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Views of the courtyard and tower of the newly renovated Dunster House at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

By Vanessa Lee, Year 12 student

GISblog Harvard Summer school group photo

Views of the courtyard and tower of the newly renovated Dunster House at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

GISblog Harvard Summer school experience group photo

GISblog Harvard baseball game

Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to join the Harvard pre-college summer program; an immersive, collaborative and transformative two weeks spent at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the course of the program, I met many like-minded peers from all over the world, thriving in a dynamic and supportive learning environment.

For me, the greatest takeaway from this experience was how it offered a taste of college life. From navigating the quaint streets of Cambridge, to living on campus and attending thought-provoking lectures; students are given immense amounts of freedom and responsibility to take charge of their life at Harvard. Like Garden International School, with knowledgeable professors, the Harvard library (oldest library system in the US) and state-of-the-art technology, students are able to learn without any limits. Similar to a collegial setting, classes were quite small, allowing students and professors to bond very well.

Although this was an academic summer program, Harvard offered a plethora of engaging activities beyond the classroom. This included a whale watching excursion, a road trip to Newport, Rhode Island and doing a “glow stick run” along the Charles River at night. My favourite activity, however, would have to be attending a baseball game. Although my roommates and I didn’t understand a single rule of baseball, we thoroughly enjoyed being in the charged atmosphere and dining on $0.99 slices of pizza.

My time at Harvard was short but sweet and I had a spectacular time… definitely a very productive and memorable experience!

Vanessa Lee joined Garden International School in 2010. She enjoys coming to the school as GIS offers numerous leadership roles and extracurricular activities that enhance her learning. Check out GIS Spotlight to read more about her GIS experience. 

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