“It’s surreal inside Harvard” – Pinoy Seafarer

A year ago… I visited a super duper awesome place!


The Alma Matter of eight US presidents, several foreign heads of state, sixty two living billionaires and some 150 Nobel laureates, Harvard University is disputably home of legendary people.

I believe we share thesame dream to enter its portals. I thought mine would just be a dream forever ’till mid of May 2015, our ship sailed to Boston, USA. Of course, I didn’t let the opportunity to visit Harvard slip through my fingers.

Harvard is Harvard; I must step on its grounds and be forever grateful of this another life-changing milestone.


Brief History

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Established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard was originally called “New College” or “the college of New Towne”. It was in 1639 when the name was changed to Harvard College after deceased clergyman John Harvard.

John, an alumnus of the University of Cambridge in United Kingdom, was able to impart GBP 779 and his library of some 400 books to the institution before he died.

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Colossal Campus

Harvard’s main campus has a total land area of 209 acre (85ha) and its other facilities are spread throughout the Boston metropolitan.

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As a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it is organized into eleven separate academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Impressively, the home of the first printing press in North America has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world, amounting to $32.3 billion as of June 2013.


And did you know that the Harvard Library is the world’s largest academic and private library system, comprising of nearly 80 individual libraries with over 18 million volumes?

Inside the giant library are must-see rare books, manuscripts and other special collections (i.e. maps, gazetteers and atlases both old & new).

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One and only

For someone who wants to obtain quality education, choosing a topnotch school is a must.

Harvard ranked no.1 in Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2003 and the World Reputation Rankings since 2011.

Moreover, a poll done by The Princetown Review revealed that Harvard was on the top of the list of “Dream Colleges” for students and was first nominated by parents in 2009.


I dream to take my masters in Harvard someday. Ambitious much, eh? Oh yeah, why not! The nominal cost of attendance however, costs an arm and a leg! Ouch!

The following are the break-down of expenses per semester as stated on Harvard university’s website, effective for academic school year 2015-2016.

Tuition & Fees – $45,278

Room and Board – $15,381

Estimated personal expenses (including $800-$1,200 for books) – $3,741

Estimated travel costs – $0-$5,200

Total billed and unbilled costs – $ 64,400- $69,600

* In addition, health insurance is required at a cost of $2,390 (for 2015-16) unless you are covered under your family’s health plan.

If $1 is Php44.00 prepare to spend 2,833,600 – 3,062,400 Million Pesos!  (Now you know why I’m already very happy and contented with a half day tour?)Lol


Nevertheless of the hefty fees, the school offers various scholarship grants and financial aids for those deserving students.

Law School and Memorial Hall

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US former President Barrack Obama & his wife Michelle,Chief Justice John Roberts, Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak and former Chief Justice Renato Corona of the Philippines, among others, are notable graduates of Harvard’s college of Law.


I wonder if they had walked here in front of Austin Hall when they were still studying? 🙂

On the other hand, the large, highly residential research university offers 46 undergraduate concentrations (majors), 134 graduate degrees and 32 professional degrees.


For academic year 2008-2009, Harvard already granted 1,664 baccalaureate degrees, 400 masters degrees, 512 doctoral degrees and 4, 460 professional degrees.

Another feather on my cap

My overseas employment served as my ticket to visit wonderful places such as Harvard.

As an Expat-Pinoy, I couldn’t help myself not to be thankful of my blessed status. Life at sea maybe risky, challenging and often tiresome but I’m coming up roses. Aside from actually having no choice but to surpass or at least endure the stormy seas, all my sacrifices are worth it.


I wasn’t able to admit myself yet (perhaps after winning millions in the lottery someday) but happiness is overflowing in my heart for at last, I had been to my dream university.

Yes indeed, dreams do turn into reality.



Peepz, share your thoughts about  Harvard by writing a comment below.

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