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Flyby Blog Presents: Guide to Visitas 2022

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With a return to campus comes a return to in-person Visitas, an exciting weekend for all involved! Whether you're a prefrosh looking for advice on Visitas and Harvard, or an upperclassman confused about what Visitas is, Flyby Blog is here to answer all of your questions with our Guide to Visitas 2022!

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4/19: For the first section of Guide to Visitas, find out how to make the most out of your last time on campus without real responsibilities Visitas experience with Fun Reads for a Fun Visitas! With tips on spotting campus celebs, an insider's guide to first-year housing, and fun classes to audit, you'll be the most prepared one in the Yard.

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4/20: Our second day brings Quizitas, testing all the possible ways your Visitas will go. See where life, love, and Dean Khurana takes you this weekend!

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4/21: Day 3 of Guide to Visitas will give you all the advice, guide to Harvard lingo, and comforting words you'll need from our very own staff!

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4/22: For our last day of Guide to Visitas, we tell you exactly How to Visitas, with tips for upperclassmen and pre-frosh alike!

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First Year Housing Round Up

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{shortcode-637900827e2a260c4f380713dd37612f3b0772d4}We know you’re all asking yourselves the same questions: where exactly do freshmen live? How do they get assigned dorms? Which dorms are the best? And, what is ~The Yard~? Prefrosh, we’ve got you covered. Welcome to Flyby’s first-year housing guide, where we’ll spill the deets about the housing process and dorm life during your freshman year!

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Early in the Summer, you will fill out a housing application, indicating your lifestyle choices (how clean you are — don’t lie, how noisy you are, your sleep schedule, the essentials). You can also write a page elaborating on your preferences. Around mid-August, Harvard will send an email announcing your Yard (a group of dorms), dorm, entryway (20-40 students you live close to), and suitemates! Be prepared to see many (many) Instagram stories of people announcing their dorms. But before that, check out our rundown of the perks of living in each of the first-year dorms.

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Ivy Yard

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Ivy Yard consists of eight small but mighty dorms, most of which are located in the heart of the “Old Yard.” If you’re in Ivy Yard, you’ll never have to wake up before 8:50 a.m. for your 9 a.m. class. Although, you may occasionally get tourists peering through your windows.

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Holworthy

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Typical housing style: Holworthy suites consist of two doubles and one (very large!) common room. Residents share a bathroom with the other suite on the floor.

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Nearby: The Science Center, Annenberg (food!), Hemenway (the Law School gym)

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Amenities: Arts and crafts room, party space basement, music practice rooms, kitchen

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Missing: Laundry room (many Holworthy residents have been seen lugging their clothes to Stoughton or Thayer), trash room

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Fun facts: Holworthy has vertical entryways (a.k.a. no typically long college hallways), so you have to make an effort to get to know students in other entryways.

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Stoughton

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Typical housing style: Two roommates to a very, very large room. Doubles for days!

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Nearby: The Science Center, Annenberg, Hemenway, Johnston Gate

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Amenities: Laundry room, kitchen

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Missing: Singles (a.k.a. bring your roommate a gift on the first day)

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Fun facts: The Hasty Pudding Club held its first performance on the top floor!

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Hollis

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Typical housing style: Like Stoughton, doubles so large you won’t know what to do with yourself!

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Nearby: Johnston Gate, The T stop

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Missing: Laundry (sorry friends, it’s a short walk next door to Stoughton)

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Fun Facts: Hollis was built in 1763 and is super historic. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau both lived in Hollis, but we promise them fleeing to the woods had nothing to do with the dorm.

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Apley Court

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Typical housing style: Apley has singles, doubles, and triples (the works)

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Nearby: Smith Campus Center, Farkas Hall, Clover Restaurant, JP Licks, the MAC (gym)

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Amenities: Laundry, bathtubs!!

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Missing: Relevance

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Fun facts: Marble… marble staircases! marble floors! And, most importantly, marble bathtubs!

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Lionel

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Typical housing style: Triplets and quads, all with their own in-suite bathrooms

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Nearby: PBHA, the Science Center, Annenberg, Pokeworks, Felipe’s

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Amenities: Lionel shares its own courtyard with Mower

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Fun facts: We’re not really sure if anyone actually lives here.

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Mower

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Typical housing style: Triplets and quads, all with their own in-suite bathrooms

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Nearby: PBHA, the Science Center, Annenberg, Pokeworks, Felipe’s

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Extra perks: Mower shares its own courtyard with Lionel

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Fun facts: Like Lionel, we’ve genuinely never met someone who lives here. But Al Gore did at one point.

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Massachusetts Hall

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Typical housing style: Doubles and singles

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Nearby: Johnston Gate, The T

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Amenities: President Bacow’s office ???

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Missing: Windows

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Fun facts: If you’re placed in Mass Hall, Harvard thinks you’re a goody-two-shoes who won’t throw parties in your room (and you probably shouldn’t). Mass Hall is the oldest building on campus and the only dorm that housed soldiers during the American Revolution!

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Straus

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Typical housing style: Suites of quads, with some doubles and triples. All rooms have in-suite bathrooms

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Nearby: Widener, Boylston, Felipe’s, Source Restaurant

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Amenities: Common room, kitchen, tiny courtyard shared with Matthews!

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Missing: Laundry!

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Fun facts: Straus is known for its old-academia style common room - perfect for discussions of Bridgerton season two.

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Elm Yard

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Elm Yard is also in the heart of the Yard. If you live in this yard, you’ll undoubtedly be in the middle of students running to class, tourists, and many friendly squirrels and dogs.

