Reflecting on a young life

first_imgThere have been a few times this academic year when I’ve had to choose between finishing a problem set or spending time with my friends. It’s obvious that there is a certain “go, go, go” way of life at a world-class institution such as Harvard College. Because this is a university where top students flock to study because of their potential and accomplishments, it is easy to fill up a schedule with academics, extracurricular meetings, practices, and rehearsals, while at the same time not even realizing what we’re doing it all for.As students, we share many interests. But as Harvard freshmen, more specifically, there are several high expectations that we set for ourselves. Everything we do, and have already done up until this point, seems only for the future, so that we can live “good lives.” But what exactly does that mean? Are our actions reflective of our values? Do we have certain responsibilities or obligations as Harvard students? When is it time to put that problem set down? These are a few of the big questions that my “Reflecting on Your Life” group discussed.When I received the e-mail to sign up for the sessions, I was doubtful that a program like this would be successful, because of everyone’s busy schedules. After all, there aren’t even enough hours in the day to get a full night’s sleep, let alone squeeze in a voluntary activity that doesn’t count for anything academically. However, the section, intended especially for freshmen, only met for an hour and a half for three weeks, without any prerequisites or homework, so I decided to keep an open mind and go through with it.Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman and Jonathan Smart ’12, who had participated in the program last year, made sure our discussion was running smoothly. After the first few minutes of our initial meeting, my classmates and I had found some common ground outside of academics. When asked why we signed up, we gave a variety of responses, from getting away from the traditional classroom setting to meeting new people. I think Shalini Pammal ’13 summed it up best, saying she simply wanted to listen to the perspectives of her classmates because “one of Harvard’s greatest resources is its students.”While I anticipated awkward silences and blank stares, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Dean Dingman’s home with the same 15 classmates each Thursday to sit in a circle and talk about life. My favorite part of this discussion group was that the people represented a cross-section of the Class of 2013; there was no criterion for selection other than what fit our schedules best when we signed up. Essentially, any connections we might have shared were by coincidence, which I enjoyed because our groups of friends here are largely dictated by where we live, those who play the same sport, or maybe those we see in our classes. For me, this means I met most of my friends across the hall in Greenough, on the volleyball team, and in first-semester classes, but none of them were in my “Reflecting on Your Life” section.It was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one who was thinking about all the doors that attending Harvard had opened for me, about life back home in Methuen, Mass., or about what I wanted out of my college experience. Ultimately, I was thinking about my entire life.I would recommend the program to anyone because it helped me to realize that I should seize all that Harvard has to offer, while I can. It solidified opinions of which I was uncertain, and I don’t think I could have articulated or even embraced them without the help of my classmates. But it also raised a new set of questions: Will we actually put the problem set down and go out to gain life experience every time we have the opportunity? Will we sacrifice that “A,” regardless of the fact that it doesn’t really matter 20 years from now? While these questions are up for debate, it’s nice to know that there are people who can agree that reflecting on our time here at Harvard, even if it’s only been a semester and a half, has been both meaningful and worthwhile.An undergraduate or graduate student with an essay to share about life at Harvard? E-mail [email protected]last_img read more

MBB : Suero’s 29 points lead Albany to win over Brown in NIT Season Tip-Off

first_img Comments Gerardo Suero was exhausted and hunched over. Hands on his knees, the sweat was dripping down the Albany guard’s brow as his coach gave him instructions.After the big game Suero had, though, it wasn’t surprising he was spent by the final buzzer. He left all his energy on the court in the Great Danes’ opening-round game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.‘When I first sit down, man, I saw heaven,’ Suero said. ‘I was so tired.’The junior guard had every right to be. Recovering from the flu, Suero’s 29-point performance led Albany as it topped Brown 77-68 in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off inside a barren Carrier Dome on Monday. Suero was involved in a little bit of everything, adding nine rebounds, three assists and three steals to keep the Great Danes in the lead the entire game, even when Brown was charging late in the second half.Near the end of the second half, Brown cut its deficit to just five points after getting hot from 3-point range. So when Albany needed a lift to close out the game, Suero provided just that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSuero drove to the lane and went up against multiple defenders challenging the shot, making a layup to put Albany up 71-64. Soon after, Suero again displayed his aggressive offensive mentality by hitting another contested layup, giving the Great Danes a 73-66 advantage with less than a minute to play in the game.He then brought aggression to Albany’s defense to close the win out. He pulled down his ninth rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Brown’s Jean Harris, all but ending the Bears’ late game run.‘Gerardo is an unbelievable talent, and he’s very hard to guard,’ UA head coach Will Brown said. ‘He’s just going to continue to get better, but he’s a terrific talent, and he’s going to have a great year for us.’Suero displayed that talent from the start, driving to the basket when he had the ball in his hands. From the first bucket of the game, Suero continued to attack the hole, getting most of his points on layups. He finished the first half with 14 points, going an efficient 5-of-6 from the field.As a result, Albany took a controlling 41-29 lead into the locker room.‘I’m more of a driver than anything,’ Suero said. ‘I can shoot, but to me, I can get to the lane easy, so I don’t look too much to shoot because I can get just to the basket.’Albany was fortunate Suero’s hot first half provided a cushion. Brown finally picked up its offensive production after a less-than-stellar shooting first half.The Bears hit 8-of-16 shots from beyond the arc in the second half, with junior guard Matt Sullivan leading the charge. He nearly matched Suero’s big game, finishing with 26 points including five 3s.Defense is still something all of Albany’s players, including Suero, need to improve on, Brown said. But what offset the Danes’ second-half defensive struggles was Suero’s consistent scoring.Logan Aronhalt was Albany’s second-best player, scoring 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Aronhalt said Suero has shown he can be a closer for Albany early on in his Danes career, after playing his first two years at the junior college level.Suero also scored 17 in his Albany debut against then-No. 10 Pittsburgh on Friday.‘There were certain times where we were struggling to score and we needed a bucket just to get that last bit of momentum to finish the game, and he brought that for us,’ Aronhalt said.And Suero is still learning the American style of basketball. Coming from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Suero has only played stateside for a few years.But Suero’s Dominican basketball roots may help Albany with its next opponent.The 2-3 zone that he’ll likely see against No. 5 Syracuse on Tuesday night is the defense he’s used to attacking.‘I joked with him after. I said, ‘Are you ready for Syracuse’s 2-3 zone?’ Do they play that in the Dominican Republic?” Brown said. ‘He looked at me and said, ‘Coach, that’s all we play in the Dominican Republic.”[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Julio Urias takes no-hitter into seventh inning; Dodgers win in 10th

