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.

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.

James Venable

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, 2018


I felt the call to become a constructive agent of change to impact the marginalized, the academic, and the religious communities. That’s my calling, and my Harvard and Yale educations will prepare and equip me to accomplish that task.

Moshe Ohayon

Master of Liberal Arts, Mathematics for Teaching, 2018

Louisville, Kentucky

My coursework at Harvard Extension supported and helped me to develop the concept behind Educational Justice, a rapidly growing social impact model in Louisville, KY. My professors at Harvard have not only been huge fans of our efforts, they’ve helped me to grow and support the venture in a number of key areas from research to networking.

Emma Rose Cohen

Master of Liberal Arts, Sustainability, 2018

Whistler, British Columbia

I ended up pivoting a bit on my master’s thesis and turning that into a business plan. My Kickstarter for FinalStraw just hit $1 million in sales after just three weeks, so my crazy idea is now an official business.

Cathy Payne

Master of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies, 2018

Orlando, Florida

The most rewarding aspect of my time at Harvard Extension School is that my capstone project, which focused on using virtual reality images to bring art and architecture to remote areas, is already being used in several practical ways by myself and others.

Rahim Merchant

Master of Liberal Arts, Biotechnology Management, 2018

Arlington, Massachusetts

I decided to earn the degree at Harvard Extension while working full time. I could continue to develop my skills in the industry while augmenting the education I was getting and apply it real-time. This allowed me to truly see the benefit of all the exposure and experience I was getting at the Harvard Extension School.

Lena Hajjar

Master of Liberal Arts, Software Engineering, 2018

Stoughton, Massachusetts

Everybody I met with treated me like I was their only student, and they were always there when I needed them.

Rafael Gracioso Martins

Master of Liberal Arts, Information Management Systems, 2018

Melbourne, Australia

This was the most valuable academic and personal experience that I've had so far. It had a deep personal and professional impact.

Sol Elena Girouard

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, 2018

Chicago, Illinois

I found inspiration to conquer the physical limitations holding me down. I finish these four years transformed. Most importantly, I can show to my children that, as the great Stephen Hawking said, ‘People need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.’