Gaby Ruiz-Colón

"The most important lesson at Harvard was to look beyond labels. I came in seeking to be compartmentalized into one specific community, and have "my thing." Like many of my peers, I soon found out that I was perfectly average and in fact, I'd likely never find that label for "Gaby the _____" Over time, I came to think about my communities much more broadly, and consequentially, think about defining myself across extracurriculars, and academic matters, and simply "Gaby." While I'm not thrilled about needing to say goodbye to Harvard, I leave with a fuller sense of myself, and a greater understanding of what it means to exist in a community, and that alone is pretty special :)"