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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

CitySteppin' Through Harvard

Ooh Aah CityStep CityStep, Ooh Aah CityStep CityStep: During my freshman year, I was looking for ways to get involved on campus, build community, and have some fun… I quickly found alCityStep 20</body></html> Continue reading about CitySteppin' Through Harvard

Minions, DNA, and Ryan Gosling: Coursework in College

If you’ve read any of the Harvard Admissions blog posts before, you’ve likely gotten the sense that there are lots of fun things to do outside of class. This is true! Continue reading about Minions, DNA, and Ryan Gosling: Coursework in College

When a Sibling Comes to Town

I’ve been at Harvard for almost four whole years and my younger brother, Adam, had never come to visit me. Continue reading about When a Sibling Comes to Town

The Top Three Unexpected Things About Harvard That I Love

There were several things on my “dream college” list - being close to a city, having good medical school advising, a strong academic program, etc. Continue reading about The Top Three Unexpected Things About Harvard That I Love

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

An Afternoon Chat: My Harvard Interview

It was cold and rainy. The bus running a few minutes behind. I nervously wrestled with the zipper on my purse, waiting for the 104 to arrive. I remembered the comments and tips–“Don’t be nervous. This is only a nice chat! Continue reading about An Afternoon Chat: My Harvard Interview

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

What to Do If You, Like Me, Get Deferred

Early application decisions come out soon and if you get deferred, don’t worry. I did, too!  
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Wintery Summers in Argentina

As the temperatures begin to fall, along with a few raindrops, I pop open my umbrella, and a wave of nostalgia comes over me. The last time I was in this cool, drizzly weather was this past summer. Well, it was winter technicall Continue reading about Wintery Summers in Argentina

Being Thank-FULL Away From Home

Thanksgiving is a time of family, football, and most importantly FOOD! Continue reading about Being Thank-FULL Away From Home

Why I Chose to Write a Senior Thesis

If I told myself last year (or any year in the past really) that I would be spending my senior year of college conducting independent research and writing a long (very, very long) research paper, I would have been simultaneously in denia Continue reading about Why I Chose to Write a Senior Thesis

HYped Up

For Harvard students, graduates, and faculty alike, one of the most anticipated weekends of the year is the weekend of the annual Harvard-Yale football game. Continue reading about HYped Up

Finding the Meaning of Life of China

You know us Harvard students - always oozing with liberal arts education! Well, this summer I got to make use of my full year of liberal arts education in China! Continue reading about Finding the Meaning of Life of China

The Job Search, Harvard Edition

Senior year has been flying by and I can’t believe it’s already the middle of November. Time really does fly when you’re having fun (somehow I’ve found the same goes for when you’re studying for an exam as well). Continue reading about The Job Search, Harvard Edition

Association of Black Harvard Women: The Sisters I Never Knew I Needed

When I was touring colleges my senior year of high school, diversity seemed like a buzzword all colleges would use. There was always mention of a diverse student body and how much they cared about diversity and whatnot. Continue reading about Association of Black Harvard Women: The Sisters I Never Knew I Needed

The Personal Essay

Unlike the rest of your application, which primarily consists of filling in boxes, the personal essay gives you the freedom to essentially write about whatever you want. No rules! Show who you are! Continue reading about The Personal Essay

After Classes?

      Coming into Harvard as a freshman, I always thought my days would be filled with hours and hours of class and homework. I mean, that’s all Harvard students do, right? Study and go to class? Continue reading about After Classes?

Feeling Fresh(man)

This past weekend was Freshman Family Weekend here at Harvard. And I’m going to be honest—I loved every second. Continue reading about Feeling Fresh(man)

30 Block and Blocking Groups at Harvard

Harvard has a lot of weird lingo. When I first came here, I was immediately astounded by the strange terminology – “concentrations” for major, “houses” for dormitories, and “secondaries” for minors, just to name a few. Continue reading about 30 Block and Blocking Groups at Harvard

What to Expect at Your College Interview

You’ve probably got a lot on your plate with school, senior year, and applying to colleges. But you shouldn’t stress about your college interview.  Continue reading about What to Expect at Your College Interview

My Tips For Saving Money Without Missing Out

One of my favorite things about Harvard, and college in general, is that now I get to really decide what my life looks like. From picking my classes and extracurriculars to deciding when I’m going to dinner or bed, it’s really up to me. Continue reading about My Tips For Saving Money Without Missing Out

Digging up Harvard's Past

“Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a junior studying Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Global Health and Health Policy.” This is a typical Harvard introduction, and one that I use almost on a daily basis as I meet new people in classes, Continue reading about Digging up Harvard's Past

5 Things to Look Forward to in Senior Fall

The Ballet Company Cast Party

Study Breaks!

