Michael Cheng

Michael Cheng

Michael Cheng

 

Hi! I'm a senior from Pennsylvania pursuing a joint concentration in History and Mathematics and a concurrent fourth-year Master's degree in Computer Science. It is totally okay and expected if you are feeling confused or stressed—no one in my family has ever gone to a college like Harvard, so my first year I was utterly culture-shocked, uncomfortable, and I had to figure out a lot of things out on my own.

I never imagined that I would study history in college, but studying history became the single best decision I made at Harvard. History gave me a deeper understanding of the forces motivating human societies, empowered me to reimagine the world, and helped me think critically about who I want to become. History was an anchor that transformed my college years into a genuine playground for exploration, "Camp Harvard."

Within history, I am interested in the history of political thought, twentieth-century international history, and energy history. I am also interested in renewable energy, genetics, and the delicate role of algorithms in a free society. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy rowing with the varsity lightweight men's rowing team, solving students' problems through our (flawed, but nevertheless effective) Undergraduate Council, exploring bookstores, nature trails, and other interesting spaces with friends, and folding origami dragons.

Please be in touch if you are interested in chatting about history, joint concentrations with technical fields, the concurrent Master's program, or just to say hi. I've always got time for prospective and current history concentrators!

 

 

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