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I was A D-I Varsity Athlete for 50 Days. This Is My Story.

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Ever seen a super fit and athletic-looking person? That was me for 50 days. Well, 50 days minus a few, due to a slight snafu with my NCAA eligibility clearance. What prompted me to sign up for Novice Crew? I’m still not entirely sure. However, as soon as I got added to the Varsity Club email list (and got kicked out of practice due to said NCAA eligibility issues), I realized that I was actually somewhat legit. Since the Novice Crew season has come to a close, here are some of the things I learned during my time as a D1 athlete.

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Physical activity is not fun. Don’t let them convince you otherwise.

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Working out until I’m almost throwing up and passing out sounds so much fun! Said no one ever. There were several moments during practice when I seriously questioned why I was voluntarily there. And our workouts were objectively not difficult. Not to feed into anyone’s superiority complex, but I have a serious newfound respect for athletes — their mental and physical strength is off the charts.

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In a sense, scooters are actually necessary.

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Walking back and forth from the boathouse actually did eat up a decent amount of time. I can’t even imagine how long it would take to walk to the athletic complex in Allston every day. While I hate to admit it, scooters are a pretty practical item. I do still think we need to institute a scooter competency test to help people learn common decency traffic laws (I was once *almost* run over by a scooter, and I haven’t fully emotionally recovered).

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Mixers are difficult to plan.

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For the entire three-month season, we tried to plan a Novice Crew mixer. It never happened. For some reason, coordinating three hours of free time among four teams was too difficult a task for us NARPs. While I resent the *real* athletes for their weekly functions and colonization of Tasty Burger, honestly props to them for their organizational prowess.

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Drama. Oooooo.

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Sports are stressful. And just like sibling relationships, there is little to no way one can spend that much time with the same group of people without a little light drama. I would now like to take a moment to propose a Cheer-like reality TV show following Harvard athletes.

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Most importantly, teams are fun! I loved all my teammates and looked forward to practice everyday. Harvard can certainly be overwhelming, but being on Novice Crew provided me with an incredibly supportive community as I transitioned into college life. While the Varsity Lifestyle wasn’t for me, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to cosplay as one of the greats for a couple of months.

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How to Preserve Your Romantic Options during Winter Break

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{shortcode-552b7f224d21b98388b4dab6fbc7bc99e6e6fc0c}Believe it or not, winter break is almost upon us. You might be looking forward to going home and relaxing, but if you’re like me, you’re probably very worried about how to not let the ABUNDANT romantic options you’ve found this semester fizzle out during winter break. I’ve come up with a few resourceful ways to keep those romantic sparks lit throughout the month we’re apart.

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Subtle Online Communication

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Like their instagram posts. Maybe leave a fun comment (eyeball emoji? Or a “nice post!”) If you’re feeling really bold (or desperate) maybe add them to your private story so they can see all the crazy fun you’re having with your family.

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Wrong Person Texts

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These are one of my personal favorites! Text your romantic interest something along the lines of “Just met up with [high school ex] for coffee!” and hurriedly follow it with an “Omg oops wrong person.” This is a surefire method to get your crush thinking about you again, whether it’s in a jealous way or just a weirded out way.

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A Startup!

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This may be my most solid idea in this whole list, especially if your romantic interest is a man or an econ major or both. Approach your crush just before break with an absolutely killer startup idea that would make your peers’ LinkedIns PALE in comparison. He won’t be able to resist! You two will be forced to work on the startup over break and you can revel in Zoom and shared Google Doc sexual tension.

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Hometown Fling

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Sick and tired of the fairly intolerable Harvard dating pool? Unwilling to even TRY to maintain any romantic options from this place? Do I have the solution for you! Snap that guy you always thought was cute from AP US History. Pay a visit to your local coffee shop and see if that hot barista still works there! Maybe crack open a dating app and cringe every time you swipe by someone from high school. A hometown fling this winter may be the perfect way to keep your life flirty AND start relating to “tis the damn season” by Taylor Swift. Two birds with one stone!

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Seriously though, the volleyball player you always see in the dining hall who doesn’t know your name or that pset buddy you swear you have more than one type of chemistry with probably aren’t pursuits worth putting a ton of effort into. So just chill and focus on yourself this winter break! Maybe read a novel for pleasure like you used to. The shitty romantic options will be here waiting for you after break.

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Losing My Trader Joe’s Virginity: Winter Edition

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{shortcode-22080075cccb874c353358849a3645567a687d9b}We all love the holiday season! Whether it’s for the everpresent festive spirit or the unavoidable family drama with finals season thrown in somewhere, the end of November through January 1 has a special place in every heart. And during this time of emotional rollercoaster riding, who doesn’t turn to the wondrous escape of holiday snacking?! Enter Trader Joe’s winter items! Horrifically, I’ve somehow spent the last twenty years of my life without ever stepping foot into the magical, life changing grocer known to its familiars as TJ’s. So, this year as part of my season of self-growth, I decided to change the game. I threw on my backpack, jumped on my bike, and secured my mask. It was the day I would finally lose my Trader Joe’s virginity. All for the noble cause of reviewing some festive winter foods!

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Cranberry Chevre: It’s good, but not as good as the blueberry addition

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As you know, before this adventure I’d never tripped to TJ’s, BUT I was lucky enough to have roommates who enabled me to enjoy the blueberry chevre. I must say, in comparison, the cranberry is yummy and is encrusted with crimson berries, but it’s just sooo sweet. The Harvard spirit in a cheese is great, and super sweet Harvard cheese in a salad might actually be delicious, but if you’re out here just trying to enjoy some stellar goat cheese, this might not be your first choice.

