Around Campus


How to: Save Yourself When You’ve Mis-identified Someone

Masks may protect us against Covid-19, but they definitely do not protect us against awkward interactions. In fact, leave a lot of room for them. What do I mean? Imagine this: you’re walking out of the Science Center and you see someone that you are convinced you remember from a Zoom class.


Tag Yourself: Harvard Square Establishments

We know them, we love them, we claw our way through tourists in front of them — but have you ever wondered which Harvard Square business you are in your soul? Wonder no longer, because Flyby’s got you covered.


Things To Ask Those Guys in Suits During Punch Season

Sure, they may look dapper, but I can’t help but have some questions. Are they going on an adventure on their scooter to a punch event… perhaps. But, I can also choose to believe that an even cooler destination is in store on a Tuesday evening. If you too want to ask some nicely dressed people a question as you contemplate your own life on your way to Lamont at 9 p.m., here are some starting points to get the convo flowing.


Open Letter to the Rats of Harvard

I’ve been in Cambridge for more than a month now but have not seen much of you in a long time. I guess now that I’m at the Quad you don’t feel like paying me a visit, but surprises are always nice. I remember the days at Mather during my freshman year where you would run against the prison walls in sync like secret agents in the shadows.


Being the Main Character: Shuttle Edition

I’d like to dedicate this article to all my fellow Quad inhabitants, along with anyone who has a class in the SEAS building, and all those who generally are opposed to walking anywhere. You might be wondering, what common factor unites these groups? Well, there are two — being the main character and spending time on the shuttle.


Things to Do While Waiting For the Shuttle

As is the case in life, many things only happen in our dreams: finishing a pset before the day it’s due, a full eight hours of sleep, and the shuttle being there for you when you actually need it. Whether you’re going to class from the Quad or Mather, returning back home after a long day of walking, or trying to visit the new SEAS complex, the shuttle is always necessary and never on schedule. And since we’re busy students, it’s probably a good idea to be ~productive~ when spending those many hours waiting for it to arrive.


Flyby’s Guide to Open Spaces on Campus

Welcome to (or back to) campus! What a relief to finally be able to see everyone in person and gasp over the unexpected heights of everyone you met on Zoom. But, why are all your favorite spots on campus closed or functioning on the weirdest hours ever? Well, welcome to Flyby’s official guide to what spaces are currently open on campus and exactly when you can enjoy them.


Flyby’s Guide to Falling in Love with Fall

Finally having an in-person semester means the return of midterms, men in suits, and David Malan’s sweat. If that isn’t enough to look forward to, being on campus means we’ll finally be able to enjoy New England’s least-worst season: fall! With the official start of fall happening tomorrow – and as a New England native – here are my favorite ways to enjoy the fall that doesn’t involve crying over midterms.


Alternative Icebreakers That Are Actually Interesting

We're coming up on week four of school, and would be shocked if you're not already tired of the same old icebreakers that every club does. Hopefully, these help get the ~juices flowing~ for a bit more exciting icebreakers!


BoardPlus? Never Heard of Her.

Campus life is back and buzzing, and whether you're new to the scene or returning after a Zoom hiatus, we can all identify with the burning question: what is the deal with BoardPlus? Maybe you miss the good ol’ pre-Covid days of BoardPlus, or maybe you have never even heard of it before clicking on this article. Either way, we’re here to tell you what it is, what has changed, and how to take advantage of it.


Dunster’s Plums Are The Reason I Get Out of Bed in the Morning

So, I could write a letter directly to Dunster’s Plums, but that wouldn’t be useful to you. And you — a Harvard student sitting in lecture while comping seven clubs while debating a situationship while double-fisting compostable paper cups while, apparently, reading the latest Flyby masterpiece — you only like things that are useful.


My Fourth Roommate is the Roach We Killed

The new yard, which is composed of literal apartment complexes and former hotels, was created in order to house the record-breaking class of 2025, and man, does it seem like they’re getting compensated for something. Or maybe I am just salty that despite my relative seniority, I am in a double with one of my roommates.


How To: Survive (and Enjoy) this Semester Amidst the Chaos

After a long year of online learning, Harvard’s campus is finally back in full swing. But while this past week of orientation (and reorientation) has reminded us of all the best college has to offer, a new semester looms ahead. Just because we’re offline doesn’t mean we’re off the hook, so here’s Flyby’s guide to navigating the stress and chaos of our collective return to reality.


Virtual Reading Period: Ideas for On and Off Campus

It's (finally) the last day of classes, and you've got a solid week of Reading Period ahead before finals actually kick in. How do you spend these few precious days? Our writer has some top ideas to fill the void, whether you're on campus or off!


6 Things to Do Instead of Paying Attention in Class

With just a few days of classes left, actually forcing ourselves to pay attention is feeling... impossible. Well, we've got some go-to ideas to fill your time instead of listening to your professor during your last classes of the week.


We Solved the Class of 2025 Housing Problem

For those who may be wishing for the spacious single suites you've gotten so used to during this Covid year... get ready for a bit of a change. With this year's new huge freshmen class, Harvard’s going to be playing Tetris fitting all these students into dorms. No worries! We've got some ~creative~ solutions for housing this record-breaking class.


Rest In Peace, Finance Bro Patagonias

Did you feel a shift in the universe as you donned your favorite salmon-shorts-plus-Canada-Goose prep casual combo? As of last week, Patagonia announced plans to “transition away” from adding additional non-removable logos to its products.


What Harvard Students Say vs. What They Mean

When you arrive at Harvard, you might be unaware of the distinct phrases students say that have a different meaning than their literal definitions. It is a learned language that one has to assimilate to; however, once you get the hang of it, you never forget it. Webster—I mean—Flyby has your definitions ready!


Harvard Houses (Taylor's Version)

It’s been nearly two whole weeks since Taylor Swift released her re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which means Swifties everywhere are bored out of their minds. To help with that, Flyby has created the only vibe chart you need. Who cares about which House you’re in when you could be a Taylor Swift album instead? Baby, just say yes! ...to our picks ;)


8 Pandemic Phrases That Would Normally be Bizarre

Today’s pandemic world feels like an alternate dimension, yet we keep hearing the term “new normal”. And, after taking a step back, you realize how much society has already adapted to this “new normal” without fully being aware of it. As proof, here are some common phrases we’ve started saying because of the pandemic that would have sounded crazy to us before ’rona moved in.


Everything I Didn’t Learn From Virtual Visitas

Once upon a time, I was disappointed when I learned Visitas was turned into Virtual-tas. So here you go, pre-frosh. Here’s a short list of all the things I didn’t learn from Virtual Visitas that I wished I had.


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