Boston: Touring Harvard and MIT
Never have I ever thought that I would be able to tour the MIT and Harvard campuses. A weekend trip to Boston was just what I needed after a month of stress. It was early October so we were able to catch a glimpse of Boston’s fall foliage. Although most of the leaves were still bright green, you could spot a few yellow trees standing alone in the Boston Common.
Boston is a very academic city with around 35 colleges. The town is full of youth and diversity and you never know who you would bump into. Students at MIT have the luxury of ball pits and 3D printers in their dorms. Essentially their dorm is a tech startup office, its great.
On my way to Harvard, I stopped by a 24/7 coffee shop to grab a quick cup and realized that I probably wasn’t going to make it to the HBS campus from Massachusetts Ave on time. After consulting with the barista, a woman picking up a quick bite offered me a ride since it was on her way to work. Turns out, she works in HR for the physics department at Harvard. On our way there, we talked about the pursuit of academia. Forever grateful for these simple and small connections.
Harvard Business School campus is quintessential and historical. As I walk through the study lounges, I imagined myself walking the floors like they were mine. At that moment, I thought to myself: I can and will apply to pursue my MBA. Of course, HBS is rigorous and difficult but it’s definitely not impossible. Sana, a UH alumni, gave us a tour and reminded me that you should never limit yourself. I’m in awe of her accomplishments through her blog and stories that it has motivated me to work harder on everything I’m currently doing.
After touring both of the colleges, my friends and I attempted to take over the city by walking parts of the freedom trail, trying out Bostonian food, and exploring Commonwealth Ave. If you are an American History nerd, Boston is perfect for you. Not only is the city an image of your classic American architecture, but the street names are historically named (ie. Salem Quincy Market)
Here are some site suggestions. There isn’t a lot since I was only able to visit for a short period of time. I’d like to say that I got a good glimpse of the city.
Food: Make sure to bring enough cash. A good amount of stores take cash only
Mike’s Pastry (Cash Only)
Highly recommended by many locals. They’re known for their cannolis!
La Famiglia Giorgio
Another highly recommended by locals. Located in Little Italy, we waited for an hour to get a seat. The food was delicious but despite the big portions, each person had to order one plate.
Toscanini’s Ice Cream
Located near MIT, this ice cream store has unique flavors such as spiced coffee or B3 (brown sugar, brown butter, and brownies) You can only get two samples but it's delicious and worth it!
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
Iconic Hot Chocolate in the Harvard Square. The dark chocolate is pretty bitter and strong. The hot chocolate is so extremely rich that I couldn’t finish. Mainly because I didn’t have enough lactose pills… But amazing chocolate! I can guarantee that.
The Clam Chowder with the bread bowl was so delicious. You can’t go wrong with one! There were also lobster rolls that look amazing as well. Although, this place is a bit more pricey.
You can get Freedom Trail tours to learn more about the city’s history. I passed by the spot of the Boston Massacre which is now symbolized with a circular mark on the floor.
Boston Public Library
Unlike a normal public library, this one has a beautiful atrium where you could either sit and watch studious people study or bathe in the serenity of the fountain trickling in silence.
Hope you guys enjoy this post about Boston!