Harvard’s History – The “John Harvard” Statue

By: Joe Luongo Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, Harvard University At the heart of Harvard University’s campus, right in the center of Harvard Yard is arguably Harvard’s most famous and sought out landmark: the “John Harvard” Statue (yes, the quotation marks are there for a reason). This bronze statue depicts a man sitting on a chair reading a book upon a base and was sculpted in 1884 by Daniel Chester French. It is believed to be the third most photographed statue in the United States, which I can attest to as there are tourists constantly taking pictures 24/7 blocking my route to class. The only two statues in the whole country believed to be photographed more are the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial, with Lincoln also being sculpted by French. The statue originally resided in front of Memorial Hall, but was moved to the front of University Hall in 1924, in Harvard Yard, where it is today. As ironic as it may be, the flagship attraction at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, whose motto is “veritas” which literally means “truth” in Latin, is known as the statue of three lies. The inscription on the front …

Big Fish, Big Pond

By: Maeve Healy  Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, Georgetown University  Most of us were class presidents in high school. You can walk into a room on campus at any given time and find a handful of former student government leaders, and sitting next to them will be three or four who had a direct hand in influencing some sort of local legislation involving social justice. Half the room is made up of team captains and athletic stars, and then over in the corner you have students that traveled all the way around the world and back in high school. They were all valedictorians, they all have extensive community service backgrounds and they were all the presidents of 6,000 clubs during their senior year. Some have attributed this to the classic mantra “big fish, little pond.” At Georgetown, it is a sea of “big fish.” We all share the same drive for excellence, that’s what brought us here. And it is so easy to get here as a freshman and convince yourself that you are no longer a big fish – you might think you’re a minnow, or maybe one of krill fish in Finding Nemo. It’s so easy to think that now, …

What To Write Your Personal Statement On

By: Samantha Baugh Campus Sherpa Blog Contributor, New York University  It seems like every year that writing a “good” personal statement falls under narrower and narrower categories. You aren’t supposed to write about a struggle that is too cliché, you aren’t supposed to write about something too typical, you aren’t supposed to showboat your accomplishments. However on the other side you are somehow supposed to write about your greatest intellectual achievement but make it spiritual and unique without it sounding like a Lifetime movie. The truth is writing your personal statement, a good one, is much easier than it seems. Okay, maybe in retrospect now that I’m in university it seems like that. I think I may have gone through a handful of ideas before I figured out what and more importantly how I was going to write on. The hot tip for a personal statement is simple: write about something you actual care about. If you genuinely care about the impressive non-profit you started, absolutely do it. If you genuinely care about how playing football changed your life, absolutely do it. If you genuinely care about cooking hot dogs on Sundays, absolutely do it. The trick with personal statements …

Why We Chose Georgetown

Choosing a college is not easy for most of us; it can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming to choose where to spend the next four years of your life. We’ve been there, and some of our Sherpas from Georgetown University want to share with you why we chose Georgetown. Sherpa Erika: MSB ’19 I initially fell in love with Georgetown because I loved the undergraduate business program and the location was perfect, but more than anything, I chose Georgetown because during my initial visit, it immediately became apparent that the students here were not only incredibly driven, but also extremely passionate about whatever it is they were involved with/pursuing. Whether it be athletics, politics, or professional clubs, students at Georgetown are constantly working towards something they love, which as a student here, I’ve come to realize not only inspires you on a daily basis, but also motivates you to strive for your goals and pursue what impassions you. While the stellar academics are doubtlessly a given, an undergraduate environment where I could pursue my professional aspirations while continuing to be involved in a myriad of activities I loved seemed so ideal, and I really couldn’t have chosen a better place …

My College Admissions Story: Cornell University

By: Sherpa Alyssa Holman Blog Contributor, Cornell University  A Tear-Filled Journey I knew I wanted to go to Cornell University, so when it came time to apply to colleges, I sent in my Early Decision application to Cornell and waited tirelessly for a response. Finally, the day came when Cornell released their admittance. All of this was amidst my finals week; therefore, I was stressed and anxious. Cornell’s online portal opened at 2:00 PM PST, 15 minutes before my AP Latin Final. I paced anxiously until 1:50 PM. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I logged into the portal and kept clicking refresh. These ten minutes felt like a century. Finally, exactly at 2:00 PM, I accessed the portal and began to cry. My friends saw and started to comfort me, saying “It’s ok” and “You didn’t get in?” and “Don’t worry.” I couldn’t even speak enough to tell them I was accepted. I pulled them in and showed them my computer, and they started to cry with me. We sat there for a few minutes, all so surprised and happy at the news. I called my mom, and she started crying too. All throughout my Latin final, I couldn’t concentrate. The news of the acceptance had overwhelmed and …

Overheards: Butler University

By: Sherpa Savannah, Butler University All business majors create their own student business their sophomore year! It was a great way to get hands-on professional experience. Plus, you get to keep all profits you make!

Campus Stories: UCLA

The campus and buildings of UCLA have been in 184 different films and television shows, and filming of music videos, television shows, and movies are constantly seen on campus and near our local town, Westwood. I was eating brunch right next to the filming of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, where the female cop on the horse rides around the UCLA campus. It was so interesting to see how many takes of a two second scene they had to film. I was also right next to the filming of an episode of Modern Family from the new season. They used my friend’s fraternity house as a location in a scene!