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Sophomore Declaration Day!

“Congrats! What are you going to study at Harvard?”

These were often the first comments my friends and family shared with me after I committed to attending Harvard College.  As a high school senior I was not exactly sure what subject I wanted to major in during college, and that’s why I applied to mostly all liberal arts colleges. I wanted to have to the opportunity to explore my academic interest and to have a good foundation in many different subjects.  

I knew that I was interested in the social sciences, my favorite classes in highs school had been my history, social studies, and government classes.  I was excited to explore the concentrations, Harvard’s term for major, in the social science field. Over the course of my freshman year I took classes on American government, Latinx studies, and statistics, sexual respect on college campuses, and health and mental health.  Over the summer I studied abroad in Mexico City and took courses on international relations, US-Mexico relations, urban planning and electoral behavior.  Over the course of the year I had mentally switched concentrations so many times!

I am so glad that I didn’t have to through this process alone; I had academic advisors guide me along the process. As a first year student, you are assigned an academic advisor, their responsibility is to help you navigate course selection. My advisor a perfect match, she concentrated in government and had a secondary, minor, in ethnicity, migration and rights and she encouraged me to take Spanish for Latino Students.  I loved the class and decided to only take the second semester of the class but continued to take classes like it in the ethnicity, migration, and rights secondary.  I am excited to say that I am declaring ethnicity, migration and rights as a secondary and am a pursuing a language citation in Spanish.

Above: My blockmate and I at Lowell House’s declaration day event!

Towards the end of freshman year, I started to worry about deciding and committing to my concentration. Luckily this is also when advising fortnight, a two-week series of open houses and opportunities to get to meet concentration departments, occurred! I took advantage of this opportunity and attended open houses for the concentration departments I was interested in.  This is how I came across sociology, I attended a panel featuring professors in the department. I was fascinated by their research and the breadth, depth and interdisciplinary subjects covered in sociology. I researched the concentration department page, and found myself excited by the course selection in the department. This semester I began to take more classes for sociology concentration credit and I am happy to announce that I officially declared yesterday! I am thrilled to spend the next 2.5 years learning more about our society and the institutions that shape it.

Happy Concentration Declaration Day!

Above: I received this sticker and pin after officially declaring my concentration!

 

 

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Hi ya’ll! My name is Maribel Nava, and I am a rising sophomore living in Lowell House. I am excited to soon declare a concentration in Sociology and an Ethnicity, Migration, Rights secondary... View full profile

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