Harvard students work hard, so it’s important to take some time to relax. One of the best ways to do this? Study breaks! These are small events put on either in the dorms or by various groups on campus. Continue reading about Study Breaks!

Fall, again.

It’s my third year watching the leaves turn a golden, fiery red. My third year, mesmerized by the crisp air. While it’s fall, again, the magic always surprises me.  Continue reading about Fall, again.

Memories from a Semester Abroad in Italy

Europe is one of the places that I would read about online, that I would see in the movies. Magical adventures lined every street, and incredible histories wrapped around every corner across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading about Memories from a Semester Abroad in Italy

Friends, Family, and Community

Whenever someone asks: “What’s your favorite part of [x]?” The response is more often than not: “Definitely the people!” Continue reading about Friends, Family, and Community

ASL Class at Harvard!

For the first time in over twenty years, American Sign Language is being offered as a course here at Harvard! Continue reading about ASL Class at Harvard!

Don't Forget to Have Fun! - Balancing Electives and Requirements When Choosing Courses

Starting college brings a lot more freedom in various parts of your life - from how to decorate your room to what you’re going to eat or how often you do laundry. Continue reading about Don't Forget to Have Fun! - Balancing Electives and Requirements When Choosing Courses

An A Cappella Journey

Looking back to September of my freshman year, it’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed by. Time really does fly while you’re having fun, and one of the things I have had a real blast with has been a cappella. Continue reading about An A Cappella Journey

It’s Senior Year Already?!

I cannot believe that I have spent close to four years here at Harvard. Continue reading about It’s Senior Year Already?!

Indigenous Peoples' Day: Celebrating the Diversity within the Diversity

The second Monday in October, students get a day off of class in observance of “Columbus Day”. This ‘holiday’ became federally recognized in 1937 and is said to celebrate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. Continue reading about Indigenous Peoples' Day: Celebrating the Diversity within the Diversity

A Marathon of a Weekend

Today marks the start of a long weekend, and do you know what long weekends are perfect for? No Ariel, you might say, please tell me what Harvard students do on their long weekends. Relax? Go to the beach? Continue reading about A Marathon of a Weekend

Quad Lyfe - Joining and Living in the Cabot House Community

One of the most exciting parts of sophomore year is settling into House life! The Houses are a huge aspect of community here at Harvard. Continue reading about Quad Lyfe - Joining and Living in the Cabot House Community

How I Chose My Concentration

If you told me in high school that I would major in English in college, I’d be like “Wow, I must become really boring.” But, English in college is fun and not boring! I swear! Continue reading about How I Chose My Concentration

To All the Seniors Out There

It’s almost a month into my senior year of college, and I’m starting to feel that weird conglomeration of emotions that only comes around when your life is about to drastically change – excitement, stress, nostalgia, inertia, confusion, Continue reading about To All the Seniors Out There

Finding Community

I have come to learn that communities come in many different shapes and sizes. Continue reading about Finding Community

New Starts, Endless Excitement!

As I prepare to enter my junior year of high school, I can’t help but reflect over the triumphs and struggles of my last two years and get ready for my last two years at Harvard to be even better than the first. Continue reading about New Starts, Endless Excitement!

Looking backwards, moving forwards

A lot of people say: “never look back, always keep moving forward”. Continue reading about Looking backwards, moving forwards

Who or What inspires you?

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Louis Aghanwa

If there is a D-hall, where’s the A-hall? – Ahilya Khadka

Stay Firsty- Ana Barros Continue reading about Who or What inspires you?

Reflection

Halfway Done with College?! Continue reading about Reflection

Summer Highlights

I’ll be honest, sometimes I can find myself sighing while browsing Facebook photos of people adventuring all throughout Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world. Continue reading about Summer Highlights

Applying: To stress or not to stress?

My application process was not pretty. Extreme procrastination, dozens of crumpled drafts of my personal essay, and general unproductiveness all made appearances. Continue reading about Applying: To stress or not to stress?

