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Overheard on FDOC: Spring 2023 Edition

As the day transitioned from ~light rain~ to full on snow storm (that may be a slight exaggeration), Harvard students experienced their first day of classes for the shorter and much more exciting semester. First days are always memorable, and yesterday, Flyby Blog kept track of our favorite overheads from students around campus.


Ranking The Outfits of a Harvard Man

The seasons may change but the fashion taste of the Harvard Man remains the same. Some outfits are extremely dapper (perhaps a little too much so), and some outfits should just not exist. Here, we have ranked some classic ensembles and enlisted a fashionable Harvard Man™ to model for us with scarily accurate posing.


Your Reading Week Round-Up: Study Spots

Are you deep in the trenches as finals loom closer and closer? Are you dreading the month’s worth of lectures that you have to watch in 24 hours? Same, bestie. What better way to feel better about yourself than to meander over to a different study spot and get a change of scenery? Your roommate will thank you for leaving the room for the first time in a week. Trust me. Without further ado, here is a round up and rating of classic study spots around campus.


An Ode to the Rats of Harvard

It creates a certain amount of cognitive dissonance when we find ourselves, at a hallowed institution, co-existing with vermin. But, in a way, it’s comforting to watch a rat frolic through a decrepit stone wall. Here’s why the rats of Harvard aren’t so bad after all.


Whatever You Do, Don’t Go To The Barker Cafe!!

You may be tempted to visit the Barker Cafe, now that it’s open. But I’m here to warn you—do not under any circumstances visit the Barker Center’s picturesque, sun-dappled, caffeine-oriented rotunda. Flyby #gatekeeps.


Flyby Tries: Being Thankful

Let’s face it, it’s hard to find gratitude when you’re swamped with p-sets and papers while the ever-present cold? flu? unknown-disease-that-leaves-a-monster-cough makes its annual circulation across campus. However, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be an appropriate time to take a step back and try being thankful for the little things in life.


An Ode to the Endless BoardPlus Options at The Law School

At the end of spring semester last year, I had used none of my BoardPlus — mainly because I had no idea what BoardPlus was and where I could spend it. And so, this semester, I decided to use my BoardPlus more consistently, as a way to treat myself during the semester.


Dear Homesick Students Far From Home

Whether you’re from Australia, Argentina, Afghanistan, or Alaska (just me?), we love you! You’ve got this. And even if you don’t live halfway across the globe, it’s okay to miss home — I’m (slightly enviously) talking to you, Bostonians. With the holidays around the corner, it’s that time of the year when we start to crave the comfort of home and non-Harvard life just a tad more than usual. But don’t give up now!


Four Things I Would Rather Touch than John Harvard’s Shoe

We’ve all been there. It’s 9:02 a.m. You’re sprinting through the Yard to class, hoping to still beat the athlete who’s locking up their scooter. Then, you see it: a group of tourists posing for the cliche-yet-tasteful “Touching of John Harvard’s Shoe.” Forgetting about the hot section kid you’re trying to impress, you are forced to stop and shudder.


Flyby's 2022 Halloween Costume Round Up

This Halloweekend, Harvard students showed up (we’re all try-hards after all). In case you were too drunk busy to pay attention to the costumes around you, Flyby crowdsourced the best Halloween costumes spotted this weekend, because we have eyes everywhere and gotta give credit where credit is due. Keep reading to see if you made the top costumes of 2022.  And don’t cry if you didn’t.


You’re Never Too Old to Trick-or-Treat

Here at Flyby, we believe you are never too old to do anything — this includes trick-or-treating. In fact, we believe it’s even more fun to go trick-or-treating as a full-fledged adult, because no one can stop you from eating too much candy and falling into a candy coma. #adulting. Thus, in the name of journalism, we donned our costumes, grabbed our tote bags (since we couldn’t find trick-or-treat baskets) and headed into the wonderful neighborhoods of Cambridge in pursuit of tricks and treats.


Why October is the Emotional Trough of the Year

Here is my attempt to explain why October seems to universally be the emotional trough of the Harvard year. It’s like the February of the fall semester, but worse. At least February is consistent — dark, gloomy, cold as fuck. October is less predictable, and therefore more scary. BOO, it’s the ghost of your healthy mental state past.


Flyby Ranks: Absurd Things That Have Happened in Tasty Basty

Every Ivy parties in…how should I say this…its own particularly interesting way. Dartmouth throws underground parties — cool. Princeton opts for their eating clubs — bougie, I guess? Cornell and Penn attempt to live up to their state school rep with good ol’ greek life — basic. (And Brown has intentionally been omitted due to lack of information because,,, yeah).  To each their own, but if we’re being honest here, we have something that all of our so-called competitors are truly missing out on. And no way am I talking about Harvard’s final clubs — we’re talking Tasty Basty.


The Seven Types of Harvard Students at the Gym

If you’re thinking about going to the gym, but don’t know what or ~who~ to expect — look no further! We spent a week people-watching at the Harvard gyms so you don’t have to. Check out our full investigation on the types of people you’ll meet at the gym.


We Bet We Can Guess If You'll Do Your Group Project By Yourself (The Answer Probably Will Not Surprise You)

We all dread the words, “group project.” They just are not fun for anyone. Well, that’s a lie. They’re super fun for all of the people who are going to pass off your work as their own. Will that end up happening to you this time around? Use this flowchart to find out.


Flyby Investigates: The One Time Every Two Years Providence, R.I., Is Actually Relevant

Harvard-Brown typically falls into the shadow of the highly anticipated Harvard-Yale game, but — as part of the 0.00001 percent of the time when the student body decides to rally around something in the name of school spirit (even though we don’t have a real mascot #sad) — it can still be really fun. And judging from everyone’s Instagram stories from the weekend of the game, I’m not the only one with this opinion. So here’s how the day went:


Flyby's Fall 2022 Playlist

Fall has many moods. Some days, the sun hits the newly yellowed leaves in just the right way and all feels right in the world. Other days, you have to pull your jacket a little closer so the Cambridge winds and midterm burnout don’t sweep you away. Here’s a playlist for all those moods. Listen to it in order for a romantic storyline or shuffle play for more chaos.


2 Fall 2 Furey-ous: Flyby Tries Fall Trader Joe’s Snacks Part 2

Flyby is BACK with another fall haul, full of fun and fresh items to try this pumpkin-spice season. We know you’re wondering which items you should definitely try (most of them!!) and which items you should just never, ever, buy (sadly there are a few), so read below for our honest takes on this year’s newest fall snacks. We know. You don’t have to say it — you’re welcome.


Passio NO!

Passio GO! The literal bane of my existence. The shuttle tracking app just got a brand spanking new update in time for this school year. Apparently, the app “has been improved and is easier to use.” But any developer that has to explicitly state that its app is now “easier to use” is most definitely doing something wrong, and Passio GO!’s 1.4 App Store star rating proves as much.


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