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Harvard University


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Joshua
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is brillaint, successful, amazing, and special in some way. Whether it's the opera-singing varsity football player,...

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is brillaint, successful, amazing, and special in some way. Whether it's the opera-singing varsity football player, or the concert-level pianist who also does advanced nano-scale physics, everyone is talented and gifted in many different ways.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Motivated, excited; thrives in academics, but throws him/herself into extracurriculars even more.

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

I actually transferred to Harvard, and that experience was very helpful in understanding how to choose a college. You don't find out about a place by taking the campus tour and doing those things, although visiting is imperative anyway. The campus tours tell you how many books are in the library and what famous people lived where, not what life will be like during one's 4 years in college. Visiting is good, but more importantly, try to talk to and understand the lives of real students. Talk widely and broadly, since no two people's experience is the same. Ask: What is their balance between extracurriculars and academics? How have they found their academic experience? What is their most and least favorite thing about their college experience? What are their regrets? .... Second, once you're at a college, whether your first choice dream school or your safety school, make the most of it! I was at NYU and hated it, mostly because I didn't give it a chance. It wasn't my first choice, and I wouldn't let myself enjoy it , and although I successfully transferred, it's not a route I'd recommend for all.

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

If you can, spend time at the college and trust vague, general impessions you might have. Pay attention to students' comments...

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

If you can, spend time at the college and trust vague, general impessions you might have. Pay attention to students' comments about the administration and administrational procedures. At college, take advantage of where you are, with or without people you meet on campus.

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

Students get caught up in campus life so much that they have no lives outside of what goes on at campus. This makes being on campus significanly less interesting by making the students more petty and superficial and makes making close friends on campus more difficult since they leave campus so rarely.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The social structure is absurdly hierarchical and incredibly boring.

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

In three words: Visit The School. No matter how much research you do, no matter how many people you talk to, no matter how well you think you know a school, you can't really know whether a certain school is right for you until you immerse yourself in the campus life. Don't just do the standard admissions tour- mingle with the students, visit the dorm rooms if you can, eat the food, sit in on classes. Visualize yourself as a student there, and ask yourself if you can imagine this place being your new home for the next four years. Oftentimes, a school you thought you liked before visiting will turn out to be completely different from what you imagined, and you'll be glad you visited before making a decision. No Google search or conversation with an alum can replace a personal visit, because the little things you never thought would factor into your decision (i.e. the quality of the food or the size of the dorm rooms) can be the things that affect your quality of life the most. Spend a few days visiting, and you'll ensure a successful and happy four years.

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.

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