I grew up in a predominantly white town, attended predominantly white schools, and attended a predominantly white institution for my undergraduate degree, so I thought I had the whole “attending a PWI” thing down as a student of color. While I was wrong because Harvard is a whole different ballgame. That said, I’ve found and … More Navigating HGSE and Harvard as a Student of Color
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who are comfortable having a permanent notification tag on their phone app that says they have 1,253 unread messages. And then there are people who read every message every hour to avoid the dreaded unread notification. I am proudly part of the latter category. Yet, … More The Chat Group
It’s a Sunday evening in mid-October. I’m watching the Red Sox playoff game on TV (Go Twins, but what are the playoffs?) and the much discussed fall foliage is beginning to appear. We’ve finished up our sixth week of class, and after moving to Boston from the Pacific North West, my home for the last … More A Week at HGSE
Every ten years or so, a very special event happens on the Harvard Campus– the Harvard Presidential Inauguration. As a higher education student. I knew I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to see one of this event in action. But, I also felt lucky because I had a special connection to this … More A Presidential Inauguration at Harvard
Have you ever had that moment in a project where you see yourself, as if from above, and realize what a mess you’re in? Maybe the room is strewn with shreds of poster board, you’ve been breathing hot glue gun fumes for hours, and you can’t get the pieces of your structure to fit together. … More Ode to “dark nights of the soul”: What I learned in T-550
For Admitted Students who are also Parents As I write this, three other humans that I call family are a few feet away doing what other humans do: eating, talking, and relaxing after a day at school and work. I am a master’s student at HGSE, and I am a parent to two children, a … More A letter to admitted students who are also parents
I arrived at the last minute, nervous and excited at the same time. It was just two days before orientation and I had left my job as a commercial airline pilot only one month before arriving in Cambridge. I had left my former decade-long life in Abu Dhabi and moved back to my home country … More Specialized Studies: An amazing choice!