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Living in Central Square, Cambridge

When I was looking for places to live once I got into HGSE, I found myself gravitating to all of the nice pictures online. Whether it was Craigslist or a website from a realtor, there were some pictures that just called to me—sunlight, a nice kitchen, big, open spaces.

Visiting these homes was another story… I learned that you should not base your decision on pictures and should be very aware that Photoshop is a real tool used by many people in order to make something look nicer than it actually is.

My blog post is not about my process, however. I want to talk about why I chose to live in Central Square.

For the past two years, I was living in rural New York where there was little access to good restaurants, nightlife, things to do in the immediate vicinity, and nice places to walk. When I made the decision to move to Cambridge, I was overwhelmed by the many options available to me, but I knew for sure that I wanted the following:

  • Walking distance to grocery stores/restaurants
  • A neighborhood feel with the perks of living in a city (being close to the T stop)
  • A separate life from school
  • Proximity to running trails/biking trails
  • Pet friendly

Other than those minor details, I was open…

I recognized that my qualifications for my new home were limiting, and I learned that there were some things I would have to be more lenient on. However, when we found the perfect blue house 8 minutes from Central Square, I was sold. It had everything!

Central Square is located a mile away from campus. It’s easily accessible by foot, train or bus, and feels completely separate from Harvard Square and Kendall Square. The population is much less student-heavy, but still has a fair share of young adults. Central also has every store imaginable—you can go three blocks and achieve just about all your shopping. Hmart, a wonderful supermarket with a Korean flare, has both delicious produce and food, as well as ample samples on the weekend. CVS is located very close by, as is a co-op food store. Trader Joes and Whole Foods are just a 10-15 minute walk from the T stop. There is an outdoor apparel shop, the best ice cream I have ever had (Toscanini), a vegetarian restaurant, two dumpling restaurants, a restaurant that specializes in small plates, a Tibetan food restaurant… I could go on and on. Central Square truly has everything.

But the aspects of Central Square that I now enjoy span far more than just the number of great restaurants. I have come to appreciate the separateness from campus—I need that distance from the place I go to school every day. I love the culture and vibrant scene Central Square has to offer—Graffiti Alley is an artist’s mecca. There are festivals almost every weekend around Central Square, and it’s easy to make your way down to the Charles River to watch Head of the Charles or just sit by the river and people watch.

There are, of course, downsides to living in Central Square, as well. The primary one is cost—because it’s a desirable neighborhood, the rent is a bit pricier than some other areas around Harvard. This is definitely something to consider, but having two roommates really helps mitigate the money issue.

When thinking about where to live, listen to your gut. Don’t jump on the first house you see. Take your time and start early. It may seem ridiculous to start a few months before you begin school, but apartments go quickly here, and it helps to know what you want. Get to know the different neighborhoods. Allston is very different from Cambridge which is very different from Watertown. Also, ask questions. Everyone at HGSE is here to help you navigate the search and help you solve problems that may arise. Someone has been through what you’re experiencing with housing troubles before, so don’t be afraid to reach out.

Some questions to think about:

  • How close to campus do you want to be?
  • Do you need central air conditioning?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you want to be in a house or apartment building?
  • Are you okay paying for heat?
  • How close to a T stop do you want to be? (Think about the winter)
  • What are three things you just will not sacrifice in your housing search?

Written by Mia Ritter

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Mia Ritter grew up in New York City before going to college at Grinnell College in Iowa. After college, and after she realized she wanted to go into college access/college counseling, Mia worked at Hamilton College in the admission office. Realizing she wanted to further her career, Mia went on the graduate school search, and found HGSE. The Prevention Science and Practice (PSP) program spoke to her, and Mia is now a Ed.M. candidate in the adolescent counseling strand of PSP.

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Cultural and Intellectual Diversity at HGSE

At Harvard, intellectual curiosity is leveraged not only in classrooms and the myriad places around campus, Cambridge, and Boston more broadly, but within warm, welcoming, and supportive spaces that fuel our unique sense of community. I cannot emphasize enough how important this sense of community is in extending our thinking in new directions and applying knowledge vis-à-vis innovative programs that reflect a deep sense of care for others; whether it’s for the students we hope to inspire in classrooms, designing evidence-based interventions that buffer the effects of toxic stress in high-risk communities, protecting the legal rights of children around the world, or helping young people find meaning, passion, and purpose in their everyday lives by nurturing skills and abilities unique to their individual learning styles and personalities.

