Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's finally above 60 degrees in Cambridge

Oh, what a welcome change. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and everyone (and I mean everyone) is walking around with a perpetual smile on his or her face. It's a wonderful feeling waking up to sunshine rather than snowfall, and though the spring was a bit late this year, the students on campus just can't get enough of the sun. 

To celebrate, The Harvard Shop is releasing its VERITAS Collection, part of its Spring/Summer 2015 line. #veritascollection

Inspired and modeled by the Harvard club women's soccer & men's rugby team members, our line speaks to a spectrum--from athletes to students to the anyone looking to feel good and feel comfortable. We're all about simplicity, authenticity, and honesty at the Harvard Shop, which is why our collection is called the VERITAS Collection (Latin for truth). 

The collection launches on April 20 in stores! And as always, our online shop is stocked!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meet the Managers: Amanda Brandt



Hi, I’m Amanda:
and I’m the Operations Manager for The Harvard Shop. I started my journey through life in Fairbanks, Alaska where my parents were stationed in the US Army. Since then, I have called many places home but my heart is forever in the South! (Shout out to my homies in Texas!). I’m the eldest of two girls - my amazing sister is a high school sophomore involved in both ROTC and Cheerleading. My “brother”, according to my mom, is our 4 year old Miniature Schnauzer, Tank, the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet.

Besides my family (and Tank!), the thing I miss most from home is playing Batman and watching the Avengers with Max, my awesome little “brother” (okay, he’s not my brother, he’s the son of a friend), who is pretty much the 4 year old little boy version of myself.

School life:
I’m currently a sophomore in Leverett House, and like many students, I’ve changed my concentration several times. I’ve ultimately decided to concentrate in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology, and possibly pursue a secondary in Statistics.

Work life:
I found out about Harvard Student Agencies within the first month of my freshman year. I worked as a Sales Associate at The Harvard Shop for a year before being offered the position as Operations Manager.

As Operations Manager, I work to ensure the three stores are running as efficiently as they can, that customer needs are being met, and that our partners are satisfied. I work closely with Nicki, the Personnel Manager, to make sure our Sales Associates are aware of store policies and events. I also coordinate with other managers at The Harvard Shop to plan events and maintain stock levels in each location. This job has been a great experience, and has allowed me to make important decisions for the stores, and to work with other amazing people to promote our business!


Outside of the office, I like to explore the city, and frequently visit Sky Pond and other “nature havens” hidden within the Greater Boston area.


Shop what Amanda's wearingHarvard Crush Crew Sweater | Vineyard Vines Harvard Tie

Friday, April 3, 2015

Meet the Managers: Nicki Sanders



Hi! My name is Nicki:
& I’m the Personnel Manager for The Harvard Shop. I’m from a small town called Norco, California. A fun fact that I like to tell people is that Norco is actually known as “Horsetown USA.” Horse riding in such a big part of city life that Norco doesn’t even have sidewalks- there are horse trails instead. I’m the middle child of three girls- My older sister is a senior at Humboldt California State University. My little sister is a senior in high school, who applied to Harvard, so we find out today if she gets in! The anticipation is real. 


The loves of my life are my two dogs. I have a shih tzu named Gizmo and a chihuahua named Winnie. The three things I definitely miss the most from home are my family (dogs included), my friends and the warm southern California weather. 

I’m a sophomore in Mather concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Psychology.

My job at Harvard Student Agencies:

I found out about Harvard Student Agencies about halfway through my freshmen year, and as soon as I learned more about it I knew it was definitely something I wanted to do. I worked in The Harvard Shop during my freshmen year summer as a sales associate. It was so much fun that I decided I wanted to have a larger role in HSA, so I applied to be a manager.

As Personnel Manager, my number one priority is to hire and train sales associates. I also work closely with our Operations Manager, Amanda Brandt, to create new systems for making sure daily operations run smoothly with the sales associates. I love my job because I get to foster a sense of community among the sales associates. Since starting this job, I’ve learned so many problem solving skills AND I’ve gotten really good at Excel. Outside of the office, I love to spend time with friends and sculpt in the Mather Ceramics studio.