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Rating: 6.5/10, would eat again probably

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Winter Wake-up Tea: Absolutely delicious

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Loved! This tea is spicy and packed with flavor. Side note: Being of 100 percent Northern European descent, I likely found this tea extra ~spicy~. Anyway, this purchase was a win, and it’s worked its way into my daily routine. Not saying I’ve been able to transition away from a fat coffee before my 9 a.m’s, but this cinnamon tea definitely has me feeling cozy. Winter Wake-Up Tea for the win! Seriously, go buy some before finals suck out your will to live let alone your ability to wake up. And, for all you chemistry concentrators out there, I bet this would be the perfect addition to Gregg’s “Tea, Tucci, Tuesday, at Two” advising office hours!

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Rating: 9/10, would definitely drink again

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Almond Nog: It’s very almondy

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If you’re going for a nog that’s both dairy free AND alcohol free (as I’m sure many of you are because if you’re a Harvard student under the age of 21, you obviously don’t drink), this is a solid choice. TJ’s almond nog has a good base of traditional spice flavors and a pretty thick consistency considering the almond milk base. The sipping experience was soothing, and I can imagine consuming this after a stress-packed exam or during a lively family holiday dinner might bring me some inner peace. My only criticism is that this almond nog is more almond tasting than other brands I’ve tried. Still would suggest this as a great addition to your next upcoming on-campus holiday gathering, but alas…

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Rating: 7/10, a solid beverage choice

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Hot Chocolate Sticks: Most. Disappointing. By far.

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Honestly, I’m not sure how this product made it on the shelves. Idk if I’m incapable of reading directions (which I suspect isn’t the case), or if the directions apply to a thing that simply sucks, but I would not call the endgame of this adventure hot chocolate. I heated up some milk, stirred away with the “hot chocolate stick”, and waited for the clumpy mess in a mug to turn into a lovely winter drink. It did not, NOT, not even kind of happen. The taste wasn’t horrible at first—like shopping a required class you don’t want to take—but the more I drank, the less I wanted to be there. At least with those classes you know they’re going to rip out your soul. First-time TJer me, on the other hand, picked up the “hot chocolate sticks” expecting a gem... Now, I am only a husk of my former self :’(

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Rating: 1/10, would passionately lobby for its removal from all TJ’s nationwide

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Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s: #1 Best Snack

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These beauties came in number one for most delicious snack from this selection of winter items. I’ve always been an avid supporter of the Oreo, but the Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s have stolen my heart. They are the perfect mix of chocolate sandwich cookie and pepperminty goodness. The cream filling contains little flecks of candy cane crunch, elevating the texture above that of the traditional Oreo. Even my roommate, who scrapes the filling out of her Oreos, thoroughly enjoyed the ENTIRE Candy Cane Joe-Joe experience. Whether you're looking to stress eat through reading period or your next family political debate, go get yourself a crimson-striped box and eat away your suffering!

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Rating: 10/10, would marry?

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Clearly, losing my Trader Joe’s virginity was a life changing experience. I have discovered both my passion for holiday Joe-Joe’s and my seething anger for hot chocolate sticks. Overall, I’d say I learned a lot about myself. Now that I’m at home in the middle of the North Carolina mountains where TJ’s is only a glittering memory of my past, I will treasure the moments we spent together, and I’m already counting down the days until we can be reunited<3. I truly don't know how I’m going to survive the holidays without all these snacks. Wow, panic is starting to set in as I type. I’ll just have to depend on our trusty Veritas to get me through.
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Things Students Actually Want To See In Harvard Square

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{shortcode-d65a847d816cf42ba217d86eceedaca2621cb677}If Starbucks had to be sacrificed, it better be good. While HSA may be taking over the location with The Harvard Shop, it still left us wondering... what could be a cool new addition to the collection of stores & restaurants in the Square? Never fear — Flyby has you covered with a list of options that students ~actually~ want to see in the Square.

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An 18+ Club — It’s Time.

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No more catching the train to Boston or MIT, have all your fun in the Square. Yes, that’s right, you’ll only have to wobble in your heels across the Yard.

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Apple Store

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You cracked your iPhone? You realize you actually do ~need~ that iPad to do your PSETs? You lost your Apple pen? Seeing how I found three pens just yesterday at Cabot, an Apple store is a must to bring to Harvard. While you’re there, buy some noise cancelling Airpods if you’re feeling unprepared for one of Harvard’s three traditions: the primal scream — coming to you this Wednesday! Mark your calendars ;)

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Competition For That Pricey Pharmacy

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Since when did we resort to a pharmacy for our groceries? They don’t even sell brown sugar. They sell milk for $5. They have a monopoly (no, I did not take Ec10a: Introduction to Microeconomics) on our groceries. So… it’s time to introduce some competition. Costco? H Mart? Walmart? TARGET >>>. Heck, I’d settle for Trader Joe’s.

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Grab & Go Breakfast

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Just one shop that opens at 5 a.m., please. It’s almost finals season and I need to be able to satisfy my early morning (or all nighter mid study break) cravings. I don’t want to wait until 7:30 a.m. for my yogurt, and I also don’t want to miss another breakfast because I slept in. It’s time to have a grab & go in the Square filled with pastries, warm breakfast and fruit other than melons — pre-packaged and affordable.

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Cute Bookstore Cafes for Your Upcoming Meet Cute

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Can there ever be enough places to study and grab coffee? For cute Instagrammable photos? For the beginning of a real life cute rom-com? The answer is no, especially when there are unique cafe ideas from around the world to steal borrow ideas from. Cafes with sticky notes covering the walls with supportive messages, cafes covered in pink, cafes with puppies to pet or cafes inspired by comics — the options are endless. Add in a bookstore and the ambience is even more perfect.

