When I arrived at HGSE, I learned it is common to compare these 9 months in a master’s program to drinking from a firehose: there’s so much that you’ll be overwhelmed just taking in the amount that you can.
I was skeptical at first. I mean, yeah, it’s Harvard, we’re in Cambridge, and near Boston…but how can that be a thing?!
Turns out nobody is exaggerating–it’s actually a thing! And, it’s equal parts incredible, overwhelming, and totally inspiring. There really is that much to do both on and off campus.
While I could talk about any number of extracurricular experiences in which I’ve had the fortune to partake, I want to give a shout out to Continuing the Conversation, a biennial conference for artists and educators coordinated by alumni from Arts in Education (AIE), my program here at HGSE.
While the weekend was filled with insightful panels and sessions, the highlight for me was the opening event with performances from and a discussion with student artists: two dancers from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, two performers from Zumix (a nearby community music program), and a group of ceramics students from a high school in Pennsylvania.
One of the performances was by Brian, a student rapper from Zumix. Coincidentally, the hook in his original rap was: “Life is what you make it; create it and make it last.”
Taking those words to heart that night, I skipped going to sleep early and went out with members from my AIE cohort to a nearby pub…
[Are you ready? Here comes the pun!]
…and, in squeezing the most out of my time here, I was thrilled to have my very first cup of hot apple cider!
Taylor Morris is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. An avid violinist, fiddler, and educator from Arizona, Taylor aims to develop out-of-the-box experiences for string players by encouraging them to compose, arrange and improvise.