But to accomplish all this, we first ‘learn to learn’ from others by opening our minds and ears to both the renowned scholars here at HGSE – and perhaps more importantly – to our incredible peers who bring to Appian Way a diverse range of cultural and intellectual experiences. During my time at Harvard, I’ve had the privilege of learning from students who arrived by way of China, Japan, Thailand, India, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Spain, Russia, France, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Singapore… The list literally goes on and on.

In addition to a rich cultural diversity, our community consists of students and faculty spanning an array of intellectual disciplines and ideological differences. A typical classroom will be full of students studying health, medicine, law, government, physics, and engineering. Furthermore, our classes often intersect with surrounding universities including Tufts and MIT. This interdisciplinary exposure puts us in a unique position to collaborate with experts (and emerging experts) from diverse domains of knowledge, and equips us with real-world skills needed to sift through dilemmas with fresh lenses. For instance, a recent discussion with students in one class illuminated the ways in which different cultures view American youth identity as portrayed in westernized new digital media. On the same day in another class, I learned about conceptions of childhood, labor, and marriage from a student growing up in Ghana. Yet in another course, our project team consists of a psychology student, educator, and medical student confronting social-emotional learning difficulties among refugee children. In our SSP cohort, we recently established a working group on justice, power, and privilege to better understand how these concepts manifest in our personal and professional lives.

At the core of each example above lies a thirst for shared knowledge and deeper understanding within and across cultures and experience, all nested within a supportive environment where we look forward to every opportunity that propels discussions into uncharted territories. We learn from one another, share our personal stories, and navigate all this through an established culture of intellectual curiosity and social support. A critical element embedded in our shared learning is openness to understanding and respect for diverse points of view. Engaging in such collaborative discourse has had profound implications for shaping how I listen, learn, and express myself. And I feel fully supported in this initiative by our faculty, students, and staff.

During orientation, our program coordinators shared with us a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (recommended viewing for all!), which underscores the “danger of relying on a single story.” Coming to terms with how biases are shaped provided a platform for generating iterative dialogue where so many “Eureka!” moments take place. Indeed, a willingness to question our own preconceptions is needed for making lasting, innovative change. In the spirit of avoiding the pitfalls of single stories, I encourage each of you to reflect on what you currently know, what you think you know, and to bring with you a sense of wonder as you explore new ideas with those around you; because there is no better venue for reflecting on past experiences and exploring new ideas than with your fellow peers and colleagues here at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A glimpse into Daniel’s life at HGSE…

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Bill Damon (Stanford) and Howard Gardner discuss virtues and character during the 50th year anniversary of Project Zero.

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Yohannes Abraham, Dan Balz, Karen Finney, Jason Chaffetz, Sally Jewell, and Mark Strand square off on “Protests, Partisanship, and Fixing Politics” during a JFK Jr. Forum event at the Kennedy School.

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Typical view from a classroom window in October.

Blog and photos by Daniel T. Gruner

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Daniel T. Gruner is an Ed.M. candidate in the Specialized Studies Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is concurrently pursuing his PhD in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. As a member of SSP, Daniel is focusing on cognitive development, education policy, technology, and international human rights. His research synthesizes three overarching themes that fall at the intersection of young peoples’ engagement with learning, their development of moral and ethical sensibilities, and the broader sociopolitical institutions that shape daily human experience with particular emphasis on inequality, political freedom, and digital democracy.

 

 

 

“Adulting” at HGSE

It’s 10 pm on a Tuesday night, and I’m standing close to the stage, eagerly awaiting Aquilo, one of my favorite bands for the past couple years now, to begin their act. I have two midterms and one major problem set all due in less than a week, but I push it out of my mind for the moment, knowing that the time for studies will come later. There’s so much more to Harvard than just academics, and The Sinclair, a venue less than a three-minute walk from the HGSE campus, has become part of my Harvard tradition.

Looking back at the past four months (having arrived in Cambridge back in June to begin a lab position), I’m struck by just how much like a kid I feel at heart, which is probably why I’m drawn to Education in the first place. There’s something strangely odd after being an adult in the “real world” for the last three years about throwing on a backpack every morning, heading to class, and pulling out my Curious George pencil case to retrieve my rainbow highlighters and sticky notes.

