We asked 8 Harvard students to share the fun and/or unexpected ways they made friends on campus. These stories show us just how many different opportunities we have found a sense of belonging and community here at Harvard.
Izumi V. '25
"I grew closer to one of my best friends on the steps of Widener during Freshman Orientation Week’s Legally Blonde movie night!"
Cameron H. '25
"From spontaneous conversations hour-long in the dining hall, to midnight hangouts in the laundry room, to my Yearbook family, I think my favourite experience of all has been while bonding over pain of the Covid vaccine we had both recently received. Here is where I made my first (and still best friend) on campus."
Isabel I. '23
"I met some of my closest friends through AFVS (Art, Film, and Visual Studies) film classes, as a first year at Crimson Jam, and 22 years ago in a delivery room at MGH (Mass General Hospital) —i.e., a Harvard teaching hospital, where I first made the acquaintance of my twin sister Juliet (left). She is also part of the Class of 2023!"
Amanda S. '24
"I think joining AADT (Asian American Dance Troupe) is one of the most fun ways I've made friends!"
Olivia M. '26
"Instagram! This girl who is also a fellow member of the Class of 2026 reached out to me on Instagram when I was in the UK this summer. We took a weekend-getaway trip to Edinburgh together, had an incredible time, and have been great friends from a month before our freshman year till now :)"
Erika C. '26
"Through frisbee! Whether it be casually throwing a disc around in the yard, or attending a travel tournament in Maine, frisbee has allowed me to become friends with some of the kindest and most genuine people I know."
Trinh N. '25
"Building a snowman in the Yard during the winter storm!"
Michael Z. '25
"I met Henry Bae '25 in the first week of school, when we bumped into each other while crossing Harvard Yard from neighboring dorms. Since he was from Florida and I was from California, we half-jokingly promised each other that we would experience our first snow days here together. A few months later, that's exactly what we did!"