Shop what Nicki's wearing: Harvard H Zip Hoodie | Harvard Toboggan Beanie

Monday, March 30, 2015

'Twas the day before Regular Decisions

March is already coming to an end (how does time move so quickly?!)! I can't believe how quickly this semester has hustled by, but thank goodness that Cambridge winter and record-breaking snowfalls are on their way out, welcoming a much needed dosage of natural vitamin D in the form of sunshine!

Speaking of sun, it's a beautiful day on campus, and it's taking me all of my self-control to keep from bringing my chair outside and trying to sun-tan (probably not a good idea, with wind at 12 mph...). It's shaping up to be a beautiful day tomorrow for 


Harvard's Class of 2019 Decision Day!

To celebrate with our soon to be classmates, The Harvard Shop and Group Gear are partnering to release a t shirt design contest exclusively for the Class of 2019!


To gear up for Visitas Weekend, Harvard's annual Freshman Visit Weekend from April 25-26th, 2015, we'll be choosing one of the designs for print and for eternal fame amongst the class.

Here's a look at last year's winning design: (I have to shamefully admit that it took me a good year to beat this game...)


P.S. Thinking of all the applicants, and crossing our fingers here on campus for good luck and good news!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Meet the managers: Jordan Donald


Just a bit about me:
Hi, I’m Jordan and I’m the Web Manager at the Harvard Shop. I’m from a pleasant town in Northern New Jersey called Maplewood. I’m the middle child of there boys — my older brother is graduating Harvard this year with a A.B. in Social Studies and my younger brother just began high school. The “fourth son,” according to my mom, is our big black lab named Milo.

Aside from my family (including the pup) and my girlfriend, the thing I miss most from home are New York Style Bagels — they just don’t make ‘em the same up here. Find me a proper bagel in Boston and I’ll be your best friend!

I’m currently a freshman at the college, living in Straus Haus (Best Haus). I’m undecided about a concentration. I came into college thinking I would do biomedical engineering, but now I see myself pursuing Statistics or Computer Science. These paths align with my interest in business! 

What I do for Harvard Student Agencies:
What drew me into applying for a position at Harvard Student Agencies (the umbrella organization of The Harvard Shop) was the practical business experience that I would be able to gain on the job. As the head of the Shop's website, I have to make decisions all the time about design, user interface and marketing strategy. I also get the opportunity to incorporate my interests in photography and graphic design by conducting product photoshoots and creating promotional materials for the site. The job is definitely challenging, but also a great time! Outside of the office, I love sports and traveling. I played soccer in high school and I'm a die-hard Yankees and Jets fan (the "wrong" teams in New England). Last summer I took my lifesavings and backpacked around Northern Europe with friends from high school and fell in love with Copenhagen and Amsterdam. 


Shop what Jordan's wearing: Class Sweater | Harvard Fitted H Hat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

May the housing gods be ever in your favor

Cue the Lowell House bells and applause and champagne in celebration because we've officially celebrated Housing Day 2015 at Harvard!


Now, "what the heck is Housing Day?" you might ask? Here's a brief summary:

Housing Day is when the unbeknownst freshman class finds out which House they'll be a part of for the next three years of their undergraduate career.

Most of our freshman class lives within the Harvard Yard, a central location on campus. They're sorted into the 17 freshman dorms, located in and around the Yard. Meanwhile, upperclassmen live in our respective Houses--12 unique communities located down by the Charles River and by Radcliffe Yard. 

Ask anyone, because I'll guarantee that when you get two Harvard undergraduate affiliates together--whether current student or long graduated alumnus--the second question they're bound to ask is, "So, what House are/were you in?"

House spirit is HUGE, and especially important for the undergraduates at Harvard because we're a pretty sizable student population. Moreover, our House community becomes one of our key communities, insulating us from the cold weather (quite literally) and keeping our closest friends close (also, quite literally). From hosting House formals, socials, and other student activities/services, not to mention our dining halls, House life is the life.









Photo credits to the amazing student photographers at Harvard!
The upperclassmen woke up bright and early, donned our respective House gear, grabbed our flags and tattoos and loud noise-making devices, marched to the Yard, and declared our love and dedication and loyalty to our Houses--where communities are built, where friendships are made and kept, and where we are home