Harvard Undergrad Recap
I remember the nervousness I felt when my sister dropped me off for Dorm Crew, the Pre-Orientation Program I was participating in before starting my freshman year at Harvard College. Now as a senior, a few short weeks away from graduation, I reflect back on that night and think about all the experiences I have had since then. My time at Harvard has been filled with joy, tears, laughter, memories, and friendships that will stick with me long after I receive my degree.
During freshman year I searched for my place within the Harvard community and for the friends I would call my family. I found that community through extra-curricular activities like CityStep, a student-led service organization that teaches dance to middle school students. Through CityStep I met some of my closest friends on campus, had the opportunity to positively impact the lives of local middle school youth, and through varying roles honed my leadership skills.
When I returned to campus for my sophomore year, I was eager to challenge myself academically. I took courses like “What is Family History?” and “Early Modern European History.” These courses expanded my understanding of history and helped me to develop the skills I would need to uncover the stories of peoples and places of the past on my own. After two semesters of trying out different courses in the History Department, I declared History as my concentration (Harvard’s fancy word for major) halfway through my sophomore year.
My junior year at Harvard started in London, as I took advantage of the opportunity to spend my fall studying abroad. Thanks to Harvard’s generous financial aid policy, during my time in London I continued to take courses that challenged me intellectually and had the chance to explore a bit of the European continent. When I returned to Harvard’s campus for the spring semester, I was eager to re-immerse myself in the Harvard community and to bring some of my experiences from abroad back to Cambridge, MA.
Senior year, my final year at Harvard College, has been a whirlwind. I spent the first half of the year working on my Senior Honors Thesis in the History Department. In this multi-semester academic project, I worked to nuance history’s understanding of the Black Power Movement (BPM) by using the papers of the BPM activist and author June Jordan. During my senior year, I have also spent more time hanging out with friends and exploring the greater Boston community as I worked to make the most of my last year of college.
My time at Harvard has been a mix of so many different experiences and opportunities. As I reflect back on these past four years of calling Harvard home, what I am most grateful for is the people I have met here because they have in so many ways made me who I am today.
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Hello all! My name is Alicia Hamilton and I am currently a senior at Harvard College living in Eliot House. I was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States when I was 9. I now call Central... View full profile