Finding my Niche

I came into college afraid of the future, nervous that I didn’t have it all figured out, and hopeful that I would find my niche. At a place that has so many opportunities sometimes it can get overwhelming, to say the least. Continue reading about Finding my Niche

Freshman Year - What I Wish I Knew

For everyone, coming to college is a transition from high school - this transition can be varying degrees of difficulty, but everyone goes through this transiti Continue reading about Freshman Year - What I Wish I Knew

Black Magic: A Play That Taught Me How to Make the Most of Harvard

I have always loved theatre. It’s been a piece of my identity for all of high school and college. But in my sophomore spring, I took on a new acting challenge: performing on the Loeb Main Stage. Continue reading about Black Magic: A Play That Taught Me How to Make the Most of Harvard

Things to Do: Museums

One of my favorite ways to spend my time is exploring different museums. Growing up, I loved going on vacation to places such as Washington D.C. because there was always a museum I had not yet been to. Continue reading about Things to Do: Museums

The Academic Adjustment

I am a first gen student who was privileged to go to a prep school in Boston. My all-girls school was tough and challenging in all aspects but especially academically in high school. Continue reading about The Academic Adjustment

Looking Ahead: Goals for my Sophomore Year

After some time off and much needed reflection on my freshman year I have decided that I want to do some things differently. Continue reading about Looking Ahead: Goals for my Sophomore Year

My Biggest Academic Surprise

Spoiler Alert: Homework assignments cannot be done alone in one sitting! Continue reading about My Biggest Academic Surprise

Eleganza and BMF Step

I remember the first day of practice like it was yesterday. I walked into the building thinking that I was only expected to model (aka walk the runway). Continue reading about Eleganza and BMF Step

About Telescope Classes

Swipe access to the observatory is a widely coveted privilege here on campus, and is often said to be one of things you must get before you graduate. Continue reading about About Telescope Classes

Becoming Good at Failing

What? Fail? How can failing be good? Much less being good at failing? Surely, Leo, you must be wrong: Harvard and fail should not and must not exist in the same space?

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My Faith in Harvard

Faith has always been a key part of my life and identity. Growing up my home church was my familia, the Bible was the greatest love story I had ever heard, and I saw God as my best friend. Continue reading about My Faith in Harvard

The (Other) Squares

Harvard students will typically say they’re headed into the Square, and everyone will understand that they’re referring to our home, Harvard Square. But the Cambridge/Boston area actually has over thirty squares and plazas! Continue reading about The (Other) Squares

Top 3 Study Breaks

Study breaks are what power students through the week; the breaks from studying to eat some food, have an interesting conversation, or take part in some activit Continue reading about Top 3 Study Breaks

Space and Robots and Projects, oh my!

With over 450 extracurricular activities to choose from here at Harvard College, it’s often easy to get lost in a SEA(S) of options. Continue reading about Space and Robots and Projects, oh my!

Useful Apps

This generation of college students is living in the golden age of technology. We can’t really go a day without our smartphones, so why not use them our advantage? Continue reading about Useful Apps

My Cultural Organization: Harvard Black Men’s Forum

Before I stepped foot on this campus, I attended two high schools: one that was composed of almost one hundred percent of African Americans, and another with only ten percent of the population occupied by black students.

Tips for Keeping in Touch

Transitioning to college is hard, at least at times, for everyone. One of the things I struggled with was being so far away from home. Even if you do happen to live closer to campus, you’re still not living at home on a daily basis. Continue reading about Tips for Keeping in Touch

Ready for the REAL Real World?

When you turn 18 and go to college, you think, “wow, I’m a real adult now! Continue reading about Ready for the REAL Real World?

First-Gen Book Club (Part 2)

Still looking for books to add to your summer reading list? Check out part two of my first-gen book recommendations. Continue reading about First-Gen Book Club (Part 2)

HUDS <3

I never appreciated HUDS (Harvard University Dining Services) until the summer after freshman year when I was forced to cook for mysel Continue reading about HUDS <3

Not Your [stereo]Typical Harvard Student

Let me start with this: You do not have to be perfect to apply to Harvard.

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Shopping Week: What is it actually like?

Freshmen come in a week early for opening days; we attend informational meetings and take part in bonding activities while we meet our classmates and campus. The next week is shopping week, and the rest of the college arrives. Continue reading about Shopping Week: What is it actually like?