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Grays

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Typical housing style: Suites of four with en-suite bathrooms and huge common rooms!

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Nearby: Smith Campus Center, Boylston Hall, Widener Library, Harvard Square

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Amenities: Serenity space in the basement.

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Missing: Laundry!

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Fun facts: Grays has an unofficial reputation as the “Hilton of Harvard” but we’re not really sure why. It’s not even that much nicer than Matthews or Weld, though it does have in-suite bathrooms. The suites on the fifth floor are great for hosting parties. Notable alumni include Malia Obama and Natalie Portman!

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Matthews

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Typical housing style: Suites of three students with hallway bathrooms.

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Nearby: Smith, Harvard Square, CVS, and the T!

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Amenities: Multiple study spaces in the basement, cute library nook, two music practice rooms and a kitchen!

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Missing: Matthews has literally everything — except an elevator.

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Fun facts: Many Matthews do and have in fact lived in this dorm, including Matt Damon. Matthews also stands in the location of Harvard’s Native American College.

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Weld

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Typical housing style: A suite with doubles and singles! You may have an in-suite bathroom or use the communal bathroom.

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Nearby: Widener Library, Lamont Library

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Amenities: Weld Solarium, Yard Ops and Dorm Crew, laundry, an elevator!

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Missing: Large common rooms.

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Fun facts: Weld has it all, with extra Covid-19 tests and cleaning supplies in the basement. And, although we’ve been told you can’t really see stars from the Weld solarium, it’s the perfect study nook or late night date spot.

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Oak Yard

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Oak Yard is the part of Harvard Yard that is furthest from the Square, but closest to the Science Center, Annenberg, and basically all of your classes (unless you’re an engineering student). If you live in this Yard, you will endlessly appreciate the ability to wake up three minutes before class and still be on time.

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Canaday

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Typical housing style: Some hallway singles and a lot suites with a common room and four bedrooms that are mostly singles!

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Nearby: The Science Center, Annenberg, Memorial Church

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Amenities: Harvard College Women’s Center, vending machines, air hockey table, laundry room, kitchen

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Missing: Elevators.

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Fun facts: The top floor has skylights and really tall ceilings! Canaday is riot-proof which is why the entryways don’t connect and there are locks to both the hallway and rooms inside it — so rest assured, no one will break into your room. Living in Canaday can feel like being in a fortress, but the good news is it makes living in an upperclassman House feel like the Ritz.

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Thayer

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Typical housing style: Doubles! Singles! Small suites that hold 2-3 people.

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Nearby: Memorial Church, The Science Center, Annenberg

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Amenities: Kitchen and common room space decked with a pool table, T, and laundry. Also, a functional elevator.

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Missing: In-suite bathrooms — everyone uses hallway bathrooms (but they get cleaned for you!).

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Crimson Yard

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Crimson Yard isn’t in the traditional Harvard Yard, but if anything, that makes the community stronger. Crimson Yard is located a few minutes away from the Yard across Quincy street and has more of a neighborhood feel compared to the other freshman dorms. A plus is that you won’t have any tourists sticking their phones up to your window, trying to snap a pic of your dorm room.

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Pennypacker

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Typical housing style: Suites of four arranged in two doubles around a common room with in-suite bathroom.

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Nearby: Food!! (Zinneken's, Berryline, Kung Fu Tea), The Barker Center, Lamont Library

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Amenities: Home to WHRB, Harvard’s student-run radio station.

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Fun facts: Pennypacker only has one central staircase, so you will be running into everyone. At all times.

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Hurlbut

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Typical housing style: Suites of typically six people with an in-suite bathroom.

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Nearby: Food!! (Hong Kong, Santouka), Lamont Library, Barker Center

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Amenities: Laundry room, it’s very own ~lawn~

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Fun facts: Everyone in Hurlbut is really close since there’s a backstair case that connects the suites together. We’ve also heard it has a particularly noteworthy vending machine.

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Greenough

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Typical housing style: Big suites, typically of six, with in-suite bathrooms. Also has singles, doubles, and triples that share a hallway bathroom.

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Nearby: Barker Center, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard Art Museum, Lamont

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Amenities: Laundry room

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Fun facts: Greenough has giant windows in common rooms with lots of natural light. You might have a beautiful view of Harvard Art Museums!

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Wigglesworth

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Typical housing style: Suite style, typically of 4-5 people, with an in-suite bathroom.

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Nearby: Basically every interesting store and restaurant on Mass. Ave, since Wigg takes up a large portion of the street. Particularly noteworthy is the proximity to J.P Licks (ice cream!!), the Smith Center, and a Harvard Shuttle stop at Widener Gate.

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Amenities: Music practice rooms, printer in the basement of Wigg-let, laundry room in Big Wigg, air hockey & ping pong!!

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Missing: Quiet — the T runs under Wigg so sometimes students can hear/feel the train.

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Fun facts: Wigg is the second biggest of the first-year dorms, composed of three buildings: Wigglet, Mid Wigg, and Big Wigg. It is also the former home of Bill Gates.

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Maple Yard

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Maple Yard is the newest and coolest (literally true given that it has air-conditioning) Yard. It was created to house first-year student overflow, and contains some of the most coveted dorms. Unfortunately, all of Maple is away from the Yard like Crimson Yard, but the large rooms and numerous amenities make up for it.

