A Note to Readers

When they were first admitted, the members of the Class of 2021 made up one of the most diverse classes in Harvard’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic has spread them across the world — and challenged the notion of a singular “Harvard experience.” Today, without campus as an equalizer, the diversity that defined the Class of 2021 has been cast in a new light. In our final issue of the year, we profile 15 seniors — generated at random — to learn about their circumstances and explore how the pandemic has impacted their lives.




A Whole New Ballgame

For Jaren Zinn ‘21, it is all about maximizing the opportunities that he has. That is why the 6’4” right-handed pitcher is taking a leave of absence this semester, choosing instead to live and train in Allston, Mass., with a few of his teammates. Zinn hopes that by focusing on baseball this semester, he can make the most of his remaining two years of eligibility with Harvard Baseball.

Harvard and the Biden Administration

As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, a team of Crimson reporters explored how the Biden administration will affect international students, admissions, labor, and everything in between at Harvard. Here's a look at how the Biden administration will reshape the University — and what role Harvard will play in shaping it.

Harvard College Receives Record-High 57,000 Applications, Delays Admissions Release Date

More than 57,000 students applied for a spot in Harvard College’s Class of 2025, marking a record high and forcing the Admissions Office to push back its decision release date by roughly a week, the office announced Thursday.

Harvard Medical School, Law School To Maintain Jobs and Pay for Contracted Dining Workers

Contracted dining workers at two Harvard schools received welcome news this week as Harvard Medical School announced it would not pursue 16 layoffs as planned, and Harvard Law School announced it would continue paying contracted dining employees and eventually bring them in-house.



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‘Another Round’ is Intoxicatingly Good

While the film risks glamorizing excessive drinking, “Another Round” is also brilliantly acted with a life-affirming message.

‘His House’ Subverts our Expectations in Haunting Portrait of Emigration and Trauma

Both visually and narratively compelling, “His House” is an affecting portrait of trauma, guilt, and the refugee experience.

‘Pieces of a Woman’ Offers a Remarkably Cohesive Narrative of Grief

Mundruczó’s “Pieces of a Woman” is a film about the intangible bridges burnt and built in the wake of emotional trauma.

‘The Life Assignment’ Explores Displacement Through Defamiliarization of Language

"The Life Assignment" by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado’s examines the dissonance between original homeland and current residence.


A Whole New Ballgame

For Jaren Zinn ‘21, it is all about maximizing the opportunities that he has. That is why the 6’4” right-handed pitcher is taking a leave of absence this semester, choosing instead to live and train in Allston, Mass., with a few of his teammates. Zinn hopes that by focusing on baseball this semester, he can make the most of his remaining two years of eligibility with Harvard Baseball.

From the Water to a Farm, Caroline Noble Makes Her Mark

The coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of a call to action for many. Students, teachers, and administrators are all doing their part in the fight against COVID-19. This effort extends beyond Harvard’s campus to Surprise Valley, Calif., where co-captain Caroline Noble of the Radcliffe Women’s Heavyweight Crew team is doing her part.

Australian First-Year Student-Athletes Navigate the New Normal

You might find some on-campus student-athletes running along the Charles, waiting for their team’s designated time slot to lift in Harvard’s athletic facilities, or following Google docs with workouts prepared by their coaches. Not all first-year students were allowed back on campus this semester, however.

Former Crimson Infielder Peter Woodfork ‘99 Reflects on His Path from Harvard Baseball to Overseeing Minor League Operations

“At Harvard, as both an athlete and a student, it was a really positive experience. And I knew I wanted to stay involved in the game.”


‘Another Round’ is Intoxicatingly Good

While the film risks glamorizing excessive drinking, “Another Round” is also brilliantly acted with a life-affirming message.

‘His House’ Subverts our Expectations in Haunting Portrait of Emigration and Trauma

Both visually and narratively compelling, “His House” is an affecting portrait of trauma, guilt, and the refugee experience.

‘Pieces of a Woman’ Offers a Remarkably Cohesive Narrative of Grief

Mundruczó’s “Pieces of a Woman” is a film about the intangible bridges burnt and built in the wake of emotional trauma.

‘The Life Assignment’ Explores Displacement Through Defamiliarization of Language

"The Life Assignment" by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado’s examines the dissonance between original homeland and current residence.


A Whole New Ballgame

For Jaren Zinn ‘21, it is all about maximizing the opportunities that he has. That is why the 6’4” right-handed pitcher is taking a leave of absence this semester, choosing instead to live and train in Allston, Mass., with a few of his teammates. Zinn hopes that by focusing on baseball this semester, he can make the most of his remaining two years of eligibility with Harvard Baseball.

From the Water to a Farm, Caroline Noble Makes Her Mark

The coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of a call to action for many. Students, teachers, and administrators are all doing their part in the fight against COVID-19. This effort extends beyond Harvard’s campus to Surprise Valley, Calif., where co-captain Caroline Noble of the Radcliffe Women’s Heavyweight Crew team is doing her part.

Australian First-Year Student-Athletes Navigate the New Normal

You might find some on-campus student-athletes running along the Charles, waiting for their team’s designated time slot to lift in Harvard’s athletic facilities, or following Google docs with workouts prepared by their coaches. Not all first-year students were allowed back on campus this semester, however.

Former Crimson Infielder Peter Woodfork ‘99 Reflects on His Path from Harvard Baseball to Overseeing Minor League Operations

“At Harvard, as both an athlete and a student, it was a really positive experience. And I knew I wanted to stay involved in the game.”