To the Younger Version of Myself, During Freshman Year

To the Younger Version of Myself, During Freshman Year A four-part reflection on a super-senior’s time at Harvard By ARIANA AKBARI I received my Harvard acceptance in the Spring of 2013. Afterward, my mom took me to the Tex Mex restaurant I had gone to nearly every Friday night with my family. This time it was just me and her, during the day. She ordered a margarita like she did every Friday night – frozen, no salt. They brought her a margarita with salt on the rim anyway. As I dipped my first chip into the complimentary salsa, my mom …

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A Helpful Harvard Romance Quiz

A Helpful Harvard Romance Quiz Last Minute Date Ideas for the Elite and Emotionally Bankrupt By ALAYA AYALA   A new year, a new semester, and already there’s a new wave of class work and extracurriculars and jobs ready to leave you awake and struggling in the library at 3am. That’s not to mention the residual effects of the winter holidays and cuffing season, all culminating in the ultimate holiday for putting pressure on a relationship – Valentine’s Day. I recognize that college students probably have it a bit more tough than others when it comes to putting effort into …

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A Truly Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

by Tushar Dwivedi   This morning, Harvard hosted a ceremony for new members of congress, allowing a limited number of Harvard students access to the nation’s leading politicians and business leaders. In a different venue, and seemingly a different world, Travis Scott (aka La Flame), an industry leader in his own right, made his presence known at the Science Center. Studying at Harvard is billed as a once in a lifetime opportunity, not only because of the education and career opportunities, but because of the access to another world of successful politicians, artists, thinkers, and altogether celebrities.   Growing up, …

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Getting In

By SAMBUDDHA CHATTOPADHYAY   When I was twelve, I saw a little Asian girl in a pink dress play Meditation from Massenet’s Thais. It was the most beautiful thing. As the melody rose and fell like the crests and troughs of an ocean wave, I felt mesmerized. After the music stopped, a hush fell over the crowd that had gathered around the screen. Suddenly, an imperial voice, a voice full of authority, sounded out of the crowd. “Well, that sounded nice. But it felt fake. She played the right notes in the right places, but there’s clearly no passion there. …

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An Open Letter to Writers of Textbooks

Dear Sir or Madam,   I have just finished your most recent book, and found it to be just the thing for me.  The text was clear, the examples were useful, and it was required reading for my course, so there was that as well.  There was just one problem.   Do you see what I did there?  That’s what it feels like when you’re reading along, following the logic, and then, right after the final point is made, it just stops.  The argument might be finished, but, from a reader’s perspective, it’s incredibly jarring just to have a last …

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Your Goose Is Cooked

It’s time to publicly shame our peers. By AIDAN FITZSIMONS   This article is going to ruffle some feathers.   The Ivy League Meme page is full of memes poking gentle fun at wearers of the Canada Goose jackets which are so ubiquitous at places like Harvard when it gets cold. These memes indicate a general understanding of how ridiculous this phenomenon is, yet they also normalize it. As a community, Harvard still supports the wearers of these $1000 jackets. We talk to friends every day who wear them, and say nothing antagonistic. After all, these are our friends. We …

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Classes I Wish I Could Shop

Some musings on the things Harvard Professors can’t teach you   By ALAYA AYALA   The week after Thanksgiving is often the week when all hell starts to break loose for Harvard college students. Suddenly every essay is due, final projects are in the works, and Reading Period is just around the corner. Procrastinating is probably one of the main causes of stress during this time. Unfortunately, however, that doesn’t stop me from doing it.   During one of these fits of procrastination, I decided to start looking at classes that I could shop for next year. I found myself …

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The Concept of Counterculture

By Aidan Fitzsimmons   Philosophically, the concept of counterculture is more interesting and fundamental to human life than may originally be considered. Counterculture is defined as a subculture created in opposition to mass culture, middle class values, consumerism, mainstream media, the mores of a previous generation, the cultural hegemony of a dominant group, and other elements of “mainstream” culture. However, what is “mainstream” culture has always been contingent, and so has counterculture. Culture evolves over time in a process driven by the concept of counterculture.   Human freedom is a game of yes. Culture— in the form of language, concepts, …

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