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The Home Stretch: Finishing Strong

Students at Harvard are in the home stretch, as many of us have already started to head home for the holidays! However, the holiday cheer does not take away the looming finals period. For me a lot of the anxiety that I have towards finals really has to do with my desire to finish stronger than I started. Throughout my schooling this has been a statement that has followed me, “Finish strong!” and it has become a motto that I live by!

Eliot House (the best house) preparing for the holidays! It makes it really hard to study for finals when all you can think about is cuddling up in your own bed back home. But the Houses really get into the holiday cheer making finals period a little more bearable!

Thus far I am glad to say that my first semester of sophomore year has been one of growth. Freshman year was a difficult transition for me, but luckily I had a variety of support systems including my Freshman Yard Dean, my Proctor, and my Peer Advising Fellow to help facilitate that transition from high school and into college. This semester I really focused on taking classes and getting involved in the  things that I was truly interested in. About a month ago I declared Sociology as my concentration and have been taking classes both in the Sociology and History and Literature Department. I can truly say that my class selection this semester has been on par with my strengths. Even so, they have been intellectually challenging.

If only Dumbledore actually graced us with this news!

So as I finish up with my last research paper,  I remind all of you to finish strong. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your teachers, join study groups with your peers (even if you already know the material helping someone else learn it can really solidify your own understanding), and most importantly plan out your time accordingly! It’s the last leg of this race, or at least of the semester, and I know that with dedication and hard work we can all finish stronger than we started!

Happy Holidays from me (far right) and some of my blockmates! See you in the New Year!

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Hello! My name is Genesis De Los Santos, and I am a sophomore, concentrating in Sociology. I was born and raised in Boston in the neighborhood of Dorchester and am the oldest of 4. I come from a... View full profile

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