Lucia De Bernardo

"After studying abroad in Bologna, Italy during my junior spring, I didn't think that coming back to Harvard would be that exciting--in fact I was actually dreading it. The minute I stepped foot on campus this fall, I was flooded with screams and hugs and friends saying "I missed you!" and "so glad you're back!" This continued for a couple weeks every time I would run into someone for the first time. All the time I was abroad, I was worried that the transition back to school would be depressing. Instead, the exact opposite was true. I didn't think that this was the kind of place where people had time to legitimately worry and care about one another while simultaneously leading such successful and badass academic/professional lives. In the end Harvard really surprised me and I'm so grateful to everyone that has made my last year the best one by far."