This is Harvard

Hello Everyone, this is my first attempt at a blog and I can think of no better reason to try one than to chronicle my year at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow.

In a nutshell, the experience has been incredible thus far and a needed break after 18 years in a newsroom, including the last 11 as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

My classmates, journalists from all over the world, are fantastic and interesting. The students here at Harvard are as bright as I expected. The professors are as hard as I expected. The campus is as beautiful and historic as advertised. And living in Cambridge has been an eye-opening experience. For those of you who don’t know, let me tell you what the The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is. Every year, about 25 journalists – usually at the mid-point of their career – come from around the globe to study at Harvard as a Fellow. I have one classmate who lives five minutes from me in Atlanta, while another hails from a place called Circassia.

Others in the class hail from places like India, Ireland, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, Paris, Korea and China. Closer to home, some came from Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia. Domestically, the class includes journalists from Charlotte, Seattle, Dallas, Cleveland, D.C. and Chicago.

A very diverse bunch indeed. We spend the year, basically as a college student again. Taking classes, attending lectures and seminars, eating in the cafeteria, even going to football games. For those of you who know me, you know that I am a proud 1990 graduate of N.C. Central University, a historically black college founded in 1910 in Durham, N.C.

It has taken some time to re-adjust to college life after all these years. And it has taken a while to adjust to how vastly different that experience was and how this one will be. As a student at NCCU, I lived in all-male dorm called Chidley Hall. In fact, it was the only male dorm on campus and was as notorious as it was glorious. Outside of the classroom, it was probably the greatest learning environment I had ever known. Now, lets see what this year brings.

 I am going try to update this thing daily, although I have been here for about a month, so I am a little behind. I will try to summarize the first few weeks before moving to the daily – uh, regular updates. 

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