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I met Harvard's New Dean
by Katy Purviance on 05/29/08 @ 01:36:57 pm
Categories: Grad School | 208 words | 959 views

Architect Michael Lehrer hosted a Harvard GSD alumni event at his office in Silverlake last night to welcome our new dean, Moshen Mostafavi.

I wrote “Future Alumna” on my name badge. I was the only new student there.

I ran into a current student pretty quickly. Get this – she received a travel grant and will be traveling to the Amazon this summer to study South American infrastructure. How jealous am I?

(We also have the same name, but she pronounces it differently.)

She also gave me some good advice about my housing conundrum: she suggested just taking a temporary summer sublet in Cambridge. I could then use that time to find some a place for the school year.

The idea of moving even sooner made up for the particularly unfulfilling and underwhelming day at my non-architecture-related job.

Michael introduced Moshen to us and I got a chance to meet him personally. You know what he said?

I told him I was thinking about getting all my sleep in now since I won’t have time for it once September comes.

He said he doesn’t believe in too many sleepness nights.

Which gives me hope. But I know me and my ambitious plans might render my nights sleepless anyway.

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