Goodbye tourists, hello residents

first_imgAs the Class of 2017 settled in at Harvard and began Freshman Week, students from 49 states and more than 60 nations were busy taking in the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the tightly packed, red-brick neighborhood that will be their home base for the next four years.Many new arrivals said they had visited friends and family in the Boston and Cambridge area before moving onto campus, so they thought they had a pretty good idea about what to expect. But being there as a Harvard freshman has changed everything.“It’s entirely different to see it as a student,” said Margaret Irving of New Brunswick, Canada, as she crossed the Yard with classmate Nick Ackert.“It’s a much more personal experience than looking at it as a tourist,” said Ackert, a New York City native who has been studying in Taipei, Taiwan, for the last four years. “It’s much more than just the campus — it’s the students.”“Going here, there’s this misperception of the typical Harvard student,” said Rajkumar Pammal, referring to the “preppy” Ivy stereotype. “There’s such diversity on this campus.”Pammal, from suburban Long Island, N.Y., noted that his three suitemates hail from Nepal, Florida, and North Dakota. The group recently bonded over the beanbag game “cornhole” on the grass near the Science Center. “That’s just the microcosm of how everything is here,” he said.Beyond the Yard, students said they were finding Harvard Square to be a nice blend of hip urbanity and suburban ease that felt interesting, but also safe and comfortable.Attending the pre-orientation program that began Aug. 20 gave some freshmen time to check out local shops and restaurants, meet other students, and ease their anxieties about starting a new life in a strange place.“I’m amazed at the number of people I’ve interacted with already,” said Rachel Stromberg of Tulsa, Okla.Laetitia Tiani Vessah, whose family is originally from Douala, Cameroon, spent her pre-orientation week in the First-Year Urban Program, a five-day session run by students to help introduce freshmen to the Cambridge and Boston community by engaging them in public-service projects.Tiani Vessah spent the week working as a volunteer at Fair Foods, a Boston nonprofit food rescue organization that delivers surplus groceries to low-income families for, at most, a nominal fee.“I really liked that because I got to know more about the city,” she said.For many incoming students, getting acclimated to the broad and unpredictable spectrum of New England weather is a concern, especially for those who have never had to dress for frigid temperatures.“In Oklahoma, we have ice storms, so I’m excited for snow,” said Stromberg. “I think they’ll deal with it better.”Udodiri Okwandu, who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, is determined not to get caught off guard by the inevitable cold. “I bought a bunch of coats, but I have to get more,” she said.Udodiri Okwandu, who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, is determined not to get caught off guard by the inevitable cold. “I bought a bunch of coats, but I have to get more,” she said.Said Belinda Zeng, a Cupertino, Calif., native: “I’m freaking out.” For Zeng, the transition as a first-year student has been a little overwhelming, especially since many of her friends are going to college back in California, though some are also at Boston University.“It’s been kind of daunting,” said Zeng about move-in day. “The first time I left my sister, it hit me: I’m at college now.”But Zeng said she’s feeling more at ease, thanks in part to the kindness of strangers. She traveled to Harvard and then lugged “tons of suitcases” for what seemed like “miles across campus” to her residence hall, only to be confronted with three flights of stairs. Out of nowhere, she said, a stranger appeared and offered to help carry her belongings up to her room.“That’s what I love about Harvard,” said Zeng. “There’s this sense of community.Everyone’s just there for each other.”last_img read more

Start the day with a dip at this convent turned luxury home

first_imgOutdoor entertaining and pool at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.The veranda flows into an open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area through bi-fold doors.“The layout of the house allows for entertaining both indoors and outside,” Mr Adams said.“The only thing we have done to the property is heated the pool, which means we can open up the bi-folds or sit on the deck and watch Eva swim nine months of the year.”The bottom floor also has three carpeted bedrooms, one with a walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite, along with a laundry, bathroom and a butler’s pantry on the floor.Upstairs is a master suite, with a his and hers walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. The home at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.You wouldn’t know this New Farm house is a former nunnery with stunning renovations giving it a new lease on lifeFormally the convent of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, the 407 Bowen Tce residence has hardly a spooky detail in sight, with bright spaces and beautifully polished floors throughout the home. Open plan living at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.Owners Alistair and Liz Adams have lived in the home for three years and said they are only moving to get a bigger backyard for their five-year-old daughter Eva as she grows.“The layout is perfect, it’s spacious, it’s open, it’s functional and it doesn’t need anything done to it,” Mr Adams said.“It was so beautifully renovated when I bought it and I’ve joked that the only thing I’ve had to do is change two light bulbs.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 The master bedroom at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.This property is unique as the front yard opens to the pool and a wraparound timber deck with an alfresco dining area tucked around the side. The ensuite at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.There is also an underground double garage with internal access.Mr Adams said although they will miss the convenience and serenity of the home, they hoped to stay in the area.last_img read more

Brooklyn Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash as coach

first_imgBrooklyn Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash as coach Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash as coach.center_img September 3, 2020last_img