So You Want to Write a Thesis?

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Post by: Natalie Solis, MTS 2020, DivEx Alum, HDS Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant 

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Activist Installation against Femicides, across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City. Photo by Natalie Solis.  

Coming to HDS, I knew that I wanted to write a master’s thesis as part of my MTS program even though it is optional and not required for MTS students, unlike the MDiv program. Since I enjoyed conducting independent research projects in college and will be applying to PhD programs in the fall, I decided that developing an extensive independent research project such as a master’s thesis would be a great opportunity to refine my research skills and prepare for a PhD. Continue reading

HDS Housing Overview: On-Campus Housing

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Post by: Natalie Solis, MTS 2020, HDS Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant

Mikaela here! As the editor of the HDS Admissions Blog for the past two years, it is almost time to say goodbye to all of you as my degree program draws to an end this May. Housing has a huge influence on our academic lives as students, and so I wanted to leave you with a comprehensive series on housing resources as the last blog series I will supervise before handing over my role to another capable Graduate Assistant. Our next post in the series will feature resources and strategies for finding off-campus housing, a popular choices among HDS students. Further posts will include student stories about their experiences with both on-campus and off-campus housing. 

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CSWR meditation room. Open to all HDS students from 9AM-5PM Mon-Fri during the academic year. Photo taken by Justin Knight Photography.

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Course Overview: The Historical Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

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Post by: Jarred Batchelor-Hamilton, MDiv 2020, HDS Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant.

If you’ve ever wondered what an HDS classroom looks like in action, this post is for you. Current MDiv student, Jarred Batchelor-Hamilton, writes about his experience in Dr. Cornel West’s course on W.E.B. Du Bois. Whether current applicant or prospective student, you are welcome to sign-up for a class visit on our Admissions Events Calendar. While the class featured in this post is not offered this semester, there are many other wonderful courses open to visitors. I also recommend checking out our Course Catalog.

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Professor West in action. Photo contributed by MDiv candidate Ismail Buffins.

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A Look Inside Shopping Week

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Post by: Tessa Steinert Evoy, MTS 2020, Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant

In this post, Tessa introduces “shopping week,” a Harvard tradition where students spend the first week of the semester “shopping” for classes they may want to take. Read on to learn more about how this process works and how students narrow down their classes from the countless courses offered to HDS students. 

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Looking forward to a blooming semester. Photo taken by Jonathan Beasley, HDS Office of Communications. 

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January Term in Mexico City

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Post by: Natalie Solis, MTS 2020, HDS Admissions Graduate Assistant

We already published one post about J-Term Opportunities, but couldn’t resist sharing Natalie’s J-Term internship in Mexico City, during which she was able to make connections for her research interests in “artivism” across Mexico. Read on to learn more about artivism and to discover the sorts of resources and experiences available for students interested in Latin American and Latinx Studies at HDS.

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Photo of Teotihuacan from the top of the Moon Pyramid overlooking the Avenue of the Dead and Sun Pyramid. Photo taken by Natalie Solis.

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J-Term Opportunities

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Post by: Tessa Steinert Evoy, MTS 2020, Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant

HDS students have the opportunity to enroll in winter term courses throughout Harvard, often referred to as J-Term. While HDS offers its own J-Term courses like Kerry Maloney’s “Comparative Monasticisms,” Tessa sought a course in the Harvard Graduate School of Education to supplement her studies at HDS and reinvigorate her passion for activist work. 

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A snowy Andover Hall. Photo taken by HDS Office of Communications. 

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Last Minute Application Tips from a Current Student

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Post by: Tessa Steinert Evoy, MTS 2020, HDS Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant 

This time last year, I was right where you are, making that difficult decision to finally press the submit button. Were there things I was forgetting, last edits I should have made, did I upload the wrong version of my statement of purpose? These were all questions that I asked myself before submitting. Looking back a year later, I wanted to share some last tips with you before you press that button.  Continue reading

How to Apply: Reapplication

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Post by: Mikaela Allen, MTS 2019, HDS Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant 

For the final addition in our “How to Apply” series, we decided to cover the reapplication process. Read on if you are interested in reapplying either now or in the future. Please also take a look at our previous three posts in this series, “How to Apply: Letters of Recommendation,” “How to Apply: Test Scores,” and “How to Apply: Statement of Purpose.” This information can also be located on our website and found within the application instructions in the application for admission.   Continue reading

How to Apply: Statement of Purpose

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Post by: Natalie Solis, MTS 2020, HDS Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant 

As part of our “How to Apply” series, I will be going over best practices for the statement of purpose. I do hope that you find this advice helpful during your writing process. Please check back soon for the next and final post in this series featuring common questions about the reapplication process. Don’t forget to take a look at the first two parts in this series, “How to Apply: Letters of Recommendation,” and “How to Apply: Test Scores.”  Continue reading