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Friday, November 13, 2015

Be There. Be Declared.

I remember coming in to college, thinking that I was going to concentrate in Government - one of the 49 fields of studies, or "majors," as Harvard calls it, in 99% of other colleges. Harvard's a little quirky and likes to set itself off of the beaten path, so we call our majors "concentrations," and I ended up finding my way to a concentration called "Social Studies." 

You're probably thinking to yourself: "Social Studies? Isn't that elementary school history...? So, do you want to become a social studies teacher?"

I get that a lot, and no, I don't think that I'll become a social studies teacher (notice the think - who knows what'll happen!). What's so great about the liberal arts education that Harvard offers and stands behind is that at the end of the day, the concentration that's listed on our diploma doesn't truly matter. Whether we graduate Economics, which year in and year out has the highest number of declarations, or Folklore & Mythology, which is notorious for having the most supportive faculty members and the fewest declared students, your field of study is just another way to hone in your interests, yet stay open to all of the incredibly interesting disciplines, thoughts, and ideas you'll find yourself at the center of at Harvard. 

This was all to say that November 12, 2015 was the official deadline for Sophomore Concentration Declaration! Congrats to all of the sophomores who proudly declared their fields of study, and are one step closer to graduating. No matter what concentration you choose, there's a crazy amount of support to help you get to where you want to go, and to become the version of yourself that you want to be, so cheers to the journey!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fresh for Freshman Year

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a creepy photo of my soon-to-be-successor, Max, on the blog. Like I said then, I'm feeling all of the warm and fuzzy feelings associated with training someone to take over your job, and reliving all of the moments - from the mess-ups, hilarious teaching moments, jokes, insiders, random encounters with tourists, and chilly sessions in between photo sets (it's no joke being a model! You get cold in between photographs). This time last year, I was learning to take my camera everywhere I went, writing my first blog posts, and feeling that leg-up as a sophomore. 

Here are just a few of the many spectacular photos that Max took (this was one of his first times with the camera - isn't he a natural?), featuring the Harvard Crush Crew Sweatshirt, Vineyard Vines Shep Shirt, Harvard Rugby Shirt, and the wildly comfortable Harvard Vintage Crew Sweatshirt.  

There are still quite a few number of trees that are illuminated with an array of yellow, orange, and bright red leaves, so the Harvard Yard is a sight to definitely check out if you're in the area. With the temperatures verging on the 70's this week, you'll catch students, tourists, and faculty alike sitting around the Yard, soaking in the sun, catching up on readings, or having a nice and needed break from the busy day-to-day. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

When Halloween hits on a weekend

Let's just say that you know you're in college when Halloween falls on a weekend, and everybody around you has dubbed that holiday, "Halloweekened." With midterm season rolling in over the course of the past few weeks, and the fact that midterm "season" has proven to be more of a "perpetual state of being" rather than a measly short-term "season," the weekend was a much needed breath of fresh air that gave the whole campus a couple days to relax and let your mind wander onto topics like, "what wig do I need to complete this costume?" "What ridiculous pun can I come up with that makes my costume make so much more sense?"

My favorite costumes of the weekend:  Netflix & Chill, Harvard Tourists (wearing The Harvard Shop's own Harvard Crest T-Shirt and carrying one of our shopping bags), and the 2nd Amendment's Right to Bear Arms - imagine stuffed animal bears strapped to both arms (not pictured). 

Who says you ever grow out of playing dress up? 

Friday, October 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Malia Obama at Harvard!

There's been a lot of buzz going around about a high-security guest at Harvard. Next thing I know, I get a snapchat with the blurriest, zoomed in photo of Malia Obama, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's oldest daughter. Since then, I've seen snaps of Malia partying at one of Harvard's finals clubs, playing pong at a dorm floor party, and of course, just walking around campus.

Well, the news is out! Malia Obama is touring colleges in preparation for college applications coming up, and she's totally immersing herself in all things college, if you know what I mean. Malia's probably the most important high school junior in the country. Who wouldn't want her to be at their school?

Fingers crossed that she picks Harvard (Harvard Law is the alma mater for both Obamas)! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Taking advantage of the changing season

As I've mentioned so many times, autumn is probably the most enchanting time of the year. They say New England dwellers have something called "winter amnesia" - despite the almost desolate and frustratingly cold winters, when the weather is looking up, we fall right back in love our cities, forgetting how excruciatingly long winter stretches (seriously, snow from November to April?). 

