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Five Things to Do Immediately After Getting Into Harvard

Getting your acceptance letter from Harvard comes with a range of emotions — excitement, relief, panic, followed by a moment of calm and quiet as the news starts to settle in. After such a monumental moment that may be accompanied by some tears, laughter and hugs, what do you do next? How can you respond to getting into Harvard? Flyby has got you covered with five things you can do immediately after getting into Harvard.

Lessons Learned From Midterm Season

We’ve done it. We’ve gotten through another season of midterms, finally handing in that paper we’ve been stalling on for weeks, taking that test in the Science Center everyone crammed for. But now that we’ve gotten a very well-deserved break, let’s take a moment to reflect back on this midterm season before gearing up for finals or yet another round of midterms, since apparently I learned more than just my Quizlet flashcards.

Things I Missed About Harvard on Break

Does being on campus again and completing yet another midterm make you bummed? Take a step back for a second, and you'll find that there are many things to love about Harvard. While enjoying more sleep, I found myself missing a few Harv-specific things while on break.

Post-Housing Day Realizations

Housing Day is one of the most celebrated days at Harvard. It can be both exciting and stressful. After the stress of navigating blocking and linking groups, we scale walls and sneak around HUPD into each of the nine river houses, desperately trying to win the favor of the River Gods. Although there are many myths and preconceived notions about each house, here are my post housing day realizations.

Expectations vs. Reality: First Semester of Freshman Year

Spring semester has been kicking my ass — literally. I’ve been bedridden for the past week-and-a-half trying to overcome the flu, Covid, the plague, who knows? All I know is that during my bed rest, I have had a chance to reflect on the first five months of my life at Harvard — boy was it a wild ride. So, let’s reminisce on aspects of the first semester of freshman year for good ole’ times sake.

Times When You Should Give Yourself A Little Treat

Do you treat yourself? Do you give yourself a little treat for completing basic activities? You know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, read along and you might realize you need a lil treaty treat.

7 Types of First-Years on Housing Day

As an independent observer with no stake in housing at all (it could make or break my college experience), I can almost guarantee that there will be some absurd reactions and some fascinating strategies. From a fellow first-year, here’s a rundown of seven types of first-years you’ll find on Housing Day.

The Houses as MBTI Personality Types

Well, here we are again, assigning personalities to arbitrarily assigned houses. But here’s the thing: if we keep giving them personalities, one day they’ll stick. So here, have some identity in its purest form: MBTI personality types.

What’s Keeping Me Going?

To everyone going through tough times… me too. The weather is groggy, the GCal is full, and midterm season is approaching. In an attempt to stop wallowing in self-pity, Flyby writer Annette Kim ’25 recollects the small things that are getting her through life.

Why February, in fact, is the Emotional Trough of the Year

We thought February was going to be our month, or at least a good month. But now, here we are, and somehow, somewhere (here), February has taken a sharp knife and gutted us all like one of Red’s best catches.

Move Over Tatte, There's a New Cafe in Town

As much as we were tempted to gatekeep this treasured find, it didn’t work Faro Café’s bustling wood-white interior was just too cozy and welcoming to keep it a secret. It’s the perfect place for when you want to pretend that you have your life together and you did NOT spend 58 minutes in the CS office hours queue.

Alternatives to Blocking with Your ‘Friends’

Word on the street is that some freshmen are making Google forms and waitlists for their blocking groups. That’s just… that’s absurd. So, here are some ways to decide about who to block with that don’t involve begging your ‘friends’ to let you live with them or telling people What Father Does For Work.

Trader Joe’s Can Fix Anything: Valentine’s Day Edition

We’ll cut right to the chase: Yes, sampling TJ snacks was in fact our only plan for Valentine’s Day evening, no, none of us had real dates for the good ol’ day of love, and no, we don’t need to keep talking about it.

Love Letter to Feb. 15

Valentine’s Day is… fine, but today is even better. Chocolate, drama, being halfway through the week… Feb. 15 is the only thing that makes Feb. 14 worth getting through, and I’ll tell you why.

Humanities Student Tries a Big Lecture for the First Time

If you have ever met me, you know I am a rather archetypal English student. So much so, in fact, that I am in my fourth semester at this university, and the largest lecture I have ever attended was 80 students. Recently, it was brought to my attention that this is not the experience of a typical Harvard student. So, I decided to check out a big lecture just to see what I was missing.

5 Favorite Peet’s Drinks & What They Say About You

While America runs on Dunkin’, Harvard runs on Peet’s. You are what you drink, and sometimes, overhearing someone’s Peet’s order tells you all that you need to know about them. Everyone has a go-to drink, and here’s what some of them say about you. Take this with a grain of salt, or sugar. ;)

Overheard on FDOC: Spring 2023 Edition

As the day transitioned from ~light rain~ to full on snow storm (that may be a slight exaggeration), Harvard students experienced their first day of classes for the shorter and much more exciting semester. First days are always memorable, and yesterday, Flyby Blog kept track of our favorite overheads from students around campus.

Ranking The Outfits of a Harvard Man

The seasons may change but the fashion taste of the Harvard Man remains the same. Some outfits are extremely dapper (perhaps a little too much so), and some outfits should just not exist. Here, we have ranked some classic ensembles and enlisted a fashionable Harvard Man™ to model for us with scarily accurate posing.

Your Reading Week Round-Up: Study Spots

Are you deep in the trenches as finals loom closer and closer? Are you dreading the month’s worth of lectures that you have to watch in 24 hours? Same, bestie. What better way to feel better about yourself than to meander over to a different study spot and get a change of scenery? Your roommate will thank you for leaving the room for the first time in a week. Trust me. Without further ado, here is a round up and rating of classic study spots around campus.

An Ode to the Rats of Harvard

It creates a certain amount of cognitive dissonance when we find ourselves, at a hallowed institution, co-existing with vermin. But, in a way, it’s comforting to watch a rat frolic through a decrepit stone wall. Here’s why the rats of Harvard aren’t so bad after all.

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