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The Inn

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Typical housing style: Doubles with in-suite bathrooms

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Nearby: Food!! (Tatte, J.P. Licks), Lamont Library

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Amenities: Several large study and social spaces, laundry, and practice rooms

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Missing: The coveted ~old and traditional~ Harvard vibes, since it looks like (and used to be) a modern hotel

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Fun facts: Everyone will make fun of you when you tell them you’re from the Inn. But don’t worry, they’re really just jealous of your air-conditioning.

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Prescotts

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Typical housing style: Apartment style rooms with bathrooms, kitchens and many singles along with large open common rooms.

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Nearby: Next door to Starbucks, Broadway Marketplace (a small grocery store), and Harvard Art Museums.

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Amenities: Your own bathroom AND kitchen, printers, and singles.

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Missing: Proximity to the Yard. Once you leave your dorm for the day, you are probably not coming back for a while. Even Prescott NARPS have an excuse to get a scooter, but this is just good preparation for upperclassmen House Life.

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Fun facts: A full sized fridge?? A bathtub?? A literal monster sized room?? This is peak housing.

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While there are pros and cons to each first-year dorm, we promise that each offers a unique experience and will serve as a warm welcome to your new Harvard home. Here are some Youtube videos (Straus, The Inn, Wigg) that we found helpful when scavenging the depths of the internet for dorm information the summer before moving onto campus — you might too!

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Fun Alternatives to Sitting in Big Intro Classes

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{shortcode-38bf3fa9e3e20e3e4a4712d400e03cc49a936cb7}One of the best things about Harvard (and college, generally) is that you can finally escape the rigidness of only being able to take certain classes in high school, whether they are APs, IBs or A-Levels. As prospective Harvard students, you may have heard of some of the classic introductory classes offered here — Economics 10a: “Introduction to Microeconomics,” Computer Science 50: “Introduction to Computer Science,” Psychology 1: “Introduction to Psychological Science,” or Life Sciences 1a: “An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences.” Yes, these classes are fundamental and you will probably have to take some of them depending on your concentration, but, a) all colleges have an equivalent of these intro classes and b) I think it’s safe to say that these classes are not what make Harvard fun.

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Harvard has so many cool departments and funky classes that you can take during your time here. As you are making your college decision, scroll through the course catalog and check out departments that may seem random relative to your interests at first (I’m looking at you, Folklore and Mythology). You never know what you’ll find or what new interests will be sparked. I’ll get you started: here are some fun classes to consider looking into!

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ANTHRO 1201: “Human Osteology & Bioarchaeology”

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What’s cooler than pretending to be Indiana Jones for an entire semester? Over the course of the semester, you put together a “bone notebook”–which is basically a collection of sketches of bones. Plus, if you’re looking to live out your crime drama fantasies, you get to handle actual human and animal remains.

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AFVS 53AR: “Fundamentals of Animation”

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Moana. Encanto. Coco. Inside Out. Soul. Need I say more? Imagine being able to create something that falls in the same category as these movies! No, you don’t need any prior experience to take this engaging and hands-on Arts, Film and Visual Studies course.

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PSY 980AH: “Psychology of Cults”

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While you may not be able to take this as a first-year, this class will be waiting for you as an upperclassman. It will equip you with everything you need to know about -how to start your own cult , how cults work, why people decide to join them and how cult leaders come to be.

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MUSIC 1: “Introduction to Western Music, from Bach to Beyonce”

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This class is easily the best class I’ve taken at Harvard and made me consider concentrating in Music. Not only is the teaching staff phenomenal, but the assignments are genuinely a great time — you get to listen to beautiful pieces of music, research interesting and often overlooked musical figures and patrons, and look at really cool, old pieces of music. Take this class, take this class, take this class!

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FOLKMYTH 150: “Internet Folklore, Online Communities, and Digital Storytelling”

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What do Twitter, TikTok or Facebook have to do with ancient storytelling? What sort of relationships are people hoping to find through exchanges of memes, DMs and snapchats? What stories get told in a world of fake news and internet trolls? Not convinced by how cool this class is yet? The readings for this class range from Tweets to ancient Greek myths!

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Exploring your interests is part of what makes college so exciting! Harvard is a melting pot for renowned professors and faculty in almost every academic corner–so why not try a little bit of everything and see what you find?

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Campus Celebrities

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{shortcode-9dd0ebadc8e34d032162c1f238c7f3cab3d9ab19}One of the best parts about Harvard (in addition to the world-class liberal arts education that it very much offers) is the opportunity to meet really amazing people (some people more amazing than others). Even over the couple days of Visitas, you’ll have the chance to experience a little bit of what makes Harvard so special. Here’s a list of our favorite people, places, and things around campus that you should keep an eye out for during Visitas!

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Remy

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He’s handsome, he’s a little mysterious, and he catches everyone’s attention when he struts into a room. His name is Remy, and he’s sure to be the main star of your Visitas visit, if you’re lucky enough to spot him. Have I mentioned he’s a cat? Known for frequenting the Barker Center for the Humanities, Remy is Harvard’s unofficial mascot (since our real mascot is literally a color). He’s even been known to even enter students’ dorms (he once entered both our respective dorms, but neither of us were in our rooms at the time and we live with eternal regret). You can check out Remy’s instagram (@remy.the.harvard.cat) before Visitas so you know who to look out for.

