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My Tips for Managing Stress

I won’t lie to you and say that college is never stressful. After all, Harvard wants to challenge you academically so you can learn and grow. College also brings other stresses. Continue reading about My Tips for Managing Stress

Ghungroo: A Student-Led Celebration of South Asian Culture at Harvard

As a native of Tucson, Arizona, my move to New England for college was accompanied by several big changes – weather, climate, and geography are just a few of them. Continue reading about Ghungroo: A Student-Led Celebration of South Asian Culture at Harvard

My Housing Day Experience

It’s almost housing day!

 

The countdown has begun for one of the greatest days of the year!

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Soreness, Sneezing and Sleeping: Being Sick at Harvard

When I usually decide to write a blog post, something usually really exciting recently happened in my life that I wanted to share with the world. Well, right now, I have the flu. Continue reading about Soreness, Sneezing and Sleeping: Being Sick at Harvard

Being a Student Worker

I often get asked by prospective students if Harvard students are able to juggle their coursework, extracurricular activities, personal social lives, and have time to work an on campus job. Continue reading about Being a Student Worker

5 Things to Do in Boston Before You Graduate

Senior spring. The allusive, yet so deeply cherished set of months that every Harvard student dreams of. Continue reading about 5 Things to Do in Boston Before You Graduate

Top 5 Procrastination Activities to Avoid Working on Your Senior Thesis

 

 

It’s 1:27 AM.

 

You’ve convinced yourself to pull an all-nighter to chip away at the behemoth task ahead of you: your senior thesis.

 

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Joining Cabot Theatre Board - Why You Should Try New Things

Harvard is full of surprises. If you told me during my freshman year that I would be a part of a theater group, I would have said no way! Don’t get me wrong - I love the arts. Continue reading about Joining Cabot Theatre Board - Why You Should Try New Things

What I Ate in a Week - Food at Harvard

One question that we receive a lot in the office is a very important one. One that I feel is so vital that it deserves a whole blog post….what is the food like at Harvard? Continue reading about What I Ate in a Week - Food at Harvard

My Admissions Journey

If I could describe my admissions journey in one word, it would be “overwhelming.” I, like many of you, stumbled through my admissions process on the verge of collapse as I worried about my future prospects. Continue reading about My Admissions Journey

Finding Your Home: Why I Chose Harvard

I know I know…

It seems like it’s so far away and that you can’t think about it until the college application process is over with and done dragging you.

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College Ahead

How to Survive New England Weather

As a native resident of Massachusetts, I often get asked by my peers who grew up elsewhere, how to prepare for the New England weather. To survive in Cambridge, you must be prepared for anything. Continue reading about How to Survive New England Weather

Look What Yale Made Me Do - The Game 2017

Today’s a pretty big day on campus. Every year, Harvard and Yale face off in a football game that caps the Ivy League football season – our Super Bowl of sorts. Continue reading about Look What Yale Made Me Do - The Game 2017

Finding Comunidad at Harvard

One of the highlights of my freshman year is the Latinas Unidas board retreat in the fall semester because I was able to get to know the rest of the members and make lasting friendships. Continue reading about Finding Comunidad at Harvard

Students on steps of Widener Library

How I Got Here and How I Stayed

April 1st, 2016, the day after the Ivy League decision, was when the panic really set in. To be honest, I didn’t even know Ivy League Decision Day was a thing until after I got on campus. Continue reading about How I Got Here and How I Stayed

Taking A Giant Leap Across the Pond: My Decision to Study Abroad

There are many decisions that you have to make as you come of age that could alter the course of your life, and choosing to study abroad might be one of them. To me it was a no brainer! Continue reading about Taking A Giant Leap Across the Pond: My Decision to Study Abroad

Exploring something new

Being a first-generation student in the internship/job search comes with hesitation and some fear. Before coming to Harvard, I never had to search for these roles. I was rather unequipped in how to do the job search right. Continue reading about Exploring something new

Sophomore Declaration Day!

“Congrats! What are you going to study at Harvard?” Continue reading about Sophomore Declaration Day!

Forging an Inter-Ivy LGBTQ Network

As an openly gay student at Harvard, I have found tremendous personal and professional value with my involvement in LGBTQ student groups like Harvard Undergraduate BGLTQ Business Societ Continue reading about Forging an Inter-Ivy LGBTQ Network

The Summer of Dreams - Harvard Study Abroad Program

Before move-in weekend my freshmen year at Harvard, I had never been more north than Washington D.C. Christmas break that same year was my first time on a plane.And then…one fateful day in my sophomore yea Continue reading about The Summer of Dreams - Harvard Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad Building

A Day in the Life of a Harvard Student

As a Senior at Harvard College, I have settled into a wonderful routine, and I am happy to share with you all what my “typical” day is like.

