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Date: Feb 15 2005 Major: Economics (This Major's Salary over time) Boston University is a world-class institution. Unfortunately, it usually takes some time after one graduates to realize just how advanced an education one has received from BU. I have been out of BU for about ten years, and, as a management consultant, have worked with ivy-league educated folks from a host of Fortune 500 companies. I would submit that 90 percent of the people that I have worked with cannot write to save their lives. The ability to write well is profoundly important- regardless of profession. I remember my freshman year at BU, and how harsh my English professor was (the class was EN-104, for those who remember). We wrote two short papers per week for the semester. And, virtually every other class I took, whether 100 level or 400 level, required extensive amounts of writing. Boston University teaches all of its students you how to write, and therefore how to think. That, friends, is invaluable. Every BU graduate I know can write clearly, effectively, and intelligently. To the current students who complain about how difficult and/or seemingly non-sensical the writing requirements are at BU: you will figure it out once you spend some time in the proverbial 'real world'.