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John from Annenberg

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We stan all the Harvard University Dining Services workers for feeding us, but a special shoutout to John from Annenberg for being there for us first-years when we need it most. And since every student at Harvard has eaten at Annenberg at some point in their Harvard life, John literally knows every single one of us. There is no better feeling than walking into Berg after a really hard test or an especially boring section and getting greeted by John. He once complimented my hair and I still smile from his kind words. Unfortunately, John now works in the Dunster Dining Hall, incoming first-years may have to look a little harder to find him. Regardless of where you are, John, we appreciate you!

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Rakesh

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How does one describe Dean Khurana — Rakesh, if you will? He is, simply, The Moment. Officially the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, most students recognize him more as an influencer. His famous Instagram page (@deankhurana) features photographs of students he meets across campus, and if you’re lucky, you might even be featured during your Visitas visit.

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Red (and his best catches)

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Who is this man, and what does he look like? We may never know. Whoever he is, Red is always offering his best to the dining hall menu. Every time I see that the dhalls are serving Red’s Best Catch, those fluffy mounds of fish flesh covered in breadcrumbs, I’m just thrilled. Just wait, you will be too!

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Turkeys

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Who knew turkeys weren’t just for Thanksgiving dinner? I didn’t! Until I came to Harvard, that is. The campus turkeys are everything I want to be: confident, fearless, and constantly defying people’s expectations. Not only are they capable of holding up traffic and intimidating students and tourists alike, these lovely turkeys are also capable of soaring high and far. If you can’t see any turkeys at ground level, look up and you’re sure to see these majestic creatures perching on the many trees on campus.

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Yard Chairs

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Thanks to a groundbreaking Flyby article investigating everyone’s favorite useful Yard decoration, the Yard chairs have become a sensation. Feeling overwhelmed by how beautiful the Harvard buildings are and need a place to rest? Have no fear, these exquisite chairs will always be there for you (unless, of course, it’s winter, then the chairs won’t be there or else they’ll get cold)! Aside from their seasonal presence, look forward to these incredibly colorful and comfortable chairs.

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As you can see, there are so many things to look forward to at Harvard, so get hyped and make sure to take tons of pictures with our favorite campus celebrities!

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Love it/Hate it: Spring

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Walking through the Yard these days makes me happy. Long gone are the days when it would already be dark when I walked into my 4:30 p.m. section in Emerson. Now, as I leave class at 5:30 p.m, I am greeted by music playing from speakers or guitars, a game of frisbee, and the most adorable dogs in Cambridge running in front of me. Spring makes me want to be more efficient in my work and appreciate these simpler pleasures.

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This time of year might seem fleeting, with the end of school sight. But because of this, spring encourages spontaneity and forces us to make the most of the time we do have left. Instead of rushing to the warmth of my dorm or my next commitment, spring makes me want to linger. I now meander between classes, taking in the cheerful scenes all around me. I want to eat lunch outside in the Yard or the Law School Library picnic tables, and I want to romanticize my life through walks along the river and pset sessions outside. I even want to skip the shuttle and walk to the SEC, feeling the wind in my hair and the sun in my face as I cross the Charles. Nature is a grounding presence in my life, forcing me to slow down and reflect, and spring brings added introspection.

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As flowers start to bloom (Winthrop Courtyard, anyone?) and the grass gets replaced, this spirit of growing inspires me. I wonder what new adventures will come my way, what new friends I’ll make, and what new perspectives I’ll gain. Who is the person I’m growing to be? With the brighter days, I want to be more confident in reaching out to and making plans with friends, and I want to cross more items off my Cambridge-and-Boston bucket list. These are the moments we’ve dreamed of ever since opening up those picture-perfect college brochures and I’m here to make the most of it!

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Hate It: April Showers Us With Summer Denial — Hailey E. Krasnikov

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You know what I really hate? That feeling when you have a word stuck on the tip of your tongue and just can’t remember what it is. It’s beyond frustrating. And in my eyes, that is exactly what spring is. Sunny days and students hammocking in the Yard continue to remind me summer is coming upon us, BUT it’s not here yet. Springtime is just a reminder that I’m still stuck in class and buried under mountains of psets, while the sun shines outside and I dream of riding the Blue Line to the beach. Spring just means that we’re almost at the end of the semester as everyone chugs Red Bull, crams for finals, and wishes they didn’t have to.

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Along with the nice weather fueling my pain that summer isn’t here yet, massive tourist groups have emerged in the Yard. The warm weather has enabled the tourists to crowd in the Science Center Plaza and block my path when I’m walking past John Harvard. But that’s not even the worst part: I will never understand why tourists take pictures of ~Harvard students~. I understand that I’m pretty cool, but I would rather not be subjected to being treated like a rare species in its natural habitat. The least they can do is not capture my post-3p.m.-chemistry-lab hair in a long-treasured photo.

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There’s also the typical things that people hate about spring, like seasonal allergies. While I personally do not have allergies, I’ve seen enough red eyes and stuffy noses in the past week to know that I am truly blessed to not have them. And don’t forget about the bees. I know bees are important for the planet, but I would rather take four pset classes than be stung by one. In just a couple of weeks, I’ll probably be dodging the buzzing bees more often than I have to dodge athletes and their electric scooters on the way to class. I’m willing to co-inhabit this campus with the bees while they do their pollination work, but I hope they decide to stay far far away from me.

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The warm weather is nice I’ll admit it, but I can’t say the same about everything that comes with it in the spring. I’m just counting down to summer.