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Students studying

Learning to Ask for Help

As a first generation student, I played myself thinking I could do everything by myself because that’s often what I had to do. I was always able to get my homework done on my own Continue reading about Learning to Ask for Help

What to do/what not to do after submitting your college applications

After hitting submit on my final college application, I sat staring at the computer screen for so long that the computer went to sleep. What do I do now? Continue reading about What to do/what not to do after submitting your college applications

Concentrating on Deciding: My Academic Journey

The decision I thought I’d dread the most was deciding what I’d declare. I’ve talked a bit about the grueling time I spent agonizing over my application here, when I’d decided then that I wouldn’t become a doctor. Continue reading about Concentrating on Deciding: My Academic Journey

Go Big or Go Home: My Journey Applying Early Action

With the Early Action deadline only a few days away, I wanted to share my personal story of applying EA an Continue reading about Go Big or Go Home: My Journey Applying Early Action

Comprehensive Guide to Mexican Food @ Harvard

If you’re anything like me, Mexican food is not only an essential part of your diet, but necessary for your survival. Moving away from home (and away from my mom’s cooking) has been the hardest part of my transition to college. Continue reading about Comprehensive Guide to Mexican Food @ Harvard

Self Care in College

“If I just breathe

Let it fill the space between

I’ll know everything is alright

Breathe”
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Studying at Harvard? Where to Go and How to Have Fun While Doing it

To be honest, when conjuring pictures of my future self at college, I never considered where or how I would study. Continue reading about Studying at Harvard? Where to Go and How to Have Fun While Doing it

My First Gen Identity

I always thought that I was not as smart as the other students in elementary and middle school because I felt like my vocabulary wasn’t very developed. Continue reading about My First Gen Identity

My Concentration aka My True Love: History of Science

One thing that not everyone knows about Harvard is that there is no “pre-med” concentration (what we call majors!). Continue reading about My Concentration aka My True Love: History of Science

Harvard, an Affordable Option!

One of my biggest concerns when applying to college was how much my education would cost. It added another layer of anxiety to my already stressful college search process.  Continue reading about Harvard, an Affordable Option!

Brasil, Eu Te Amo

Traveling to Brazil to study Portuguese was never actually in my plan for life, let alone in my plan for what I was going to do the summer after my freshman year. Continue reading about Brasil, Eu Te Amo

Biology is Life: My Concentration

When I got to Harvard, I had no idea what I wanted to study. Continue reading about Biology is Life: My Concentration

Student in lab

Celebrating a Culture

Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, under the federal government, yesterday was Columbus Day: a holiday that celebrates a man who incited mass genocide of people living on the land before his arrival. Continue reading about Celebrating a Culture

Welcome to my house.

Housing Day 2015. Early Thursday morning. My blockmates and I huddled around a box of pastries and coffee. The Yard was still and quiet. Continue reading about Welcome to my house.

Every Moment Present is a Present

I’ve always hated the endings of things. The permanence of goodbye is terrifying, so I often choose to never say it. Continue reading about Every Moment Present is a Present

Adventures Awaiting...

This summer I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend my days in Cambridge.  I absolutely love campus during the school year, but there is something much more relaxing about being on campus in the summer. Continue reading about Adventures Awaiting...

You Live and You Learn

“My baby is a 10

We dressing to the 9

He pick me up, we 8

Make me feel so lucky 7” Continue reading about You Live and You Learn

Ouroboros? Probably not, but still...

This is a story of how a boy whom the world believed will be a medical doctor turned into a political enthusiast. Continue reading about Ouroboros? Probably not, but still...

Exploring What You Love

Before coming to Harvard, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

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When applying to colleges, how many is too many?

When applying to colleges, it can be hard to know how many to apply to. Apply to only one or two and you run the risk of not getting into either college. Continue reading about When applying to colleges, how many is too many?

A Love of my Life

As I mentioned in my last blog, I absolutely love trying new things.  One of the other great loves of my life is food.  So, when I can combine these two at Harvard, I am all set.

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Two Truths and a Lie

“Hey white liar

The truth comes out a little at a time

And it spreads just like a fire

Slips off of your tongue like turpentine”

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Grown-up, Schmown-up

Today I turned 19. I’ve lived life as an American adult for an entire year. Now what?

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Finding Home Away from Home

Living in a 2-bedroom apartment with five people made my family pretty close. We couldn’t really run away from each other.

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Getting involved early and making new friends

One of the things I made me nervous when I thought about going to college, was how I was going to meet new people and make new friends. I grew up in a small town where I knew almost everyone in my grade and the grades around me. Continue reading about Getting involved early and making new friends

Trying New Things: Extracurricular Activities

Coming to Harvard, I knew absolutely no one and had never been exposed to such vast opportunities, especially regarding extracurricular activities. Continue reading about Trying New Things: Extracurricular Activities

My Eighteen Avengers

My biggest fear was that I would wind up here at Harvard and find myself without a family. The process of applying was its own ordeal, now that I was in, what was next?

