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The (Academic) Life

In the last month, I’ve begun to think seriously of what my role in academia is.  Perhaps the most surprising conclusion that I have begun to arrive upon is that our roles are constructed.  Undoubtedly it would appear that such a conclusion offends the very grain of...

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Pick Me, Pick Me!!

As I see the colors of the leaves change and hear the chit chat of the tours through the hallway I realize it is a critical time for high school seniors, so I have some advice for you. If you have heard it, good. You are more likely to remember it. And for everyone...

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Harvard BEAT DOWN!!

I was cornered, surrounded, and jumped by my workload this week. Let’s start from the beginning of the story. This past weekend was Parent Visitation Weekend at Harvard. My Mom and Little Brother were coming to visit - I was PUMPED!! I missed them so much and I...

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Ace Your Next Scholarship Interview!

Hey seniors! I know it’s getting to be that time of year when all that is on your mind is how on earth you are going to afford to attend all of those great colleges you’ve been preparing applications for. Well, no need to worry anymore! The following  suggestions will...

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Time Management 101

So, I’m at Harvard University. I have perfect time management skills, I’m some super-genius, and I got a 2600 on the SAT. Extra points for being awesome, of course. In my spare time, I rescue starving children in Africa. I wrote my first paper and got a A+ on it. I...

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WHAT? College time already?

Amazing. That was one of my first impressions of college. College has been something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and now that I’m here, I love it. I’m also very proud to be here since I’m the first one in my family to ever attend college. I’ve...

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Officially Chirping

Glancing at the familiar faces in the dining hall, a peaceful emotion settled in my heart.  This was becoming my home, and I was okay with that.  More than okay really…I was thankful to be here.  Each day, realization hits me that I am in college, successfully...

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Check out Khadijah on Oprah!

Khadijah appeared on The Oprah Show, "Don't Stop Believing," Monday, October 5 and shared her tremendous story of rising from Skid Row to attend Harvard. Check out these links: Khadijah's Journey to Harvard University Video Khadijah's Journey: Skid Row to Harvard...

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100 Miles & Runnin

I tried to think of what to say to the readers of this blog at first I was going to be specific and target the seniors, but after a draft I figured my message can be applied to everyone. I remember October senior year, and now it’s a year later and I’m in college...

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Something Different…Life

Fresh air, a new environment, and the future awaited me. I arrived at school several days before classes actually started.  The adjustment wasn’t too hard. Everything was just how I imagined. The people were friendly, full of activities, and most of all I fit in. This...

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