We asked our Harris Ambassadors about the highlights of their Admitted Student Week (ASW) last year and what admitted students should look forward to about ASW this year.

Visit the February 28–March 4 Admitted Student Week schedule and register for sessions. 

Deqa Aden
Deqa Aden, MPP Class of 2023

Deqa Aden, MPP Class of 2023

I remember being super excited to join a diverse class and a talented cohort. However, in addition to my enthusiasm, I felt the imposter syndrome that comes with being admitted to a prestigious institution. Thankfully, the more I chatted with other admitted students, the more I realized I wasn’t alone.

To admitted students, you may feel overwhelmed with so much information, so I advise you to take it at your own pace. Enjoy the experience of making new friends and building community. Above all, please applaud yourself for this new milestone in your life.

Read Deqa's Student Profile: Deqa Aden, Pearson Fellow, MPP Class of 2023

Victor Hinardi
Victor Hinardi, MPP Class of 2023

Victor Hinardi, MPP Class of 2023

It stood out to me how engaging and collaborative the Harris community was at ASW. I learned about the wide range of Harris Student Organizations (HSOs) I could join to build community at Harris, and that made me excited to start in the fall. Admitted students should take the opportunity to explore HSOs by talking to the current board members and asking questions at upcoming HSO Community Chats.  

Read Victor's Student Profile: Victor Hinardi, MPP Class of 2023 and 2020 Data and Policy Summer Scholar

Lindsay Hiser
Lindsay Hiser, MPP Class of 2023

Lindsay Hiser, MPP Class of 2023

I really valued the faculty sessions included in last year’s ASW schedule. To hear from faculty members about their research, courses, and approach to public policy was especially useful. At that time, I was still deciding whether to attend Harris, and I wanted to know how Harris was different from other policy schools. Looking back now, it was the insight from faculty at ASW that helped me understand what made Harris unique—I highly recommend you attend these sessions.

Bradley McCandless
Bradley McCandless, MPP Class of 2022

Bradley McCandless, MPP Class of 2022

The best part of ASW for me was engaging with future classmates, professors, and Harris staff. I connected with some Harris Admissions folks that I had met throughout the application process, befriended classmates who are now some of my go-to problem set collaborators, and chatted with professors who inspired me to come to Harris to pursue a socially impactful career. Students should look forward to engaging with future friends and mentors around a shared vision of how to make the world a better place: a mission statement that is sorely needed in our society today.

June Yom
June Yom, MPP Class of 2022

June Yom, MPP Class of 2022

My favorite part about my ASW was learning all the unique ways to get involved with policy outside of the traditional classroom environment, such as the opportunity to join HSOs or volunteer within the city of Chicago. This year, students can look forward to connecting with current students that have created a community at Harris and in Chicago.