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Special Mention: Border Cafe

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Class of 2025 and 2024, it’s okay to be confused. I am too. But according to alumni and upperclassmen, Border Cafe used to sit on Church Street. From winning Flyby’s guac competition to being a hub for social events, it is clear that Border held a special place in everyone’s heart. Unfortunately, it closed its doors after 34 years in the Square when a two alarm fire broke out — leaving future generations of Harvard students to never experience the iconic experience of eating at Border. No, Harvard did not ~buy~ out Border Cafe, but it needs to bring it back asap.

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Not Another Merch Store

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Was the Coop, the Harvard Shop, and the dozen other Harvard Shirt Stores not enough? Even H&M is selling Harvard merchandise. It’s time for the merch stores and the Square to take a break. My wallet simply cannot handle it.

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While the shock of Starbucks closing hasn’t completely worn off, it’s time to forgive HSA for their (crime) completely (not) okay shutting down of our (favorite) coffee shop. The convenience of Starbucks being located next to the Smith Campus Center and the Yard will be ~missed~ but I suppose it’s time to try ~something new~. Anyone want to go get Peet’s?

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To The Harvard Square Starbucks, With Love

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{shortcode-98f6a365b7bafc35386f749309fd0fc2d7a36319}Oh, Harvard Square Starbucks, it has been 12 days since you closed your door forever and still, my broken heart is not yet healed. How do you say goodbye to the one constant part of your college experience, even if that experience included seeing my bank account getting depleted every four or five days when I added more funds to my Starbucks card? I had taken you for granted, oh Harvard Square Starbucks. You can’t go. You had so much business that the thought of your closing never crossed my mind. Please forgive me. Therefore, Harvard Square Starbucks, please know that even though you’re gone, you are never forgotten.

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I will always remember our good times together. How I religiously ordered the venti Caramel Frappuccino despite acknowledging that there is no caffeine in that drink to keep me awake. How I frequented you more often than I did Annenberg during my first year on campus. How the Internet would always stop working as soon as I entered the store because the Starbucks Wi-Fi was never connected fast enough. How easily I was tricked into going to the store every day for more Starbucks stars despite knowing that I would be spending more money. How I would try to avoid the looks of concern in the baristas’ eyes whenever I ordered that venti Caramel Frappe in the middle of Boston winter.

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{shortcode-e1f41eb56c355428c6773b3e719a991d002c2b0d}You may not notice, but you have carried me through countless 10:30 a.m. lectures, 2-hour-long seminars, and late evening study sessions. I loved you despite all your flaws. For example, closing at the ungodly early hours of 8 p.m. even though you’re a coffee shop located literally on a college full of procrastinating, over-achieving perfectionists who desperately need that sugar and caffeinated rush for the semi-regular all-nighter, or the long straw shortage earlier this semester.

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In the whirlwind years of 2020 and 2021, you were my rock and my anchor. Now that you are gone, there seems to be a venti Frappuccino-shaped hole in my heart. I don’t know what to do anymore. No where else can make a Caramel Frappuccino like you did. And your sister coffee shop — Broadway Market Starbucks — is too far away for the quick trip to get coffee during my shift at work or in between my classes.

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Harvard Square Starbucks, did you know that you were on my pro-con list when I made my decision to come to Harvard? There is no Starbucks at my state school, the Starbucks on MIT campus does not have the Caramel Frappuccino, and the nearest Starbucks from Columbia’s campus is located two blocks away. Of course, I was not vain enough to base my college decisions solely on you, but know that your proximity to Harvard Yard did not go unnoticed. Yet now, you are gone. 😭

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I know that you will return soon next fall. But I don’t know if I am strong enough for an entire semester without you. I might just take a gap semester, to be honest. I don’t want to end this obituary on a sad note though. So let’s raise our plastic (or paper) cup and wish for a new future when you grace us with your presence once more next fall. Hopefully this time, the Starbucks Wi-Fi will be better and most importantly, the store will be opened later. Either way, I cannot wait to see you again, Starbucks.

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xoxo,

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Your biggest fan.

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How to Deal with the Cold as a Californian

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{shortcode-cca353da97450938179d976886afc1e040c391f9}As someone not native to the East Coast (yes, finally someone not from New York), fall has a different meaning. As a Southern Californian, fall used to mean pulling on a light cardigan and sipping on an iced pumpkin spice latte. So the start of the New England fall was a rude awakening — WHY IS IT ALREADY COLD?!? As the weather just gets colder and colder, here are some tips to get us through this weather.

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Manifest that you are in California.

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Close your eyes in your roach-infested dorm room and pretend that you are back in Southern California. Take out your Amethyst crystal, and rub it maybe? Not too sure how the whole TikTok crystal thing works... Perhaps forget your hatred for Zoom, and try a virtual background.

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Bring out the 5-pound coat early.

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Don't be ashamed. Bring out the thick winter coat (or dare I say Canada Goose) and the never-ending layers. You bought it for this reason. Pro tip: don’t stop until your body is completely hidden under a mountain of clothes. Maybe you’ll be the sore thumb in a sea of shorts and Birkenstocks. But hey, embrace your inner girlboss and keep warm.

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Stand next to the warm spot by Canaday.

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Have a class in the Science Center? If so, plug your nose and enjoy the gust of warm wind from the vent by Canaday on the way. This is the perfect place to stop right after or before a meal at Berg and contemplate life. Go ahead, make it official and put it in your G-Cal:

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1:30-2 p.m. Stand in Front of Vent.

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Complain to anyone that will hear it.

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The tourists in the yard, the rat in your room, the “influencer” filming a day in the life, your mirror — the options are endless. In true Californian fashion, you can’t let anyone forget you are from California. Extra points if you can mention L.A. or the beach in your rant.

