Meredith C. Baker
Though we are very familiar with the early stages of excitement to be at Harvard and recognition of stiffness of “competition,” we can sometimes remain stagnant, or move on without processing and growing from the lessons we are lucky to learn, ahead of the real-world schedule.
Remember Valentine’s Day in second grade?
One of the biggest mistakes that students make at Harvard is feeling like we are alone in our problems or sadness here.
If you are inclined to donate to an international charity this holiday season, I recommend doing a bit of research to find an organization that trains and educates the local population and fosters economic growth and on-the-ground sustainability.
Throughout my time here, I have challenged myself to get to know one professor each semester, and this has led me to unexpected places and unexpected opportunities.
Columnists Jorge A. Araya '14 and Meredith C. Baker '13 debate international volunteering.
“Empiricism is the lifeblood of history, but what do we do when the evidence is gone? How do we piece it back together?”
The organization sent a team of trained mental health practitioners and social workers to the new country to begin training for organizations and the government on how to cope with PTSD and GBV.
This past summer, while I was in Mozambique doing thesis research at a rural primary school, some of my classmates were scattered around the globe doing thesis research.
“The people who live here understand and appreciate the beauty of Johannesburg,” Tshandu stated. “This is just a glimpse of what makes our city so great.”
A student organization on campus, Harvard College Stories for Orphans, was created in 2008 to write and illustrate personalized stories for orphans so they too can have their own ‘happy endings.’
As J-term is becoming more established with each year, it is accompanied by an increasing number of opportunities to do service work abroad.
In addition to offering financial services, microfinance will never empower individuals past the level of sustainability and promote entrepreneurship if the industry doesn’t start giving out at least slightly larger loans.
Undoubtedly 2014 will be a great time to show the rest of the world the beauty and rich culture Brazil has to offer, but it should be a time as well to help—not a time to hide the Brazilians living so close yet worlds away to where the events will be taking place.