Prefrosh Passages: Meet Brianna

This summer, for the first time ever, we opened our blog to the rarest and most elusive of Harvard students — the prefrosh. We sounded the rallying cry, and one brave soul answered the call. Beginning with her high school graduation this Sunday, Brianna Suslovic ’16 will be blogging weekly on the trials, tribulations, and occasional triumphs that characterize the prefrosh existence. From leaving friends behind to picking out extra-long twin sheet sets, she’ll be on the prefrosh beat; so, whether you’re a soon-to-be senior awash in nostalgia or a member of the Class of 2016, read up! We’ll be glad to have you along for the ride…

Oh, hello there. I’m Brianna. I’m one of your beloved prefrosh. Yes, I belong to the group of young-uns who took over the shuttle to Radcliffe Quad in April during a rainstorm. Sorry about that…

The good news is that I’m here to make amends — an attempt to start fresh. I won’t be wandering aimlessly through the Yard or filling up shuttles with my friends until August, so I suppose now is my chance to introduce myself.

I hail from Syracuse, New York, land of lake effect snow and semi-dysfunctional college athletics. I’m about to graduate from a suburban school district, with a class of about 215 fellow students. I work part-time at a bookstore, and I’m quite a fan of literature and writing… hence this blog. While I’m at it, I’ll give you some other fun facts:

  1. I’m biracial. Yup, half black and half white. This means that I’m blessed enough to have hair like Bruno Mars. It’s pretty sweet (especially when everyone wants to pet my hair like I’m a poodle).
  2. I’m tall, but not athletic. Despite my seemingly menacing height (5’11” to be exact), I have no hand-eye coordination and only minimal hand-foot coordination — just enough to walk without tripping on air (most of the time, at least). Let’s just say you probably won’t find me on the athletic fields.
  3. I’m queer as can be! During my junior year of high school, I came out to my friends as a lesbian, then wrote about it at the end of the year for my school newspaper. I used to identify as a lesbian, but I feel like that term is a bit too limiting for me now — queer is my new preferred term because it’s so much broader.

Now that you know a little about me, I can give you some hints about what I’ll be blogging on. I hope that I can capture some of the quintessential moments in the transition from high school to college, from graduation to move-in day and beyond. I’m hoping to write a post about graduation… as I write this, I am still five days away from graduating, because some brainiac in the New York State Department of Education thought that exams for two weeks at the end of June would be a good idea. Anyways, I’ll also write about my experiences as a working woman — and the challenges that may arise from my summer job. I’m hoping to jot down some notes as I shop for my dorm, “meet” my roommate on Facebook for the first time, let go of some old friendships, listen to “Call Me Maybe” on repeat, and hit the grad party circuit. This is a transitional summer. Freedom is slowly becoming part of my life – freedom from high school rules, from new-driver laws, from joblessness, from teendom and its accompanying drama. I think that by the end of it all, I’ll be ready for college life — as ready as I can be, at least. Bring it on, Harvard.

Brianna Suslovic ’16 is ready for a good summer’s bloggery!