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Think of the positives.

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You’re not a Yale student.

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While real cold weather is daunting, at least it calls for pumpkin-spiced everything and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing a Canada Goose every 5 feet from now on. And don’t forget that you now have something to brag about every time you call friends and family back home — the aggressive winter is just another part of the ~transformative experience~ here at Harvard!

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Reminder Guide of Campus Resources for the Forever-Grinding Student

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Academic Resource Center

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For those of us elders on campus, you may be wondering what happened to the Bureau of Study Counsel. Since 2019, it’s found new life as the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and continues to be one of the best support systems for succeeding in your classes. Most students use the ARC to receive one-on-one tutoring for a course, but the center can also help reshape your study habits, diversify your learning environments, and direct you to additional resources. And it hosts a ton of workshops on time management, reading and taking notes more quickly, and how to tackle psets more efficiently!

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Writing Center

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Whether you’re brainstorming your last Expos paper topic or you need suggestions on your latest senior thesis chapter, the Harvard College Writing Center is the go-to resource to get guidance on writing assignments at any stage, even when all you have are bare minimum notes. Pro tip: check when your next essay deadline is and book an appointment ahead of time to save yourself a long wait time at drop-in hours. Every procrastinator on campus likely has the same idea as you during midterms and finals seasons, so the Writing Center’s services are in especially high demand this time of year.

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House-Specific Office Hours

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You may see House tutors as reliable emotional support systems and constantly ready to cheer you on, but they are also incredibly helpful academic resources. Depending on your House, tutors often host regular STEM office hours, language tables, economics tables, and senior thesis power-writing hours. For those considering a career in medicine or law, tutors also hold pre-med and pre-law office hours, where they can give advice on your application and share their experiences in their respective fields.

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Lamont Multimedia Lab

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The infamous Lamont Library is the hub of stress-ridden late-night grinders, but it is also a useful place for media production. If your class requires you to make a podcast, video, or 3D model, the media lab located in the main reading room of Lamont’s basement is one of the best resources to borrow equipment and bring your ideas to life. Not only are Lamont librarians willing to help you with these materials, but they are also amazing resources for teaching you how to use other academic tools such as Hollis, Zotero, and more!

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Whether you’re a freshman fumbling through this semester or a senior trying to re-learn college life, there are several resources on campus to help you with your classes. The end of the semester is in sight — we believe in you!

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What To Do Now That The Sun Sets At 4:30 p.m.

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{shortcode-c2c3e11a6917d89a14665613497bcfda249ae725}We can all agree that daylight savings is screwed up — after that time change, I literally don’t see the sun on some days by the time I’m done with class. But we need to fight back and show it who’s boss. A Vitamin D-deficiency can’t be the only thing we are getting. So, here are a couple of things that you can do to take advantage of the night!

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Seize more sleep or study time

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A classic response would be to either call it a day and finally catch up on all the sleep that Harvard has been preventing you from getting. Or, maybe you’re so behind on your work that now you have more time to study. If neither of these options feels like something you would do, we hate to break it to ya, but you’ve been deprived of a proper college experience. Seek help?

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Make LiGhT

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If you refuse to accept that the sun sets so early and are adamant about having your daily dose of light in your life, then you can try to make your OWN light. We stan being the light in your own life. For one, you can buy a SAD lamp to simulate sunlight, and even try to get a spray tan while you’re at it. Did someone say a hot girl winter? Alternatively, start a bonfire with all your homework and papers past. Harvard Yard would be the perfect place to begin this cathartic journey.

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Start your passion project

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It’s time to finally get started on that weird project you’ve been wanting to start — whether it’s working on that super unique start-up idea of yours or finally putting an end to the rat infestation on campus. Choose your passion!

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Become nocturnal

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The night is longer now anyway, so might as well become nocturnal. There are so many options here: joining Remy in his midnight rendezvous, completing one of the notorious Harvard traditions, or having deep late night conversations with questionable strangers. The night is your oyster!

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We can’t let the early sunset take our life away. The night is young, we’re in college, it’s time to live it up before that reality check hits.

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My First Harvard-Yale: Expectations vs. Reality

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Harvard-Yale. The game of the year. A must-attend event. The ultimate showdown between age-old rivals. Or, at least that’s what I’ve heard the Office of Student Engagement continually sends me emails about. As a freshman, the pro-Harvard, #yuckfale mentality runs deep, and I simply can’t wait to experience my first heavily attended college football game.

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First and foremost, I expect Harvard to win. That’s a given. I’ve already come up with five jokes shitting on Yale to tell to my Yalie friends, so it would be pretty embarrassing for me if we lost. I also hope that I see a heated argument between a Harvard and Yale student (bonus points if they are two guys with J names). I’m not sure how deep the Harvard/Yale rivalry actually is, but I personally wouldn’t trust any Yalie after the 2004 Harvard-Yale prank.

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On the other hand, I’ve heard that Yale students are pretty attractive and have great style. Only since you definitely asked, I wouldn’t mind finding myself a Yale guy. We would have the best meet-cute and could live out an eternal Harvard-Yale rivalry that’s simultaneously very serious and very charming.

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Unfortunately, the weather reports indicate we will be in jacket territory, but I’m excited to wear my Harvard merch on the one day when it’s socially acceptable to have school pride.

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I’ve already started preparing myself for the ultimate rally from the party at Toads up until the 9 a.m. pregame. And while I have a couple lodging options, I think it could be fun to spice it up a bit and sleep in an unplanned location for a night. Why not?

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While I’m confident there will be a substantial amount of chaos and disorganization, Harvard-Yale will be a great opportunity to bond with my Harvard friends <3 and kick some Bulldog butt.

