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first_imgWith the hustle and bustle of move-in day behind them, Harvard College freshmen looked more settled into their new surroundings as they filed in for the University’s annual convocation on Tuesday.But as President Drew Faust acknowledged, the Class of 2016 was just beginning to experience a whole new sense of disorientation, “a moment when you realized that your arrival here was no longer about where you’ve been or even where you are now, but where you are going.”“We already know that when it comes to succeeding, you are all experts,” Faust told her young audience. “But your four years here are going to give you a whole new sense of what success means.”Faust and a host of University leaders gathered with the College’s newest class to formally welcome them to Harvard. Although convocation is a relative infant in terms of Harvard traditions — it was first held in 2009 — each speaker took the opportunity to introduce the incoming class to the 376-year-old legacy of liberal arts education and free inquiry that precedes them.“For the next four years, we are here to help you become comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Faust said. “One of the reasons why you are here is that we recognized your capacity for leaving your comfort zones.”Not to be felled by rain, the ceremony was moved from its usual location in Tercentenary Theatre into the Memorial Church and Sanders Theatre. (Connected by video, the day’s speakers were split between both venues in the interest of fairness — “one of Harvard’s values,” Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman said.)The Rev. Jonathan Walton (from left), Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman joined the overflow crowd in the Memorial Church for part of the convocation. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Rev. Jonathan Walton, the new Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, began the event with an invocation. He wished freshmen “strength and courage to embrace the infinite possibilities that the future holds, even as we remain humble,” as well as the ability to “face down the existential angst that such opportunities may bring.”A large part of that angst comes from a natural impulse to compare oneself with others, said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“Don’t compare — connect,” Smith urged. “Get up after class and talk to your classmates; reach out to your professors and your teaching fellows. Make connections here and now that will last you a lifetime.”After all, he added, Harvard’s strength as a major research university stems from the fact that it “connects people, and in doing so shapes what we know, who we are, and how we make our impact on the world.”“Don’t compare — connect,” urged Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Get up after class and talk to your classmates; reach out to your professors and your teaching fellows. Make connections here and now that will last you a lifetime.” Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIf those new connections spawn discomfort, that’s the point, said Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies.“Our goal is to make you alert to the human and natural worlds, and to prompt you to be self-critical, creative, and analytical,” Hammonds said. “We hope your assumptions will be uncomfortably challenged. We hope you’ll feel unsettled by your encounters with different cultures, different traditions, and new ideas, and we expect you to be curious about it.”Quelling the sometimes-intimidating rhetoric, College senior Peggy Walenda Mativo shared her Harvard experience with the Class of 2016. In her path from shy Kenyan boarding school student to Harvard undergraduate, she was reminded of a Swahili proverb from her childhood: “If you want something that’s under the bed, then you have no other option than to bend and root for it.” She described her slow and faulting process of finding the courage to seek out mentors in the natural sciences and in laboratory work, where she discovered her passion for research.Like the proverbial shoe under the bed, “People who want to connect with you are out there,” Mativo said. “All you have to do is reach for them.”Students also heard from Harvard Alumni Association President Carl Muller ’73, J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, who led them in a rendition of “Fair Harvard,” and heard performances by the Kuumba Singers, the Harvard University Band, and the Holden Choruses.In an afternoon filled with thoughtful guidance, perhaps Faust had the best tip of all: Don’t forget to trust your own instincts.“Sometimes the way you will find your way is by not taking others’ sage advice,” she said.Harvard Alumni Association President Carl Muller ’73, J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, led the freshmen in a rendition of “Fair Harvard.” Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

first_imgFeatured Image Credit: PAFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… 4. Fabinho (Liverpool)Credit: PA3. Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) 9. Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) 10. Fernandinho (Manchester City) 7. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) 5. Rodri (Manchester City)center_img Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created 8. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) 6. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Read Also:Aubameyang stuns City as Arsenal reach record 21st FA Cup final2. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)Credit: PA1. Casemiro (Real Madrid) Real Madrid star Casemiro has been crowned the best holding midfielder in world football right now ahead of Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.The 28-year-old highly rated Brazilian holding midfielder arrived at Los Blancos in 2013 and has since become an integral part of the Madrid squad.Casemiro has already amassed an impressive 14-trophy haul at Madrid, which includes four Champions League titles.The Daily Star has now ranked the Brazil international top of the pile, saying he’s the “team’s most important player” ahead of Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.The newspaper pointed to Casemiro’s number of appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season and how he “maintains the shape of midfield and adds a more robust element.”The Madrid star has made 34 appearances in La Liga this season as Los Blancos beat fierce rivals Barcelona to the league title.Credit: PAKimmich, who is also considered as one of the best right-backs in the world, has often been deployed as a holding midfielder for Bayern Munich.The Daily Star said that the 25-year-old German star has “been a victim of his own versatility” due to the fact he “excels in multiple positions.”According to the newspaper, Kimmich is “swiftly developing into one of the world’s best players.”Atletico Madrid star Thomas and Liverpool star Fabinho finished third and fourth respectively.Posted below are the top 10 holding midfielders in world football, according to The Daily Star.last_img read more

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