Today we embarked on our final college visit before we head to Brown tomorrow for the upcoming two-week class. We visited Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; although Harvard is arguably the most prestigious school in the United States, we were not able to explore much of it.
We arrived at Harvard in time to attend an introduction video about the school. I thought this video was well-put together and persuasive; it featured interviews of several Harvard graduates, including such famous people as Tommy Lee Jones and Yo Yo Ma, and also had some fun facts and figures about Harvard. The interviews showed a little bit about what Harvard has to offer in terms of academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and student life.
One thing that really stood out to me was regarding admissions; the admissions officer admitted that getting into Harvard is difficult, but he also said that Harvard is looking for a variety of different students who are strong in different fields. He said that what sets Harvard students apart is that they all have a passion. To me, this translates as him saying that there isn't a formula to get into Harvard. They accept people with both modest and near-perfect SAT scores, people with tons of extracurriculars, and people with just a couple extracurriculars. As long as you are passionate and are taking advantage of the opportunities that you have within your community, you have some sort of chance to get in to Harvard. I am not yet sure whether I will apply, but it is now on my radar more than it was before today's visit.
After going to Harvard, we drove to Boston and grabbed lunch in a busy market there. Later, we went to visit Paul Revere's home, which has become a museum and historical landmark. I was interested to read about his life and tour his home - it was fun to see some old objects that have more or less survived the test of time so far.
We drove home in the late afternoon, relaxed for a bit, and then went out to dinner just with our own group. It was an informal event, and a good time to have fun and bond with each other more before the first Brown session leaves tomorrow. After dinner, we walked around Providence and watched the WaterFire ceremony, which was beautiful and peaceful. It was really cool that so many people were out tonight to experience it - music was playing, and it was a warm night, which made it relaxing and fun.
Tomorrow we are heading to Brown to check in to our dorms! The first week on the East Coast has been an exciting adventure, and I'm looking forward to having more adventures as I start my class.