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Reality

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The Yale Bowl has absolutely no service. Someone did warn me about this, but I didn’t fully believe them. While this did contribute to a 50 minute Uber wait, it also forced me to be very present during the nail-biting game. By the top of the fourth (is that baseball? That’s definitely baseball), my friends thought we had no chance. I told them not to lose hope because Tom Brady wins most of his games in the last quarter, and I think that obscure sports reference (that may or may not be actually correct) definitely garnered me some respect.

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Winning was a great feeling. Although, I will admit the Yalies had better roasts (“Harvard is just one big red flag!” “They’re called majors, bro” “Harvard not good school”). Someone even yelled “You guys smelled bad.” And yes, that is what happens when a school forces its students to pay for laundry. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the energy of our student section; it was definitely all those “safety school” chants that brought us to victory.

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There’s a lot to unpack regarding the Yale party scene. From athletic houses and frats to Toads and live music in random basements (don’t ask), Yale does hypothetically have more options for a fun night out. Compared to Harvard, though, the quality of these functions was lacking (in this writer’s humble opinion).

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Picture the lax house, for instance: A thin layer of a mud-like substance covers the floor. You look around only to see everyone dancing the “shopping cart” or “imaginary DJ.” One guy is passionately singing, but it’s painfully clear that he doesn’t actually know the lyrics. The music stops and an ad plays; this, unfortunately, will happen several times throughout the night.

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Even with these twilight zone parties, I had such an incredible experience and can’t wait for next year’s game. And, while I didn’t find the perfect Yale man, I did get a great selfie with a random football player!

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Love It/Hate It: Harvard Turkeys

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{shortcode-fef4d8702974573cf09e3e9913fb9e69ca42e5d7}Love It: My Entertainment on the Way to the Writing Center - Hailey Krasnikov

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Listen, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about the turkeys attacking me. I will also admit that I wait for them to waddle at least 10 feet away before walking through the gate into the Yard. But the turkeys are also free entertainment. My walks to the Writing Center would be gloomy without them. Nothing more incredible seeing a turkey standing in the road, unphased, while a car is honking at it. Anything brave enough to stand up to a Boston driver has my utmost respect. And it’s impossible not to find bikers having to swerve around the turkeys at least a little funny. They own Mass. Ave. — no question about it.

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But the entertainment isn’t all the turkeys have to offer. You know that awkward moment when someone is walking in the opposite direction as you and you have that help-which-direction-do-I-go-in face off and then stare at them in panic? Enter the turkeys: a welcome distraction giving you something to look at, so you can quickly break eye contact and pass by that person!

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It happened to me just last week. Imagine this: You’re walking back from the Writing Center after the tutor just tore up your entire paper (not literally, but it hurt just as much) and now you’re a little sad. And now there’s a stranger that you keep making eye contact with walking towards you. Fear not! The turkeys that have no common sense are here! And just like that you see a turkey fan its feathers out. You forget about your paper and avoid awkward eye contact with the person walking by you because you’re too busy appreciating your turkey in all its glory. Blessed be the turkeys. But, hey, edit that paper ASAP.

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Hate It: Getting Chased on my Way to the Writing Center - Hayeon “Rachel” Ok

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My worst nightmare is getting chased by a turkey. Imagine casually walking down Mass. Ave. when a gobbling figure comes speeding towards you (not unlike the deadline on your CS pset, get that done!!). I once had a scarring experience of seeing a turkey chase down a tourist despite their best efforts to scare it off. Perhaps turkeys are good for controlling the number of tourists on campus, but I still shudder to imagine myself in that situation. It’s especially frightening when a crowd of turkeys is wandering about, seemingly conspiring on how best to choose their next victim.

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Imagine the Writing Center scenario again: you are walking back to your dorm after hearing harsh criticism about your paper when you see a turkey heading in your direction. In addition to fearing for your grade, you now have to fear for your life.

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Also, there’s something disturbing about seeing a turkey walk by on your way to the dhall and then seeing one again on your plate during lunch. Of course, that’s not a true reason to hate turkeys (maybe they’re so fast because they’ve had practice running from HUDS…), but a strange feeling arises from seeing a live and deceased turkey within minutes from each other.

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What We’re Thankful For (Harvard Edition)

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{shortcode-e3e4fb3e9dc9acc9cb274a88b794907058824226}With Thanksgiving Break just around the corner and the end of the semester a block or two past that, Flyby wanted to share what this semester has made us thankful for at Harvard.

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Being on Campus

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In 2019, living in Cambridge would be a given for a Harvard student. But after doing more than a year of college, high school, or gap years virtually, we know that even something as simple as being here merits appreciation. We see now that there’s something so special about the spontaneity and genuineness that come with on-campus interactions, even if we can’t Zoom into 9 a.m.’s from bed anymore.

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Our Community

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Perhaps the best part of being on campus has been the proximity that we have to everyone. Even though communal bathrooms and bunk beds can sometimes be ~less than ideal~, we’re grateful for the friends in our dorm we can come to at 1 a.m. when we need a tea bag, someone to pset with, or just a hug. We appreciate our classmates who share in our confusion during lecture and who’ll proofread our essays an hour before the deadline. And we’re thankful for all the TFs and professors who come in every day to share their knowledge and love of learning with us, who listen to our never-ending questions during office hours, and who don’t judge us for our constant requests for extensions.

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The Weather

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Weather may be more of a con than a pro for Cambridge, but we are thankful that it’s been a little gentle to us this year, with November seeing more 60-degree weather days than snow days. And even if Cambridge weather is still quite unpredictable, hey, at least it lets us show off a wide range of items from our closets.

