It’s winding down the admissions deadline, and some of you are starting to reconsider whether you should bother applying.
(And then, just for fun, the out-takes):
Sarah: What is it like having your mom in graduate school?
Jahcir: I think it’s great. I get a lot of free things. I got a glass mug. I have found myself having a lot of adult friends, which is not a bad thing. My mom gets discounts on shirts and stuff, and when we go to games, I get free stuff. At the basketball game, I got a Harvard #Gocrimson shirt!
S: How did you feel about leaving your home to move to Cambridge?
J: I thought that it was going to be a new experience. I kind of felt sad that I was leaving my whole family except my mom. It was kinda weird when we first moved here, because all I knew was the place I lived, but in Atlanta I knew all the places I went.
S: Do you like living in Cambridge now?
J: Yes, I think it’s ok. I like that it’s a big city and it’s kind of like New York because I really like New York. Something I don’t like is that I left my whole family in Atlanta.
S: What advice would you have for other kids who are moving here for their parents to go to school?
J: If you are old enough, try to have some way to contact some people who you left back where you live. I would say don’t worry about making friends…I’ve made new friends in my neighborhood and at school. I think I know why — because you’re at school and you’re socializing with other kids and if they have a lot of friends, then you’ll eventually meet the other friends and you’ll become friends with your friends’ friends…I know this kid named Stefan, and at our bus stop he knew this kid named Evan, and now I recognize him and his brother Wyatt and they’ve become my friends, too. And I know this kid named Atticus and the way I remember his name is probably “Attic” and “kiss.”
S: What are some new experiences you’ve gotten to have living in Cambridge?
J: So far, it’s been going to the Harvard-Yale [football] game, having hot cider, and walking so much that my legs hurt when I get home. I don’t think I’ve ever had to do that before, because when you live in Atlanta, everything is so spaced out, so you drive.
S: What is a typical day like for you during the week?
J: I’ll tell you about Wednesday. I get up in the morning, eat breakfast, get dressed, go to the bus stop, go to school, learn, learn, learn, go to the bus stop, go back to my house. Then, my mom picks me up, and we go into our house, grab a few things we need and pack up snacks, and we walk to the library. One of her friends normally watches me while she’s in her 4-7 class. Normally, I’m on my iPod or on the computers in the library.
S: Last question: are you going to be a Red Sox fan by the end of this year?
J: I do not think so.
S: What about the Celtics?
J: No, and please do not ask me about the Bruins or the Patriots!
P.S. Now that you’re done reading this massive blog post, please consider this your personal invitation to go submit that application!
Sarah Stuntz is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Instructional Leadership strand of the Learning and Teaching program. As a former English teacher who plans to return to the classroom, Sarah loves learning about how literature and writing connect with adolescent development and social justice.