Senior captains and representatives of varsity teams at Harvard contributed viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard. Each year the Senior Perspectives are compiled into a book and handed out at the Senior Letterwinner’s Dinner.
Senior Perspectives thus forms a valuable portion of each
team’s legacy to sport at Harvard and to the permanent record
built here by our varsity athletes. Throughout the summer, these
senior essays will be posted to GoCrimson.com for all to see.
I was a walk-on to the Harvard men’s squash team four years ago, and just finished my fourth and final season. I participate in a variety of different activities on campus, yet the place where I think I have forged the closest ties with other members of the community, and arguably learned the most, is at the squash courts. I have learned from my teammates in ways that are not comparable in other realms at Harvard-not academic, or social, or extracurricular.
I have learned to push myself well beyond what I thought was possible, to develop my strengths and address my weaknesses, and most importantly, to be mentally strong under stress. This last lesson—the ability to fight through adversity, stay the course, and keep my composure—is something that I contend could never be learned in the more low-stress environment of the classroom.