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HUDS

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Whether with a bowl of chili, a fresh Veritaffle, or a sundae on Sunday, HUDS does its best to fill our stomachs and warm our hearts. We’re grateful to the HUDS workers who are always ready to find an extra takeout box, help us clean up broken plates after unfortunate lunch line crashes, or even just share smiles with us. And when we’re sick, HUDS’ never-ending supply of tea is the next best thing to our moms’ TLC back home.

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Handling of Covid-19

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The pandemic is still very much impacting everyday life across the globe, so in the midst of all this, we’re thankful for the precautions Harvard has put in place to keep all of us safe. We’re also thankful for how proactive the community has been at following those precautions. We know testing twice a week and having to attend lectures and midterms in masks is not anyone’s ideal college experience, so we appreciate the contributions that each member of the Harvard community makes every day to keep us all safe.

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That We Don’t Go to Y*le

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Imagine going to a school that not only studies for Covid-19 tests but loses in the last 30 seconds of a football game. We’re grateful that’s not us. All we do is win, while all the bulldogs can do is bark.

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Be it the fruit flies in Adams, needing to actually budget time to commute to classes, or relearning how to socialize after a year of isolation, this first fully on-campus semester comes with its own set of challenges. Still, we’re thankful for you and proud that you’ve made it this far.

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What Kind of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Listener Are You?

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{shortcode-97180fceb73745c84d1741120d0ba9e4a08cae01}The release of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” has rocked Swifties’ worlds like no other. Fans everywhere have been listening to the album on repeat (taking breaks only to watch her short film and SNL features and maybe eat). But not all Swifties are created equal. If you’re still reeling from “All Too Well: The Short Film” and need a distraction, take this quiz to find out what kind of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” listener you are!

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How do you feel about autumn on campus?

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A) Don’t get the big deal — fall’s just another season

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B) Anti-autumn — why are people so obsessed with dying trees??

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C) Favorite season of the year — can’t get enough of the fall foliage. I’ve never been happier than when witnessing New England fall

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D) It’s time for pics!! — Instagram is about to be popping with all these photos romanticizing fall

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How do you participate in Harvard’s football scene?

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A) Go all out for Harvard-Yale and ghost football for the rest of the year

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B) Repost the Instagram graphic of Harvard being #1 in the Ivy League

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C) Can be found cheering for Harvard at every game, even against Georgetown

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D) Wear crimson head-to-toe and stand in the superfan section for every game — ROLL CRIM!

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What is your go-to study spot?

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A) Depends on my mood and the kind of work I have

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B) Go-to spot? That kind of commitment is a little intense for me

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C) Widener through and through. There’s no better way to experience the ~liberal arts education~

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D) Camping in Lamont for hours on end, equipped with hydration and snacks for the entire night

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How do you do meals at Harvard?

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A) Only pull up to the d-hall when there’s chicken tenders or sweet potato fries

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B) “Let’s grab a meal sometime” but proceed to never actually grab a meal

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C) Enjoy HUDS food with my closest friends and catch up on each other’s days during meals

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D) Use my meal companions as my therapist and just vent for 30 minutes before returning to work

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How do you do the readings for class?

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A) I don’t do them and wait for someone to speak first in discussion to make something up based on their response

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B) I skimmed a few paragraphs will rave about how intellectually stimulating they were

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C) I read them all a few days ahead of time and have been mulling them over to prepare for discussion

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D) I read them in detail with a full array of highlighters and pens at my disposal for intense annotations

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Results

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Mostly A’s: Bandwagon Swiftie

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You’re a new Taylor fan that got into her music recently. Old fans have some beef with you for not sticking with Tayor through her “Reputation” era, but at least you hopped on the Taylor train eventually and can appreciate good music. Glad this finally happened for you.

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Mostly B’s: Fake Fan

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You listened to the album to be in the know but don’t actually get what the big deal is. It sounds like every other pop album. You probably didn’t make it all the way through and only really listened to relate to everyone around you.

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Mostly C’s: OG Swiftie

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You’re an old fan that grew up listening to Taylor. The new album has you in your feels, especially since you’ve been waiting for this album to come out for ages. The perfect fall weekend coinciding with the album dropping was written in the stars and you can’t get enough of your “Red”-era Taylor.

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Mostly D’s: Emotionally Invested Swiftie

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You listened to the album 10+ times already. “All Too Well” has destroyed you in ways you didn’t know it could. Emotional stability is an unattainable privilege at this point but at least the album is free therapy.

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Happy Bingo-giving!

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{shortcode-5f76351c7940285a28ca58ca0aadb5be70135356}Given that dear old John was a pilgrim himself, I think he would want Harvard to give us more than three days to celebrate Thanksgiving (#rollcrim!). With finals looming ahead, you have no idea what to do with this sweet but small amount of time. You ask yourself: what are other students doing? Who’s taking this much needed break as well, a break, and who’s finally catching up on five weeks of unwatched CS50 and Ec10 lectures?

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Don’t sweat—that’s what we’re here for. Ignore David Malan, que the Gossip Girl Thanksgiving episode, and get yourself in the spirit by completing our ultimate Harvard Thanksgiving Bingo! Compare results with your friends and when your turn arrives at the dinner table, be thankful you’re not the only one who will have that untouched 10-page Sleep final paper waiting for them when they get back. Good luck and as I’m assuming old timey English settlers used to say: godspeed!

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X.O.X.O

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Flyby

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Meet Lindsay Reed, Harvard’s Tequila Tastemaker

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{shortcode-4fc7109bba31331f57b48f7976a6db400a33b9cf}Last academic year, while I was sitting on my couch, bundled up in my pajamas and cueing the next episode of Tiger King, Lindsay W. Reed ’23 was changing the tequila game with KAWAMA Tequila & Soda, a company she conceived and founded from the ground-up during the Covid-19 pandemic. I know, #GirlBoss.

