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Finding Your Place: Creative Spaces on Campus

Coming in to Harvard, I knew that I would have access to a wealth of academic resources on campus. What I didn’t know is that I would also have access to an incredible amount of creative resources as well. Continue reading about Finding Your Place: Creative Spaces on Campus

Shopping List for Incoming Freshmen

Since I live in Iowa City, which is about 1,100 miles away from Harvard, I was only able to bring two big suitcases, a carry-on, and a personal item with me when I flew to Boston for my move-in day last year. Continue reading about Shopping List for Incoming Freshmen

From Baked Goods to Burgers: Working on Campus

In high school, if anyone was looking for me Saturday or Sunday morning, they knew to come to Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts. Continue reading about From Baked Goods to Burgers: Working on Campus

Slice of Life: Pizza in Harvard Square

In case anyone reading this was unaware, Harvard is located in Harvard Square, a bustling plaza full of shops and historical sites and tourists. Continue reading about Slice of Life: Pizza in Harvard Square

13 Reasons Why I Chose Harvard

Coming from a low-income background, I always believed I had two options beyond high school: working and/or going to a state college. Continue reading about 13 Reasons Why I Chose Harvard

Finding Social Studies...and Myself?

I walked onto Harvard’s campus for the first time with a plan - or so I thought. With the stress of senior year and the admissions process behind me, I was eager to begin my meticulously planned college career. Continue reading about Finding Social Studies...and Myself?

Resources at Harvard

It’s often said that Harvard has an ample amount of resources to help and support its students. After being at Harvard for over a year, I have found and used some of those resources. Continue reading about Resources at Harvard

Into the Hub: Getting Students out to Boston

One of my favorite things about Harvard is the proximity to Boston. There are many ways to take advantage of  the city. One great way to explore Boston is through Into the Hub. Continue reading about Into the Hub: Getting Students out to Boston

Surprisingly Quiet Places to Study in and Around Campus

Self-identifying as an introvert at Harvard has had its challenges. Having traveled all the way across the states to go to school where I did not know anyone was especially frightening. Continue reading about Surprisingly Quiet Places to Study in and Around Campus

Mythbusting: Harvard Edition

I don’t know about you, but when I first decided to apply to Harvard I had a lot of misconceptions about what it would be like. Continue reading about Mythbusting: Harvard Edition

Exploring Boston With Your Harvard ID: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

During the school year I woke up every morning to roughly fifteen different emails inviting me to events all across Harvard University. Continue reading about Exploring Boston With Your Harvard ID: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Going the Extra Mile: Running at Harvard

I come from a family of runners. My grandfather ran track in college, my father used to run races year round, and my mother just completed the Los Angeles Marathon this past March. It was only natural that I would start running as well. Continue reading about Going the Extra Mile: Running at Harvard

5 Things I learned My Freshman Year

Freshman year can be exciting and scary. Reflecting back, my freshman year was exciting, but there was also a brief moment of time when it was scary. With that being said, I wouldn’t change a single thing about my freshman year. Continue reading about 5 Things I learned My Freshman Year

Harvard Square's Hidden Gem: Orinoco

Since the start of my Harvard experience, I’ve always been heartbroken at the absence of authentic Latin American food in Harvard Square. I grew up southern Texas, a.k.a. The magical Rio Grande Valley, a.k.a. Alton, Texas. Continue reading about Harvard Square's Hidden Gem: Orinoco

My Freshman Move-in Day

Moving-into college is a big coming of age milestone. Even though, I didn’t move in until August 22nd, I spent most of the summer trying to figure what I would need to buy for my dorm and what moving in would be like. Continue reading about My Freshman Move-in Day

From Horses to Harvard: My Admissions Journey

It’s kind of funny. Harvard was never my dream school from childhood or a goal that I was striving toward throughout high school. I never actually thought I would get in, or that it would become as big a part of my life as it did. Continue reading about From Horses to Harvard: My Admissions Journey

On the Job with Remi: Making Work Sustainable

Heree’s our last interview in the Student Employment Office blog series! Remi Gosselin is the last student we’re featuring, and she spent some time telling us about her favorite parts of her work experience on campus. Continue reading about On the Job with Remi: Making Work Sustainable

A Home at Harvard: A Melodic Journey

I never thought that two weeks into my first-year in college, I would be woken up at 6 am to loud banging on my door and seventeen new best friends. Let me explain… Continue reading about A Home at Harvard: A Melodic Journey

On the Job with Saul: Finding Your Passion

Saul is a junior living in Dunster House and is originally from Southern California. He’s concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience within Psychology and pursuing a secondary in Visual Environmental Studies. Continue reading about On the Job with Saul: Finding Your Passion

On the Job with Kofi: Integrating Work and School

So you’ve found your way to our second interview in the Student Employment Office blog series! Kofi Akakpo is one of our interviewees, and he shared about his favorite parts of his work experience as a Teaching Assistant at the Gra Continue reading about On the Job with Kofi: Integrating Work and School

