What advice would you give to yourself or to future HES students before beginning this journey?
My advice would be to embrace the experience that Harvard has to offer. Learning outside the classroom — from peers or social engagements — is equally essential to the topics covered in the classroom.
The instructors, advisors, and cohort are all integral to the learning journey.
I started my journey at Harvard during COVID-19, when most classes were on Zoom. I learned quickly that the course material alone was only part of the learning experience.
My cohort taught me about their diverse backgrounds and experiences, different ways and perspectives from which to view situations, and how to engage in healthy debates that promote distinct ideas.
The other vital facet came from interacting with my peers and teammates. My cohort taught me about their diverse backgrounds and experiences, different ways and perspectives from which to view situations, and how to engage in healthy debates that promote distinct ideas.
Another piece of advice is not to be afraid to ask for help when needed. The teaching staff, advisors, peers, and on-campus resources are available to all students; they are all rooting for the student’s success and are critical to the learning journey.
Finally, it is imperative to stay motivated and be reminded of why the pursuit of goals and continued passion fuel your focus.
HES provides the tools and methodologies to embark on a lifelong learning journey. It also builds the foundation that will continue to provide dividends forever.
What was your experience with the optional capstone like?
The management capstone course was one of the most delightful experiences at HES. The capstone demonstrated the importance of combining theory and practical usage to gain the actual value of learning.
It also utilized the respective courses’ learnings to address a real-world customer challenge.
Engaging with a client brought significant meaning and recognition of how the skills learned during the program would directly apply to my professional life.
What’s something unexpected that you learned about Harvard?
The vast number of resources available to the students is exemplary.
The innovation lab, the technology at the computer labs, career placement, and the library resources; they make the learning journey spectacular and fantastic.
What are you going to miss the most about HES?
Being on campus and enjoying outdoor concerts, and engaging in discussions with instructors and thought-provoking conversations with advisors and my cohort.
Describe your HES experience in one word