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That One Time I Attended Harvard.

Tommy Engstrom

“Everyone knows that the only real Ivies are the holy trinity: Harvard, Yale, and Princeton”
Blair Waldorf

Harvard bodes an impressive lineup of students – ranging from John F. Kennedy to Natalie Portman, Bill Gates to Bill O’Reilly, John Roberts to Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Damon to Tommy Engstrom.

“Shut the front door! Tommy, you went to Harvard?!” you may be asking yourself. It’s true. I, Tommy Engstrom, attended Harvard University for a whole six hours in the summer of 2015. No, I was not enrolled at the university. No, I did not attend a single lecture or take a single exam. I didn’t even eat a single meal in a dormitory cafeteria. When I say I attended Harvard, I really mean to say that my mother and I visit Cambridge for a few hours during a trip to Boston and I made up an elaborate story in my head, convincing myself that I had gone to Harvard for undergraduate. Delusional? Perhaps.

As I sit in my Chicago studio apartment at the end of August, I cannot help but get a little nostalgic. Nostalgic for a time that was much simpler and more carefree. I am talking about my college days. Erik just started his final semester at Winona State University in Minnesota. The nearby campus of DePaul is teeming with eager bright-eyed students ready for a new year of learning and studying. It is hard for me to believe that it has been five years since I graduated from the University of Illinois. There are times, like right now, when I miss it all. Sleeping in late. Going to class in sweatpants and a sweatshirt, Starbucks at my fingertips. Life was good.

I am preparing myself to sound old and haggard as I write this next sentence, so please humor me. College students, please, I implore you to take advantage of the time you have in college. Enjoy it. Don’t worry about the rest of your life. Things will work out. You will have ups. You will have downs. But right now, you have college. And freedom. So make sure to do your homework, studying for your exams, and take your education seriously. But more importantly, live up the fact that you are young and really do not have a care in the world.

While you do that I will be pulling out my hair with all of the adult responsibilities written on my to-do list…


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