“I’m here to study philosophy and economics, but I think the way the education system works is flawed—it teaches people what to think, not how to think. It teaches them how to follow models. I also work in advertising. When hiring, employers are often interested in a candidate’s degrees and qualifications. But if I were recruiting someone, I would be more interested in how they think, not what they’ve studied. In my view, what you should learn at a university is critical, lateral thinking, then we’ll teach you what to do when you come to the job.
“That’s why studying philosophy is so important. It teaches you not what to think, but how to think. Unfortunately, society today doesn’t value philosophy and the humanities the way it did 100–200 years ago. The people who get paid the most are accountants, economists, and bankers, not artists, thinkers, and creators. I think the world is slowly changing, however, and we’re starting to recognize that creative people are also really important."
“So I’m more interested in a fresher way of thinking to break the models. The way I see it, a rule is not a rule if it can be broken. Even what I’m wearing today is an example of breaking the rules: nobody wears shorts this short anymore, even though originally shorts were meant to be short. If you look at everyone around, you’ll see that they’re actually wearing half-pants, not shorts. They’re doing it because everyone else is doing it, and they follow like sheep. It’s important to do something because you want to do it. I want to wear shorts—even when everyone else is wearing half pants. I think when you don’t follow everyone else’s rules, it gives much more essence to your life.”
Photo by Portraits of Boston
Ana-Maria | Harvard '16
Computer Science and Astrophysics
Photographed in Radcliffe Yard
One of our favorite things about fall and winter is that we get to layer up, and, most importantly, bring out our sweaters. Since the days of old Ivy, sweaters have served as more than just an extra layer of warmth, showing everyone else what college and university your alma mater was, as well as any athletic affiliations (read about Ed Heald, Dartmouth '68, whose 1968 sweater graced the pages of Take Ivy twice, here)
Enter Hillflint, started by several college friends from Dartmouth and Princeton who were tired of the typical, uninspiring apparel options often found in today's university stores. They got their start at Dartmouth College by designing and making luxury class numeral sweaters for our classmates and have since expanded to other New England colleges.
Since the launch, Hilflint has sought to perfect the collegiate sweater and they have recently started a Kickstarter campaign to help them bring the Mark One sweater idea to life. The Mark One sweater is designed to be thicker, softer and better fitting than sweaters currently on the market. They just need our help to make it happen.
Early 60s photos of heiress and Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick with Bartle Bull, Harvard Alumnus, current editor of the Middle East Monitor and foreign editor of Prospect, a leading British political and cultural magazine.