Harvard Undergrad Recap

I remember the nervousness I felt when my sister dropped me off for Dorm Crew, the Pre-Orientation Program I was participating in before starting my freshman year at Harvard College. Continue reading about Harvard Undergrad Recap

On the Job with Aranza: Learning through Student Employment

As part of our Student Employment Office blog series, I spend my time interviewing students about their term-time jobs on campus. Continue reading about On the Job with Aranza: Learning through Student Employment

How Am I Basically a Senior? - Harvard Reflections

As we are getting ready to enter reading period, I keep finding myself incapable of wrapping my mind around the fact that I’m almost a senior. I don’t feel old enough to be a senior in college!
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Making the Most of Summer: The Emerging Scholars Program

It’s almost here!

There is one week until the end of classes and two weeks until finals are over! SUMMER is here, and I am so close to being finished with my freshman year! Continue reading about Making the Most of Summer: The Emerging Scholars Program

On the Job with Amy: Student Employment at Harvard

Hi everyone - I’m excited that you’re reading the first of many posts in my spring blog series on student employment at Harvard! Continue reading about On the Job with Amy: Student Employment at Harvard

Making the Most of Visitas: Advice from a Senior

Hey, Class of 2022! In just a couple weeks, hundreds of you will be arriving to campus for Visitas, Harvard’s annual visiting weekend. Continue reading about Making the Most of Visitas: Advice from a Senior

Finding a Family on Campus: the Asian American Dance Troupe

A week ago, the Asian American Dance Troupe (AADT) put on our annual cultural performance, Eastbound. Continue reading about Finding a Family on Campus: the Asian American Dance Troupe

Parting Wisdom: Advice for Prefrosh

The year’s coming to a close. In less than three weeks, classes will be over, and I’ll be cramming for exams. It’s unbelievable how fast this year has gone by, and more importantly, how far I’ve come. Continue reading about Parting Wisdom: Advice for Prefrosh

Why I Love Harvard and Why You Should Too

There are a few more weeks until the end of the year and I still can’t believe that I am almost done with my first year at Harvard. Continue reading about Why I Love Harvard and Why You Should Too

Spring Break-ish

“You can learn to fly
And you can chase your dreams
You can laugh and cry
But everybody knows
You’ll always find your way back home” Continue reading about Spring Break-ish

My "New" Mexico Spring Break - 2018

When people think of college students on spring break trips, they are probably more likely to think of students lounging on the beach in Mexico rather than students climbing up a mesas in New Mexico. Continue reading about My "New" Mexico Spring Break - 2018

A Senior Reflects, One Last Time

This is the last time I will be writing a blog for the Harvard First Generation Program. I joined this incredible program in the fall of my sophomore year, after having spent a summer with the Harvard College Connection. Continue reading about A Senior Reflects, One Last Time

Make Them Hear You

“Go out and tell our story
Let it echo far and wide
Make them hear you
Make them hear you” Continue reading about Make Them Hear You

What's a Trifecta?

I voluntarily came up to campus early to clean dorms and bathrooms for a whole week…

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The Time I Barely Made It Up A Volcano

Over winter break of 2017, I was lucky enough to be a part of a team that went to the Philippines to do service work with children and education. On one of our free days, we decided to go hiking up Taal Volcano. Continue reading about The Time I Barely Made It Up A Volcano

Making a Home out of Harvard

This past spring break, I went back to Connecticut to spend the week with my family. I felt good being back home in my room again. Some things have changed since I left, but my family keeps it constant. Continue reading about Making a Home out of Harvard

Change Isn't Always Easy!

The transition from high school to college isn’t easy. It was definitely a challenge, but it was a rewarding one because I have grown in ways that I would have never imagined. Continue reading about Change Isn't Always Easy!

Acting on a Dream

During Visitas, Harvard’s admitted students weekend, I met members of a student organization called Act on a Dream. Unbeknownst to my prefrosh-self, I had just met the people that would become my second family.

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Freshmen Frenzy: Housing Day 2018!!

Today is the most exciting—and perhaps, the most stressful—day of the year for Harvard Freshman, and that is “Housing Day.” While many articles have been written on the campus event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my first-h Continue reading about Freshmen Frenzy: Housing Day 2018!!

Extracurricular Spotlight: Relay For Life

Relay For Life is the number one fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It’s a year-round fundraiser where people form teams and raise money on their own. The actual event is held in the Spring to celebrate the efforts. Continue reading about Extracurricular Spotlight: Relay For Life

Why Kirkland House is truly the best house

There are 12 upperclassmen houses. Most people love their house and will try to tell you that their house is the best one on campus. Continue reading about Why Kirkland House is truly the best house

Finding Community: Activism on Campus

As an incoming first year student I participated in the First Year Urban Program (FUP), a pre-orientation program dedicated introducing first year students to activism and social justice on campus. Continue reading about Finding Community: Activism on Campus

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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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

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

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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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

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

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