RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Enjoy  >  My name is Harvard. As the University became a part of American history...

My name is Harvard. As the University became a part of American history...

Author: 03.03.2015 | USA
My corridors were walked by future Nobel Prize laureates, winners of Oscar and holders of the Pulitzer Prize. My libraries were attended by Microsoft and Facebook creators. I am alma mater for 8 American presidents and the richest man in the world.

My name is Harvard, I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If you want to know how and where people begin to learn how to change the world, let's get acquainted.

Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Theodore Roosevelt, David Rockefeller, Michael Bloomberg, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman - they all are my guys.

In his third year at Harvard Bill Gates with Steve Ballmer founded Microsoft and quitted the University. 32 years later after the world fame, Bill was recognized as alumnus, Harvard graduate, and handed a diploma.

The first black US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle studied in Harvard Law School in different years; Oscar-winning Natalie Portman while filming in Star Wars entered the Faculty of Psychology, where once studied Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook genius and dollar billionaire.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who founded the largest news agency Bloomberg and has appointed himself a salary of 1USD for the position of city head, has a Master degree from the Harvard Business School. And also he closes the top ten of the richest people in the world.

It all started in 1636, my first graduates were 9 people. Now in 2014 they are more than 18 000 alumni from all US states and 100 countries around the world, and I top all ratings for the quality of education.

Knowing this, it is not surprising that my graduates are the most highly paid employees in the labour market... However, this does not mean that they are boring guys: while studying, except comprehension of Sciences, they have time to run around in the altogether, pee on the statue of John Harvard and handle Ig Prize for the most stupid inventions.

Philanthropist John Harvard, in whose honour I was named, back in the XVII century bequeathed half of his fortune and 400 books for the university. Now his monument, but rather to say left leg, is polished to a shine by tourists in the firm belief that it brings luck. Students have another tradition associated with John – must do is to pee on the philanthropist’s bronze leg at night.

While Ukrainian students call Freebies, at Harvard students scream from the heart when final exams creep closer and closer. Primal scream is a stress reliever at night before exam. Such a student tradition in Harvard eventually transformed into... mass naked sprint!

On top of that, my students came up with their own award – Ig Nobel Prize for the most useless scientific inventions. Winners exploring friction between a shoe sole and a banana peel; testing deer reaction to people dressed as polar bears; proving that lost dung beetles find their way home by the Milky Way; and those studying impact of ostriches sexuality on human, receive the award for their "significant" contribution to science from the real winners of the Nobel Prize. 

My birthday has become almost a cosmic event: I dare to boast that I have an asteroid named after me! Taking into account the number of stars that graduated from behind my walls, I find this fact to be symbolic, and you?

