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Victoria A. Baena

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First Generation Harvard

After Acceptance

But for many, the true challenges begin only with entrance through Widener Gate on the first day of freshman year. The past year has seen efforts by students and alumni alike to bridge a possible disconnect between administrative enthusiasm to attract first-generation students, and weaker support and outreach once they arrive on campus. For the students, part of this process has included the development of a “first-gen” identity as something to be embraced.

Six Foods
Harvard Business School

Starting Up, Staying in School

On a recent Wednesday evening, four floors above Mt. Auburn Street in what is known as the “i-space,” a group of five Harvard students had claimed one small, stuffy office room to discuss the impending launch of their startup. Laptops open, bullet points scrawled on a whiteboard opposite a Rosie the Riveter poster, the group shifted easily between brainstorming and casual jokes.

Fifteen Most Interesting

Cassandra E. Euphrat Weston

When Cassandra E. Euphrat Weston attended her first poetry slam in ninth grade, she loved it—but believed she’d never perform herself.

Cronkite's Broadcast
Harvard in the World

In the Control Room

Douglas H. Shafner, currently a security officer at Harvard, witnessed the events of November 22, 1963 from a close vantage point: the master control room of Walter Cronkite’s CBS.


Pursuing Passion? Selling Out? Buying Time?

On a recent Monday evening, in the fluorescent-lit basement conference room of 54 Dunster Street, the Office of Career Services sponsored “Is Consulting the Right Fit?”


From Expos to the Pulitzer

Ten years ago, Paul Harding was known as a talented, if demanding, Expos preceptor and erstwhile member of a rock band called Cold Water Flat. Back in town this week for a reading upon the release of his second book, “Enon,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning author bore little resemblance to his former self.


The Gates Unbarred: Seamus Heaney at Harvard

It is a natural, perhaps inevitable reaction, when confronted with news of a star, to try to bask in his or her reflected light.

Carpenter Center 4

A Modern Moment

On January 23, 1957, renowned architect and Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design Josep Lluís Sert sat down to write a letter. Its mission: Convince the controversial modernist sensation Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, to make his first visit to Cambridge. “Is there any chance of getting you to come here sometime next fall or spring?” he wrote. “Both MIT and this School are willing to do their best to get you to come here.”

The Holyoke Center

Assessing the Outrage: A Comparative Approach to Mental Health at Harvard

Responding effectively to questions of mental health necessitates an in-depth, comparative approach. Programs and policies implemented at peer schools, in addition to input from mental health experts across the nation, shed light on the status of Harvard’s own mental health practices.

Spring Break: Victoria Baena
Off Campus

Spring Break: Victoria Baena

Hemingway's Cats


Spring Break Postcard: Turning the Keys

In Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not,” the protagonist Harry Morgan, a contraband runner between the Florida Keys and Cuba, ...


Master Perspective: Tom and Verena Conley on Harvard House Life

In July 2000, Romance flooded Dunster Street. Three of the four new House Masters taught French or Italian literature at Harvard: Among them were Kirkland House’s new additions, Tom C. and Verena A. Conley.

River houses

Welcome Home

In honor of Housing Day, FM takes a look at what makes Harvard Houses tick.

Op Eds

A Student Mental Health Series

I had readings to do and papers to write, but they were to be done alone, and when I was alone I could let myself crumble.

Student Life

Women on the Battlefield: ROTC Responds

Three times a week Charley M. Falletta ’16 beats the sunrise awake. Physical training at 6:30 a.m., an early-morning military science class, a weekly leadership lab: These commitments frame the rhythm of Falletta’s weeks here at Harvard.