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Where will you be next year? 
Boston, Massachusetts

What will you be doing?
Working as a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company 

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
In experiencing classes, extracurriculars, and life in general: do what you want to do, not what you think you should be doing. The more times you have to tell yourself something, the higher the probability that what you’re telling yourself isn’t true. A note on extracurriculars: they are a valuable opportunity to 1) get a sense of the type of work that you enjoy doing, 2) develop the ability to work effectively both on your own and within a team, and 3) apply what you’ve learned in your classes to the real world. Whether it’s joining a club, playing a sport, working on your startup, conducting research, or whatever: to make the most out of Harvard, realize that much of its value lies outside of the classroom.

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Arts & Museums Fellow: Sara Price

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It is often proposed that the most beautiful things in life are those that we cannot initially see. Indeed, my stint as an OCS Arts & Museum Fellow with the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) taught me that the inner workings of cultural institutions are beautifully intricate. This consortium consists of four very cool galleries on Harvard’s campus: the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Semitic Museum. During our work with these institutions, my fellow intern Haley and I spent time with staff divisions ranging from Development and Public Relations to Education and Academic Partnerships to discover how the museums are maintained. To facilitate the portions of the HMSC that are readily seen, these departments operating “behind the scenes” work diligently to organize and order the displays of knowledge that educate visitors.

One hidden aspect of the HMSC that surprised me was the scope of its collections. Harvard’s holdings include far more objects than those put on exhibition at any one time. As a component of the internship, I enjoyed the privilege of viewing archives which contained unique items such as P.T. Barnum’s “mermaid” made up of a monkey and fish tail. Once I saw the treasures stored here, I saw it fit to spread the word! Under the guidance of Executive Director Jane Pickering, Haley and I interviewed several staff members and perused the programming of similar museums in order to gain tangible knowledge of outreach and promotional campaigns.  Through this research, we developed some potential strategies to enhance our fellow undergraduates’ engagement with the HMSC.  We aim to encourage more students to seek out the plethora of resources we encountered at the museums – after all, there are so many beautiful things to see!  

Sara Price ‘16
Arts & Museum Fellows Program
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC)

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Where will you be next year? 
New York City

What will you be doing?
A Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) Fellowship as a Case Manager at Montefiore Medical Center

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Take advantage of all of the wonderful resources at OCS. The summertime is the perfect occasion to immerse yourself in something completely different, and OCS can help you with your search and your application for funding! The workshops OCS organizes are very helpful and it would behoove you to make time in your schedule and attend those that seem interesting to you.

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Where will you be next year? 
Boston, Massachusetts

What will you be doing?
Serving as a Corps Member with City Year Boston

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
It’s never too late to explore the things you really care about, that thing that you’ve always really wanted to do but have always been a little bit scared of. I think at Harvard it’s tough to step off the trodden path, but I think those that do are rewarded tenfold for it. Also, never worry about having a job at the same time that “everyone else does.” The right opportunity for you will come at the right time and worrying will only cause unnecessary stress.

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Where will you be next year? 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

What will you be doing?
Working as a Sales Associate for General Mills

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Speak to as many professionals as possible to discover your passion by shadowing, coffee chats, etc. Learning early on what kind of lifestyle and job you will enjoy is very important.

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Where will you be next year? What will you be doing?
This summer I will be in Hawaii on a Booth Fellowship, and next fall I will be at Cambridge University on a Herchel Smith Fellowship obtaining a master’s in earth sciences.

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
My advice is to become close with a number of professors — they’re great at advice!

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Where will you be next year? 
New Haven, Connecticut

What will you be doing?
Pursuing a J.D. at Yale Law School

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Even when times are busy during your undergraduate education, try to devote moments for self-reflection on your experiences, both academic and non-academic. Be introspective about your goals and consider how they may fit into the larger context of supporting your community and society more broadly. Thinking critically and challenging yourself to agree or disagree in your experiences can help you discover what you ultimately stand for and how you may best pursue your goals. Remember during this exploration that strong viewpoints and being open to new perspectives are not mutually exclusive. Instead, they can both be incredibly important together for finding a personal path that will work well for you.

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Where will you be next year? 
Boston, Massachusetts

What will you be doing?
Working on the Social Media team at Fidelity Investments

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
My advice would be to take chances on things you might not know you’ll like. A lot of us come in as freshmen thinking we need to know exactly what we want to do and who we want to be when we graduate. Don’t put the blinders up - keep an open mind and try new things.

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Where will you be next year? 
Miami, Florida

What will you be doing?
Working for Burger King Corporation in their Leadership Development Program

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
GO TO OCS! Have a conversation with them! Even if you think they won’t be helpful because you don’t know what you want to do - that’s the perfect time to go! The OCS staff are some of the most knowledgeable, helpful resources we have here, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to make the most of your internship/career search by scheduling a quick meeting with them! 15 minutes could save you 15% or more of your “real life” stress. :)

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Where will you be next year? 
San Francisco, California

What will you be doing?
Working as a Business Analyst with McKinsey

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
My advice to Harvard undergraduates would be to utilize as many resources Harvard has to offer to really find your top interest areas, whether those are in academic, career, or personal venues. Harvard has amazing opportunities - most of which can be easily funded - in terms of helping you discover and plan your future goals after graduation. Make the most of your summers by not only looking into the traditional internship programs, but also by scoping out study abroad and international opportunities. Some of the best experiences I had were programs that allowed me to go to other countries and try out new things such as social entrepreneurship, teaching, and research. If something doesn’t seem to pique your interest, then try to create an independent project. It will give you a lot of responsibility as well as teach you how to plan on your own. Above all, don’t worry about lost opportunities to make money. There are plenty of fellowships and grants at your disposal to allow you to create your own path.

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Where will you be next year? 
New York, New York

What will you be doing?
Working at an expert network company called Alphasights

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Ask upperclassmen about the best professors they’ve had and make friends with two of them. Also, if you’re procrastinating about doing something it’s probably because you’re scared/unsure of what to do…so talk through the assignment with someone…

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Where will you be next year? 
Boston, Massachusetts

What will you be doing?
Working at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), while remaining on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and Youth Science Canada

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Your extracurriculars, j-terms, and summer holidays are precious; make every effort to use this time to explore a new field, pursue an interest, expand your network, build skills, and/or supplement your resume. Pursue experiences that allow you to “hit multiple birds with one stone,” continually re-evaluate your reasons for doing what you do, and know when to jump on an opportunity or say “no.”

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Where will you be next year? 
Cape Town, South Africa

What will you be doing?
Starting a MSc at the University of Cape Town

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
I would tell incoming classes that they should, at all costs, study abroad. During the semester. No one regrets going abroad, but many people regret never going.

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Where will you be next year? 
New York City

What will you be doing?
Working for Goldman Sachs

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
It is the relationships you build in your time at Harvard that you will carry forward. Do not be afraid of time flying by quickly as that is an indication you are making the most of it; learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.

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