FYI - we just received our graduation announcements that we ordered thru the COOP. They are ok. I was expecting a little better quality considering the price. For those of you that have not yet ordered, you may want to look at Balfour also and compare.
Another note... son has decided to attend Harvard Law. He's going down to the law center today and making his deposit. It's been a long deciding process. We're glad and grateful it's finally over and the decision has been made.
I actually voluntarily moved to Pfoho senior year at the behest of a very persistent friend. Loved it, and am very happy to have lived both in a river house and quad house. I left before Nick and Erika moved in, but I did get to briefly know them; I think Nicolas probably uses FB a bit too enthusiastically often for an adult (esp one who regularly gives superstar talks at TED among other places) -_^.
In any case, congrats to your son! I'm guessing he's 2+2? A close friend from Pfoho is also doing the 2+2, but he differed for a additional year, so he'll probably be starting HBS at the same time as your kid!
Living outside of Cambridge we have come to know a whole lot of my S's friends (we do the "can I come over for a home cooked meal and chill out for an evening" w or w/o him for his friends) and the majority of them are in Dunster (where he is going) or Mather ( a whole lot of his fiends are there...) so that is great to hear that D & M have gotten a good reputation in the housing assignments for cool freshmen (The Crim had both at the bottom --Duster the lowest--of the "House rankings" just prior to housing day...).
WindCloudUltra - you guessed right, my former-Pfoho son is slated to go to the B school under the 2+2 program.
The fall of 2011 was the first B school class with 2+2'ers in it (I think) so if my son sticks to his current plan he'll start in 2013 which will be the third class with 2+2'ers. He may defer a year as he really likes his current job and he applied to HBS 2+2 on sort of a lark, so going to HBS is a sort of "I might as well go since I got in" situation.
As his father, I say "You'd be crazy not to go!! It's only 2 years and the average starting salary when you graduate is $140k+!".
Regarding Pfoho, to me from the outside looking in, it was certainly a pretty house (although a little shop worn in places) and had a nice culture. The whole Harvard "house system" can't be beat. All the houses provide an experience that is unmatched by other colleges. I have a younger daughter who goes to a "normal" college and she sees the difference - "Gee, where's my house master, resident dean, floor tutors and house elves?"
^getalifemom, your son's ex is in Mather-- well having ex-es in the same house can be a bit awkward at first, but such us the growing up part- perhaps you should have written the typo "fiends" not me! Good luck to them both--I hope they can make it work; that they are able to turn from estrangment to a a semblance of friendship to true friends...Then again they can have a Phoenix like relationship in which both parties can;t either w/o each other and also w each other --they are so emotionally tiring--
Congratulations to Guitars101's son and Guitars101! Quite an accomplishment!
Thanks for the update on announcements, have to come check in with the Harvard parents every once in a while to get my to do list up to date!
Dragging my feet all the way to Graduation. D has a summer internship (paid but not much) at Harvard as she was advised to take a year before applying to Grad School for her major. Its in her area of interest and experience in her field but she will have to get a job bartending or waitressing to be able to pay her rent. Currently she is looking for a sublet for the summer, lots of them out there but they are all really pricey!
Happy Easter and Passover to everyone, Enjoy the holiday weekend.
So my freshman (soon to be sophomore) S is planning to spend a month over the summer working for the Crimson. At first he thought that housing was provided, but now understands that it is not. Does anyone have any suggestions? He will get paid a little something, but not enough to cover housing. Any ideas are welcome!