Finding Your Home: Why I Chose Harvard
I know I know…
It seems like it’s so far away and that you can’t think about it until the college application process is over with and done dragging you.
But this is something really important to think about as early as possible, so you can ultimately make the best choice of where you’ll spend the next four years of your life. I just want to tell y’all a little bit about my thought process when I was choosing schools!
At the point where I was choosing between Harvard and some of its peer schools, I personally found that they don’t differ much in the academic and extracurricular opportunities I would receive. I knew I was graduating from college a successful black woman regardless, so it wasn’t a major deciding factor.
No matter a school’s rank, or endowment size, I knew I wanted to go somewhere I’d be comfortable and most importantly feel at home. My definition of home won’t be the same as yours but hopefully reading this you’ll have a better sense of what that means to you.
THAT CITY LIFE
I hail from Brooklyn in New York City, so I’m used to the fast paced life, sidewalks bustling with people, crowded subway cars, and everything accessible at my fingertips.
So I needed a school that could give me that. Harvard lies in the heart of Cambridge/Boston,which is perfect because I wouldn’t be confined to just campus. Also, Boston is also the ultimate college town with hundreds of schools nearby, so I knew there would always be something to do.
My blackness is so much of who I am and what I surround myself with so it was important to me that the school I end up going to have a very strong, welcoming, and beautiful black community. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the black community here is indeed strong and thriving.
During Visitas, Harvard’s admit weekend for students, I met many upperclassmen whom I thought were so cool yet kind and helpful. I looked up and wanted to be like them. At that point, Harvard just felt right.
The advice I’ll leave you with is to figure out what home is to you, then figure out which school can be that for you. Never stop looking for that “just right” feeling. For years to come, you’ll be so happy that you did!
About the author
Hello, my name is Toluwalase Oladitan! I’m a junior living in Dunster House, and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY (best city in the world). I’m currently concentrating in Biomedical... View full profile