapting to this situation.

After few months, I changed many things in my life. I had to get used to something in Boston. I got used to walking across the crosswalk, putting on shoes in house and paying some extra tips. Sometimes I’m worried about this life. Because after I go back to Korea, I will do something that I did in Boston. But I’m already used to Boston life.

Now, I’m used to adapting here. I’m very comfortable about this life. If I give to me some advice, I’ll tell to me that I have to get used to the new surroundings wherever I live. - Seahyun Oh, Korea


Roberto Gama

I enjoy living alone because it’s so necessary for myself and my life. In Campina Grande, i always had take a bus or train, I wasn’t used to cooking, but here it’s very different or maybe exciting!

My first week was incredible, I enjoyed meeting other people, from different countries in the World, it is amazing! Learning about other cultures, other “ways of life”, it is a big pleasure of course. My classmates were from Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Colombia. I used to  go to School every day , but for many years i didn’t go to School. Today it’s a routine for me, the Teachers are so nice, and friendly too!

I’m living in a  homestay, a beautiful place in South Boston named Shawmut Hill, it’s so nice, I’m use to sleeping in a basement, do you believe it? It’s strange, but here it’s so normal, because here, it’s not common to have a Big House. Now I am used to using the Train every day, it’s good, but not excellent! I’m eating lots of vegetables here, because then I never liked them in Brazil. And i have been to new places: museums, parks, and gardens.

I feel so good in Boston, I miss my parents, my sister, my friends, but this time will be needed, it’s justified i think. In my mind I have a sentence, every day I say to myself: “When you’re in Rome, do as the Romans do”. - Roberto Gama, Brazil

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2011
04.19

How to study for a test!

No one can ace a test without truly studying and understanding the material. If you really want to get an A+, you will need to have thoroughly prepared yourself for the content of the test far in advance. In addition, there are several techniques that you can use in the few days, hours, and minutes before the exam that can help boost your performance.

  • Plan your time. All schedules are flexible if you play around with them.
  • If you have some extra time, use it. It’s always better to be over prepared for a test rather than unprepared.
  • Look over everything, fix all your mistakes and try to think about what might be on the test. Make sure to put stars or a mark on that information.
  • Make a Review Sheet and give yourself mini tests. Study with a friend!
  • Revise, summarize and review. You can either study this information, or sum it up by typing a report that includes everything that you think will be on the test.
  • Study in good place for you. You might like to go to a school library, where it is reasonably quiet, but, you have the satisfaction that others are watching you study hard! Remember that while it may be pleasant to have some music playing in the background of your session, make sure the study session doesn’t become an excuse to simply listen to music.
  •  Make up a song or story that is going to get stuck in your head about the information. It’s an easy way to know the information!
  • Either be ready, or ask for a blank study guide. Fill in the blanks just like you were taking a test, and check for mistakes when you are finished. This can be repeated many times and is a great way to learn tough information.
  • Find a method that works for you and don’t let others distract or tease you over that. If that means listening to your study notes on your ipod or using goofy flash cards don’t worry, you will do better on the test!
  • Start studying early and often, then you won’t be in a hurry and you will be prepared for a quiz.
  • Make study notes from the notes you made in class. Highlight the key facts.
  • Always carry around flash cards with you in case you have a couple minutes to go through them.

Good Luck!

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2011
04.14

How to watch the 2011 Boston Marathon

THE COURSE

The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 135 joins Route 16. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth Avenue, which is Route 30. It follows Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continu ing through Kenmore Square, and under Massachusetts Avenue. The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

VIEWING THE BOSTON MARATHON IN HOPKINTON

Limited parking is available at the South Street lot and at Hopkinton State Park on Route 85. Shuttle buses drop off spectators in the center of Hopkinton. Buses make return trips to the parking lots until approximately 11:30 a.m. Viewing along the course route in each of the respective cities and towns is based on a first come basis.
Hopkinton Start Area

FINISH AREA

The final 100 meters of the race is lined with bleacher seating. However, this area is reserved for race officials and invited guests. The Charles River (north) side of Boylston Street is open to the general public, and many fans arrive at the finish area in the early hours of the morning to secure the best viewing area. Spectators planning to view the race from this area should plan accordingly, and be aware of the many parking restrictions. A viewing area for persons with disabilities is located at the corner of Hereford and Boylston Streets. This area is adjacent to the Boston EMS Medical Tent and the fire station. Principal race sponsor John Hancock furnishes the finish area with a large video monitor, enabling spectators to watch a broadcast of the race while they await the arrival of all the finishers. The screen is located on Boylston Street at the intersection of Exeter Street, opposite the Boston Public Library.

Boston - Finish Area

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2011
04.14

Boston Marathon 2011

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual city marathon in the world, appearing for the first time in 1897. In this first version of the Boston Marathon only 18 runners entered the race, but the number of participants has increased steadily since then. The largest field of runners so far was in 1996, when over 35,000 people finished the 100th Boston Marathon. The next Boston Marathon will be on April 18, 2011, according to tradition on Patriots’ Day. About 25,000 people are expected to contend, cheered on by 500,000 spectators.
The Boston Marathon ranks as one of the most prestigious running events in the world. This honourable position is attained thanks to the long history of the race, the challenging course and the fact that you have to qualify to register as an official participant. In order to qualify, every runner must have finished a certified marathon within a certain timeframe determined by the age of the runner.

The legendary course of the Boston Marathon has been the same throughout most of the history of the race. The route follows 42.195 km of winding roads from rural Hopkinton to urban Boston, and it is renowned for its level of difficulty. Shortly after the 25k mark, the road starts going up a series of hills, named the Newton Hills. These hills never reach truly high elevations, but their position after 25 km of downhill running, when glycogen stores are likely to have run out, can break even the toughest runner. The last of the four hills is known as Heartbreak Hill. This hill does not, as one may think, get its name from the many runners being heartbroken from the fact that they have to conquer yet another ascent, but the name does originate in the Boston Marathon. In the 1936 race defending champion, John A. Kelley, caught up with race leader, Ellison ‘Tarzan’ Brown, giving him a consolatory pat on the shoulder as he passed him. This overbearing gesture apparently gave Tarzan supernatural strength, and he went on to win the race in front of Kelley. In the words of a local journalist, the outcome of this act of nemesis ‘broke Kelley’s heart’.
The Boston Marathon is one of five members of the World Marathon Majors, consisting of marathons in Berlin, Chicago, London and New York, apart from the one in Boston. For registration in the Boston Marathon and further information, please follow the link to the official  http://www.baa.org/.

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