Hi all —
Site is up and running again. :)
what Harvard taught me, what it can teach you
Hi all —
Site is up and running again. :)
You lucky 6.9%!
Well, congratulations! Before you read my blog and decide you want to go to Yale, let’s keep in mind that its geared towards current students, and regardless of where we are, we all find something to complain about. :)
As a senior reflecting on the epic decision of where I want to spend my four years of college, I don’t think I could have made a better one than deciding to go to Harvard. Not only are you with them for four years, you’re with them for a lifetime. So, as you consider your choices or are celebrating the choice you have, think about not just what the undergraduate experience will be like, but also what the post-undergraduate experience will be like.
That is all. Or is it?
[P.S. The financial aid is actually quite good, and it ain't a teaser rate.]
It’s easy to get things done when you’re in charge. Hell, you’re the boss, it should be easy to get things done. But, what if you’re a gear in the corporate cog? No direct reports, just colleagues and higher ups. How in the world are you supposed to make an impact?
One of the most valuable things that my work experience has taught me is negotiating that delicate balance of getting people (who in all honesty have no real reason to help you) to help you.
Being able to effect change without actual power is an important life skill, not taught in the hallowed halls of Hahvahd.
I think it’s half-way inevitable that your computer suffers a major malfunction at least once during your college career. Sometimes you have to replace it, other times you have to wipe it clean. Sometimes, it’s almost dead, but not quite.
My computer died just this semester and had to get wiped. My new computer caught a virus in about 2 weeks, and I was left straggling.
There are preventative and reactive measures you can take when you computer is on the verge of dying, or is sort of dead already.
Maybe you were like me, maybe not, but I always thought that working abroad right after graduation in a foreign country (I’m an American) would be fantastic. It’d be a thrill ride, and be totally awesome.
However, after a set of informational interviews in Shanghai, I started to realize that jump starting your career in a foreign country isn’t as easy as OCS makes it seem.
The language barrier can be a total opportunity killer.
It’s that time of the year again. Now that you’ve written your Annual Review, it’s time to bundle your thoughts together and look forward to the new year.
Chances are, you know how to make a standard list, and may or may not have accomplished them (provided that you even remember your list).
I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel, but instead point out some new ways of writing our that set of “resolutions” and strongly suggesting resolutions that should make it to your list this year.
If you’re looking for a new take on the New Year’s Resolutions list, this is the post for you.
For those heading out to the Real World, the Annual Review is a time for both employer and employee to reflect, grow and learn from one another.
It’s a way to re-remember what the hell happened in mid-February and grow from your learning “opportunities.”
Because December is coming to a close, take some time to write an annual review for yourself.
While I’m not the techiest of all, I’m astonished by how people treat their computers on campus. I hear horror stories of people dropping their computers, scarier stories of people sending their computers to get fixed, and sad stories of Justice papers getting lost.
If you aren’t sure what preemptive measures you should be taking with your computer, this post is for you. Read more…
You enjoy the work you’re supposed to do for your concentration
This should perhaps be a “duh,” but it can be fairly easy to ignore this preference when you’re juggling other concentrations based on say, future prosperity. I’m an econ major because I really enjoyed doing the problem sets in Ec 10 (and fancy that, Ec classes have a fair amount of problem sets). I am not a math concentrator because I absolutely dreaded each problem set. I am not a philosophy concentrator (despite really liking philosophy) because I couldn’t imagine myself writing philosophy papers for the rest of my time here.
My math concentrator friends generally really enjoy their math problem sets. My CPB friend really enjoyed orgo. My history concentrator friend would happily check out a 2 foot stack of books from the library whenever she had to write a paper.
Pay attention to your mood when you’re doing homework. If you’re happily reading about linguistics or happily writing papers about social norms, then you probably know already what would be a major that would make you happy.
It’s super easy to be interested in many, many subjects (and enjoy lectures on many of said subjects), but chances are, you probably actually enjoy doing the work in just a few of them.
That’s all folks!
Coming back from Thanksgiving break can be a bit of a shocker. Turkey break is a wonderful time to chill out, eat food, ignore homework etc. etc., but getting back onto campus can be painful especially if you’re facing a mountain of work.
Somehow, this is one of the few times, I’ve managed to come back from break without actually facing a mountain of midterms / papers / psets / blahblah. I’ve discovered, funny enough, that Harvard is a fantastic place to be when you’re not stressed out.
There are interesting people about, good conversations to be had, fun events to go to, lots of ways to amuse yourself. But when you’re stressed, Harvard just seems like a dreary place.
If Harvard is lame, it’s because you’re making it that way.