We Are Going To Be Friends

Last night, my roommates and I were all in our suite at the same time—we weren’t at medical or graduate school interviews, The Crimson, our labs, a UC meeting, an evening section, or an IOP event…we were all home, and we were excited to spend a few minutes catching up before finals begin.

When anyone thinks about going to college, they think about what it will be like to have roommates. I remember how nervous I was the day of my freshman move-in—picking out my outfit (a striped pink-and-orange polo with jeans, as my current and freshman roommate Cara ’11 still remembers—in retrospect, her striped shorts and grey t-shirt was a much better idea as it was a ridiculously hot day), wondering who I would be sharing a room in my suite with, and what my roommates would be like.

All freshmen at the College live in one of the dorms in or around Harvard Yard—I lived in Weld, one of the dorms next to the University Hall and the John Harvard statue. After filling out my housing application, I found out over the summer before freshman year that I would spend the year in a six-person suite with two doubles and two singles. Our first day, my roommates and I picked our rooms out of our recycling bin (the only container not packed into a box of duffel bag) and I shared a long but somewhat narrow double with Cara ’11 the entire year (and it worked out! We have been roommates ever since 🙂 ).

During the second semester of freshman year, we got to form a blocking group, which is a group of up to eight students who will be placed together in one of the twelve upperclass Houses. Cara and I got placed in Mather House, along with a surprisingly large number of other Weld residents! Mather is an awesome house, and all of the undergrads living there get singles in suites all three years. Sophomore and junior year we lived in the lowrise, which has five floors and consists of duplexes, with a common room on one floor and bedrooms either on the floor above or below. This year, we are living in the tower on the seventh floor. I got pretty lucky and have an amazing room overlooking the Charles River. Here’s the view from my window!

We also have three other roommates—Ashley ’11, Camille ’11, and Emma ’11. One of the best parts about all the students at Harvard is the diversity of interests and activities everyone is involved in. Cara is a Psychology major who is an Exec on The Crimson’s Design Board, Emma ’11 is a History of Science concentrator who is one of The Crimson’s Design Chairs, Ashley ’11 is a Government concentrator who worked for First Lady Michelle Obama two summers ago, and Camille ’11 is a Physics and Astrophysics concentrator who has gone all over the world to take measurements and collect data on awesome telescopes—pretty cool!

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  1. victoria jalowitzki’s avatar

    I am a Brazilien student, I am 15, and with study and lucky I am thinking about apply for a great University, as Harvard. I would be very, very glad if I could talk to you sometimes about the application, what should I do, how is Harvard or just talk, anything. All of this if you have a free time to spend, of course. I loved your Blog, and I am impressed about your ‘courses and curriculum’ (I am not sure about how can I say it in English). Thank you (:

    1. Sanjenna’s avatar


      I am a student in Manchester, UK and i’m 14. I was wandering if you tell me a good way of revising. I could ask anyone and it may seem like a very stupid thing to ask but i thought, why not ask someone who has gotten through to the college/university i wish to go to. My grades aren’t brilliant I really want to find a way to get them higher. I am not far from A’s (i’m on Bs and Cs) and i really want get great grades seen as Harvard is no small thing, Harvard doesn’t take Bs and Cs, they need As and A*s so i was hoping if you could tell me a strong and affective way of remembering work i’ve done (for example a website or a strategy etc). =)

      Thank you 🙂

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