Secondary School Program at Harvard Summer School

Secondary School Program at Harvard Summer School


[MUSIC PLAYING] MAY SANADHYA: I chose to attend
the Secondary School Program because it provided many,
many different courses that other programs
did not provide. You could get the full
college experience, an entire semester’s
worth of classes, and get the credit on top of it. As my class choice,
I picked astronomy. I get to go to an
observation session in the astronomy observatory
on top of the Science Center. You get to see so many different
things, from a perspective you’ve never seen them before. [MUSIC PLAYING] VIPUL PERIWAL: I really
wanted to do something worthwhile with my summer. With the Secondary
Program, I was able to take two
different classes. And these are classes that I’m
taking with Harvard students. It feels more genuine to the
actual college experience, because you’re here
for a lot longer. And you have a little bit
more freedom on top of that. KIONNA PANNAZZO:
The fact that we are independent is really
important, because when you go to college, you
have to be independent. You have to learn to
take care of yourself. Being taught that before
actually going to college is really helpful. MUHAMMAD ELARBI: Your mom
is not knocking on your door telling you to get up,
[CHUCKLES] get out of bed. You’re in charge of your life. You have to make
your own to-do list. You have to mark
your own calendar. There’s so much
that I’ve learned from the Secondary
School Program that I have applied in college. Knowing when I need
to reach out for help, knowing when to go
to office hours– now it’s just second nature,
since I’ve done it. KIONNA PANNAZZO: Studying
with Harvard faculty is really interesting,
because they’re really informed and intelligent,
really easy to approach, really easy to talk to. MAYA AVELINO: Living right
in the middle of Harvard Yard is a really cool experience,
because you can come out and you can do
your homework here. And you’re so close
to everything. And all of my classes are
really nearby as well. VIPUL PERIWAL: Cambridge
is absolutely beautiful. The river is gorgeous. There are just so many
cool places to see, and Boston is also
very close by. MAYA AVELINO: Exploring
Boston was a lot of fun. I went to Newbury Street on a
trip with the summer school. So I went with a
couple of the proctors and a couple of other students
that I hadn’t met before. And I tried a whole
bunch of food. And then I also went shopping. MAY SANADHYA: There are
many activities here, and they’re all very engaging. And one I participated
in and liked the most is a cake decorating event. You get to work with a team. Thankfully, the judges
did not taste our cake. And we stole the cake
and ate it in our dorms. MAYA AVELINO: There’s
also a lot of socials. For example, I went to
a black students social where I met a lot of
really nice people. MAY SANADHYA: They had one
for the LGBTQ+ community, which was a game night. And I remember walking in, and
just the atmosphere was so, so, so welcoming and warm. One of my friends
cried, actually, because she had never
felt so accepted before. VIPUL PERIWAL: I think
the diversity of students and the diversity
of cultural values really helps shape the
educational experience here at Harvard. The people here help
build each other up. KIONNA PANNAZZO: When
I first came here, I thought I was going to have
a really hard time making friends. That was completely untrue. It was really easy
to make friends. MAY SANADHYA: Your dormmates
genuinely care about you. They make sure you eat. They make sure you
sleep on time sometimes. [CHUCKLES] MUHAMMAD ELARBI:
Meeting new people and having a solid
group of friends who really motivated me
and really cared for me, I felt a sense of belonging. And I felt a sense
of importance. KIONNA PANNAZZO: I
really hate leaving. [CHUCKLES] I also always
remember how close we were. We’re kind of like a family. MAYA AVELINO: This
experience has definitely made me think about
college differently. It feels like
something I can do. I feel more independent,
like I would survive more than a couple
of days without my mom. This is one of my
favorite summers. MAY SANADHYA: I think it’s an
experience that most people should have in their lives. MUHAMMAD ELARBI: Be
ready to be challenged. Be ready to meet new people. Get outside of
your comfort zone. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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