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To learn more about how she started Kawama and to *selfishly* gain tips on how to be an absolute legend, I chatted with Lindsay and am here to share her wisdom with you. Take notes.

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DMG: To get started, could you give the classic Harvard intro: your year, house, concentration, where you're from, and anything else you want to share?

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LWR: Yeah, sure. So I am now Harvard Class of ’23. I took all of last year off because of the Covid-19 pandemic to start this venture with Kawama. I am concentrating in Economics, and I'm associated with Kirkland House. I'm also on the women's Ice Hockey team.

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DMG: What inspired you to start your own business, Kawama, over your gap year?

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LWR: When the pandemic started, we kind of were all sitting at home...and I came up with this idea. I saw the RTD market, which stands for ready-to-drink cocktail market, was absolutely exploding. It was a pandemic: everyone started to drink at home. Bars were closing. And all these sales were shooting through the roof. And so I was thinking, “Hey, tequila's my favorite liquor of choice. Why not try and put this in a can and see what happens and see if we can make a company out of it?” Because there is that demand, and people will love it if it's a hit.

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DMG: Besides the fact that you were on a gap year at Harvard, was there anything else, like any class that you took, that made you feel prepared to start this endeavor? Or was it more the pandemic that encouraged you to do this?

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LWR: I would say more so the pandemic that encouraged me to do this. I still am Economics, but leading into the pandemic, it was just my freshman and sophomore year. And during those years, you're taking very standard Econ courses...Now in my junior and senior years, I have more freedom to take classes that'll help with the business, but I think it was more so seeing the pandemic, seeing the amount of time, and then seeing the vision for the brand that inspired me to do it.

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DMG: If you could have any celebrity sponsor Kawama, who would it be and why?

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LWR: Celebrity? Probably George Clooney. He started Casamigos, the regular tequila brand. He's always kind of been my favorite actor. One of my favorite movies is Ocean's 11...I love that movie. I think that'd be a really cool celebrity to sponsor Kwama.

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DMG: How would you describe the experience of owning your own business?

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LWR: It's a learning experience. You always have to be on your toes...I'm extremely grateful for it too, at the same time, just because there are things that I've learned that school can't teach you: dealing with real people and dealing with real businesses, and making real decisions with real money. That is something that an Econ class can't teach you, that a finance class can't teach you, because I'm dealing with the physical...and learning from mistakes, and getting better, which a classroom setting could not teach you.

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DMG: If Kawama was a music genre, what genre would it be? Would it be EDM? Would it be country? How would you capture the ~vibes~ of the brand?

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LWR: Definitely not EDM or country, probably going more so for tropical...I like the Beach Boys.

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DMG: Where do you see Kawama positioned in social culture? Is it something that's a little bit fancier? Something that's more casual? Who's the best consumer for Kawama?

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LWR: I think the flavor profile speaks to all age groups. When I was first starting out, the main focus of our target audience was college-aged kids bringing it to a party or bringing it to the beach with their friends – in a similar stance to High Noon, where it's a premium beverage, where it's real tequila, like High Noon is real vodka, whereas you have other malt liquors – and bringing a better tasting, better for you, beverage into that drinking culture with the other malt beverages that might not necessarily taste as good. But when I first started, the parents were saying, “Wow, I love this too.” So it really appeals to all age groups. And everyone.

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DMG: Since Harvard-Yale's coming up, would you say that you're a bigger fan of Harvard-Yale or Yardfest?

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LWR: That's definitely a tough question…I would say Harvard-Yale. I've never been able to go because of my athletic schedule, but I know that everyone loves it. And I'm much more of an athletic-space person. I love competition. I think Harvard-Yale is one of the best, if not THE best rivalry in the entire world. So it's gonna be awesome. And people are just going to be there to have a good time and support school spirit.

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DMG: Will Kawama be at Harvard-Yale?

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LWR: Kawama will be at Harvard-Yale to the fullest extent. I'm bringing a pickup truck, filling the bed with it. And I'll have flags, bucket hats, koozies, banners, and everything else. Everything out the wazoo. So we're going full force, and it's going to be a lot of fun.

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DMG: Do you have any final ~words of wisdom~ for the Harvard community, whether it's starting your own business, balancing your schedule, or making the most of your time at Harvard? Is there anything in particular that you learned over the years that you think is important to share?

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LWR: I think the most important thing is not being afraid to ask questions or ask for help. I think, you know, Harvard students, you're used to seeing the best...wherever you came from. And I found that during this entire process, the resources that we have here, and the connections, and the alumni network, just starting the conversation and asking questions, it's never going to do harm, and it's only going to open up doors for you.

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How To: Engineer a Yale Meet Cute

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{shortcode-2e80367d8717ad2f0746df977c98c09eca617494}After a long semester of seeing the same masked faces from your lectures and sections, get ready for an exciting change of pace with the return of The Game this coming weekend. New city, new experiences, new friends… a new special someone? Read on for our tips on where, when, and how to engineer the perfect Harvard-Yale meet cute!

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Classic Coffee Shop Kismet: Blue State Coffee

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Call it old-school, but you can never beat a New England coffee shop meet cute. Blue State Coffee is a great place to not only fuel up before the Game, but scout out romantic Yalie potentials first thing in the morning (no judgement). Make eye contact with that cutie in the corner so they can witness your frighteningly dark yet charming eyebags after the long drive to New Haven, and bat your eyelashes over an $11 avocado toast. These classic moves can never serve you wrong.

