By Karina Ascunce
So, you got into Harvard: CONGRATS! Now, you’ve got Visitas to look forward to. It’s an ideal time for meeting other admitted and current Harvard students, attending lectures you probably won’t understand, signing up for too many email lists, and overall just getting to know Harvard. It’s only one weekend, but there’s so much to do. Here’s our advice on enjoying it, while also avoiding rescind-itas.
Make the Most of It
Make the most of this weekend. If you’re one of the “I’ve already followed and DM’ed the entirety of my class on Instagram” people, then this is your chance to meet everyone in real life. If you’re not as active on Instagram and Facebook, however, then this is your time to socialize and first meet the people that you’ll share your next four years with! Or, you could just roll solo all weekend and explore Harvard’s beautiful springtime campus.
Be Wary of Nighttime Partying
Don’t be the one prefrosh that sneaks in to a party and then doesn’t even know how to get back to your host’s dorm room. We know it’s only a weekend and it feels like it’s going to be such a long time before you’re on campus, but trust us. There will be many opportunities to go out with your friends when you’re a student here. There’s no need to rush. And there’s no need to possibly put yourself in a difficult situation for the sake of not missing out on a party.
Explore Your Interests!
Try to go to any and all events that interest you! Several of these events are organized by Harvard students specifically for Visitas, so it’s definitely a great time to set your sights on a club or organization that you may want to join come August. This is also a great time to meet people who share similar interests and hobbies as you! But remember, many events that are organized for Visitas are replicated to some extent during Opening Days, so don’t feel pressured to go to literally every single one.
NO ILLEGAL THINGS
Do not, do not, do NOT do anything illegal. Please, just don’t. Harvard’s Amnesty Policy does not extend to non-Harvard students (also known as prefrosh, also known as YOU). Avoid rescind-itas, and more importantly, look out for each other and make sure you’re being responsible with the choices you make.
In short, don’t let FOMO for the night turn into actually missing out on what could be an amazing college experience here. Hopefully Visitas is the first of many incredible weekends that you have on this campus. Just remember to be safe and responsible, and you’ll have a fun, wholesome Visitas! The (mild) debauchery can wait until after your enrollment.
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