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Smartest One in the Room

I once heard the saying, “If you’re the smartest one in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.”

In most of my activities, I tend to be the smartest one in the room, so I need to challenge myself to find bigger, better rooms, where I can be the learner.

In my Harvard classes, I am definitely not the smartest one in the room. Professors are world-leaders in their fields and brutally honest in their evaluation and feedback. I am working at full exertion to meet the challenges that come with each activity and assignment. There are no easy A’s any more.

At the same time, this week, when my mother suffered health troubles and my leisure for studies was taken away, I was encouraged to attend to my mother. My professor sent a follow-up note to check on her progress and help me to get back with the class on Monday. He, a Harvard professor and advisor responsible for thousands of students, did not need to do that.

Despite the difficulty of the work, the help Harvard offers to students able and willing to do it has been amazing. It would be great to not be the smartest person in the room, but it’s even greater to be in a room with smart people who are also good people.


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