What I'm Looking Forward To
Happy Monday! I seriously can’t believe how close we are to the beginning of the school year (by which I mean I’m still entirely in vacation mode, but it’s ok; I’ll snap out of it soon enough)! Here are just some of the things that are making me excited to come back:
Last March, I was welcomed into Winthrop House, the indisputable best house on campus. (Ok, maybe 97% of graduating seniors think their house is the best, but this one is actually it!) I’ve heard that the upperclass houses perform basically as people’s families for the three years they live in them, and I’m excited to meet the other residents while living with a bunch of my best friends from freshman year. Rooming assignments are coming out soon, and we’ve already started planning the Beyoncé lyrics, I mean … formula sheets … we’re going to decorate the walls with.
I went into freshman year with the idea that my shopping lists would become shorter once I had my concentration (Harvard-lingo for major) sorted out. Seeing as I like my concentration way too much, though, I’m beginning to realize that I was dead wrong. I only have 4 (or 5?) spaces to fill, and so much cool stuff that could potentially fill the space. I’m currently planning on shopping Chem 60 (physical chemistry), Applied Math 104 & Math 115 (two relatively similar math classes covering series expansions and complex analysis), CS50 (intro to computer science), Stat 110 (intro to probability), and Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding 14 (a course on modernism - anything to get Virginia Woolf back into my life!), but seeing as my friends are shopping a myriad of cool things, I may tag along to a couple of classics courses, or French lit, or underwater basket weaving…
I know I can’t possibly find all the interesting spaces for studying/relaxing/inevitable combinations of the two that exist on campus, but I love finding new ones nonetheless! When I consider that one of my blockmates used to semi-regularly text me around 2 a.m. to see if I was also hidden somewhere on the third floor of Lamont Library (the ideal combination of natural light during the afternoons + quiet environment + gorgeous views of Harvard Square), it makes me wonder what my new “regular” place is going to be. Some favorites from last semester:
No, not away from my responsibilities (yet)! I’ve been interested in finding new areas to explore on jogs since high school, and I’ve found Cambridge and its surroundings to be home to an expanse of great trails. That said, I didn’t get to Fresh Pond until after my math final second semester, so who knows how many I’ve been completely overlooking?
As weird as it might sound, I’m getting really excited for the different type of advising that’s going to occur now that I’ve left freshman year. In a semester, I’ll declare my concentration (and maybe even a secondary, our equivalent of a minor) and have an advisor within the department, which is going to be cool, especially since a lot of them are embarking on research that I thought I’d only have access to by scanning ScienceDaily headlines. I’m also just looking forward to dipping my toes into everything I kicked down the road during freshman year: checking out the Farmer’s Market, going to more talks (perhaps Undergraduate Math Table now that I live so close to it), and seeing more of the neighboring towns: two of my blockmates actually went to high school in Boston, so I may end up borrowing their insight!
That’s all for now (though not exactly all the reasons I’m excited for this year… I’m sure a few more will pop up in the next few weeks). It’s so weird how time flies - in light of that, best of luck to any of you starting your applications, and feel free to ask if you need any help, or have any questions. Either way, have an amazing week and I’ll talk to you soon!