After a long day of swim practice and school, senior Richa Chaturvedi heads home. On most occasions, the drive home consists of a stop to her favorite frozen yogurt shop. But, for two weeks, as a result of Chaturvedi’s lost bet to her father, no frozen yogurt was to be eaten.
“I told my dad that if I got in [Harvard], I wouldn’t have fro-yo for two weeks because I was really sure that I wasn’t going to get in,” Chaturvedi said.
Although the loss signified no frozen yogurt, on the upside, it also meant that Chaturvedi was accepted to her dream school, Harvard.
“At the beginning, I was fangirling about the school a little bit and I was super stoked, but now I’ve kind of calmed down,” Chaturvedi said, “I’m kind of nervous to meet people that are a lot smarter than I am.”
Despite Chaturvedi’s applications to other colleges, she is planning on attending Harvard and taking a business path. But, she is not sure whether or not business will be her final decision.
“They advocate for higher learning so they really encourage you to not go in declared,” Chaturvedi said, “They have this thing called shopping week before classes start where you just sit in whatever classes you want to sit in on and then you pick your classes. So, I won’t even know what classes I’m taking until I’m there.”
Ultimately, Chaturvedi wants to get one thing straight.
“I don’t want to glorify getting into Harvard,” she said, “I think that motivated people will succeed wherever they are, I just happen to get lucky and get into my dream school.”