There’s something else, too, about having been in the “real world” that has changed the way I feel about academics now that I’m back in school again. Class now feels like a privilege, not like the duty that it once felt back in college. Choosing to come back to school – choosing to come to HGSE – has reinvigorated a sense of curiosity and wonder that I thought I had lost while working full-time. I’m enjoying life at HGSE so much that it feels more like a playground than a stereotypical school (which all education should be like, right?).

I’m finding myself engaging with academics in a new manner that is allowing me to truly understand my purpose in embarking on such a pedagogical journey. The material we learn in class feels tangibly animated. We’re not just learning concepts; we’re being challenged to engage our imaginations to envision using such theories in applied settings to truly incite meaningful change. Meetings with professors are not just matters of administrative duty but are brainstorming sessions that leave you inspired and empowered to apply yourself as a global solution. Homework assignments involve creating interventions that actually will be brought into the classroom. For me, academics have moved from a realm of duty to the sphere of energizing possibilities that makes me look forward to heading to the library every night.

And the motivation to practice my new skills has given me time and space to rediscover another “childlike” quality I thought I had lost – the desire to try everything. I do feel like a kid during my weekly Capoeira lessons – messing up my lefts and rights, struggling to remember the Portuguese vocabulary, singing with the rest of my class during roda. I’ve gone to my first professional soccer game, my first river cruise, and even my first PsyD campus visit. Last week, I even tried my first truly authentic, mouth-watering Chinese dinner, cooked from scratch by a friend’s mom, which necessitated a translator to keep the conversation flow over the meal. Long story short – there are a lot of firsts here at Harvard, inside and outside of the academic sphere.

If you do decide to come study at HGSE, which I hope you do, my best advice to you is embrace a childlike mindset; come here “tabula rasa” – ready to open your mind to all of the academic and non-academic opportunities that the university has to offer. Go to that weeknight concert. Sign for every listserv possible and actually go to the events. Say “yes” to joining that club, even if you don’t yet know how to properly say it’s name (like Capoeira = cap-o-ey-ra). HGSE will “grow you up” – a lot – in ways you never expected possible. Opening yourself up to such change through embracing a mindset of curiosity, wonder, and an interminable desire to try everything will help you cultivate a healthy sense of humility for such learning. In order to learn how to change the world, one must first learn how to change one’s self; I have broken my preconceptions of age and have discovered that one can “adult” without having to let go of what truly matters.

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Arianna Riccio is a current Ed.M. candidate in the Human Development & Psychology program at HGSE who aspires to pursue doctoral studies after graduation. She received a BA in French (Psychology minor) from Franklin & Marshall College in 2014 and spent the past year serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation in northwest Montana. Arianna’s hobbies include yoga, meditation, writing, and having spontaneous discussions about the meaning of life.

Welcome to campus: A tale of 3 buildings

The first week at HGSE was a blur of stimulating presentations, free food, and lots of new faces. As overwhelming as it could have been, I noticed right away that it was all grounded in a spirit of connection and building community. One common message students heard from faculty and staff was, “Reach out. This is your community.” They didn’t just say it—they showed it too. Every professor I met smiled and introduced themselves, eager to hear about my past experiences and interests. Every staff member—from the library to the Career Services Office—pointed me towards helpful resources and went above and beyond to answer my questions, hear my story, and ask follow up questions.

As any urban design student will tell you, space impacts experience. The fact that the HGSE campus is fully contained on one quiet, tree-lined street probably impacts the intimate, welcoming experience that I have had so far. For prospective students who haven’t visited Appian Way, I want to take you on a tour through the three main buildings on the HGSE campus.

Monroe C. Gutman Library, affectionately called “Gutman

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Gutman Library on a sunny day in October

If the HGSE campus was a human body, Gutman would be the heart. This is the building that many students, faculty, and staff find themselves gravitating towards first thing in the morning, between classes, before student clubs, and to grab a cup of coffee. The Commons cafe offers delicious, affordable food and there’s something for everyone: sushi, soup, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and hot entrees everyday plus coffee and baked goods to keep you going through moments of exhaustion. The Office of Student Affairs is situated on the first floor and they can answer most student questions or at least point you in the right direction. Gutman is also the HGSE library and has a diverse range of resources and study spaces, including outdoor patios, quiet communal spaces, group study spaces, and even a fireplace. If you visit HGSE, make sure you try the chocolate chip cookies at the The Commons. You will not be disappointed!

