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Making the Most of Summer: The Emerging Scholars Program

It’s almost here!

There is one week until the end of classes and two weeks until finals are over! SUMMER is here, and I am so close to being finished with my freshman year!

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Beyond relaxing and enjoying the warm weather back home in NY, I am looking forward to my upcoming summer adventures. Through the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), which is an enrichment program for students enrolled in introductory calculus, I will be studying mathematics (Math 1b)  and Venetian Art and Bible in Venice, Italy, over the summer.

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Applying to ESP is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made at Harvard. At first, I was very hesitant about pursuing an additional mathematics program—especially since math wasn’t my strongest subject in high school. But the first ESP seminar and the faculty lunch made me realize how incredible the community was.


ESP Scholars at L.A. Burdicks
Above: Enjoying hot chocolate and breakfast at L.A. Burdicks with my fellow ESPers!

Not only do I have two additional academic advisors, I also get the opportunity to engage with faculty members in the STEM department, as well as the Deans of different departments, at Faculty Friday Lunches. I also participate in the Emerging Scholars Seminar, where I learn how to develop stronger problem-solving strategies with challenging questions. I recently ended the year-long seminar by analyzing data correlated to the opioid crisis and analyzed the correlation between the opioid crisis and Medicaid expansion. Now, I get to carry all of these skills to Italy, with my fellow ESPers, whom I am excited to make new memories! I am looking forward to mastering my Italian and to learning more about Italian culture and cuisine.


The Emerging Scholars at Escape the Room
Above: The Emerging Scholars Program at Escape the Room in Boston!

Before traveling to Venice, I will also be traveling to Rice University in Houston, Texas to serve as an Advisor in YOLP (The Young Owls Leadership Program). It will be my first time leaving the East Coast, so I am definitely looking forward to exploring Texas.

I am so excited for my summer and for all of the incredible opportunities! I hope that you also find some time to relax, have fun, and make new memories this summer!

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Hi everyone! My name is Reeda Iqbal and I am a freshman, currently living in Thayer Hall. I am originally from Brentwood, NY and I am concentrating in Human Development and Regenerative Biology or... View full profile

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