I’m having a bit of a “time flies” moment: today marked the start of Junior Parents’ Weekend. There are several important lessons to be learned from this occasion:
- I’m getting old. Having your parents come to town to visit for Junior Parents’ Weekend officially means that your time at Harvard is coming to a close – by this point, I know what I’m studying, I have some vague idea of what I’ll be doing post-graduation, and the most important questions on my mind generally tend to surround my senior thesis and career aspirations. Heck, the housing lottery for my senior year is this coming Tuesday. My days, unfortunately, are starting to be numbered.
- Parents love to take their kids to dinner. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of my undergraduate career, it’s that college students should take every available opportunity to eat out while parents are around. As much as I love HUDS, it’s always awesome to have an excuse to eat in the Square. This weekend we’re hitting two of my favorite restaurants, Henrietta’s Table and Sandrine’s.
- Parents also love to meet roommates. One of the nicest things about Junior Parents’ Weekend is that by this point, my roommates each know the others’ families and enjoy spending time with them – makes it a lot of fun to go out to dinner together!
- Take advantage of every opportunity to interact with faculty. Tonight, the Dunster Housemasters – Mr. and Mrs. Porter – hosted a reception for juniors and their parents. I was shocked to find that only about 20 juniors (out of a class of 100+) took advantage of the offer! At worst, these types of events are a good excuse to eat tasty food. At best, you get to learn more about different professors’ lives and how they interact with Harvard.
- New England winter is just as bad as I think it is. My roommates are both from warm climates – North Carolina and Southern California – and I know their parents were a bit shocked at the Boston cold. While I do feel bad that parents got blasted with a snowstorm this weekend, it’s a bit reassuring to get confirmation that this weather is, in fact, cold. It also makes me feel a bit more rugged for being able to survive New England!
Aside from spending time with my parents, my roommates, and their families, I’m also hoping to take this weekend as an excuse to visit a couple of museums on campus. The Museum of Natural History and the Sackler Art Museum are both open to parents for free this weekend (students always get free admission) and my parents and I are hoping to take advantage of that offer tomorrow afternoon. In contrast to Freshmen Parents’ Weekend, I now know where to take my parents on campus!
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