Tareq Habash '20
University of Edinburgh
Ask me about studying abroad for the third time (and as an athlete)!
Because I went abroad...
I learned how to structure my life without external stimuli. With significantly fewer class contact hours per week, and no rugby schedule requiring me to be up at six in the morning, my drive to learn, socialize, work and explore in Edinburgh all had to come from within. The restlessness generated by the excessive free time reaffirmed in me the value of proactivity and prompted me to start kayaking, seek out-of-town experiences, and develop some serious cooking skills. I would soon realize that the joy of white-water kayaking is somewhat contingent on your ability to roll back up when dunked in the freezing February waters, and I would adjust my skills accordingly. My time away from Harvard also allowed me to evaluate my aspirations, priorities, and responsibilities in the academic context and in life at large. It is only after pondering the details that I otherwise try to not get bogged down in do I know what I want from my last year at college, and feel ready for it.
Ask me about….
- Studying at the University of Edinburgh
- University life in the UK
- Keeping up with training requirements (for athletes)
- Trying a new sport abroad
- Maximizing your budget
- Maintaining friendships/relationships while abroad
- The best places to visit in Scotland/UK
- What a Ceilidih is and what to wear to one
Study Abroad Highlights…
- Intimate Relationships, a sociology course that deals with the evolution of familial and romantic relationships through globalization and changes in societal norms.
- Visiting Belfast. Walking over 60 miles on foot throughout Belfast spontaneously was an unforgettable experience, not to mention visiting the "Narnia Trail" which inspired the Narnia books.
- Spending weekends in London with Harvard friends who were also stuying abroad. From sightseeing to going a Cambridge University Ball, England became home to many fond memories.
- The tranquility of the Scottish Highlands and parts of Edinburgh. Dipping into the freezing cold water of Sligachan, enjoying live music at the beach and looking down at the city from the top of Arthur’s seat were all moments of genuine happiness.
Other International Experience...
- Lived in Palestine before moving to the U.S.
- Studied at Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C. for a year as an international
- Youth leadership camp in Karuizawa, Japan
- Summer 2017: Harvard Summer School in Scandinavia