Why do you want to attend Harvard?

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By Justice (Justice) on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 06:07 pm: Edit

As opposed to Yale. Or Princeton. Or Stanford. Or______.

By Ubercollegeman (Ubercollegeman) on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 08:17 pm: Edit

1) Location. Boston is great. I've lived in southern California my entire life and I've never seen a single snowflake fall in my city. Stanford, while considerably better in terms of culture and a little worse in weather, is not too different. I want to go somewhere far away.

2) Education. There are few places in the world that can even be compared to Harvard in terms of education quality.

3) Graduate school placement (It's the best.)

4) Prestige. It's not a huge factor, but it is the tiny little thing that tips Harvard over Stanford for me.

By Julians (Julians) on Thursday, July 08, 2004 - 09:24 am: Edit

1) I'd like to live up North for a while.

2) I'd like to go to school with the best and the brightest.

3) I'd like to major in Folklore and Mythology.

4) I'd like to be able to tell everyone who thinks I'm dumb that I go to Harvard.

By Foreigngrad (Foreigngrad) on Friday, July 09, 2004 - 04:40 am: Edit

"I'd like to be able to tell everyone who thinks I'm dumb that I go to Harvard" (Julians)

Let's hope, nobody from Harvard ever tells you so...

By Deerhunter (Deerhunter) on Friday, July 09, 2004 - 04:07 pm: Edit

Because everyone else wants to attend. I'm extremely gullible. So gullible that I'm not afraid to say that I have no conscience. Or individuality. Unless you say that I do, of course.

By Biteme (Biteme) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 07:11 pm: Edit

it is well-rounded

By Hstudent (Hstudent) on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 11:21 am: Edit

happiest place on earth.....

well, at least its a damn cool place to go to school

By Attitudica (Attitudica) on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 12:13 pm: Edit

Hstudent, I`d really love to know the reasons for your happiness. I`m an international student, so I cant really visit the campus, from all I`ve heard on CC and other folks, they say generally its dull and people just studying all the time, and the general population is really stressed. You seem to be the first person i find whose happy. I`d love to hear your comments. Thanks

By Jab93 (Jab93) on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 01:46 pm: Edit


Gee, I wouldn't take the comments from people on this site too seriously regarding quality of life issues on campus...
They themselves are still high school students who haven't experienced the schools yet themselves... so its all rumor, innuendo, hearsay, etc...

I attended Harvard in the 1990's and I had a phenomenal time... great school, great academics, great city, very cool, interesting, smart classmates... "dull"?? Not at all..
"Stressed"? O.K. guilty here, but its freakin' Harvard...
This is a high-powered academic institution after all...
what did you expect?

Stress came from trying to juggle excellent academics with extracurriculars, social life, etc... you will be stressed no matter what top institution you go to.

By Attitudica (Attitudica) on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 02:54 pm: Edit

Those are some nice words to hear. So basically the life outside classrooms isn`t all boring and unsocialised as its portrayed? I also read one of the Crimson articles, comparing Yale and Harvard.. the students then too didn`t seem to happy. Whats the reason?

By Jab93 (Jab93) on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 03:15 pm: Edit

The Crimson is the student newspaper...
It represents the views of its editorial staff...
It's their job to investigate, and discuss issues that need improvement... Harvard is not perfect... no institution is... don't base your whole opinion of the school
on one article...

By Hstudent (Hstudent) on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 03:37 pm: Edit

the crimsons intention is to ruffle feather to get what they want, and they are damn good at it - after that article party hours were extended and money was directed by the UC into more suite-sponsored parties - while the trolls on this board like to talk about it, that article is not at all representative of life at H and actually has done some great stuff for us...

I agree with Jab93 - one thing H CANNOT be described as is dull - This is one of the most stimulating and exciting places on earth, no doubt. Just imagine a crap load of smart interesting people in a great city - the conversations, plays, dancing, drinking that spawns from that is unreal

Harvards got its problems - but its a fantastic place to goto college

By Staticsoliloquy (Staticsoliloquy) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 10:28 am: Edit

i want to go to Harvard because I want

to be close with the Rickoids (aka past RSI participants) *wink*. It is so great to come into a college where you already have close friends who knows you, and with whom you can forge stronger bonds with.

to be in boston. The best city in the nation. I'm a city boy. I need my movies, my cafe, my mall, etc. So the only 3 cities I'd be in in San Francisco (bay area-ish), Philly, and Boston.
to be a Nobody at RSI for the summer.

to explore my interests, be it in emulating Kandinsky's expressionist paintings, or writing my short stories in a blend of gothic and modernist style. College will be a time of exploration for me: identity, interests, and ideas.

I want to go there because of the Reading Period before Finals and the semester system. =)

By Newyorker06 (Newyorker06) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 11:39 am: Edit

Anyone who values proximity to a mall is not a city boy. And Boston and Philly both pale in comparison to New York (ake THE City), SF and Chicago.

By Staticsoliloquy (Staticsoliloquy) on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 02:20 am: Edit

proximity to a mall is one of the factor. Damn, what the fcuk is wrong with you? Is there anything up your ass? The thread says "Why do you want to attemd Harvard", not "Criticize why others want to attend Harvard."

"best" is subjective. So 1. I am right because I'm stating my opinion. 2. You're wrong because you cannot correct subjectivity.

so to conclude, your post is stupid. Have a nice day.

By Hotcookiedough (Hotcookiedough) on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 09:07 pm: Edit

yay. we're all so mature here.

By Justice (Justice) on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 07:36 pm: Edit

Philly is a terrible college town. Just came back from Penn and thought I should let you know. I'm all for urban excitement, but a lot of Philly is way too ghetto (it's the truth).

By Smiliekat (Smiliekat) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:22 pm: Edit

education, boston, opportunities, away from home

By Avatar56 (Avatar56) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 06:47 pm: Edit

Why are you always so quick to curse and attack other people? They can post their opinions too, even if they don't agree with yours.

Anyway, NYC >> boston (and it's really Cambridge, students won't be spending too much time across the river). But Cambridge and Boston are really great areas themselves.

Oh, and - hi from RSI @ caltech! static, how's hell week going...

By Staticsoliloquy (Staticsoliloquy) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 09:52 pm: Edit

i'm hotheaded,sue me. Some people are passive, I'm just actively blatant. No one ask them for their opinion, plus I took what he said as an insult "anyone who values proximity to a mall is not a city boy". Was it me that started it? Definitely not. We spent so much time in Boston dude: go out to dinner, walk around, etc. I also worked in Boston.

RSI @ MIT is great. Hell Week is definitely called Hell Week for the sleep deprivation and constant pressure to get things done! I think I might be visiting you guys during your hell week. We'll see. Have you met APK, a Rickoido3?

By Rsi03er (Rsi03er) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 01:20 am: Edit

oh yes, we all remember APK=) Staticsoliloguy, what are chances for Harvard like if you're an international Rickoid, and from a country where only like 2/3 people are admitted to Harvard each year? And does Harvard care about international olympiads? Which looks better, RSI or those? Thanks=)

By Staticsoliloquy (Staticsoliloquy) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 02:34 pm: Edit

i'm going to be a sr, so I wouldn't know about the chances.

ps RSI04 is over. *tears* =(

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