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3,000 Miles From Destiny

“And I hope you find it

What you’re looking for

I hope it’s everything you dreamed your life could be

And so much more” Continue reading about 3,000 Miles From Destiny

Turning Shame into Strength

A few weeks after my high school graduation, a story broke that got news stations around the country asking questions̷ Continue reading about Turning Shame into Strength

Considering a Gap Year?

If you read my last blog post, you will know that a gap year was an integral part of my journey to college, and it could be a part of yours as well. Gap years are increasingly becoming more common for graduating high school students. Continue reading about Considering a Gap Year?

Harvarding The Right Way

I finally graduated, yes I did! That’s probably more for me than for you, I can hardly believe it that I have to keep repeating it to myself. Continue reading about Harvarding The Right Way

"Bright Lights in the Big City"

As I mentioned in my last blog, I grew up in a rural, farm-town in Northern Michigan.  For me, moving to Cambridge was a big change! Continue reading about "Bright Lights in the Big City"

To the Girl I Left Behind...

“The baby girl without a chance
A victim of circumstance
The one who oughta give up
But she’s just too hard headed”

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How A Maine Morning Corrupted My Youthful Innocence

I really wanted to be a neurosurgeon. All my life, since I was six or so, all I wanted was a white coat, a scalpel, and someone’s brain. Nothing excited me more - it made me so happy to know that my life was all figured out. Continue reading about How A Maine Morning Corrupted My Youthful Innocence

VEIRATAS

Hello, friends. Welcome to my journey from plain old Laura Veira to full-form Harvard VEIRATAS. (Get it? I’m funny)

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Guilty Treasure

My father immigrated to the states from Haiti in the 1980s, and from then on, he has remained a staple in the public service sector. Continue reading about Guilty Treasure

How I came to be in the Class of 2020

The whole college process can be a rather stressful time. So when my high school graduation rolled around, I was ecstatic that the whole thing was finally over. Continue reading about How I came to be in the Class of 2020

From Small Town to Big City

I grew up in a small, rural, farm-town, better known as West Branch, Michigan.  However, even for my fellow Michiganders, this probably doesn’t mean much. Continue reading about From Small Town to Big City

Kuum-munity at Harvard: My Home Away from Home

“Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air” Continue reading about Kuum-munity at Harvard: My Home Away from Home

Wacky Words of Wisdom

School’s out (hopefully), the sun’s blazing (for most of us), and summer seems to be taking shape (in some form or another). For those rising seniors freaking out about this fall’s college application season, fear not! Continue reading about Wacky Words of Wisdom

7 Reasons Why Harvard

The admissions process is over, and if you got accepted, congratulations! If you weren’t accepted, even Harvard makes mistakes. But to those who’re starting to look at where to go to college, here’s why Harvard’s a great choice. Continue reading about 7 Reasons Why Harvard

Wrapping Up Spring 2017—Top 3 Highlights

As the final few weeks of my junior spring begin to come to a close, I am drawn to reflect on some of the great experiences I’ve had throughout this semester. Continue reading about Wrapping Up Spring 2017—Top 3 Highlights

Happy Visitas!

As Visitas approaches this weekend, those of you who are coming must be super pumped to experience what Harvard is really like for the first time. Continue reading about Happy Visitas!

"Conjuring" in the Theater

One of the things that I have grown most passionate about throughout the years is theater. It really all started in high school, the summer of my sophomore year. Continue reading about "Conjuring" in the Theater

Celebrating My Thesis Monthaversary!

One month ago today marks one of the biggest accomplishments of my college career: turning in my senior thesis. Completing my thesis was the final requirement to complete an honors degree in the History of Science. Continue reading about Celebrating My Thesis Monthaversary!

HN(F)UN

Way back in September (a whole semester ago!) I was a just but a wee freshman trying to find an organization that I wanted to be a part of. Continue reading about HN(F)UN

Quick Guide to the Hasty Pudding

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the oldest theatrical group in America, and it’s here at Harvard. I’m a member of the cast, so let me tell you a little bit about what the Pudding is putting on. Continue reading about Quick Guide to the Hasty Pudding

Jazzed about J-Term

As it is currently the midst of finals season here in Cambridge, many here on campus can’t help but think about their Winter Break plans. Known as J-Term on campus, Harvard’s Winter Break lasts for over a month. Continue reading about Jazzed about J-Term

The Home Stretch: Finishing Strong

Students at Harvard are in the home stretch, as many of us have already started to head home for the holidays! However, the holiday cheer does not take away the looming finals period. Continue reading about The Home Stretch: Finishing Strong

The Holidays at Harvard

December brings a mixed bag of emotions for Harvard students. Continue reading about The Holidays at Harvard

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