Around The Yard: Life As A Harvard Student-Athlete

  • Around the Yard: Jack Drury
    May 22, 2019
    As I was growing up, I always wanted to go to Harvard because of my parents. But as I got older, they pushed for me to make my own decisions, and they wanted me to consider other schools. I wanted to create my own path as well.
  • Around The Yard: Ali Peper
    May 08, 2019
    Marathon Monday is rife with tradition and anticipation for thousands of people, but for our team the tradition starts the night before at Viga Italian Eatery.
  • Around The Yard: Buddy Scott
    May 01, 2019
    Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” I had always been an avid follower of professional sports, especially basketball, but never seriously thought about sports in the context of a post-college occupation until last year.
  • Around the Yard: Meg Tveit
    April 24, 2019
    With incredible honor and gratitude, I was selected to represent Harvard and the Ivy League at the 2019 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Orlando Florida. This was a special recognition as only two individuals from each Division I conference are nominated to attend each year.
  • Around The Yard: Olivia Ostrover
    March 27, 2019
    I concentrate in the History of Science and live in Winthrop House, but perhaps my most meaningful involvement on campus comes from working with the One Love Foundation.
  • Around The Yard: Ji Hae Lee
    March 13, 2019
    This past summer, I had the privilege of interning at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was excited at the prospect of working in a hospital setting, conducting clinical research, and shadowing doctors of various specialties
  • Around The Yard: Jessica Luo
    March 06, 2019
    I’m incredibly grateful to be part of a team that supports not only my athletic endeavors but also my personal growth; through this trip I’ve been able to broaden my horizons and learn so much more about such a different and fascinating culture.
  • Around the Yard: Mikaela Thompson
    February 06, 2019
    In high school I was involved in student government and loved being in a position where I got to meet and get to know people in addition to being able to help address issues that students were facing. So when I got an email the summer before my sophomore year about applying to be on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, I jumped at the opportunity to have a leadership role in a community that was so important to me.
  • Around the Yard: Connor Sakmar
    January 30, 2019
    Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides homeless and low-income children living in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago with the essential items they require to thrive - to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Cradles to Crayons accepts donations throughout the year to ensure that these children have everything they need, but requires volunteers to help process and package the donations into appropriate packages for children in need. As a team, we have has made it a tradition to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons annually while we are on campus training during J-term.
  • Around The Yard: Maddie Stuhlreyer
    December 19, 2018
    Homes of Hope finds families in need of a new home and volunteers, along with Homes of Hope building staff head to the family’s property and they build a house in two days that provides security they didn’t have before.
  • Around The Yard: Kieran Tuntivate
    December 12, 2018
    this past summer after setting the 5k and 3k Thai national records, I was invited by the Thai national team asking if I wanted to run in the Asian Games. A little background, I am half Thai or as they call it in Thailand, a luk khrueng (directly translated as half child). We moved to Thailand when I was 3 years old and stayed there for most of my early childhood. The Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in Indonesia would be held in late August and racing a hard 10k in the Indonesian summer wouldn’t exactly be “Vanilla.”
  • Around The Yard: Meg Tveit
    December 05, 2018
    I distinctly remember the moment I told my parents about my first job at Harvard. I strategically started with statements like— “It’s such a great job because the hours are flexible and I essentially choose when I want to work.”, “I get paid more than I was getting paid in my job in high school.”, and “I can even listen to music while I work!” My parents were so excited for me and as you can imagine, followed up with the simple question “So what do you do?”.
  • Around The Yard: Håvard Hjermstad
    November 29, 2018
    I have kind of a big family, at least by Norwegian standards, with three brothers and one sister. My family has always been very active and two of my brothers and my sister are competing in a sport called orienteering at national level. I however, decided that was not for me so I stuck with football. I am the youngest in my family, but given I am a triplet it is only a matter of minutes.
  • Around The Yard: Olivia Giaquinto and Nicole Nishizawa
    November 21, 2018
    Something truly special about Harvard is the availability to broaden your educational experiences. Not only does Harvard offer almost 3,900 courses and over 450 student organizations, students are also given opportunities to travel.
  • Around The Yard: Galen Lee
    November 07, 2018
    Over the past summer, I had the opportunity for an internship at Whoop Inc. as a software engineer. A Whoop band is basically a FitBit (but better) tailored for professional and collegiate athletes. It tracks your activities throughout the day as well as your sleep and coaches you on how to take care of your body so you’re not over or under-training.