first_img“I had the option of working with a fastball,” Grandal said, “and hoping that when I called the secondary pitch he was going to make a good pitch or at least be around the zone.”Urías still pitched the game of his life. In his brief career he’d never allowed only one hit in a start longer than three innings, or taken a shutout into the seventh. In fact, his 6-1/3 innings is his longest outing in the majors or minors. Only three other pitchers have taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning this season.The Dodgers’ coaches had implored Urías to throw more strikes after the left-hander walked four batters in each of his first two starts. Urías resisted, starting his first five at-bats Tuesday with a pitch out of the strike zone.But he only walked two of the 22 men he faced and struck out five. One batter reached on an error when Urías clasped his glove too quickly on a routine ground ball.“A no-hitter, I think, is just faith,” Grandal said. “If it’s your day for a no-hitter you’re going to do it whether you’re throwing just fastballs or all secondary pitches. I don’t really think about it. Once it starts getting into the eighth or maybe ninth inning, then we’ve got something else.”Said Urías, “I knew it was out of my hands.”By the seventh inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was getting nervous. He decided Urías would throw no more than 110 pitches; he’d never thrown more than 112 in a game. Urías needed 83 pitches to complete six innings.“Mexican Heritage Night, pitch count started creeping up there, I’ve got to take this young kid out of a no-hitter — I think 45,000 fans would’ve really come down on me,” Roberts said.When Andrew McCutchen led off the seventh inning with a ground-rule double against Urias, Roberts had larger concerns. The inning, and the Dodgers’ 2-0 lead, was about to unravel.Left fielder Andrew Toles couldn’t corral McCutchen’s hit and hurt himself crashing into the wall. He would leave the game with an injured right knee. An MRI is scheduled for Wednesday.Sergio Romo relieved Urías and gave up one run, in part the result of a poor defensive play by Kiké Hernandez — Toles’ replacement in left field. Luis Avilan relieved Romo and gave up another run. Suddenly the score was tied, 2-2.In the eighth inning, John Jaso pinch hit for the Pirates and hit a solo home run against Pedro Baez — only the second run Baez has allowed this season.Trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Corey Seager and Justin Turner singled for the Dodgers with two outs, putting runners on first and second against Pirates closer Tony Watson. Bellinger smoked a single to right field against the left-hander, tying the score, 3-3. Watson hadn’t blown a save opportunity in eight tries before Tuesday.The 10th inning presented a new challenge. Roberts was operating with a four-man bench. In the afternoon, he told pitcher Ross Stripling to prepare to pinch run, just in case the game went long.That’s how Stripling found himself on first base after Grandal led off the 10th inning with a single against Pittsburgh’s Daniel Hudson. Chris Taylor failed to lay down a bunt and struck out. Hudson struck out Yasiel Puig for the second out.Barnes then pinch hit for Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-0), swung at the first thing he saw, and delivered the unlikeliest hit of them all: a double that split the gap in right-center field and rolled all the way to the wall. Stripling rounded the bases and scored without a slide.For Barnes, a seldom-used backup catcher, it was just his third RBI of the season.“I think you have to be ready to hit right away,” he said. “Giving away strikes, taking at-bats like you would when you’re starting, it’s tough. It’s one AB so be ready to hit.”Grandal hit a two-run home run off Pirates starter Ivan Nova in the fourth inning. It was his fourth home run of the season and his first since April 23.In the seventh inning, Grandal thought he had another home run until Gregory Polanco tracked the ball down in right field, 360 feet from home plate.Grandal finished 3 for 5, his second straight multi-hit game. Ten other Dodgers collected one hit apiece. Urías lost the no-hitter in the top of the seventh inning. The Dodgers very nearly lost the game before an RBI single by Cody Bellinger in the bottom of the ninth tied the score. In the 10th inning, Austin Barnes drove in pitcher Ross Stripling with the winning run in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory.The universe of unlikely heroes gained a few new stars.Start with Urías. Catcher Yasmani Grandal said the left-hander “literally had no secondary pitches” in his third start of the season for the Dodgers. LOS ANGELES >> Sol De Mexico, an 11-piece mariachi ensemble familiar to generations south of the border, held a concert before the Dodgers played the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Had Julio Urías thrown a no-hitter, he might have insisted la banda warm up the crowd every time he pitches.Urías, 20, believes in superstition enough to skip over the third-base line every time he runs to and from the mound. He always wears his blue socks up to his knees. He stopped short of giving teammates the silent treatment for the first six innings Tuesday when the Pirates couldn’t get a hit.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more