Timelessness in Time

Time is especially tricky when you only have a year to experience your masters program. 9 months, to be exact. There is so much to learn, so much you wish to do, and you inevitably have to make choices and negotiate trade-offs, and accept what you might lose out on. At this 9th month mark, I find myself looking back with much nostalgia – not on the moments that I’ve had to miss out on, but on the wonderful milestones that were birthed along the way. These were moments that I could have never imagined or planned for prior to coming to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). They evolved and came to life most unexpectedly, thanks to incredible people that have inspired, supported and worked with me during my journey here. Some of these unanticipated, joyful milestones include:

1. Creating tangible real-life products/movements with colleagues, which embody our shared passions and visions in education

The Palette, an all original podcast focusing on arts and learning, hosting a live podcast recording on accessibility in the arts at HGSE
Harvard STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), a student organization that facilitates and explores trans-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration, presenting their projects at HGSE EdTalks

2. Making connections with my community. Beyond the classrooms, beyond the readings, beyond theory, beyond philosophizing.

Gathering to listen to Project Zero Artists in Residence present their works


Having a 1960’s music singalong with fellow HGSE student Ruhith Ariyapala and the Tremble Clefs, a choral group designed to strengthen the voices of people with Parkinson’s
HGSE students from Singapore performing a medley of Singaporean National Day songs at Cabaret Night, an open mic night as part of Monday Night Remix

3. Getting married in the middle of the final semester (I highly recommend Cambridge City Hall if any of you are considering this!)

Getting married at Cambridge City Hall after morning class made it a school day to remember


Time feels exceptionally precious here, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed, stretched, and doubtful of your decisions at HGSE. But I dare say that choosing to invest your time in – and even make time for – projects and people that matter most to you, is something you will not regret. Time may be limited and beyond your control, but the memories you  create here at HGSE will be timeless – and yours to keep forever.


Jasmine Chin is a Masters in Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. She was an arts administrator and public relations consultant that dabbled in piano performance, singing-songwriting, and flash-mobbing prior to pursuing her Masters. She is currently enjoying exploring new creative mediums beyond music, as well as learning about how to create positive impact through arts and education.