This past weekend, my coworker Jordan and I took advantage of the beautiful changing leaves on the trees inside Harvard Yard, burning brightly in contrast to the gray weather we've been experiencing this week. I'm in the process of transitioning Max, pictured below, in to the Web + Marketing role at The Harvard Shop, and it's funny to think that I was in his shoes just one year ago, admiring the metamorphosis of Harvard Yard and directing my models to laugh on cue. 

Max did a great job with his photos, which you'll get to see full coverage on right here on the blog. It's definitely bundling and layering time in Cambridge, so I've been seeing tons of Harvard sweatshirts layered under anything from puffer vests to peacoats and even your occasional heavy winter coat (personally, I'm holding out until at least November to pull that baby out). 

p.s. If you're thinking at all about making a visit to Cambridge during the fall, I whole-heartedly recommend it. It's hands-down the most beautiful, magical time of the year, so come come come!

Friday, October 16, 2015

On my radar: Busy weekend at Harvard

The winds are rolling in, the temperature has already begun to drop, and wow, I can't believe it's already fall! Somebody, tell me how it's already mid-October (aka midterm season?!). 

Autumn is a really beautiful time in Cambridge, and though its gotten quite chilly quite quickly, October is an incredibly busy, dynamic, and pretty magical time of the year.

This weekend, Cambridge is hosting our annual Head of the Charles Regatta, a world-famous rowing competition featuring the top boats across the country. There are always thousands of people lining both sides of the Charles River, and with a team from Harvard participating in a few of the races, we'll definitely have a Harvard fanbase cheering our teams on. Other than just the spirit of the race, there are plenty of vendors, including Brooks Brothers and Kiel James Patrick that embody the classic American spirit surrounding rowing, so there's always so much to do along the River over the weekend.

Grab your boots (pro-tip: the riverbanks get pretty muddy), bundle up in your favorite fleece, and join all of the fun this weekend in Cambridge!

p.s. Check out The Harvard Shop table at 52 JFK St.!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reimagining the Classic H Sweater: Max Whittington-Cooper '17

Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite pictures of Max Whittington-Cooper, a member of the Class of 2017, and a few of his friends during our photoshoot on John Weeks Bridge, one of the most iconic spots at Harvard. Could there be a better location than that bridge to feature the timeless H Sweater? (If you find one, let me know!)

Much like the other campus ambassadors that I've been able to get to know and spend time with, Max is a ball of sunshine -- with an incredibly charismatic personality and a smile that makes you want to smile back, Max has a contagious personality that makes us all want to be his friend. 

(Notice the outfit! Aren't you in love with those socks and tasseled shoes?)

What's your House: Quincy House
What are your activities on campus: President of Harvard Undergraduate Television, runner, & singer
What's one thing you wish you could do at Harvard?: Row with the rowing team for a day
What's one tradition you could start at Harvard?: A huge Homecoming concert/party!
What been you weirdest moment in the dhall?: One of my weirdest (and coolest) moments in the dhall was when a 28-year old woman randomly sat down next to me and my friend for dinner. At first, I thought she was trying to kick us out but it turned out that she was a sophomore who just so happened to be a world-renowned ballerina returning to finish up her was pretty sweet. 
What's your favorite study place at Harvard?: Stone Hall basement
Favorite party place at Harvard?: Honestly, wherever my good friends are--we always make it work! 
Why are you a campus ambassador?: I am a campus ambassador because I love meeting new people. So I'm extremely excited to meet tons of new people through our campaign events! 
What's your spirit animal?: A black panther
How many tourist photos have you photobombed?: Probably over 100
Describe yourself in 3 words: Driven, Multifaceted, Positive
How you defy the Harvard stereotype?: When most people envision the "typical Harvard student", they picture someone who loves to sit back and play Bach and Mozart; but I am a HUGE hip-hop/rap fan. I've had every track on "What a Time to be Alive" on repeat since it dropped on Sunday. #AintNoShameInIt
Why you're wearing the H sweater?: I'm wearing the H sweater, along with the rest of the team, to help show the spectrum of different faces and personalities here on Harvard's campus. 
What does inclusivity mean to you?: To me, inclusivity means opportunity, open-mindedness, and warm acceptance.