Dear Harvard College Students, 
As the days become shorter, I am reminded of the importance of looking for light in the winter months. Ever since our full community returned to campus this fall, I have been grateful for each opportunity to see you and speak with you—to hear the Yard alive with your voices and to sit with you in the dining halls. Your presence has brought the light back to Harvard. 

I know that even as we embrace life on campus, the fall semester has been challenging for many of us. It hasn’t been easy to dive back into our busy lives after more than a year of so much loss and solitude. We are still finding new rhythms and learning how to pace ourselves. I have been inspired by the kindness, grace, and compassion you continue to show each other during this time of adjustment. I am proud to be part of this strong and resilient community that is creating a better Harvard College. 

I hope you all have a restful and restorative Thanksgiving break. 
Semper Veritas,  

Rakesh Khurana
Danoff Dean of Harvard College