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The World Outside of Extracurricular Activities

Underclassmen have a tendency to bounce from one extracurricular to another (I was one of these). At the beginning of each term, they’ll slurp up a few more activities, test-try a few more clubs, take a stab at some pre-professional organization.

As a junior (sigh) now, I’ve realized that it’s incredibly easy to pigeon-hole yourself into just on-campus extracurricular activities when in reality there are a ton of opportunities outside of the “norm” that you can throw your time at.

Inside, is a brief sketch of the world outside of extracurriculars, commonly overlooked.

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The Difference Between Cooking and Eating: Disillusioned by Science in College

Do you like food? Of course you do. And so do most of us. It tastes delicious, makes the tummy happy and is a reason to engage in conversations with friends.

Do you like to cook? Maybe you do, or maybe you don’t. Regardless, the people who like to eat far outnumber the people who like to cook.

Now to a more interesting question: Do you like science?

Many freshmen enter Harvard (and other colleges) thinking they like science, only to realize that the science they liked did not resemble the science they were introduced to in college.

For some it can even be a painful experience to redefine themselves from future scientists to something else. Why is this pattern so common?

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