First off, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! So much has happened in the last several weeks at Harvard. From the Occupy Protests, to the start of college hockey, there have been plenty of headline stories at Harvard lately.
Starting off with hockey, the Varsity Men’s Hockey Team played Colgate in one of their first home matches of the season. This was the first hockey match I have ever seen live, and it did not disappoint. Colgate scored the first goal and seemed to have the momentum, but after a wild second period, Harvard held for a slight 3-2 advantage and then closed out the game with a 4-2 victory. I never thought I would be a hockey fan, but after the game, I know I’ll be attending more games!
On campus over the past couple of weeks, there has been a pretty big student-run protest, “Occupy Harvard,” our campus branch of the Occupy Movement, which launched in Harvard Yard in mid-November. When the movement began, students and members of the Harvard and Boston community marched onto campus with an array of signs. The protesters consisted of students, staff, faculty members, and members of the community voicing their opinions about the complicity of growing income inequality across the U.S. It was a very well-run demonstration that was not disbanded by police officers, but protected by law enforcement and the Harvard administration. At Harvard, we’re encouraged as students to voice our opinions and stand up for what we believe in. The College has stood by this principle as they’ve allowed students to set up tents in Harvard Yard in front of the John Harvard Statue over the past few weeks. Protesters even celebrated Thanksgiving in the Yard last week.
While the protesters are still staying in tents in Harvard Yard (where freshmen live), classes and events at Harvard continue to move forward. Recently, I’ve joined the break dancing club the “Harvard Breakers,” which practices three or four times a week. Check out one of their dance performances! This is something I have always wanted to do and look forward to continuing second semester.
Lastly, I just celebrated Thanksgiving! I was not able to make it home to California for the holiday, but I wanted to thank Alex Steinroeder and his family for inviting me to their house for the holidays. Alex is a fellow member of the tennis team with me and lives in Holliston, about 30 minutes from campus. It was nice to be off campus for a couple of days. When I’m on campus, it seems like time flies by, as I’m constantly engaging is athletics, studying, or attending a club event. Being off campus gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experiences and recharge for the last couple weeks of the semester. That’s it for this entry. Thanks for reading, and Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!