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Where To Blow Your Boardplus This Month

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{shortcode-70834eeae96e620b966cb9dbb4cc32587c69ebb9}If you’re more fortunate than me, you may have saved your $65 of BoardPlus on your HUID designated to use at specific HUDS and House-operated dining. If you find yourself thinking BoardPlus? What’s that? Stop everything and read the only FAQ you need. The most important thing to note is that if you haven’t spent your $65, it’s not too late — but it will be! If you don’t use it up before the last day of exams, it’s gone forever — yep, that’s right, money down the drain.

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To make sure you make full use of Daddy Harvard’s money, here’s a list of places you can use your BoardPlus dollars.

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Buckminster’s/Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) Café

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Exit your PHYSCI11 or Math 1B lecture and head on over to the LISE Café located conveniently next to the Science Center in the LISE (11 Oxford St.). Open every weekday from 8 a.m. to at least 3 p.m. — the brightly lit cafe has delicious pastries, snacks, sandwiches, Peet's coffee, and best of all, Robert the barista. We recommend not going around 10:30 a.m. when the café is the most busy!

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Northwest Café

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If you’re over by the science buildings, make sure to visit the Northwest Café in the Northwest Science Building (52 Oxford St.). You can get Peet’s coffee, baked goods, and grab-and-go snacks here, too. The café has seating indoors, but you can also venture outside to sit in front of the Museum of Natural History.

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SEC Café

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If you’re heading to CS51 office hours or have the joy of all your classes being at the Science and Engineering Complex — make sure to check out the SEC Café on Level 1, West of the main atrium. With baked goods, soups, and sandwiches, this place offers breakfast, lunch, snacks, and Peet’s Coffee. Enjoy your food with their indoor or outdoor seating.

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HLS Harkness Dining Room, Grill, Pub, Harkbox & Catering

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Walk into the Harvard Law School’s Caspersen Student Center and find multiple places to both get food and eat. With pool, ping pong, Peet’s Coffee, grab-and-go sushi, a large variety of pastries on every floor, and a huge selection of world foods, why would you want to go anywhere else for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? There’s also a pub open from Monday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. with Pub Trivia on Wednesdays.

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Still Not Satisfied?

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Check out Lehman Hall for the Graduate School of Arts and Science Commons, the Harvard Divinity School Commons in Swartz Hall (45 Francis Ave), the Harvard Kennedy School (19 Eliot Street), or Sebastian’s in the Kresge Building at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (677 Huntington Ave).

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Don’t wait to spend the last thirty days of this semester having delicious pastries for breakfast and sandwiches for dinner. Bring your friends and enjoy the comfort of eating anywhere but the dining hall. Treat yourself — you deserve it!

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Flyby’s Spring 2022 Playlist: Spring Frolics

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Flyby’s Senior Bucket List

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{shortcode-6d1cf026b87a099768575a66ad8dd758a847ff58}Are you left scrambling because it’s Senior Spring and you have no idea how to get into ~the chill zone~? Flyby has your back with these tips to get you started.

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Eat Breakfast in Annenberg

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Remember how excited you were to see the Great Hall of Harvard? How you felt like you were at Hogwarts and a hundred owls could swoop in at any moment? Maybe after three years, the overwhelming stress of freshman year has faded away, and you can now truly enjoy the magnificence of Annenberg’s architecture and daily hot breakfast. Or at the very least, mentally list reasons why your House dhall is better and avoid making eye contact with all the first-year students.

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Reunite With Your First-Year Characters

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Revive the overly optimistic vibes of early freshman year and call for a first-year suitemate dinner! How have you all changed or stayed the same? You can also spontaneously reach out to your Annenberg crush and finally ask them if they’d like to grab a meal with you. Or tell your freshman seminar professor that you switched concentrations and show your proctor that you are still a hot mess. #throwbacks

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Pull an All-Nighter to Hang Out with Friends Instead of to Study

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When was the last time you had an hours-long heart-to-heart with those you love best? In the spirit of senior spring, chuck the laptop and stay up all night talking to your closest friends. You can reflect on your time in college, or maybe even learn new things about each other that have managed to not come up in the past four years. (Like how your roommate never returned that dress she borrowed pre-pandemic.) This is one of your last chances to all be together, so make the most of it!

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Do a Reverse River Run

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Go to your first-year dorm and take a shot of your favorite non-alcoholic beverage — since the Yard is dry, of course ;). Legend says that drinking in the Yard is a transcendent experience whereby memories of your first year come rushing back. A senior told Maya that when she was a freshman, a group of people showed up at her door and asked if they could come inside to drink (which she politely declined).

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Visit Mount Auburn Cemetery

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You may be questioning your existence since you handed in your thesis, but what better place to contemplate life than at the Mount Auburn Cemetery? See the intricate gravestones and beautiful scenery (it’s a great bird-watching site, too!), and go to Washington Tower for great views of Cambridge and Boston! You can also pack a lunch and a blanket and make a cute picnic out of it.

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Send these ideas to your closest friends and check off as many of these as possible. While the future is uncertain, we hope that you will at least be able to enjoy your senior spring!

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Flyby Tries: Eating in Every Upperclassman Dining Hall

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The Quad

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Quick shoutout to my lovely friends who were willing to trek to the Quad to keep me company.

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Cabot

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Why is Cabot’s dining hall below Pfoho? This was confusing. The low ceilings and carpeted floors made the space feel a little constricting and outdated, but I liked the windows along the side, allowing light to stream in and brighten up the space.

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Currier

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Like Cabot, the carpet and low ceilings trend continues. The lack of windows is a little depressing, but the soothing sounds of the fountain in the center of the seating area make up for it. Still, everyone says that Currier has the best food, and I think I actually might agree. The salad selection was popping, and even HUDS classics just tasted more defined and better seasoned.

