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REFLECTIONS: Crossing the Finish Line

REFLECTIONS: Crossing the Finish Line

By Siahoe Lim, Mason Fellow/MPA “Are you crazy?” Those were the honest first words of disbelief from my husband and two sons when I first broached my proposal to apply…

REFLECTIONS: The things I learned at HKS

REFLECTIONS: The things I learned at HKS

By Julia Fetherston, MPP’14 Ninety nine days ago, I began asking second-year public policy students: What is one thing you learned at HKS? Their responses amount to a remarkable catalogue…

REFLECTIONS: The Presence of Absence: An ode to seeking all that is not there

REFLECTIONS: The Presence of Absence: An ode to seeking all that is not there

By Asma Jaber, MPP’14 Fifteen years ago, my daily routine was to say to my late father, “No! Not at the entrance. Drop me off here!” – hoping my adolescent…

REFLECTIONS: Reflecting on the HKS experience: The sacrifices we’ve made and the people we’ve become

REFLECTIONS: Reflecting on the HKS experience: The sacrifices we’ve made and the people we’ve become

By Adrienne Murphy, MPP’14 As the students filed out of my classroom one mid-May afternoon, I noticed Ricky lingering quietly, pretending to read the newspaper articles posted on a bulletin…

REFLECTIONS: Cultivating our eulogy virtues

REFLECTIONS: Cultivating our eulogy virtues

By Claudia Newman-Martin, MPP’14 I clearly remember arriving here two years ago. I remember spending 20 minutes searching for Littauer, and the next 15 looking for a bathroom that was…

REFLECTIONS: The Island Of Harvard

REFLECTIONS: The Island Of Harvard

Simon R. Bone, MC/MPA Overcast grey skies that whisper wildly with the wind. A chilling cold that cuts through bone and carcass. An airport that closes down due to bad…

REFLECTIONS: The meaning of Veritas revealed at the Kennedy School

REFLECTIONS: The meaning of <em>Veritas</em> revealed at the Kennedy School

By Sarmad Palijo, MPA’14 When I first came to the Kennedy School I asked someone — What does Veritas mean? — After all, it is Harvard University’s motto. I was…

REFLECTIONS: Look beyond the labels to see the value of others

REFLECTIONS: Look beyond the labels to see the value of others

By Sara Minkara, MPP’14 Like most, my greatest source of comfort as a child was my mother’s watchful gaze. One look into her brown, loving eyes put all my concerns…

Student Spotlight: Jieun Baek

Student Spotlight: Jieun Baek

What did you do before you came to the Kennedy School? I worked at Google Headquarters in the Sales Department, and spent a lot of my time working for Google…

Student Spotlight: Steven Sarao

Student Spotlight: Steven Sarao

What did you do before you came to the Kennedy School? That is a short question with a long but very exciting answer.  Before coming to the Kennedy School, I…