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Hey Everyone! I can’t believe that it is already mid-march. Regular decisions are coming out soon, and before I talk about experiences from the last couple of weeks, I wanted to wish you all best of luck!

School has been going well. This semester I am taking 4 classes While I enjoy all my classes, the two classes that I’m really passionate about are my Computer Science and Economic Tutorial Class. As an economics concentrator, all sophomores are required to take economics tutorial focused on a topic that they find interesting. My tutorial is focused on National Security and has been really fascinating. My computer science class has also been great. It is the very introductory level computer science class(CS 1), and is extremely well taught. I was a little hesitant about taking this class, but it has been my favorite class of my Harvard career so far!

Front Gate of Winthrop House, my sophomore dorm!

For tennis, we traveled to Chicago to play Northwestern and Vanderbilt in a double header. On the first day we took on the home favorite Northwestern Wildcats. In college dual matches you start with 3 doubles matches, and follow up with 6 singles matches. The team that wins the majority of the doubles matches(2 out of 3) receives one point. Then each singles match counts as one point. We won the doubles point, but fell behind 3-1. Our four remaining matches were able to come back, as fellow sophomore, Denis Nguyen was able to help the crimson to a 4-3 victory with a win at the top spot. On the second day we faced tough SEC rival Vanderbilt. We had a tough 4-3 battle with them the previous year, so we knew this year would be no different. After winning the doubles point, we were entrenched in a battle on all six courts. We were able to pull away for a 3-0 lead, but they managed to cut the deficit to 3-2 with a couple of spirited wins. I was able to pull it out for the crimson with a tough three set win, and we held on for a 4-3 win.

HMT in Chicago with alums Ashwin Kumar ’08 and Ali Felton ’12

After an exciting weekend in Chicago, we headed to Cornell for the ECAC Championships. For the first time, we faced other Ivy League teams as a warm-up for the ivy league championships in April. We faced three tough teams, Yale, Princeton, and Cornell. We were able to take out Yale and Princeton, 4-2 and 4-3 respectively, but fell to Cornell 4-2. Overall it was a great weekend of tennis, but it was definitely nice to head back to Cambridge.

In addition to tennis, I had a chance to travel for another one of my passions, chess. Because tennis and school takes up a lot of my time, I have not been as active as I’ve been in the past, but was delighted at the opportunity to compete for Harvard at the Ivy League Chess Tournament. Columbia hosted the tournament, so I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in New York City, and was graciously hosted by the Columbia Men’s Tennis Team. The chess tournament had four rounds, and we ended up taking first in the U1800 rating category! I really bonded with my teammates and we all had a great weekend.

Harvard Chess at Ivy League Tournament in New York.

Harvard Chess Teammates!

So the past few weekends have been filled with school, tennis, chess and travel, but I have had time to hang out with the people that make this Harvard experience so special. While you learn a lot from the classes, and participating in athletic events, you learn a lot from the eager peers that surround you. It’s these people who help you push yourself harder than you thought possible and achieve far more than previously anticipated. It is a really special group of people, and something I will always treasure.

Thanks for reading this entry, stay tuned for next week!

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