Get in, we're going shopping!

With so many things going on campus, sometimes it is just really nice to be able to get away from all the buzz here and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city instead. Continue reading about Get in, we're going shopping!

Over the Bridge

In late August I walked onto Harvard Yard for my pre-orientation program, the Freshman Urban Program, that was my third time ever walking into the Yard. Continue reading about Over the Bridge

Five Fun Things to Look Forward to as a Freshman

While it would be impossible to list all of the amazing things that I enjoyed during my first year here at Harvard, these are a few of my favorite memories from my freshman year!

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First-Gen Summer Adventures (Part 2)

As promised, here is part two of our first-gen summer series. Our first-gen students are all around the world this summer doing interesting and incredible work in a wide variety of fields. Continue reading about First-Gen Summer Adventures (Part 2)

Exploring My Love for Black Music in a General Education Course

At Harvard, we have a Program in General Education that requires students to take any course they’d like that fulfill eight subject areas. Continue reading about Exploring My Love for Black Music in a General Education Course

An Open Letter

Note: This blog post is written as an open letter to the Harvard Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team (Quasar). Continue reading about An Open Letter

Venturing Around the Boston/Cambridge Area

If you are able to go on a Harvard tour, they will tell you about the college’s great location. Continue reading about Venturing Around the Boston/Cambridge Area

Winter is coming? From Houston to Cambridge

It’s a pretty well known fact that Houston is not really a place where you experience what people who live in places with four seasons would call winter. Continue reading about Winter is coming? From Houston to Cambridge

Life In The Union Dorms

Last August, when I received my freshman housing assignment, one question ran through my head amid the excitement: where the heck is Pennypacker? Continue reading about Life In The Union Dorms

First-Gen Book Club (Part 1)

There are multiple paths to understanding your first-gen identity. Continue reading about First-Gen Book Club (Part 1)

Figuring It Out Along The Way

I will be the first woman in my family to graduate from Harvard. I will be the first woman in my family to graduate from any college – I am a first generation student. Continue reading about Figuring It Out Along The Way

The Best Study Spots That Aren't in the Libraries

I can count the number of times I went into a library my freshmen year on one hand. And most of these times were limited to Lamont Cafe. Continue reading about The Best Study Spots That Aren't in the Libraries

The Transition Can Be Rough, But It Doesn't Have to Be

One of my biggest regrets of freshman year is not using all of the resources that Harvard had to offer me. You see, my transition to Harvard was rough. Really rough. Continue reading about The Transition Can Be Rough, But It Doesn't Have to Be

Learning to Take a Step Back and Breathe

Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of Harvard. It’s a fast-paced place and that truly speaks to the culture of involvement at the college. Continue reading about Learning to Take a Step Back and Breathe

Exploring Latinidad

I have always been used to my mom’s cooking at home: ceviche, carne frita, tostones… every day. I grew up immersed in my Ecuadorian culture where we spoke Spanish, and listened to cumbias, merengue, bachata, etc. Continue reading about Exploring Latinidad

My Decision to Study Abroad

Having the ability to go abroad is an incredible opportunity, but I almost missed mine!

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First-Gen Summer Adventures (Part 1)

Wondering what our first-gen students are up to this summer? Check out some of our featured students below, and stay tuned for part two of our first-gen summer adventures series! Continue reading about First-Gen Summer Adventures (Part 1)

How I got to see the Democratic Presidential Debate Live!

For everyone who has been keeping up with the presidential election this past year, we all know how wild of a ride it has been!
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Free Stuff

A wise person once said, “The best things in life are free.” This is especially true in college, when the word “budget” suddenly becomes a very important word in your vocabulary. Continue reading about Free Stuff

Reflections on Senior Year from a First-Gen Perspective

Two weeks ago, I joined the Class of 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre to close our Harvard careers.  After a whirlwind few weeks, I’ve finally had the time to start reflecting on my senior year. Continue reading about Reflections on Senior Year from a First-Gen Perspective

Harvard is [Not] Full of Cutthroat People!

Before coming to Harvard, I had a very negative image of Harvard students that is often perpetuated in the media: the ultra-competitive students who would scam, fraud, and undermine their peers for their own success. Continue reading about Harvard is [Not] Full of Cutthroat People!

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