Eight forty-five was the time I woke up, but I still only got almost six hours of sleep because I slept at three in the morning. Although we got to get up later today, rushing was still an inevitable part of our trip. The line at Starbucks was long, so we could only eat our breakfast while speed to the train station.
Differed from other days, we had two colleges to visit today: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Traveling with the same method as yesterday-train and then subway-we still had to be aware of the direction and the line we were traveling. But, definitely, we were more familiar with the system today than we did yesterday.
We got off at Harvard Station. When we first went up the stairs, we already saw the beautiful campus in front of us: the red buildings with historical architectural style. I thought, "Wow! I am stepping on the oldest education institution in the United States!" Today was also the moving in day for summer school students, so the campus was full of parents and students touring around and setting up their dorms.Since I did my research on Harvard, I already had some basic understandings about the university. We met Eric, a rising-sophomore who majors in economics, and Nu, who majors in sociology, at Massachusetts Hall, and we started our tour in this amazing campus.
First, the science building. We stood in the building and talked about some academic questions. In Harvard, majors are called concentrations, and students can have joint concentration in their college life. Also, students are able to take classes in the graduate schools, which is an opportunity that not many universities provide. We passed by the dome, and we arrived at the church across of Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, which is the third largest library in the United States. The library was built to commemorate Harry, who was an alumnus of Harvard that died in the Titanic accident. The library was spectacular. Sitting there, both of them told us about the college life at Harvard. It seemed that they had close relationship with their professors, and that they really enjoyed their education at Harvard. We also stood on the Harvard yard, which was super green. Around the yard is the freshmen dorms, which all freshmen are required to live there. Later we visited the upper-class residential hall. Harvard sorted dorm mates by their compatibility. Roommates might have different concentrations, but they might have some same hobbies or play the same instruments. By doing this, every student can be motivated by other people even though one might originally not interested in certain subjects. At Harvard, there is also a lucky left foot that all the visitors want to touch, but I did no touch it.
Today is the fifth day we are in the East Coast, and it is also the last day of our college tour. I feel a little bit sad since this week has been hectic yet fantastic with We all these interesting tours at these elite universities and informative conversations with all the nice people from all these universities. Like what Ms. Kronenberg said, these tours did change my life by opening my eyes to more possible opportunities and letting me realize that there are possibilities.