Student Success Stories

Student Success Stories

Learn about the Harvard Extension experience from people who have lived it. See what our current students and alumni have to say about our courses, faculty, and the impact that continuing education has had on their lives and careers.

Marilena Dania

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Psychology

Athens, Greece

Earning my psychology degree entailed real dedication, long hours, and love. Above all, love. I loved putting in the work, so it never felt like a chore. And my family loved what I was doing and supported me throughout.

Josh Drean

Master of Liberal Arts, Management

Boston, Massachusetts

My primary job as a speaker is to inspire youth of the next generation to dream big. During every presentation, I tell high school students that they can go to Harvard if they really want to! There are always options like Harvard Extension that make those dreams possible.

Jelena Dowey

Master of Liberal Arts, Software Engineering

Moyeuvre, France

The most rewarding aspect was the depth of knowledge that I acquired. I tended to favor courses where the syllabus spoke to me, covering areas where I knew that I wanted to acquire new skills.

Blake Hite

Bachelor of Liberal Arts in the field of Biology | Minors: Psychology, Environmental Studies

Boston, Massachusetts

The most rewarding aspect of my time at the Extension School was having the privilege to work as a faculty aide alongside distinguished faculty members on urgent matters of public health, such as suicide and climate change. 

Zachary Hadley

Master of Liberal Arts in the field of International Relations

Venice, Italy

In the Yard, banners stated “you belong here.” I felt that was true in my daily interactions with peers, faculty, and the wider Harvard community.

Lindsay Harris

Master of Liberal Arts in the field of Digital Media Design

Medford, Massachusetts

Enjoy the ride, it’ll go faster than you think! 

Brandon Taylor

Master of Liberal Arts in the field of Finance | Accounting Certificate | Corporate Finance Certificate

Cleveland, Ohio

Going to school here was such a positive experience that I will take it with me for the rest of my life. 

Jeremy Colson

Master of Liberal Arts in the field of Sustainability

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

I am now able to engage with business leaders, leading politicians, and senior NGO personnel in a way that I didn’t feel able to do previously.

Onege Maroadi

Master of Liberal Arts in the field of International Relations


When I make up my mind about doing something, I get it done.

Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo

Master of Liberal Arts, Government, 2018

Portland, Oregon

The experience of this program has given me a far more in-depth understanding of the challenges of human rights in the United States and globally, and has helped me hone my strategies for future work to bring equality to women.