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Pfoho

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With slightly outdated chairs, the house plants scattered around the room, and the fact that I went to eat here during Brunch on Junior Family Weekend, I couldn’t help but feel that I was on a family vacation and had entered a hotel breakfast area. I was a little outraged that they only had a regular waffle machine instead of a Veritaffle one, but my excitement over the two-storied room soothed my sadness.

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River West

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Practicality, good food, and bright interiors combined make for strong dining halls.

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Kirkland

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Kirkland had chill vibes, with lots of small tables where friends were catching up in pairs or trios and other people were just enjoying a quiet lunch by themselves. I’m also a fan of their infused water and their selection of panini ingredients.

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Eliot

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In my purely objective opinion of a first-year who has 100% definitely not been sorted into Eliot, this was the best dining hall. The light streaming in from the tall windows, the sriracha aioli on the banh mi, the diverse selection of table types… Chef’s kiss, truly.

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Winthrop

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Before this, the only time I had been into Winthrop Dining Hall was during CS Night from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, and let me just tell you that it is a completely different experience during the day. The servery felt so clean and modern and was playing absolute bops, and I loved the sunlight streaming through the windows. Now I get why everyone wants to be put in Winthrop.

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River East

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The extra distance is worth it for the beautiful dining halls.

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Leverett

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Eating in Lev feels like you are sitting inside of a wedding cake, with the rich white color of the entire interior, the gorgeous chandeliers, and the intricate trim. Still, what you gain in elegance, you sacrifice in flexibility in dining. Leverett notoriously has strict interhouse dining restrictions, and it took a lot of convincing for me to not feel its wrath.

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Mather

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Mather’s interior is CONFUSING. I completely entered the dining hall from the wrong side and did not realize until I exited that there was an actual entrance. Still, I really enjoyed this dining hall. The servery was streamlined, but my favorite part was the strong sense of community. The dining room had a distinct energy, and it seemed like lots of friends were randomly meeting up here and calling out to each other across the room, like one big family.

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Dunster

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I am in love with Dunster’s dining hall. Especially during the day, it is beautiful to see the sun streaming in. The servery also felt clean and spacious, although the drinks and dessert section felt a little random. Don’t forget about the handwashing station!

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The Square

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Large, bustling dining halls with very distinct personalities.

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Lowell

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I’m not sure how I feel about the yellow walls: it makes you happy at first, but gets old fast. The servery area felt a little cramped, but the high ceilings make the space seem airy. The place was lively; everyone in Lowell seemed to be eating there, making it a challenge to find open seating, but a big victory once we did.

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Quincy

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The people’s house. This was probably the house that I felt the least scared about swiping into. I came for the famous Quincy Hot Breakfast, and honestly, I thought it tasted better than Berg breakfast so I’ve been back several times since. The floor to ceiling windows on both sides of the dining room are perfect for people watching.

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Adams

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I had a little bit of a scary experience swiping in because apparently first-years housed in Adams cannot bring guests to dinner, but it was all worth it for the yummy pumpkin squares (yes, even in April). The regal feel of the dark wood and hints of gold made me feel cool and edgy and felt perfect for a winter or even early spring dinner, although it might feel a bit heavy in mood for the summer.

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After finishing this adventure of dining in each of the houses, my biggest takeaway was that all dining halls are good dining halls and that we don’t have that many meals in a week. Each had a distinct flavor — both in experience and food — but that’s what makes them special. And even if you like a different dining hall more than your own, let this article be proof that you can tag along with a friend from that house to every meal, except on Community Night of course. Harvard’s campus is your oyster. Eat in all parts of it.

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Flyby’s Guide to Spring in Boston

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Spring has arrived in Boston! For almost all of us, this is the first time we can explore t he city during this season because let’s be honest, we have been postponing outings for years. Here are Flyby’s fun suggestions to escape the Harvard bubble.

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Lunch on the Boston Common

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With the sun shining brighter and the temperatures getting warmer, why not have a picnic in the oldest city park in the United States? You can bring your own food or purchase from one of the many food stands in the park. With the beautiful Massachusetts State House building shining in the background and families with children strolling around, you’re bound to feel relaxed and re-energized to get through these last few weeks of the semester.

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Attend an Outdoor Concert

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Now that you can stand outside for more than ten minutes without freezing your tail off, enjoy some live music at an outdoor concert. From the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra to a Coffeehouse Concert with Thea Hopkins, this wide variety of options means that you can probably find at least one event that floats your boat. Many of these performances are free, and others start as low as $5.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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In Boston, April means the start of the Red Sox season. Grab a buddy or two and spend some quality time together at one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. Even if you couldn’t explain how baseball works if your life depended on it (do they score touchdowns?), at least this is an opportunity to look #cuteandsporty in a red jersey.

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Shop around Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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With a plethora of food options inside Quincy Market, street performers outside, and souvenir vendors along the perimeter, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a calming place to spend a clear spring day. It is ideal for both hanging out with a friend or people-watching by yourself. The marketplace is also within walking distance from other iconic locations such as the New England Aquarium, Paul Revere House, and Old State House.

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Harborwalk

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Explore the beautiful Seaport District by walking along the gorgeous Boston Harborwalk. Since the trail is 43-miles long, you could even walk to the John F. Kennedy Museum and Southern Dorchester. Don’t forget to bring a jacket in case it gets colder!