  • Around The Yard: Sydney Sorkin
    October 31, 2018
    This summer I was privileged enough to intern for Congressman Quigley in Illinois’ 5th district. As a soon-to-be Government concentrator this internship was surely in my wheelhouse.
  • Around The Yard: Mathilde Ribordy
    October 17, 2018
    After spending nearly 20 hours a week in a swimming pool last spring, I spent the first month of my summer in a place where there is barely any water. I attended an archeological field school at Olduvai Gorge, in Tanzania, in the universe of Maasai warriors and the Lion King. The site of Olduvai Gorge is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, on the southeastern edge of the Serengeti.
  • Around The Yard: Alexi Gosset
    October 10, 2018
    Co-directing Harvard’s PBHA Recent Immigrant Term-time Enrichment (RITE) volunteer mentoring program for refugees and recent immigrants has given me a closer understanding of their struggle to integrate.
  • Around The Yard: Brooke Istvan
    October 03, 2018
    This summer I worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It was great because it meant I got to live at home with my family, a fully stocked refrigerator, and a new puppy. After being abroad for the past two summers I knew I wanted to be at home in Chicago for my last summer ever and once I saw on Crimson Careers that the Federal Reserve Banks all had internships and there was one located at home in Chicago I was pumped. Keep in mind I am concentrating in applied math with a focus in economics so to a nerd like me anything to do with the Fed is exciting.
  • Around The Yard: Ben Skinner
    September 26, 2018
    Al Gore spoke to a full house at Sanders Theater my freshman year, describing the dangers of global climate change. Yet, his speech laid out the path towards sustainability and renewable energy. Along with my desire to be a part of such a future, my fascination with math, technology, and the environment resulted in my choice to concentrate in Environmental Engineering with a secondary in Computer Science. Additionally, I have distinct passion for surfing that has come with an innate desire to protect the ocean.
  • Around The Yard: Beth Larcom
    September 19, 2018
    My family’s involvement in the PMC started over 20 years ago, dating back to the year 1998. The fact that my dad chose to ride his first 198-mile bike ride on Cape Cod the summer of that year is no coincidence.
  • Around The Yard: Kyle Anderson
    September 12, 2018
    Current members and alumni of the Harvard men's lacrosse team embarked on a 100-mile bike ride in support of the Bike to the Beach charity organization on September 1. Founded in 2007, Bike to the Beach raises money and awareness for autism through its 50- and 100-mile bike rides across the United States. With events in six cities across the U.S., Bike to the Beach donates all the proceeds to Autism Speaks and local autism charities in order to support research efforts as well as families affected by autism spectrum disorder.
  • Around The Yard: Olivia Farrar
    September 05, 2018
    As summer break winds to a close and students begin gradually repopulating the campus, it’s always worthwhile to reflect back on the answer you gave to this subtly-loaded question while sipping an iced mocha at Peet’s back in April.
  • Around The Yard: Dennis Bao
    April 24, 2018
    While many elements of my last three years at Harvard have come and gone, two things have remained constant: the alpine ski team and EC1010A. The ski team has been a rock I can lean on, a source of lifelong friends, and an opportunity to compete and train at the highest level in the sport I love. As far as 1010 goes, I took the class freshman fall and then have been a TF for the course the last two years.
  • Around The Yard: Taylor Gavula
    April 18, 2018
    Like a family, the team sticks together for the good times and nice weather, but we push through adversity and nor’easters together as well.
  • Around The Yard: Grace Chao
    April 04, 2018
    A classmate once conjectured that if you want to know what a Harvard student is truly passionate about, you don’t ask them what their concentration is, you ask them what their secondary field is.
  • Around The Yard: Duncan Rheingans-Yoo
    February 22, 2018
    Last year as a freshman, I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in with the fencing team. I was a quieter type, and it seemed like many of my teammates were louder and more boisterous than me. Add that I was a walk-on, and while the team didn’t treat me any differently than the recruits, I still felt a little out of place, like I didn’t quite belong.
  • Around The Yard: Richard Martinez
    February 17, 2018
    September 4, 2017 marked my first official day as a Harvard Wrestler. The first day of my first preseason will forever be a landmark in my life.
  • Around The Yard: Lindey Kneib
    February 07, 2018
    To be the most successful athlete that I am capable of being, I must play for more than just myself. To be the most successful athlete that I am capable of being, I must play for more than just my teammates. To reach my highest potential, I play for my community.
  • Around The Yard: Peter Blynn
    January 31, 2018
    Lacrosse preseason is one of the most unique, exciting times of the year for the Harvard men’s lacrosse team.
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