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The Dear Harvard Project

Join us in sending a virtual postcard to connect with the Harvard community: share a piece of yourself, contribute to an enduring artifact of this time, and bridge our current virtual worlds with the future.

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Share:

Use a virtual postcard to share a hope, reflection, or message of gratitude.

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Connect:

Visit the virtual gallery—or the digital displays if you’re on or around campus.

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Reunite:

The postcards will be printed and exhibited physically when we come back together.

276 cards
Goal: 500

Thanks SO MUCH for helping us get to 200 cards. Now let's get to 500!

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    Postcard front image Postmark 7/2/2020 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    I miss you so much Harvard. Of course it's the people I miss most -- but it's not the people alone. It's the possibility of adventure, the dazzling array of things to see, to do, to learn with those people. It's walking through the Yard under an autumn rainbow of leaves. It's the friendly, wet snuffles of all the Kirkland dogs. It's the comfort of my tiny room against the excitement of a thousand colliding worlds beyond. I think some part of me is still not ready to let you go... but thank you.

    Alaisha Sharma | IG: @alaisharma, FB: https://www.facebook.com/alaisha.sharma.56

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/30/2020 GUILFORD, CT
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Pictured here is my grandmother, 95 years young, visiting Harvard for the first time in July 2018. It was one of the most memorable days of my life, made sweeter now that I have the honor of joining HLS’s Class of 2023. I look forward to getting to know the Harvard community, and I especially look forward to the day I can return to campus with her!

    Michael Roh | @michaeljroh

    red concrete building low-angle photography Postmark 6/28/2020 SACRAMENTO, CA
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Shout out to the students leading cultural groups and making spaces for yourselves at a PWI like Harvard! You are capable of more than you know, and Harvard is lucky to have students like you <3 Keep fighting the good fight.

    Itzel V.R.

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/26/2020 ROCHESTER, MN
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    No matter what each day brings, the sun will continue to rise and set, gifting us with each day a new chance to make things right and better with the world. Before the sun sets, let our actions lead this world on a better path for all of humanity.

    Emily

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/22/2020 PLANET EARTH
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Thank you for my best friends! While we lost our 2.5 months together, there's no one I would have rather spend the last 3.75 getting to know. We have a lifetime of memories together, plus an in person graduation, to look forward to! I am better for knowing everyone in this community, from my closest friends to those who simply brightened my time at Harvard by also being there. To those who still have time left at the College, cherish every moment at this incredible place. In short thank you all!

    Sydney

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/21/2020 NEW YORK CITY
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    A whirlwind of memories colors the week we said goodbye: tears and dancing in the Adams LCR; senior thesis pictures on Widener steps; dashing to Weeks Bridge to catch one last sunrise. As I reminisce, I’m surprised by how the devastation has so quickly morphed into joy: virtual game nights and group workouts; late night Zoom chats; old-fashioned phone calls just to catch up. Who would’ve thought this could be the chance for us to finally make good on those promises to "catch a meal sometime"?

    Emma Toh

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/20/2020 SUMMIT, NJ
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Greetings from New Jersey (the front-line of the Coronavirus outbreak) and congratulations to the Harvard Class of 2020! Don't let anything get you down!

    Lisa

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/14/2020 CANADA
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    We are all merely guess in this world for but a short time. We will be challenged and tested with both triumphs and chaos. It is what we each do in our own sliver of history that will tell our shared story.

    John S

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/14/2020 LONDON
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Every shade of life is so beautiful. Embrace it with love and gratitude

    Aman Sood | https://uk.linkedin.com/in/soodaman

    brown concrete structure with tower Postmark 6/13/2020 PLANET EARTH
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    my sympathies to the class of 2020 on the tragedy that derailed your ceremony. you deserve a much better one. hopefully next year at latest you will be able to celebrate the way you deserved.

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/10/2020 PHOENIX, AZ
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Proud to have been part of the community for 23 years!

    Steven Kruczek

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/9/2020 WASHINGTON, D.C.
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    “When all your desires are distilled You will cast just two votes: To love more and be happy.” Hafiz

    Elizabeth Thottam | https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-thottam-727b4311/

    sea under white clouds at golden hour Postmark 6/9/2020 READING, MA
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    I will never again take for granted the sound of the audience at a concert, the smell of a big backyard barbecue, or a hug from a person I love. I cannot wait for these seemingly small moments to come again. Until then, thank you Harvard for giving me a reason to smile.

    Alli

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/9/2020 SARATOGA
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    "darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -dr. martin luther king, jr.

    aishani

    low-angle photo of pink and orange balloons Postmark 6/9/2020 TORONTO
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Thanks to my wonderful children. They are so nice.

    Hairong

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/8/2020 ATLANTA, GEORGIA
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Our future impact in the world will be defined by how we handle the situations thrust upon us. If its anything that this decade has taught us, it’s that we should strive to follow our vision…a mantra to look at our current situation and figure out how we can become even greater. This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and uncovered our country's deeply rooted problems. It is up to us to set our differences aside, help one another, and set the world on a better path together.

    Henry Xuan | https://www.instagram.com/_henryxuan/

    person holding ice cream in cone Postmark 6/6/2020 PLANET EARTH
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    With all that's going wrong in the world right now, don't forget about all the things going right, like ice cream. Ice cream is still delicious. Puppies are still cute. Family still drives you insane while making life interesting. Friends still trade insults and laugh. There are still tons of good people and good things. Address the darkness, but don't forget about the light that already exists.

    Alison

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/4/2020 EASTON
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Wishing you all peace and love during this crisis, and always.

    Carmela

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/3/2020 SACRAMENTO
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    So grateful for this time to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature. Only a few weeks until we'll be up to our eyeballs in blackberries!

    Sofia

    Postcard front image Postmark 6/3/2020 PLANET EARTH
    Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
    Thank you, Harvard, for giving me the freedom to explore.