At first glance, it’s easy to get depressed by November: it gets colder without actually snowing, the days are often gray,the leaves have already fallen, you start to get sick of pumpkin flavoring (even though when you had your first pumpkin latte in early September, you thought it was so amazing that you would drink it all year round), and worst of all daylight savings time ends which means it gets dark while you are still at school/work. However, turning the clocks back doesn’t only mean that it gets darker earlier, it also means that on November 3rd you get an extra hour that you can do anything with!
If I had all of the time in the world, I would spend it traveling, because I love learning new languages and learning about new cultures. Unfortunately, you can’t travel very far with just an extra hour to your day, so instead, if I had an extra hour I would spend it learning new languages or about new cultures right here in Boston.
Northeastern has dozens of international and cultural student organizations to choose from, including The French Connection, Indonesian Student Association, and Northeastern African Student Organization to name a few. If learning a new language is your thing, you could also check out the Northeastern University Cultural and Language Learning Society which provides free language learning classes to the Northeastern Community.
Thinking beyond campus, Boston has a lot of cultural resources to offer. A few of my favorites are below!
170 Beacon St., Boston
The Goethe Institute offers German classes and free cultural events, and aims to promote “transatlantic dialogue” through film and conversation.
Boston French Library and Cultural Center
53 Marlborough St., Boston, MA
The French Library is home to the country’s second largest private collection of French books and periodicals, and also loans out French films. The cultural center offers French classes, film screenings, and lectures.
420 Pond St., Boston
Showa Boston is a language and culture institute located in Jamaica Plain. Established in 1988 as a satellite campus for English majors from Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan, it has become an established center for educational and cultural exchange in the Boston area.
Instead of focusing on the fact that you now feel ready for bed at 7 o’clock because it has been dark for 3 hours, focus on what you can do with your extra hour!
Stay Classy Northeastern,