When I first registered at the Extension School, and got my Harvard email address, I had a light-hearted conversation with my husband. I said some things half-jokingly along the lines of
"I really just need the email address, you know. Watch it open some doors for me. Maybe I'll go as far as get accepted into the program, then leave. I don't have to stay and finish. I can join the list of elite Harvard dropouts. Haha haha."
The devil carved a fork on the road upon her feet not unlike the last time, but perhaps now with sharper edges and bigger gaps in between. Her body swayed toward one side, while her heart and mind swayed the opposite direction. Read more about Left Shoulder, Right Shoulder
Reflecting upon what it means to be here as I look toward the Masquerade Ball
I am constantly amazed at the enthusiasm and grit the people at Harvard possess. Outside of the University, many of them hold full-time jobs; take care of their families; are active in their communities; may be struggling with emotional, financial, health, or societal issues; may have various other obligations, and yet still manage to continue with their studies in an institution known to be exceptionally demanding and highly competitive. Read more about Wear a Mask and Show Yourself
Because it is fascinating, intimidating, and a necessary evil
In about two weeks, while most everyone else in the nation (who have yet to cast their vote) will be deciding who should be the next President of the United States of America, I shall be preoccupied with a more short-term and less crucial (but, nevertheless personally important) kind of result: my second Quantitative Reasoning midterm exam grade. Read more about Mathematics as a Second Minor
As a tactile learner, it helps me to better absorb and retain knowledge when I write my notes by hand. Sadly, technology has played a huge part in my dwindling ability to write legible notes quickly and completely. With its convenience and the speed with which it displays my thoughts on screen, the keyboard has become a very close friend to my fingertips. Read more about On the Values of Writing Notes by Hand
Orphan Black is fascinating. If I had known about this show before the semester, my final thesis might have taken a slight twist.
I previously mentioned that I was switching away from Boko Haram due to its disturbing nature. Some of you would probably find the final topic I had chosen to be comparably disquieting. It’s entitled “Beauty and Biotechnology: Embracing the Evolution of Human Enhancement.”
"Boosting education will be a direct counterbalance to Boko Haram’s appeal. In particular we must educate more young girls, ensuring they will grow up to be empowered through learning to play their full part as citizens of Nigeria and pull themselves up and out of poverty."
Perhaps it was a serendipitous click upon a newsfeed link that led me to edX.org eleven months ago. The perpetual pupil living inside my head was immediately spellbound after watching a short course preview video on the site.