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Kathryn J. Gundersen

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Harvard for All

Should Harvard Increase Its Class Size?

In light of the rising rate of rejections and the increasing number of extremely qualified applicants in an admissions pool, the inevitable question has arisen: should elite schools like Harvard increase class sizes in order to accommodate these changes? Unfortunately, though, this approach is far from practical and would only hurt the student body overall.

Honest Abe

Weekly News Round-Up: Admissions Rates, Affirmative Action, and At Least You’re Not Lincoln’s Kid

Admissions Rates, Affirmative Action, and At Least You’re Not Lincoln’s Kid


Is Undermatching Overvalued?

It’s a fact that students in the lowest income quartile constitute less than 4% of enrollment at the nation’s most selective institutions. Among the many possible explanations, one of the most-talked about reasons is the theory of undermatching.


Admissions Stories: Where Were You When You Got In?

Last Thursday, the future Harvard Class of 2018 received the emails of their lifetime. In honor of Decision Day, FM collected some acceptance stories from both current students and faculty and staff who once attended Harvard College.

Canyon Spiked

Scoped: Canyon S. Woodward '15

In his freshman year, Canyon S. Woodward brought a new trend onto Harvard’s campus: club spikeball. FM caught up with him.


Four Inspiring U.S. Olympic Victories in Sochi

Hopefully these will be a source of inspiration—if these athletes can succeed against all odds, then you should be able to get that 10-page paper in by midnight tonight, right?

Study Abroad
Around Town

Why Don’t We Study Abroad?

Why do so few students choose to study abroad during term time?

Accessing Harvard
House Renewal

Accessing Harvard

When Valerie J. Piro ’14 was Currier HoCo chair, she couldn’t storm the freshman dorms on Housing Day like everyone else—she had to hand off the housing letters to a friend and watch as the rest of the group ran in. Dianna Hu ’15, a computer science concentrator, can’t use the back door of the science center—she has to enter through the front despite where she’s coming from, as there is no automatic button at the back for her to press. No matter how much she may want to, Chanel E. Washington ’15 can’t attend social events in certain houses; if the common rooms aren’t accessible, then she’s out of luck.

How To Win The Interview

How To Win The Interview

Not all schools hold interviews, but many do—so here’s how to prepare yourself if you do find that email in your inbox from an alumnus looking to get to know you better.

The Streak Continues

Things We’d Rather Do Than Go To Class After Harvard-Yale

We all enjoyed being away from Harvard for a bit for the 130th playing of The Game—but unlike our peers at Yale, we Harvard students have class to come back to on Monday. Flyby came up with a list of just a few of the many things we’d rather do than sit in a Monday section after The Game.


Letter of Encouragement to Yale

Dear Yale, With the game in two days, you’re the only thing on our mind! Going a whole year since we’ve last seen you has been almost unbearable, but we’re looking forward to being back in your arms soon.


In Case You Weren't Busy Enough

So what if you’ve been procrastinating on doing laundry for two weeks now? You still know you could do anything if you just put your mind to it—say, even writing a novel. You’ve got great plots floating around in your head, characters begging to be set free, and you’d like nothing more than to see your name on the cover of a full-length book. But how do you find the time? Amidst midterms, papers, and p-sets, it’s hard to imagine sitting down and writing anything without a deadline, let alone an entire novel. You’d never work up the motivation. Well, that’s what NaNoWriMo is for.

Harvard Architecture: Johnston Gate

Fun Facts: Harvard Architecture

The buildings on Harvard’s campus that feature “brutalist” architecture, such as Canaday Hall, were not actually designed to thwart student rioting as rumor suggests. On the contrary, brutalist buildings were meant to oppose repression and control, therefore promoting high culture.

10Q: Gail Collins
Radcliffe Institute

10 Questions with Gail Collins

Donning a purple pant suit, Gail Collins seems quirky and laid-back—a far cry from the intimidating personality one would expect of a journalist of her stature.


Hey Professor: Mikhail D. Lukin

The chance to channel your inner Obi Wan Kenobi might be closer than you think.