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Harvard University


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Harry
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvard is best known for its name and the prestige that comes with earning the degree, but the real greatness of Harvard is ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvard is best known for its name and the prestige that comes with earning the degree, but the real greatness of Harvard is its student body; a collection of uniquely talented individuals who each exert their influence on their peers in subtle yet powerfully formative ways.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Harvard is the people one can meet here. Harvard attracts the best and brightest faculty and students, and the opportunity to learn in this environment is a great privilege. It is an experience offered by few other schools.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Along Massachusetts Avenue, on the perimeter of Harvard Yard, stands Dexter Gate. Above Dexter Gate, a simple inscription provides unique perspective: "Enter to grow in wisdom". The inscription reminds us that the college experience is made up of much more than a formal education. We will undoubtedly forget much of the minutiae that makes up our daily experience. What lasts, however, is the wisdom we attain by hurtling ourselves into new, potentially uncertain circumstances and discovering what it takes to succeed. More importantly, college allows us time to discover how to learn from our failures and then how to build upon our successes. This trial and error allows us to grow. It is important to find the best environment that will be conducive to growth. Every flower has a unique environment where it thrives best. Similarly, each student should strive to find the college that provides the best environment where he or she can blossom. Just as a flower needs the right mix of sunlight and water, you should find a college whose values best reflect your own. It is not the college?s name that is important. Rather, it is finding the best environment where your potential can blossom.

Katherine
Describe the students at your school.

While my classmates represent some of the most brilliant and driven seniors in the entire world, many people are also unhappy...

Describe the students at your school.

While my classmates represent some of the most brilliant and driven seniors in the entire world, many people are also unhappy and stressed out becaue of the amount of pressure they place on themselves.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When it comes to finding the right college, students should make a concerted effort not to pay any attention to name. Fitting into a college environment is all about understanding yourself as a person - your skills, your interests, the things that make you happy, and your goals. Once you get a general sense of these things, one should make a list of the priorities you would look for in a college. Then the research on actual colleges may begin, and should be tailored to match one's attributes. A lot of attention should be devoted to visiting schools and speaking to students. For me, social life was a very key aspect of my college experience, and I think in any environment it is important to understand the dynamic's of a school's social situation.

What's unique about your campus?

The resources available at the school are amazing. Whether it comes to learning, networking, or researching, Harvard provides the most amazing resources for you to accomplish whatever you may like. The campus is great and it is nice to be part of such a prestigious community.

Daniel
What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That the Final Clubs dominate the social scene and if you don't play a sport or attend a rich prep school then you will not have a lot of venues for having a quality nightlife on the weekends.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look at the platforms for students running for student government to find out what's wrong with the school.

Shaunak
What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Great academics, professors, really smart students

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose the place where you feel like you'll fit in and be happiest. These are supposed to be the best years of your life. Try and make it happen.

Megan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvard is a place where you can do anything you want to do and receive the support you need to do it, but you can't do every...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Harvard is a place where you can do anything you want to do and receive the support you need to do it, but you can't do everything, or you'll be easily overwhelmed; it took me some time to learn and appreciate this.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When picking a college, it's important to read all you can and then visit campuses and talk to admissions officers, current students, etc. Once you begin college, explore and figure out what you really love. Sign up for classes you think you may not be good at, but are interested in and work hard; GPA is not the most important thing. After your exploration, narrow it down to just one or two things so you can engage in those things fully. When you know what direction you want college to take you, talk to as many people as you can--professors, teaching fellows, counselors, peers--to get a sense of what you need to do to accomplish your goals. Make some plans based on what you learn from talking to others; plan your course sequence if your goals are academic in nature; if you are interested in research, get situated in a lab early; if you like theatre, join a production. In order to learn, volunteer to do anything, even if it's not the most exciting job. As you prove yourself, you'll be given more responsibility and ultimately gain respect as a campus leader.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The administration was not as responsive as I would have liked to some problems, but once I learned how to navigate the school and found a roommate I liked, things got much better. Academic advising early on was similarly frustrating; it's up to the student to find the right people to talk to do get the advice s/he needs.

Alyssa
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are often self-centered, egotistical genuises who talk rather than listen and expect others to take the high ro...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are often self-centered, egotistical genuises who talk rather than listen and expect others to take the high road even though they do not.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I absolutely cannot stand the lack of professionalism demonstrated by our Teaching Assistants. Our grades are determined by graduate students who do not care abut our education nor our grades- they indifferently pass judgment upon us without considering the effects their judgment will have upon applying to graduate schools ourselves. There isn't a system in place to remove or admonish floundering TA's. When they are ineffective they remain ineffective- they are never held accountable for their actions, even when those actions have VERY negative consequences for their students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Whatever your expectations are...drop them. If your expecations are high, you will only find things to be disappointed about. If your expectations are low, you will only feel self-deprication at being pessimistic. Whatever your expectations are, as long as you have them you will never be fully open to what it means to be at college. College is what YOU make it to be...it doesn't matter where you go or which college you pick- it is up to YOU to live the next four years with a purpose. If you do things for a reason, you will never have to second-guess why you did it in the first place...and while you may second-guess the reason, you will never second guess that it was worth doing. (Almost) everything is worth doing at least once. Push your boundaries, and live life on purpose. Do it. It's worth it in the end.

Alice
Describe the students at your school.

Interesting, self-motivated and socially aware.

Describe the students at your school.

Interesting, self-motivated and socially aware.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the college campus and talk to students already attending the school to get a feel for how the school is like and choose the one that fits you the most.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That there are more resources out there than you know and that you should take advantage of everything!

Trevor
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known best for its prestige and the clout of its faculty.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known best for its prestige and the clout of its faculty.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how important it is to make many friends early on in your college career, because it gets harder to do the further along you are.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college years, while being perhaps the most formative of early adulthood, also pass by the most quickly. The rigors of academic life and the possibilities of social life upon up and accelerate like never before, as you become immersed in a community of learners. While this is a wonderful time for exploration and it is vital that students use their college experiences to gain a broader understanding of the world with its many different cultures and peoples, and it is also intensely important to reach out to your fellow students to gain insight into the variety of backgrounds and interests of others of your generation, college is the time to find your passion and to begin a foundation in that passion that can guide your life. College is a place where we go to find out what we really love, and this quest is best completed in a place you can love. The ideal college stimulates by challenging and engages by encouraging. Find the community that will be most likely to allow you to propel yourself to this.

Victoria
Describe the students at your school.

Very focused and driven, strong minded individuals.

Describe the students at your school.

Very focused and driven, strong minded individuals.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit a variety of schools and get a chance to talk to students currently attending.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Pressure to succeed academically and career wise, and pressure to enter certain fields post graduation (law, medicine, business particularly).

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