When I arrived on campus a few short months ago, prepared to embark on a hike through the wilderness of Maine and later on an academic journey of even greater proportions, one of my greatest worries was the possibility that I might not find a group of people with whom I can truly bond. It generally takes me some time to fully open up to people I have just met, so I hoped that my peers on campus wouldn't just brush me off as just another face in the crowd or only create a distant, superficial relationship. However, those worries quickly faded after I was out on the hiking trail for a few days with my FOP group. Talking with others who had the similar fears, ambitions, quirks, and senses of humor, I became so much more comfortable with the concept of moving on to college. Once I got back on campus, I realized that these types of people are not few and far between at Harvard. Even though it is a little cliche, my advice for the incoming class would be to think hard about who you want to be when you get here and the things that make you happy or give your life meaning. Follow those pursuits and you will have a great chance to meet like-minded people who you may be able to connect with on a deeper level. On top of this, if you feel as though you are having trouble connecting with many people or developing relationships, try taking the first step after you meet a new friend walking out of class in the first few weeks. Instead of thinking, 'Wow, that John kid seems really cool, I hope I see him around again sometime,' go ahead and see if he would like to get together to play video games or grab lunch. There is a realistic chance that he was thinking the same thing about you! With all of that said, all of your relationships at Harvard are not going to magically fall into place or stay there once they do. Once of the biggest lessons that I realized over the fall semester was that your initial impression of a person might have been a little off and that sometimes friends just grow apart. However, do not let this reality stay in the forefront of your thoughts. First and foremost, go onto campus with the mindset that the majority of your peers are feeling many of the same worries and that with just a little effort, lasting relationships can and will develop.