Photo from open sources

It will be interesting:
Museums that cure
“I’d like some headache elixir, mandrake root extract, heart pills and a bit of morphine, please…” – this is about how patients addressed pharmacists a couple hundred years ago. They, in turn, were preparing various magmas and mixtures in pharmacological laboratories situated as near as in the next room. Sure, nowadays technologies have significantly advanced, “remedy stores” fit in kiosks while drug-containing medicines cannot be bought without prescription…
Unusual therapy: dolphins help to get rid of stress
How to get rid of stress and get a lot of fun? They say dolphin therapy is an effective remedy against emotional pain. Walking with dolphins can bring a bottomless amount of emotions and even expand the boundaries of the mind ... At least, the supporters of this way of thinking say so. Which countries are best to travel in order to be treated by the method of dolphin therapy?
Las Vegas. There is something more than just a casino
And you, by chance, are not going to Las Vegas to take a gamble on your hard-earned money? Or you are lured to those lands searching for atmosphere of nuclear tests or meeting with UFO? Don’t you believe me? Then read the most non-commonplace facts about this crazy city in Nevada specifically from The Outlook.
Thee twenty-first will be their century: The most dynamically developing cities of the planet
It may be difficult to believe it now, but in a few decades, such important and advanced global cities as New York, London or Tokyo will not play such a significant role as they do today. OUTLOOK, armed with the latest analytical data and forecasts, would like to tell our readers about fastest-changing cities that have all chances to become world centres very soon.
On the Move. Street food from around the world
Experienced tourists believe that one of the best sure-fire ways to quickly tune into the beat of another culture is to try local food. In order not to be at a loss when choosing dishes and save precious time for spiritual food, Outlook gives you selective advice on street gastronomy from seven spots of the globe.
Accompaying persons, please leave the train: the most interesting trains on planet
Despite ongoing development of air transport, many people across the Earth still love to travel by train for various reasons. Though the majority of passengers associate trains with a rather slow way to travel compared with airplanes, and are concerned with low comfort which can be still at the level of last century, reading through our selection below, you will definitely consider once again which means of transport you prefer to get to your destination.
We were there: the USA through the eyes of a Ukrainian
Context manager Bohdan Yanchev undertook a long-term journey to the United States. He spend six months there and not just visited large cities like Miami, New York and Washington but also worked in different positions, made numerous acquaintances with locals and visited places that ordinary tourists know nothing about. Upon his return he told us about his brightest impressions.
Lombard street: Street swallowed by a Boa constrictor
Remember how the little prince taught to see not a hat, but a boa constrictor digesting an elephant? So, in San Francisco you have the opportunity to see the street part of which is swallowed by a boa. A serpent Lombard Street crawled into almost all the Frisco city guides.
Water gates. Impressive world harbors
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
Between Heaven And... Water: World’s 5 smallest inhabited islands
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
Interesting not only in city centers. Residential districts of the world
There are hardly many travelers who would go somewhere further than city centre where their hotel is situated when on a short-term journey. And if location is a metropolis on top of everything else, such “outside” trips are sure to be put on hold till better occasions. And vainly so because it is in residential districts where one can have a look at a foreign country with the eyes of its citizens which is far more educative than hurry-scurry tours around castles and squares.
We were there: New York, Washington and Miami
For certain reasons there are two capitals in America – official and actual. Context manager from Kyiv Bohdan Yanchev visited them both and told us about spirits of these cities, about their landmarks and about what they represent in reality. If you think that New York is imbued with expensive perfumes and there is nothing else to do in Washington but to lie on a lawn by the White House – you are wrong!
Taxi in New York Style
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
World ghettos: Ukrainian Neighborhood in Chicago
Experience has proven that ethnic enclaves by and large are autonomous and closed-loop systems because living there one can stay non-assimilated and non-integrated into another culture at all. But that cannot be said about Ukrainian Village – Ukrainian district of Chicago, already famous around entire United States.
World ghettos: Polish quarter in New York
New York is rightfully considered one of the most interesting cities in the world. The reasons for this are many, including its unique ethnic composition of more than twenty large communities. New Yorkers joke that they do not need to travel, as it is just enough to take a ride through national enclaves and learn new cultures.
The new ambassador of the USA Mary Yovanovich entered office
The new Ambassador of the USA to Ukraine Mary Yovanovich has officially started implementing her diplomatic duties. Earlier she was an Ambassador in Republic Armenia (2008-2011) and Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008).
Summer at a Real Ranch!
Upon watching movies about Wild West in America, more than one generation of children dragged their parents towards horses nearby a circus to try on well-loved characters and feel that very atmosphere for a minute. However that minute has always seemed way to short for me. Therefore, when I grew up, I headed to Colorado State to work on a real-life horse guest ranch called Sundance.
World ghettos: Astoria: Greek outpost in New York City
Today, going on with series of articles dedicated to national enclaves living outside their homelands, we would like to tell about one of the most vibrant and tasteful neighbourhoods of New York City, culturally rich and diverse Astoria, usually nicknamed as the Little Greece.
The USA: useful tips
Approximately 70 million people a year - so many tourists from around the world visit the United States each year. Since the US is a special country, the same as any other country, most visitors face various problems: from cross-cultural difficulties to legal ones. We want to help you not get into a silly situation, so have prepared a selection of tips, useful during holiday in America.
CONTRAINDICATIVE FOR AEROPHOBES
Today at the airport near the English town of Farnborough opens one of the largest air shows which mandatory program includes incredible aerobatic displays. Do not worry if you lack time to travel to the UK and get a first-hand look at nearly disastrous air acrobatics performed by world class pilots. OUTLOOK will tell you about similar events that are definitely worth checking out in the future.
Close
Outlook facebook page