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Parting Shot

The Beauty of FIFA

As I reflect on the last four years, I realize now that my greatest competitive battles at Harvard have come not at the MAC or in an Ec 10 lecture hall, but with my rear planted firmly on some species of futon and my hands wrapped around a small video remote.


I Wish I Knew How to Rumba

I could have struggled at something while impressing no one at all. I think we all could have benefited from that.


Fathomless Waters

Can I escape the tyranny of societal meaning and, as much as is possible, replace it with meaning that I create with others, out of passion, understanding, and love?


Where I Learned

At a school known best for and, in large part ruled by, academics, the most enriching learning experiences of an undergraduate’s career can often come in a different place entirely.


In Units of Character

I hope we remember to draw inspiration not only from the achievements of our role models and friends but also from the ways in which they have been thoughtful, empathetic community-builders.


9:45 PM: Observations From Their First Night Out

They vanished back into the night, in search of a “real Harvard party,” or at least an alley in which to shotgun a beer or something.

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An Expression of Gratitude for the Imperfect Harvard Experience

I still remember how I spent the summer prior to Freshman Week, fixated on my own imaginings of a perfect Harvard, of everything I would do, experience, and accomplish during my time here.

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Saying Yes

Making a conscious effort to be spontaneous and adventurous has made all the difference to me in deriving enjoyment out of a place that I know can be stressful, high-pressure, and demanding.

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What Are You So Scared Of?

Students measure their achievements by their reception and competitive value, rather than their absolute value. Personal worth and self-esteem become tied up with success.

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Boxes of Books

It is through packing that it has become evident that I am leaving. The empty shelves tell me, unequivocally, that I will be gone.

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Braving Harvard's Storms

If I could redo Harvard, I would study abroad and go to the Schlesinger Library just to browse. I would borrow the dog that is on loan at the Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library.

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The Inspiration of Education

I realize that I’ve gained much more than an education—I’ve been inspired, and that’s what I’ll be most grateful for as I receive my diploma on Commencement day.

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This One’s for My Grandmothers

Everyone should have, I think, at least one saddest-happiest day, because maybe the first part of growing up is accounting for the coexistence of opposite truths.

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Checking It All Off The List

I go through life with the mentality of a tourist guidebook: In order to live to one's fullest, one must check everything off “the list.”

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EdX and Justifying Our Privilege

The biggest value of a Harvard degree is not the pedagogical experience itself, although I think that if you take a wide variety of courses and stray out of your comfort zone this place will make you a lot smarter. The value of a Harvard degree is that that it means you got into Harvard.

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