Burning Bridges

And Summer Bridge Programs. By HUNTER RICHARDS   As a first generation student, pre-orientation programs didn’t quite make sense to me. I was attracted to Dorm Crew, which offered me a way to make quite a bit of money before the semester started. Being low-income, I worried about being able to do the same things I heard my roommates were interested in doing. Before I had even gotten to campus, I already had to decline my roommate’s invitation to a concert because I couldn’t afford the tickets. I could only imagine what else I would have to turn down, even …

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Expectations on My Dream School

A Reflection. By HUNTER RICHARDS   When my mom came to visit me for Junior Parents Weekend, she wanted to see the buildings I spend most of my time in for classes. “That’s Pierce: I have my physics class there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That’s Maxwell Dworkin: I took Fluids there last year. That’s the Science Center: I took biochemistry in there freshman year.” Unfortunately, it’s harder to lie to my mom in person than it is when she’s 800 miles away.   My mom wasn’t on campus for more than 6 hours before I pointed out where I was …

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Housing Daze

A sorting quiz. Harvard students are control freaks, so imagine how hard they must be vibrating knowing they have no say in what residential community they get placed into? You may not have any power over whether you can hope for a single your sophomore year or whether you need to reallocate your budget from Domino’s to mouse traps, but neither do we! In spirit of saying things that have absolutely no meaning, much like when the administration starts making committees instead of moving forward with any actions, the Independent has come up with a Housing Day quiz to help …

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Parentas

Welcome Junior Parents! By HUNTER RICHARDS It’s Junior Parents Weekend and your family is on its way. It seems so easy during winter break to keep your room clean and hide the fact that you’ve ever drank from your parents, but now they are almost to campus and your room is starting to feel like a crime scene. This is one of those weekends that makes you stronger and can really build character. If your friendships can stand up to moms gossiping about how neither of you are calling home often enough or whether you’ve been going to class, you …

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Valentines and Galentines

How students celebrated one another. By HUNTER RICHARDS Valentine’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, whether it means just another Tuesday or a chance to share affection with someone close to you. At Harvard, there were quite a few ways that people chose to do this but using different student organizations devoted to the arts or that offered different crafts seemed to be a favorite. Student groups like Speak Out Loud, Harvard’s only spoken word poetry group, created hand-crafted flip books of poems. Students were able to specify whether they would like a poem for …

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Act Like It

Harvard urged to take responsibility as a political actor. By HUNTER RICHARDS With the 2016 election and changing of power, Harvard students called on their university to provide support in resisting potential policies that would hold negative consequences on a larger scale. While student groups of all kinds have been taking cause to heart on the political front for years, the University has typically chosen to refrain from being a political actor. However, as one of the most prominent and powerful institutions, Harvard has social and political power and influence that cannot be ignored. Immigration Only recently have community members …

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New Term, New Me

What can you do better this term? By HUNTER RICHARDS As human beings, it’s understandable that we all fall susceptible to that “New Year, New Me” mentality. Yes, we know that time is really a social construct and the world isn’t going to dramatically shift the minute after 12.31.2016 at 11:59 pm. That doesn’t mean wanting to make a change and see some improvements is a bad thing, or that you can’t use the opportunity to start your transition into a more productive member of society. The spring semester is the equivalent of the New Year. When you stepped back …

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“Dec” Yale

Going for 10! The 133rd annual Harvard-Yale Game is this Saturday and regardless of what type of fan you may be, it is something that brings excitement and anticipation to all students. For some, it might be the excitement of selling your ticket for an outrageous amount to one of the alumni lurking outside of the dining halls after tickets get distributed. For others, it might be being surrounded by hundreds of people who have decided to come together and pretend that Harvard is the happiest place on earth and hasn’t broken them even a little bit. It won’t matter …

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Glass Shards and Bandages

I learned at a young age that ‘hope’ would get me nowhere unless it was backed by hard work. Yet, I still had faith that I would wake up Wednesday morning surrounded by the glass shards, complete with the dried blood, sweat, and tears of the women and people of color before me. Instead, I feel like I’ve been thrown out the window instead of breaking through the glass ceiling. In first grade, I told my teacher I was going to become the first female president. I went home crying, crushed after being informed that Hillary Rodham Clinton would beat …

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That’s None of Your Business

Comments on my changing colors. My phone reads 12:13 as I glance at it on my way to my noon class and as I run past the law school — hoping my professor is also running late today – I’m almost so caught up in whether I will be interrupting lecture that I nearly miss the mother giving me a disdainful look while passing by with her toddler. In the months of having bright dyed hair, I still do receive as many concerned looks as the small quote and Delta sign on my inner arm drew in the first week …

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