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Make the most of the remaining few weeks and get to know the iconic city of Boston. It’s the second to last month of the school year, so it’s about time that you leave the bubble!

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Flyby’s Countdown to Yardfest: Guide to Having a Swae-nky Time

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What Even Is a Yardfest??

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For those who have not experienced Harvard’s annual spring darty concert – i.e., literally everyone younger than the Class of 2022 – here’s what you need to know. Sponsored by the College Events Board since 2006, Yardfest is billed as the ultimate chance for the student body to join together in a day of musical festivities – fun fact, it used to be called Springfest and was hosted by the Undergraduate Council (rip).

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Expect a day of fun from start to finish, kicking off the post-Spring Break season (aka, the best part of the school year) with a bang. Before the official events begin, be on the lookout for any student groups throwing their own pre-Yardfest festivities.

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Starting at 2 p.m., each neighborhood will be hosting their own block parties – we’ve got the Quad + Dudley on the Quad Lawn, River East in Leverett Courtyard, River West in Eliot Courtyard, and River Central in Lowell’s Large Courtyard. Each neighborhood will have their own ~vibes~, but expect games, food, swag, face paint, drinks, and more!

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After the block parties, you’ll want to head on over to Tercentenary Theatre (the spelling is pretentious, we know) at 4 p.m. (especially if you want to secure even more Yardfest swag!). Student openers will start at 4:30 p.m., the “celebrity opener” (ooh mysterious) begins at 6 p.m., and Swae Lee gets going around 7 p.m. – and then time for a good night’s rest before that Monday morning Gen-Ed!

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In my professional opinion, there are a couple of absolute must-haves you’ll need when the day is actually here. First up, break out those fanny packs, folks – you’ll want to bring the essentials, but large bags are not allowed. Make sure to bring your Harvard ID along too, as only Harvard students are allowed inside (and there’s no re-entry allowed either!).

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Once the day is finally here, DOWN. THAT. WATER. It’s a Sunday after all – you don’t want those Monday morning classes hitting like a brick. A good brunch is an absolute must too. There will be a barbecue dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Yard, but don’t skip lunch in anticipation — you don’t want to be enjoying the festivities that day on an empty stomach.

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Who Is Performing?

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When you arrive at the concert, you’ll first be greeted by two student group openers, chosen at last month’s Battle for Yardfest. The Yard Bops feature a “contemporary blend of pop and funk music” and also performed during CEB’s virtual Crimson Jam back in 2020. Along with them will be Charles Revival – a band composed entirely of freshmen, so all you class of 2025s better be excited. ;)

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Now for the especially fun part: that ~Celebrity Opener~ I mentioned earlier. Your guess is as good as mine for who this will be, but my bets are currently on Maggie Rogers, Jay Sean (again), or Larry Bacow on a saxophone. Or who knows! Maybe B.o.B. will make his triumphant debut after last semester’s canceled Crimson Jam.

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Who Is Swae Lee?

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So by now you’ve been through the block parties, the student openers, AND the super special celebrity guest – it’s now FINALLY time for the star of the show himself, Swae Lee. First revealed after he leaked his calendar on Twitter last month, Harvard is just one of the many college concert appearances Swae Lee will be making this semester.

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Especially well-known as one half of the duo Rae Sremmurd with his brother Slim Jxmmi, Swae Lee is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. You may know him from the 2016 hit “Black Beatles” (aka, the Mannequin Challenge trend that took over the Internet), or from any of his many, many features that have netted him a number of Grammy nominations. (Not to mention, he was also raised in Mississippi, which brings this fellow Mississippian a lot of joy <3).

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And by the way, if you happen to be reading this @Swae Lee, we would certainly not be upset if you brought some of your many ~friends~ along – I’m sure Post Malone or Jhené Aiko or Nicki Minaj would love Harvard too 😌

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So, break out those festival fits, pack your fanny pack, and start downing those water bottles. Most importantly, have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the hopefully nice Cambridge weather!

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How To: Take a Nap

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My Student-Athlete Covid Sob Story

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My first roommate started having symptoms Monday. Shortly thereafter, a rapid test was taken. BAM. Two red lines. One roommate was down. Three to go. Naturally, we all started freaking out — we never could have imagined this extremely likely scenario would happen to us. Who would be the last one standing?

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Our suite was bursting with stress. More stress than the rest of the Harvard student body combined, and yeah, that’s saying something. And I, as a student-athlete, had exactly one week left in the season — so close, yet so far.

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After testing negative — but staying positive — for three days in a row, things were starting to look up. We had probably been a little exposed but, hey, I didn’t even share a bedroom with our positive suitemate. The little tickle in my throat and my roommate’s sniffle were just stress, right? Or maybe spring allergies? Worst case scenario, the start of some mild frat flu I picked up from the Berg. That was nothing my immune system couldn’t conquer … right? The tests were still negative and we’d been leaving the windows open for air flow, so everything was … ok.

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I was supposed to leave for New Hampshire with the team on Thursday. After hearing I was in close contact with my suitemate, my coach wasn’t jazzed about me getting in the van to drive three hours with the team. Luckily, my super-dad was flying across the country this weekend to come watch my last races, so the problem was solved: I’d drive to New Hampshire with my dad and isolate myself in my own room in the team house. All was well.

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My dad and I got to New Hampshire, and the minute I stepped out of the car, I got a call from my fun and friendly roommate. And BAM. Another roommate down. Two more to go. This was becoming mildly catastrophic. I was really exposed at this point, and the tickle in my throat started to seem a bit more alarming. So observing more caution, I got a hotel room where my dad was staying, so I wouldn’t expose my teammates.

