ALM, Psychology

Where will you be living next year?
Home, Rochester, NY

What will you be doing?
I’m hoping to go into med school for neuroscience; I want to be a neuropsychologist specializing in cluster B disorders.

What advice do you have for Harvard HES students, now that you have graduated?
Don’t try to get out of your on-campus requirements. I took a 3-week course on campus and I’m so glad I did. There’s several reasons why: 1. Harvard is absolutely beautiful 2. Cambridge is a very unique city with its own culture; the Harvard zeitgeist extends beyond the campus gates. 3. You will meet people with experiences you could never imagine. Once, someone I met in my 3 week course cried and thanked me for being open about my asexuality. If she had not come here, she said, she would have never known she wasn’t broken. She didn’t know that she had the right to say no in relationships. The moral of the story is, if you go to Harvard campus, you might just learn something about yourself. 4. The library. The library is a time machine that takes you back through centuries. There are computers, of course, but they look like they don’t belong there, like alien artifacts in an ancient Egyptian tomb. You just need to see it while you can. The pandemic robbed me of the rest of my opportunities to go to campus, and I was deeply upset by this. Take the opportunity we lost, and take the time to go.

In what ways has your Harvard Extension degree impacted your career?
My Harvard Extension degree seriously boosted my confidence in my intellectual capabilities. I thought before that I didn’t have what it takes to go to med school. But now that I’ve made it through Harvard, I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to. It gives me courage, and makes me realize my value is higher than I originally thought. From here, my career will reflect that confidence and strength.