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This year several students have volunteered to introduce themselves through the Harvard Kennedy School School (HKS) admissions blog with a self-authored post.
Below is a selected portion of the blog recently written by Yariv Sultan:
Version A: “What? At your age and with two Master’s Degrees you are going back to school? You are out of your mind! Why are you doing this to you and your family? The kids will have a hard time adjusting!”
Version B: “What? At your age and with two Master’s Degrees you are going back to school? Good for you and the family! Wish I could have done this! The kids will have a great experience!”
I heard both versions when I told friends and colleagues about my acceptance into Harvard Kennedy School. Between astonishment, question-marks and admiration, I got much more of Version B, with different twists of , “I envy you; wish I would have done this; great move,” etc. and “kids will love it; it will be a great family time for you all; enjoy the different settings for the entire family…”
Some of my classmates moved here without their families, and will look for opportunities to meet during the year. Others moved first, only to be joined by their families after the summer program ended. I belong to a third group, so my three young kids and wife are my active partners in this journey, every step of the way.
We moved to Cambridge from Switzerland in early July in order to settle down in our Harvard University Housing apartment, and get situated before the HKS summer program began.
The summer program gave us a “preview” not only of the academic part of the year, but also personal perspective. While I spent the better part of the day at school, my family had a chance to adjust to a new, somewhat strange situation. We found a new rhythm to our daily routine, though it was still summer vacation for the kids. Usually after dinner I would spend a few hours preparing for the next day and its academic challenges. My kids’ favorite phrase was, “Dad – no TV for you today!”
As during our pre-Kennedy School life, my HKS colleagues and I continue balancing between career, private life and other priorities. This year our careers are being full-time students. Similar to other changes we have experienced over the years, a new balance must now be found, and I am sure we can do it.