What do you like about Harvard's campus and culture?

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Mark Hedges, Some thoughts...

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I've seen a lot of students on the bicycles. I'm a rider too so I asked one of them about mountain bike and we had interesting discussion. He recommended me to read https://bikesist.com/best-mountain-bike-under-1500 and told me his thoughts on moder bike industry. I was very pleased by this and i could admit that in Harvard you could find really interesting people.

sophiajohnson, student

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i think its because of your teaching pattern. you are following the same pattern as older. that may be one of the reason. i am also a student and working part time at online video downloader

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Jordan@Harvard, Harvard University '18

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Harvard is just outside of Boston which gives you a great place to get away to on weekends. Cambridge itself is incredible and I would still be happy if I never left its boundaries.

JFie023, Harvard University '17

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From my first visit to Harvard, I completely fell in love with Cambridge and the east coast in general. I think Cambridge is unique in that it houses some of the most renowned colleges in the world in MIT and Harvard yet you get a sense of humbleness from the city. It is an eclectic mix between a college town and an actual city, drawing aspects of both environments to make a unique location. The culture is absolutely amazing in terms of the people you see and meet; unlike what most people think, the kids here are not snooty for the most part. You get a sense of humbleness from the people here and can learn from every single person you meet. Of course, with such a famous name, Harvard attracts people that you normally on read about or see on television. As a student you will often get the opportunity to meet these people or at the very least see them in person and get to hear them discuss their ideas or even ideas you would have never imagined they would have

jas0n, Harvard University '17

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Simply put, the community and opportunities that can be found here at Harvard are some of the best in the world and you really have to be here to get a sense of what it's like to have all these amazing people around you and be able to learn from them while sharing your own experiences.

jabc7783, Harvard University '17

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Harvard is a truly incredible place to go to school. It's very different than I expected - contrary to popular belief, not everyone here is a workaholic. In fact, the vast majority of people are not workaholics. Yes, they motivate themselves to get work done, but they relax, procrastinate, and have a lot of fun too. Not everyone at Harvard is a genius, but everyone is interesting in their own way and passionate about something. This makes for an amazing environment. I partially chose Harvard because of its location - near the heart of Boston, but removed from Boston in the vibrant Harvard Square neighbourhood. Downtown Boston is about ten minutes away by train. Students don't go into town all that often (mostly because there's so much to do on campus/ in Cambridge), but it's certainly a convenient trip when you need to make it. Harvard Square itself is a bustling neighbourhood filled with shops and really great pizza places (I recommend Otto's and Nochs). Boston is frustratingly cold and snowy in the winter, but if you're from the east coast you're probably used to that already. Harvard truly has the best of both worlds - a small town feel but immediate access to a major city (and one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the United States).

hn700a, Harvard University '17

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I knew that I wanted to go to college in a city, but I also wanted the campus and almost small-town feel of many colleges located outside of urban centers. Harvard, located in the small "city" (more of a large town than a city) of Cambridge, is just minutes away from Boston, which lies across the Charles River. Harvard still maintains a beautiful and homey campus in the heart of Cambridge's small city-like atmosphere. The urban center of Boston, though, is just a subway ride away. I am able to enjoy the quietness of Cambridge and still frequently go into Boston to see a concert, visit friends at other schools, or just walk around downtown.

harvardrachael, Harvard University '17

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Harvard is in a really cool "bubble" of Cambridge, MA. It is very CLOSE to urban resources, with incredible public transportation, but kind of has its own culture too. It is very much a little college neighborhood, with great cafes, bookstores, and nightlife. I love having everything I need at my fingertips while still being able to access the immense resources of Boston. Also, the people here are incredible. It isn't as competitive as some might think. I have made some INCREDIBLE friends who are passionate about diverse interests. I never feel bored here.

Admitsee student at Harvard, Harvard University '16

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Contrary to what people say Harvard cares about and invests a lot in its undergraduate students- in terms of money, resources etc. It is a place with many resources available to its students and where professors care about their students. I personally have found just about every professor (even in huge classes such as Intro level life sciences courses) to be extremely accessible to all students. It is not a perfect institution but it is responsive to students and tries to improve itself in some ways. Any institution will have its imperfections, red tape and resistance to change. There is also a strong activism community which I appreciate and an environment generally amenable to discussion. The school cares about diversity and you can tell it makes efforts. I also love the residential system which I will unabashedly say is perhaps the ideal model for housing.

Admitsee student at Harvard, Harvard University '16

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I'm so close to Boston but it's still very suburban! It's so nice being in a cute little town.

ericr, Harvard University '17

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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.

ericholl094, Harvard University '17

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The academic culture is second to none, and Cambridge is the ultimate college scene

EricaBear, Harvard University '17

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the people are amazing/diverse, opportunities are incredible.

caseyc, Harvard University '17

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Harvard's location and culture are maybe two of its biggest perks. Harvard is located in an amazing place, especially in fall and spring. It's beautiful, busy, exciting, and full of bright and educated people. Boston is close by. Everyone is extremely active in the community, and engages.

bchab, Harvard University '17

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The culture at Harvard is notorious for being super competitive, but what people don't realize is that people here are not competing with others, they're competing with themselves. Everyone here works themselves extremely hard and are not necessarily competing with you. That being said, it does create a culture in which you feel inferior if you are not acting like them. If you are that way, which if you got in here, you probably are, then you'll be fine. I do really like the location, however. Harvard Square is actually a perfect college environment. It's not exactly a city like Boston but it's not the suburbs either. It has the best of both. The restaurants and shops are all amazing and unique. No mega corporate chains or anything like that. Even are fast food is local and historical. I really cannot recommend Harvard Square enough. Even if Harvard was not world renowned I, I would still recommend anyone attending just for the location.

aleu, Harvard University '16

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Boston is a great location as it is very close to New York, and many other schools. While we are also close to Boston (the actual "city"), Cambridge is not so separated from civilization as Stanford and other isolated schools are, but also not so "in the city" as a school like NYU is. It provides a balance of the two. While competitive sometimes, I have been able to learn so much simply because people here are involved in so many things. Furthermore, while competition can be bad in some ways, it has definitely pushed my to do my best and aim higher than I would have had I stayed home.

afkeane, Harvard University '17

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Cambridge is the ultimate college town, and Boston is the most amazing city on the planet. We've got everything within walking distance. Other schools say everything is within an arm's reach, but that's literally what we have. Can't stress that enough. The culture of Harvard is one of rampant exclusivity. Make connections early and leverage them as you progress through social mediums.

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