Harvard. Arguably the most prestigious university in the country. The place where the best and brightest brains in the world convene on politics, law, astrophysics, calculus, and whatever else geniuses chit chat about.
Harvard is where you go when you’re born with a gift. Harvard is where you go when you’re a prodigy. Harvard is where you go when you have a talent that the world simply can’t miss.
Alternatively, Harvard is where you go when you have a rich, well-connected daddy. Unfortunately, I had neither.
I, perfectly average GPA having plain Jane, attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ surrounded by high school burnouts and religious nutjobs who insist that my business degree has something to do with the life and death of Jesus Christ.
Although I can spend hours on end discussing the intricacies of marketing, which is just a small skillset above above any other generic degree you can get at any other university, I have come to terms with the fact that I will NEVER belong at Harvard University.
But you can bet your hiney that I went anyway.
Admittedly, I am not the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to geography. In fact, it could be argued that I’d fall somewhere between deep navy and rich black in that trusty Crayola 64 pack. I didn’t realize Harvard was anywhere near Boston. But as soon as we passed it on our way in from the airport, I knew that I was destined to spend the morning exploring the campus so that I can forever claim that I, Angelica, holder of a common Bachelor’s degree in business marketing from GCU, went to Harvard. And from this point forward, I will insist that you all do the same.
I’d like to tell you that going to Harvard changed my views on education, opened my eyes to all things culturally stimulating, and increased my IQ by 37 points…so I will.
Harvard was even more humbling than I had imagined. It was a breathtaking campus with beautiful buildings lined in rich red bricks, stunning architecture that resembled another lifetime, the grandest library you’ve ever seen, and friendly faces that almost made you forget that they could kick your butt on Jeopardy in any subject and on any day of the week.
If you ever have the opportunity to wander Boston and find yourself with a few extra hours and nothing to do, I highly recommend spending some time in the presence of people far brighter than myself. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the campus, diversity of the people, and history of the university .