Larsen Hall

 

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Professor Tivnan in a typical lecture hall in Larsen

Larsen Hall houses classrooms and faculty offices. I have a Research Methods lecture in Larsen Hall room G08. The room makes it easy to pay attention—there is a surround-sound audio system and multiple screens so there isn’t a bad seat in the room. The built-in, wrap-around desks offer tons of electrical outlets so I can charge my electronics during class. Multi-tasking win!

Longfellow Hall

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One of the entrances to Longfellow Hall

Longfellow Hall is home to many student service offices: the Admissions Office, the Financial Services Office, and the Career Services Office. It’s also home to Askwith Hall, a beautiful, historic lecture hall that hosts the Askwith Forums and several large lecture classes.  In my first month at HGSE I have attending several events in Askwith Hall; “Education and Transformative Justice: How is September 11 Significant,” hosted by the Office of Student Affairs and “HGSE 4 Help: A Benefit Performance for Disaster Relief,” hosted by HGSE students.

Post and photos by Cecelia DeKorne

Cecelia_TeamPortraitCecelia DeKorne is an Ed.M. candidate in the Human Development and Psychology program and is interested in how adult development principles can be used to improve organizational culture. Cecelia is excited for the year ahead and plans to explore the many libraries on campus, learn as much as she can about organizational psychology, and try every type of cookie at The Commons! Cecelia is a Graduate Assistant at the HGSE Admissions office and will be posting throughout the 2017-2018 school year. 

2018-19 APPLICATION IS LIVE

We are pleased to announce that our online application is live! You can access the form, requirements, and instructions on our website. The application deadline for the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) is December 15, 2017, while the Master of Education (Ed.M.) deadline is January 5, 2018. HGSE and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) additionally offer the interfaculty Ph.D. in Education. Applications for this research-based doctorate must be submitted to GSAS by December 1, 2017.

Also, we have posted many of our fall recruitment events on our website and we encourage you to check our website for details. If you are able to visit the Cambridge area this fall, we will be hosting the following on campus events:

For prospective students with limited financial resources, we are pleased to announce the DRP Travel Fellowship which provides students with transportation and lodging to attend the Diversity Recruitment Program. The application is available now and the deadline is September 12, 2017.

Please do not hesitate to engage with us via email at gseadmissions@harvard.edu or on Twitter (@hgse_admissions).

A Southerner Meets New England Winter

We recently had a big snowstorm—I know, surprise! So far, winter hasn’t been too bad this year, but it definitely showed up that day. I actually had a day off from classes, and a day off from my internship (yay for snow days!). Originally, I’m from Dallas, Texas, and while it snows gently on rare occasions, Texans and snowstorms just aren’t friends. To give you some context, see a weather comparison between Dallas and Boston below (yikes).

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Dallas, TX weather is on the top and Cambridge, MA weather is below.

Although coming from the south to winter in Boston is a big change, there are ways to be prepared and make the most out of a snow day!

First, winter supplies:

  1. Make sure you have a heavy coat—one with a real hood, down, insulation, and long. You may think you can get away with a cute light jacket that stops at your hips, but you shouldn’t try it.
  1. Boots! Not those cute fall booties, but actual boots with traction that are waterproof and higher than the ankle. When my foot was sinking into snow banks, I was grateful for my heavy-duty boots.
  1. Boot socks—invest in some thick boot socks for days when its really cold or you plan on being outside for a while (I have Cabin Socks from Cabela’s)
  1. Scarves, hats, gloves—warm ones, and I recommend gloves with touchscreen capability so that you can still change your music, use GPS, and answer phone calls without taking them off

And… how to make the most of a Cambridge/Boston snow day!

  • Get groceries before the storm—you don’t have to go crazy, but make sure you don’t have to get out to go get milk in whiteout conditions (speaking from experience—whoops)
  • A Burdick’s hot chocolate mix
  • Candles in festive scents like “Sweater Weather”
  • Netflix
  • Get ahead on assignments and reading
  • Get together with friends to play in the snow, or join the citywide snowball fight in Boston Commons (it really happened, and it was awesome)

All in all, I had fun in the snow, and snowy winters aren’t that bad if you come prepared.  I also took some awesome pictures while I was out playing in the snow!

