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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!