Op Eds

Tara Rughuveer

The World As It Should Be

When people talk about immigration reform, they tend to focus on people like us: Ivy League graduates, brought to America early in life, unaccented and unencumbered. Upend the institutions and narratives that praise us for our degrees but exclude those who didn’t have our access.

Rosie Rios

The Value of Human Capital and the Harvard Experience

If we start to think about each of us as all the different threads that weave together to become the fabric of our community, we could actually have a constructive conversation about our American culture and the values on which our country was founded.


Chosen to Lead Our Generation Forward

Guided by our principles, we stand steadfast in the belief that we have the power to change the world. Let this day be cemented in your mind as the day that the Class of 2017 went forth into the world and made a decision to make it better.

Stephen Stromberg

Two Weird Tips To Get Your Oddly Specific Dream Job

The truth is I got my dream job mostly because I was lucky. I was also in the right place at the right time. But I would not have been in the building if I had not stubbornly put myself there. So go where you want to be. Ask for what you want. Otherwise, you might have to go to law school.

Alex Myers

Hiding In Plain Sight

I was aware that I was out, that the administration knew I was transgender—the first openly transgender student in Harvard’s history—and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be that.

Mihir A. Desai

The Trouble with Optionality

Our elite graduates need to understand that they’ve already been winners in the lottery of life—and they certainly don’t need any more safety nets.


The Long Tradition of Ethnic Studies at Harvard

Ethnic Studies is not new at Harvard. If this latest effort is an incubation, let’s recognize that this is yet another iteration or stage rather than a beginning. In fact, Harvard has been incubating Ethnic Studies for the past 38 years.


The Bikini Body

There were countless days where I would felt like this self-praise was a lie and that I was shielding myself from the truth of my ugly body. Yet for every one of those days of doubts, I would have a day of love for every inch of my brown skin―stretch marks and cellulite included.


In Pursuit of Happiness and In Loving Memory

When I get upset about something as insignificant as my midterms, I try to think of my grandfather’s example, but I don’t always succeed. The never-ending drive for success synonymous with four years at Harvard is consuming.


Lessons From a Free Clinic

In the absence of a supportive physician, it is not uncommon for the patient to start blaming themselves and believe that their lifestyle choices have denied them the ability to claim their right to fair, compassionate treatment and respect.


The Real Fear of Deportation

Fear was present before I even knew what deportation meant—before I knew what it meant to not have papers.


A Report From the Frontlines of the Free Speech Wars

To my mind, full-throated political engagement belongs on op-ed pages and in the hard work of citizenship. That said, faculty members should not be “watchlisted” if they make other judgments than mine about how to deploy academic freedom.


Is It Worth It?

Being “The Only One” means that success is not a luxury, but a mandate.


The O’Reilly Factor

Things like kindness, love, happiness, diversity, and respect challenge the worldviews of people like Bill O’Reilly. Harvard can, should, and in many cases, does promote all of those things.


Where Apathy Meets Activism

How can a demographic that self-reports as politically conscious, advocates for change, and lauds the power of the ballot be counted on to vote only half the time?