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Kaci McClure is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Language and Literacy program. Her primary passions are increasing literacy skills among high school students; addressing inequity in low-income, largely minority schools; and culturally responsive teaching. A transplant out of Louisiana who originally hails from Texas, Kaci has an affinity for sweet tea, spicy food, and the word “y’all.” She’s also an avid supporter of conscious rap and frybread, neither correlated to the other but both very powerful.  

Things to do with Kids in Cambridge/Boston

If you are thinking about coming to HGSE and you have kids, you will eventually need a great list of kid-friendly activities in the area. Here are some of my favorite places to get you started.

Cambridge is full of kid-friendly spots. The Cambridge Commons playground is right down the street from HGSE and is a must-do if you have little ones. Another must-do is the Museum of Science – don’t miss the butterfly garden and planetarium. The Cambridge Public Library is also fantastic and has cute story hours. If you are looking for outdoor activities, make sure to check out Memorial Drive on Sundays. From late April to early November, the street is closed to traffic every Sunday from 11am to 7pm. My kids are there every weekend riding their bikes. Another great outdoor activity is kayaking on the Charles River. The kayak rental location in Allston is our favorite because it’s on a calm stretch of the river away from the larger boats.

In Boston, make sure to check out the Boston Public Library and the Boston Children’s Museum. Boston Common and the Public Garden are also a favorite spot for us. We are eagerly awaiting the seasonal opening of the ice skating rink in the Common!

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When you get to HGSE, you will find a warm community of student parents. There are several organized events throughout the year, including movie nights and an annual Halloween party. In October, we went on a HGSE apple picking “field trip” at a local farm, and my three-year-old is still talking about it. If you find yourself apple picking next year, make sure to try the spiced donuts. Trust me on that one.

And finally, if the thought of coming to HGSE with children sounds daunting – don’t worry. Many of the students here are in the same boat, and there will be plenty of people to give you advice. Cambridge and Boston are both great cities for families, and there is no shortage of things to do. I look at my year here as an adventure for all of us!

Sara DeWolf is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Education Policy and Management program. She has experience as both a civil litigation attorney and a public school teacher. When she’s not at HGSE, you can find her playing with her daughters and exploring Boston.   

Harvard Orientation: Replacing FOMO with JOMO

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The tent where HGSE Orientation activities took place.

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Breakfast at Henrietta’s Kitchen in Harvard Square.

I arrived in Cambridge with a two-week head start before Orientation to have some more time to get used to living in a new place, and I think it was the best thing I did. As simple as it seems, the moving process entails a ton of tiny things: from buying pillows and hangers to understanding what to order for breakfast not to gain 10 kg in a year, to feeling comfortable in a new environment and being able to sleep normally (I’m still getting there).

All of this takes an amount of time really hard to estimate, but to make it easier for international students to decide when to come to the United States, there is a time limit for the arrival of foreign students: a student visa will allow us to be here at a maximum of 30 days before the start date of our study program, not earlier than that. I thought it was pretty reasonable. To be honest, at the same time that I feel I could have done more, I was looking forward to the beginning of activities, so maybe arriving much earlier wouldn’t have been such a good idea.

These adaptation weeks have been a happy medium between doing everything and doing nothing: I’ve met new people, walked around Harvard Square, gotten to know the Boston Public Library and the Boston Commons, done some reading (the dean assigned us materials including texts, videos, and podcasts to warm up for Orientation discussions), and started to plan my year here.

Even so, my anxiety level was high. Everything was about to start, and damn it, it’s only nine months — how come I didn’t read all the books I downloaded, or those I had always promised myself I would read as soon as I left work? How come I didn’t complete the top ten list of things to do in Boston? How could I not do so many important things?!

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International Student Pre-Orientation

Fortunately, we had a pre-Orientation event for international students (There is also a pre-Orientation for students of color and for students who are the first generation in their families to go to a university). Besides feeling proud to see people from all around the world bringing their dreams here, it was comforting to think that everyone is going through this same agony. In the conversations with current and former students, it seemed unanimous: this year is going to fly by and there’s much more to do than anyone is humanly capable of doing. After all, we are already scared to miss out on interesting stuff (our frenemy FOMO) at home; imagine being at Harvard?!