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Fast forward and it’s Friday (race day) morning. I wake up, and I feel like I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs at a Harry Styles concert. 15 minutes later and the rapid test confirms I am, in fact, Covid-19’s latest victim.

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Well, obviously that squashed my race starts for the weekend, and I had also just exposed my chauffeur. Sorry, Dad! Ever the moral supporter — even though his dear daughter would be chilling in her hotel room all weekend — my dad masked up and went out to cheer for the other Crimson skiers.

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I eventually made my way back to Cambridge after the weekend, accessorized in my N95 mask. Thanks to my dad, I was able to accumulate an enviable grocery haul to stock up for the rest of my isolation in Pennypacker — no, not just Trader Joe’s, but also Whole Foods. I joined my roommates, all of whom had Covid now, back in our suite. We then spent the weekend going on long walks, looking through social media at all the events we were missing, and “celebrating” my birthday in quarantine.

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Did Covid ruin my season? No. Did it ruin this week? Pretty much. Have millions of people experienced this same exact inconvenience and much worse? Absolutely.

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But hey, my symptoms were mild thanks to my three doses of the vaccine (shoutout Pfizer), and I’m coming out of quarantine a year older and with my sense of taste and smell. My roommates and I don’t hate each other (too much) despite spending DAYS with no other human contact, and I finally got caught up on the latest TikTok trends. Better yet, now I can start training for next season. And the best part of all: no more Color tests for the rest of the year. See you and your testing reminder texts later!

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The Harvard Houses as “Encanto” Characters

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Bridgerton Season Two: Characters As Harvard Students

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As of Friday, March 25, 2022, the second social season of “Bridgerton” has begun. With love webs, scandals, and new and old faces alike, there inevitably comes drama, procrastination on p-sets, and efforts to ignore Canvas notifications. This season, our most notable additions (and South Asian queens) are Kate and Edwina Sharma, the latter being the Queen’s appointed diamond.

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Read on to hear about what kind of Harvard student the “Bridgerton” characters would be. Tread lightly, however, as there may be spoilers ahead.

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Viscount Anthony Bridgerton

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Anthony, the Ec Bro to end all Ec Bros, constantly tries to justify his certified-snaky concentration by complaining how much pressure he feels knowing he will be inheriting his family’s extremely wealthy consulting firm. In addition, Anthony has the incessant need to glare at every woman who crosses his path because no one can give unsolicited investment advice like he can. Nevertheless, he gets aways with it because he’s actually quite hot.

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Kate Sharma

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Kate studies engineering or CS because she’s a STEM queen, but also just to spite the males in the field. She’s obviously at the top of her class and is not afraid to confront anyone who questions her abilities. She out-sections section kid and confidently calls people out for their BS. In her free time, she likes to hit the gym and out-bench every man in the weight room.

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Edwina Sharma

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Edwina came to Harvard believing she wanted to go into Economics, meet a nice Finance Bro (like Anthony), and become a rich housewife. Plot twist, her family actually influenced her to study Ec, and she was just drinking the Kool-aid without thinking much of it. She decides that she needs to think for herself and switches to Comparative Literature because she is fluent in many languages anyway and loves reading. She also chooses an Education secondary because she realizes her worth and now dreams of opening her own school to teach kids how to be strong and independent.

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Eloise Bridgerton

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Eloise concentrates in Women, Gender, and Sexuality with a secondary in Philosophy. She is the ultimate girlboss, with her independent spirit and fiery passion for women’s rights, organizing forums and panels for like-minded students. She’s not the most outspoken student in class, but she is always judging the men.

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Colin Birdgerton

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Colin is an academic sophomore but a social senior who is either studying abroad or taking gap semesters. He probably has been present on campus for a total of two semesters throughout his time at Harvard. He’s changed his concentration 5 times and counting. He also can’t stop thinking about that one girl from his Stat class last semester who seemed to have had a crush on him. In reality, she was just giving him attention so she could get p-set help, and now she’s dating someone else. He constantly complains to his girl best friend, who is in fact secretly in love with him, about how “nice guys always finish last.”

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Benedict Bridgerton

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Benedict was, until recently, the one TDM concentrator in his class. He is the embodiment of “here for a good time, not a long time.” He has now decided to drop out of Harvard after realizing that his family made a donation to the school which secured his place (no wonder there was a building that shared his last name). Good for him, though, school was just holding him back, anyway.

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Penelope Featherington

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Penelope’s passions consist of hearing, discussing, and spreading the latest news gossip. She’s heavily involved in The Crimson, The Advocate, and every other publication on campus. She is also the moderator of Crimson Confessions. In her free time, she loves to sit in the dhalls and listen in on people’s conversations (leave it to her to know the latest tea). No one really knows what she is concentrating in, but it’s probably something writing related… we think!

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Duchess Daphne Bridgerton

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Daphne is the ultimate wing-woman and enjoys supporting her friends’ love lives. She is in an extremely committed long-term relationship with her uber rich boyfriend (she’s, like, basically married), and they just celebrated their anniversary. She is a Psychology concentrator for the sole purpose of being able to psychoanalyze the people that her friends are going out with so she can tell them when they can do better.

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So, gentle reader, prepare for a season of much scandal as some of our characters find themselves in promising circumstances while others find themselves compromised. P-sets and essays can wait, but this season is truly something you don’t want to miss.

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Yours Truly,

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Lady Whistledown

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