Housing Day is one of the most celebrated days at Harvard. It can be both exciting and stressful. After the stress of navigating blocking and linking groups, we scale walls and sneak around HUPD into each of the nine river houses, desperately trying to win the favor of the River Gods. Although there are many myths and preconceived notions about each house, here are my post housing day realizations.
Freshmen woke up early Thursday morning to the sound of rowdy upperclassmen as they marched into Harvard Yard, waving signs and singing chants in celebration of Housing Day — an annual tradition where groups of freshmen are randomly assigned into one of the College’s 12 undergraduate houses.
For all the freshmen unsure of what to do now that they have their housing day assignments, flyby has your back. Check out this article for a list of things to do solo or with your blockmates after you finally know which house you have been ~sorted~ into.
Welcome to Lowell House! It’s home to the iconic blue bell tower, so you have probably heard of it (or its bells, at least). On top of being one of the closest houses to the Yard, Lowell is steeped in tradition and community. From weekly tea and steins to neon raves and Roman-God-themed formals, what’s not to lo(well)ve?
Welcome to Kirkland House! Yes, you’ve seen it in The Social Network, but Kirkland’s worth should not be limited to just Mark Zuckerberg’s legacy. This tiny, yet mighty, house, affectionately called “Kirk,” is seated in River West and awaits you with many unique traditions as well as an extremely tight-knit community that is hard to beat. After becoming a boar, the possibilities are endless: Want to meditate, brew some beer, or check out the comfy (as in really, really comfy) grille couches? Why not try it all!
Welcome to Winthrop House!I It's the House where the calming waves of Charles River beckons you to lounge on the hammocks in Winthrop’s gorgeous courtyards. Where the classy music of the dhall reverberates through the hall uniting the community. And where the red lion’s den reminds Winthropians to stay Throp Strong!
Welcome to Mather House! Mather is one of the newest houses at Harvard, built in the 70s, but don’t let the building’s tough exterior intimidate you. Inside, it’s like a warm hug — filled with an outgoing and welcoming community, singles for everyone, and some of the best ragers around — Mather has something for everyone. If you get into this house, you are one of the luckiest people alive!