Opening Days, which begins on move-in day and extends through the first week of classes, is the official welcome and orientation to Harvard. During this time, students begin to learn about the values of the community and the opportunities and responsibilities associated with being a member. Most importantly though, it is a time to get settled, meet peers and advisors, and consider how to explore and pursue one’s intellectual and personal interests. While there is much to learn, there are many students, faculty, and staff who are ready to offer advice and support throughout the transition to Harvard.
Bear in mind, too, that Opening Days is just the start of orientation. The first year offers countless new experiences – many of which will be exciting and meaningful and some of which will be challenging and difficult. The goal of Opening Days is not to prepare students for all of these moments, but rather to enable them to discover the full range of what can be done as a Harvard student and how to find support when needed. Welcome!