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An Interview On
Harvard University

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Background

Interview Date:July 2018

Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Graduation Year: 2019
High School Experience: Public school on Long Island with about 250 people in the graduating class. There was very much so a culture of going to college.
First Generation College Student: No
Concentration: Social Studies, it’s interdisciplinary so you can take classes within Government, History, Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology
Secondary Field: Not sure yet.
Extracurricular Activities: I write for The Crimson’s weekend magazine, the Fifteen Minutes. I am on the club swim team. I am a member of the Crimson Key Society, where we give tours to tourists of campus, so not prospective students, and we run a program for local public school students to come to campus and learn about college and the opportunities that college would offer them. We also do freshman orientation. I’m a member of a female Final Club. I work on a research team on campus that works through the Ethics Center, and I’ve been working with them on a project that is assessing ethics in education at Harvard, so looking at courses and understanding how and where ethics as a subject is being taught and how students are learning it.

Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
They all have had a big impact and I’m really passionate about all of them. If I had to pick one, I’d say my research has definitely given me a lot of skills. I’m working closely with a team and we all have a similar goal of getting good results. We’re very passionate about understanding ethics in society because it’s sort of controversial but extremely important to think about and talk about in a place like Harvard where we’re supposedly raising the next leaders of the world. It’s important to think about ethical decisions and dilemmas in whatever the students go off and do after college. I’ve really enjoyed the work that we’ve done in trying to figure that out and think about what that means.

I would also say the Crimson Key Society. Beyond being a service group, it’s been my network of closest friends. I made my best friends through that organization and it’s a really supportive community of people who are like minded in that it’s a lot of outspoken, passionate people.

How easy was it to get involved in your research?
It was pretty easy. I applied to stay on campus last summer, [you stay in] the Research Village, and you apply to work with a professor. There’s a batch of projects, I would say close to 50 different projects, that professors look for undergrads to help them on. From that, you apply to your top three choices that sound like they align best with your passions and goals. I applied to three, got the offer from my first choice, and worked with them over at the Ethics Center. Then, because it’s remote and the team isn’t based all based at Harvard, I was able to stay on the project throughout the year.

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