My Harvard Summer School Experience
Virtual Tours by Students
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I'm from Kansas City, Missouri, and in this video, I will be talking about my experience at Harvard Summer School. Before I drop into the specifics regarding my experience, I want to first explain what led me to apply to have a summer school. Towards the end of my junior year in high school, I came to the realization that I wanted to spend my summer break doing something productive before senior year. I knew my senior year would be very busy, and I will be focusing a lot of things in regards to college preparation and figuring out exactly what I wanted to do in regards to my areas of study, my future profession and whatever I would major it. As a former policy debater, I always knew that I wanted to work in the legal profession. In our future, I want to be a lawyer, which also means that it would be highly crucial for me to study things in regards to politics and the functions of the American government and the legal system engineer. So I did a lot of research on programs that I could participate in over summer break during the process of me researching programs and activities that I could be a part of just to get a feel of what my future major would be and what it would be like studying courses in regards to the legal profession, I came across Harvard Summer School, came across a particular course that piques my interest, which went by the name constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties. After learning about exactly what it was that this course focused on and the concepts that it taught, I came to the final decision that that course would be the best fit for me. So I went ahead and apply after applying, and here in Baghdad, I had got accepted into Harvard Summer School. One of the requirements in preparation for my course was to order a book after ordering a book and skin reading through the pages just to get an idea of what exactly I will be studying and reading about right then and there, I knew exactly that I will be leaving the course with renewed knowledge and an amazing learning experience. So I was very excited to start in light of the pandemic. I have had an email from Harvard Summer School notifying me that they decided to make the program virtual, which was very understandable, and I never doubted that I was still have an amazing experience. Anyway, I knew that I would be learning about matters I was very passionate about. So on the first day of class, I instantly felt a sense of belonging. I got socializing me with my peers, who all came from diverse backgrounds in different places all over the world. I had the opportunity to meet my teacher, Mr Gabriel Catch, who was very easy to talk to understanding and just amazing person overall, the rest of the week proved to me that I was right where I belonged. I had the opportunity to learn about the Constitution. Historical Supreme Court cases, the branches of government and their particular roles and functions in our nation and silver rights and liberties expanded my knowledge in a lot of ways that I didn't imagine it could be expanded. I enjoyed the group projects because all of my peers were very outgoing and easy to talk to down the earth and just inspiring. They were all ambitious and motivated, just as I waas. So it made the work, or by very smoothly and proficiently. It was such a fun experience, tohave my teacher, Mr Gabriel. Every day after class, he will open office hours for any of us who had any questions or concerns in regards to the class of the material we were learning. He was understanding, respectful and always willing to help you if you needed it. Ultimately, this program allowed me toe intellectually challenged myself to expand my knowledge in many great ways. There are also community engagement events which were held by my resident director. These were basically virtual social events that gave me the opportunity to interact and socialize with many other students who were part of the Harvard College programas. Well, it was just fun being able to connect with them and to socialize and to participate in fun activities together. It was very great just to be a part of overall being a student in harvest pre college program with such an honorable experience, and I am beyond grateful that I was able to partake in such an amazing program. Not only was I able to intellectually challenged myself and to expand my knowledge in many great ways was also able to collaborate a network with many great students who were very ambitious and motivated just as I was, who wanted to change the world in the future who shared similar goals as me. I was able to connect with all of the amazing faculty members and teachers who were all extremely helpful and friendly and easy to talk to, who all made me feel that instant sense of belonging and made me realize that I was right where I belong, thus bringing the whole experience together and making it great for any prospective students who are considering harvest pre college program, be prepared to be presented with many great and unparalleled opportunities both academically and socially. Be prepared to network with many inspiring and ambitious and motivated individuals and also make potential lifetime friends. It would definitely be an experience that you will never forget.