The first University we visited on day 2 was Harvard University. Throughout the 1.5 hours at Harvard, I think we found out a lot of things. One new thing I realized is that Harvard University takes care of traditions and histories way more compared with other universities by the form of architectures.
Despite being one of the top universities in the world, Harvard University has an undergraduate population around the average with 6766 people and a quarter are international students. The gender ratio is also relatively balanced with male to women being 51.7 to 48.3. Student to faculty ratio is 6:1 and 72.5% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Harvard University also has a restrictive early action program which does not allow applicants to apply to other universities early program.
There are 50 undergraduate majors in Harvard. The most popular majors are economics, political science and government, history and liberal arts and they take up one-third of the student’s majors. Compared to universities like Northeastern University which has more than 170 majors and allows double majors, Harvard only has 50 and does not accept double majors so this university probably fits people who have a clear decision of what they want to study.
We went around the John Harvard statue, Widener library, Anderson memorial bridge and the building with the oldest computer. Walking around these facilities and areas gave us an image of a school life of a Harvard university student.
– K.K. (H1 boy)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT was one of my “Dream schools”, my ideal school to enter in the future. With their extremely high ranks as the one of the best computer science school in many rankings. Actually seeing their huge campus was something I was most looking forward to in this trip.
A fact that had the biggest impact on me, as an aspect of many colleges of universities we have toured, especially MIT, was their playful idea using high leveled education or ability that they have. A story about a college student turning the windows on a building into Tetris, which is a story that I happened to find during my research about my best interest; computer science, was actually done my MIT student in MIT campus. I knew the story as some kind of myth, not in the mystic way but because of my preoccupied way of thinking that colleges are strict since it's a place to study or research. This trip is actually my second trip to tour the universities, but unlike the last trip I was able to know the fun side of those school, not only about admission or requirements.
One more thing that made MIT special in my memory was that they have a number for all facilities or classroom there, reminded of a school that has only prime number as buildings’ room number. I was able to see how students in MIT get familiar with new knowledge they learn every day. This atmosphere in this school made me curious about everything as if the whole building is talking to me.
This experience motivated my school activity, knowing how happy learning
can be in the future was something that cleared my mind towards my future.
– M.S. (H1 boy)