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A Senior Bucket List

As senior spring comes to a close, it’s time for me to get ready for the real world (or at least the semi-real world of being a PhD grad student). With just over a month until graduation and only a couple weeks of classes left, there are a few things that I definitely want to take advantage of while I’m still here at Harvard.

 

1. Celebrate the end of thesis-ing.

Many drafts, statistical analyses, hours of data processing, and chai lattes later, I am officially done with my Neurobiology thesis! While I absolutely loved the lab work I was doing over the past couple years, it was also really exciting to finish up such a large project and turn it in. Next week, we have the Eighth Annual Thesis Awards Night for Neurobiology, where the whole department gets together for good food and senior thesis presentations. We’re tasked with presenting our thesis in only one minute, using whatever form we want – a rap, a puppet show, an interpretive dance, you name it. My goal for this weekend is to figure out what I’m doing!

Thesis complete!
Above: Thesis complete!

 

2. Keep connecting with those professors.

One of the best things about Harvard is getting to know the professors here, both in and out of class. There’s a really cool program we have called Classroom to Table, where a group of 3-5 students can invite any professor out to dinner in Harvard Square, paid for by the college. You can do this as many times as you want, too! On Friday, a few students in my anthropology seminar are doing a Classroom to Table dinner with our professor, and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

3. Learn to cook.

The reality of having to find an apartment and start fending for myself is beginning to sink in, but luckily the Senior Class Committee has my back. This month, there are a series of workshops for seniors designed to teach us “real life skills.” Last night, I went to a class called “Cooking After College (The Veggie Version).” I can now roast veggies and tofu, make a stir fry, and bake apple crisp – real world here I come!

I still have a ways to go before my meals look like the ones I get now in the dining hall.
Above: I still have a ways to go before my meals look like the ones I get now in the dining hall.

 

4. Attend Senior Week events.

After finals, there’s a week before graduation when it’s just the seniors on campus – Senior Week! The week is jam packed with events, including the annual boat cruise, the HUDS Greatest Hits dinner, Last Chance Dance, and the Senior Scavenger Hunt. It should be a really fun time to kick back and hang out for the last time as a class, so I’m pretty excited for it. :)

 

5. Hang out with friends.

I’m somewhat in denial about the fact that my friends will be dispersing across the US (and outside the US) after graduation, but the reality is fast approaching. We’ve become really close over the past few years, and it will be strange not being able to walk two doors down to hang out with them. Despite the distance, though, I know that we’ll be close friends for a very long time.

A few of my friends and I on our last first day of class!
Above: A few of my friends and I on our last first day of class!

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Hi everyone! My name is Halie, and I’m a senior from Framingham, MA (which isn’t too far from here) now living in Currier House. I’m concentrating in Neurobiology on the Mind/Brain/Behavior track,... View full profile

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