It is a little nerve-racking to have so many options and to know that you can’t have it all. Not for nothing: I’ve heard many conversations about balance and mental health around here.

That same week, an alumnus suggested replacing my FOMO with JOMO: the joy of missing out. According to him, if we know ourselves and are aware of what is important to us, then it makes complete sense to focus our energy on our interests and to spare it in other things.

It is hard to accept this perspective shift without a fight, but I think it could be worth it. I’ll try to calm myself down to get a good night’s sleep.… This is a promising week.

Note: this post was originally written in August (during the 2016 Orientation). It is also posted in the Portuguese language here.

Gabriela Talarico is passionate about creativity, self-regulation, education, and qualitative research. She joins HGSE from Brazil as a Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellow and is currently a Master’s in Education Candidate in the Human Development and Psychology Program.

2017-18 Application Launch

We are pleased to announce that our online application is now live! You can access the form, requirements, and instructions on our website. The application deadline for the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) is December 15, 2016, while the Master of Education (Ed.M.) deadline is January 5, 2017. HGSE and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) additionally offer the interfaculty Ph.D. in Education. Applications for this research-based doctorate must be submitted to GSAS by December 1, 2016.

Also, we have posted many of our fall recruitment events on our website and we encourage you to check our website for details – hgse.me/HGSE_events. If you are able to visit the Cambridge area this fall, we will be hosting the following on campus events:

Please do not hesitate to engage with us via email at gseadmissions@harvard.edu or on Twitter (@hgse_admissions).

Finding a Place to Live at Harvard University

After the initial shock of your acceptance wears off and you have already introduced yourself to your cohort via email, it is important to channel your energy to the next phase of coming to Harvard: finding a place to live. Thankfully, Cambridge—and more broadly, Boston—offer myriad places to live but with each place comes pros and cons. Below you will find some information on the most popular options.

Harvard Housing | Graduate Housing

If you are at all like me, you will want to spend your graduate experience as an engaged member of the Harvard community. Thus, it would make sense to try and live as close to the University as possible. Though you will be at school for classes, you will probably also want to attend group meetings, clubs, activities, social hours, and speaker series—living close to campus makes the commute easy and strips the need of public transportation.

Cronkhite: I chose to spend my year living in the Cronkhite Graduate Center. Cronkhite is a graduate dorm (you must be 21+ to live in it) situated three blocks away from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and across the street from Radcliffe Lawn. Though single dorms rooms can be pricey ($1200-$1400 but with all expenses included) and you have to share restrooms, it makes getting the school beyond easy (especially during the frigid winter). Additionally, though approximately 50% of the residents attend the Graduate School of Education, the dorm houses students from all over the University and as a result, makes it is easy to find an intellectually diverse set of friends. Harvard Housing also has 20+ other properties in the area.

GSAS: Another option is the dorms available at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Like Cronkhite, these are located close to school and are actually a bit cheaper ($900-$1200). However, these dorms do not have the same social actives and events that happen at Harvard Housing properties. Also, students who are interested in this property need to apply in advance as a lottery is used to determine who is accepted.

Getting a Place on Your Own

Before writing this, I asked classmates about their experiences renting places. As for the individuals who rented cheap and far away from school, they noted that you should take into account the added amount of time you will spend in transit (hopefully you can read on the bus without feeling nauseous). Also, once you leave campus, you are usually gone for the day as the commute is too long to attempt it twice. However, if you, like many of us, are ballin’ on a budget, this can lead to a much more affordable and financially responsible year (but do account for costs like transit, heat, gas, hot water, and internet as some times the final cost is not much cheaper than closer options).

I recommend reaching out Office of Student Affairs if you are considering renting a property. Everyone in the office is extremely helpful and Alex is well versed on best rental practices for Boston whether you are searching with a broker (they charge one month’s rent) or off of Craigslist.

Best of luck during your transition to Cambridge!

Daniel Dickey is a Master’s of Education candidate in Higher Education, and was elected the Chief Financial Officer and Higher Ed Senator for the HGSE Student Council. Prior to enrolling at Harvard, Daniel taught high school English in an urban school as a Teach For America corps member.