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Climbing the Cell Towers for Phone Service

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If you haven’t been to the Game before, please believe EVERYTHING that everyone has told you about the Yale stadium being in the literal middle of nowhere. Just, in the deep woods of Connecticut. In other words: absolutely no cell service to be found, anywhere. But imagine how romantic a meet cute at the top of the New Haven cell towers would be as you’re desperately trying to use Find My Friends to track down your blockmates?

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Yale Student Section Invasion

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Just picture it: your bright, crimson sweater bobbing amongst a sea of bulldog blue. You lock eyes with a special someone over the crowd of Yalies inexplicably stripping en masse. They think, “Who is that incredibly hot, stunning, mysterious stranger in maroon?” You two slowly make your way over to each other, picking through the throng. Those first sweet, fateful introductions are finally exchanged as the band plays “All I Want for Christmas Is You” for the sixth time. It’s perfect.

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GHeav or A 2000’s Rom-Com?

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The affectionate colloquial name for Good Nature Market (think: Yale’s subpar analogue to late-night Noch’s), GHeav is the perfect place to run into a beautiful stranger and also chow down on overpriced sandwiches at 2 a.m.— the quintessential college experience everywhere. Workshop your best pick-up lines for this one; only time will tell what special magic the deli’s bright fluorescent lights and hordes of sweaty college students may provide for you this weekend.

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A Tender Toad’s Tale

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Ah yes, Toad’s. Part New Haven nightclub, part dimly lit purgatorial discotheque. In all honesty, you’ll just have to let fate run its course within the sticky walls of this infamous venue. Plus, cross your fingers that they play some decent songs so any serendipitous romantic run-in out on that crowded dance floor occurs with a backing soundtrack to make it the stuff of movies (one can only dream*).

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*Seriously… this is a reach. You are not going to meet your one true love in Toad’s. Snap out of it.

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Honestly, meeting new people at Yale is truly all in good fun, no matter your intentions. Just remember that if all else fails, you will very likely not see any of these people again (at least not for another year). After all, this is all about football! Right? Go Crimson!

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Flyby Tries: Masquerading as a Y*le Student

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{shortcode-f0284da9bbfb4532c10785f6fa80c0cf80e4f393}You could say this has been a long time coming. Well, at least since Wednesday morning, when I bought my Harvard-Y*le ticket. It says Y*LE across the top in these big letters, like Y*le needs to make sure that we all know that we were forced to make the trip to the middle of nowhere, Connecticut, just for the honor of seeing Harvard brutally crush their football team or being nice enough to let them win.

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So today, I would like to give you some ideas on how to look and act like a Y*le student. That way, they can believe nobody from Harvard chose to show up at their game and be humiliated forever. And hey, it might even make it easier for you to get yourself a Y*le cutie. Without further ado, here’s what you actually need to do.

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Dress up in navy blue

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This one might be easy enough, depending on the wardrobe that you’ve cultivated over the last few years of your life. Sure, it’s probably disproportionately crimson from all of the free merch you’ve gotten from the Student Involvement Fairs, but perhaps there’s just one piece of blue attire that you own simply for aesthetic reasons. No luck? Feel free to cut out a giant “Y” from white paper and paste it on the front of your Harvard merch, being sure to cover up anything that says the name of our beloved institution. Most Y*lies won’t be able to tell the difference!

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Manufacture a Y*le ID card (JK)

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This one’s for all of you that miss the simpler times in elementary school when we would have designated art periods. Print out a copy of a Y*le ID card, put your own personal info on it using an app like our beloved Canva, print it out, and then laminate it! That’s all you need. Once you get to New Haven you can flash it everywhere and tell the other people that it’s a temporary ID. Or better yet, just print it out and tape it to the front of your actual ID card. People will believe that you’re a real life student, just like them!

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Fawn over bulldogs

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Let’s be real, this task is the easiest of them all. We love bulldogs. They’re just so cute, even if they have trouble breathing from all that inbreeding. Maybe we can get Y*le cancelled for glorifying the inbreeding of puppies? I wonder how related Handsome Dan’s parents are...

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Ask your fellow students what they are majoring in

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What’s a concentration? Time to remove that word from your vocabulary. From this moment on, you are majoring in econ with a minor in being a snake. You also don’t live in a House, you live in a residential college. Don’t worry about remembering the names of all the residential colleges, if it sounds like it’s named for an old white person, that’s a residential college. Like Benjamin Franklin. That’s the only one you need to know.

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We’re unsure if Y*le has any other lingo, perhaps besides saying not-so-nice things about universities that are definitely superior to them. If someone says “the city,” they will probably mean New York. If someone says “fun,” they will probably mean avoiding certain death on a Friday night. We can learn together!

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Brainstorm some Toad’s stories

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Sources indicate that Toad’s is the only place Y*le students can go for a mediocre night out. Apparently stuff gets really crazy there between the unknown bands that sometimes perform and the sheer crowds caused by the fact that there is literally no other establishment in the entire vicinity of New Haven. Maybe you got stepped on at the last show. Maybe someone vomited on you. The sky’s the limit in terms of how crazy your story can get, but remember, this is still New Haven. Nothing too cool ever happens here.

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Cry about not attending Harvard

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Everybody knows this is the only thing that Y*le students do in their downtime. Who can blame them? They go to an extremely mediocre university while Harvard is well, Harvard. If you actually dedicate yourself to the ruse, make sure to cry at any mention of Harvard. Yes, Harvard, the school that brutally rejected you, forcing you to attend your safety, Y*le University. Everybody else will be doing the same thing!

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Even if you don’t go for the full deception, remember one thing: there’s a reason Yuck Fale rolls off the tongue so much easier than Huck Farvard. It’s almost as if Y*le recognizes how yucky it is. As long as you remember that, you’ll be fine.

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