Whew! What a week/weekend! I hope you have all had a great Easter/Passover/April Fool’s Day!
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 – regardless of where you end up, getting accepted to Harvard will undoubtedly be something you remember for a very long time. I had the opportunity to talk to high school students from my hometown who had recently been accepted to Harvard. It got me thinking about why I love the school so much. The number one reason I love this school is because there is truly never a dull moment and there is opportunity around every corner.
For example, last Wednesday I was able to hear Jon Favreau speak at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jon Favreau is President Obama’s former Director of Speechwriting.
He spoke at the IOP about his experience writing speeches for the President, working on everything from campaign speeches, State of the Union addresses, to White House Correspondent Dinner jokes. Favreau regaled us all with stories about working side-by-side with the Commander in Chief, an already accomplished speechwriter himself, and what he believes makes a good speech. You can check out the IOP website for a full video of Favreau’s visit.
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to score tickets to the Lowell House Opera. Lowell House dining hall was transformed into an opera house, complete with a stage, lights, and a makeshift orchestra pit for the production. This year was the 75th anniversary of the Lowell House Opera, and they put on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have read the Shakespearian play several times, and have seen it performed once or twice before. Seeing it performed as an opera, however, was a completely different experience and one that I am unlikely to forget. The acting was great, the singing was phenomenal, and the set design and costumes made the performance come alive. It was also really funny – I found myself laughing out loud at some of the character’s antics, and I left the show impressed, and a little curious as to how they could remember all of their lines. It’s one thing to have to speak all of that dialogue, but to sing each and every line at an extremely high pitch? Wow.
Much to the dismay of my roommates, I’ve since been inspired to practice perfecting my own operatic abilities around my suite. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Until next week!