What Brings You Through The Gates?

In the narrow, college-admissions sense of the word, legacy means family history advantageously intertwined with one’s alma mater.

FM expands that definition to ask what legacy means in terms of the expectations that students carry with them when they arrive at Harvard.

From the 12th generation at Harvard to the first-generation at any college at all, living with a legacy means having something to prove. The students profiled in the following pages each came to Harvard with a legacy of sorts: from an older sister’s shadow and a grandfather’s prestige to potential on the basketball court. These are the legacies people bring with them to school, the definitive experiences and personal histories that shape these students’ decision to come here in the first place.

But how does legacy affect the choices they make once they get here?