Welcome, newly admitted students, to HGSE! Some affectionately call this place Hug-see. Others really hate that pronunciation and call it H-G-S-E. Then there are students like myself who call it the Ed School. Whatever name you decide to call this place, I really hope it will be your home for the next year!
It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I have been at the Ed School for 6 months. I cannot describe how much I learn every day. While the time passes incredible quickly, there is a certain pleasure in knowing that one is taking full advantage of a place like Harvard. It’s not just the classes, though they are great. It’s the people, the speakers who come to campus, the self-reflection and growth that happens, and the moments of fun that I will remember most from HGSE.
Last Thursday, I participated in the HGSE phonathon. It was really lovely welcoming new students to the Ed School – it felt like we were all part of one community, and I felt proud to be the first person that many admitted students spoke to about the Ed School ! Pay it forward, right?
For those admits reading this, come to the Ed School! Hopefully your experience will be as joyous as mine has been so far!
Irteza Binte-Farid is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Education Policy and Management program. Having worked for QuestBridge, an education non-profit which matches low-income, first generation students to great colleges within the US, Irteza continues to be interested in the experience of first generation students in college. In the future, she is excited to enter the field of Higher Education Policy.