Each September, Au Pair in America organizes a group tour at Harvard University for its Boston area au pairs. Over 60 au pairs participated on a lovely sunny day.
Aside from Harvard’s history, we always learn interesting facts from the tour leaders. Yesterday we learned that Harvard is the only university which is “needs blind” which means that they will accept students based on their scholarly value no matter how much money they have to contribute to their education. Harvard will then supplement the rest, even if it means paying 100%. We also learned that each dorm on campus reflects the total makeup of the Harvard student population. So if Harvard has 20% international students, each dorm will have 20% international students. A true tribute to diversity!
We heard that even the statue of Mr. Harvard tells three lies:
1. It was not Mr. Harvard who founded the Harvard University
2. It was not founded in the year written on the statue
3. It’s not Mr. Harvard himself since nobody really knew how he looked like.
Many more stories our tour guide has told us and this was an impressive way to introduce all aupairs to this famous Harvard University.
Many of our aupairs continue to sign up for classes at the Harvard extension school as well.