Optional Winter Activities Week

Hello everyone!  I am sorry that it has taken me so long to write, especially considering that I have been back on campus for THREE WEEKS.  Life has just been so busy! But never fear, I have finally found a moment to sit down over a Qdoba grilled veggie burrito to write to you.

First and foremost, my J-term was fantastic.  I went home to the lovely city of Pittsburgh to sit on my couch and watch my favorite team in the whole wide world, the Steelers, fight their way into Super Bowl XLV!  There is NOTHING like Pittsburgh on game day.  Ben Roethlisberger jerseys are considered acceptable church wear (I know… its ironic), and every public place without a television switched to the game is deserted (for a taste, watch Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” music video).

Anyway, despite my obvious affection for my home city, I traveled back to Cambridge a week early in order to participate in Harvard’s brand-new Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW… or “Oh-Wow!” if you prefer).  Before leaving for break, I got a chance to look over the extensive list of activities to do during this glorious week offered to Harvard undergrads, and one immediately jumped out at me – Food Literacy Project’s cooking courses!

The Food Literacy Project is an organization on campus devoted to teaching students about nutrition, food preparation, and making good food choices.  Since I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE food and have zero idea how to cook (let’s be real, the microwave is high class for me), I thought the program sounded great!

I started Wednesday, learning how to make split pea and wild mushroom soups, and both Irish soda and corn breads!

Thursday was my favorite day – chocolate day!  We made the most delicious chocolate mousse and truffles (so good, soooo much work).  Then we took a field trip to Taza Chocolate, where we got to learn all about how chocolate goes from a plant to a yummy candy bar.

This photo is credited to my wonderful friend Michael George.

“Coffee and Pie” was Friday’s lesson plan, and while I don’t drink coffee [insert shocked and horrified gasp here], my apple pie was incredible, if I do say so myself.

And I finished making this lovely pie just in time to see a comedy show put on by some of the other OWAW students and welcome my roommates home with fresh dessert!

This is the apple pie I made! 23 is our room number.

Home Sweet Harvard! 😀

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  1. Jannayna’s avatar

    Hi, my name is Jannayna I am from Brazil and I really would like to contact a student from harvard just to ask for some advise , sorry if it seems weird but do you have any e-mail that I can contact you at ?
    thanks for attention!

    1. Kate Meakem’s avatar

      Hey Jannayna! I’d love to answer any of your questions right here on the blog so that others can get the information as well. I’m sure lots of your questions will resonate with other applicants.

      For any questions that you might not want to post publicly or might want a more official response, feel free to email college@fas.harvard.edu. They can answer any of your personal or admissions questions.

    2. John Wingate II’s avatar

      How’s Harvard’s (Dining Hall) food? O and did you have awesome SAT scores?

      1. Kate Meakem’s avatar

        Havard’s dining hall food is actually pretty good! The meal plan can be expensive, but it’s all you can eat at ANY of the dining halls around campus. You’ll hear a lot of people complain about Harvard’s food, but really if you don’t like what is being served at a particular meal, you can always order a burger, make a salad, and get creative! There is enough variety that you can always find something you will like.

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