Despite the lingering snow in the Yard, Housing Day was in full effect on Thursday as freshmen learned where among the 12 undergraduate House communities they will live, study, and form friendships over the next three years. A celebration steeped in pride and camaraderie, Housing Day kicked off with the traditional race to the Yard, where current residents showed off the unique cultures, personalities, and even mascots of their Houses. Colorful T-shirts with House-specific slogans, moose ears, penguin costumes, stuffed lions, banners, and flags were just a few pieces of House spirit on display.
“I didn’t know much about Housing Day before coming to Harvard,” said Lorna Kagecha ’18, excited to be destined for Currier House. “You are huddled in your room with your blocking mates just waiting for the upperclassmen to come knocking on your door and shouting whatever House you go into. It’s really exciting. There is so much energy all over the place.”
According to Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana, “Our Houses are a key aspect of the College experience. They reflect the diverse nature of our community and are places for integrating the intellectual, social, and personal transformation that is central to our educational mission.”