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There is a time that every Harvard student waits for. Just when the crisp air picks up a gentle breeze and the skies are blue for hours on end. Students with footballs crowd the Yard, suddenly you can wear shorts… Spring is finally here. New England is infamous for its raging snowstorms and cold weather that lasts until April. But recently, we have been experiencing bright and sunny days that are only a glimpse of the next season. Now don’t get me wrong, I love winter and I deeply love that I can experience the four seasons while I am at Harvard. But there is a unique sense of joy when spring arrives after a long winter. Ted White, a fellow student coordinator, wrote an awesome blog about his favorite things to do in the spring. You can check it out here! As a follow-up to that, here are some of my favorite events that place at Harvard, in the spring.

Yardfest

Grilled burgers in the yard. Games. Live music. Yardfest is the annual and long-awaited concert in Tercentenary Theatre. Every year, we invite a popular up and coming artist to perform as the headlining act. And recently, student bands and artists have been able to battle (in an event aptly titled Battle of the Bands) for the opening act spot! Throughout the night, students grab food and ice cream, all served by the Harvard Dining Services, and chill out on Widener Steps. It’s a fun night of music and optimal spring break weather.

Spring formals

Each year, upperclassmen houses put on their own house formals, either in their house courtyard or at off-campus venues! You can expect good food, quality music, and dancing until 2. Houses will generally mix it up with unique themes, like “Enchanted Forest” and “Yule Ball,” and there is no limit to how many you can attend. All formals are SEF-eligible, so you can get your tickets for free if you are under a certain amount of financial aid. 

Me and my wonderful freshman roommate before a Spring formal!
Above: Me and my wonderful freshman roommate before a Spring formal!

Commencement

As a junior, I can’t officially look forward to my own graduation just yet. But, I’ve had the opportunity to be on campus for last year’s Commencement as a student worker in Lowell House, where I met several parents, helped arrange Commencement events, and got to see some of my friends bid farewell to Harvard! It’s a bittersweet moment, with goodbyes and the excitement of being one year closer to graduation. So if you work for your house commencement events, join Dorm Crew for a paid student clean-up position, or just stick around for the fun, this is definitely one of the most memorable weeks of the year!

Commencement of 2015.
Above: Commencement of 2015.

 

 

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Hi! My name is Gaby and I am junior in Lowell House, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Psychology. I’m originally from Brazil, but have spent most of my life in Florida and... View full profile

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