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.

Michelle Mount reads the original manuscripts of Tennesse Williams in Houghton Library at Harvard

Michelle Mount

Master of Liberal Arts, Dramatic Arts, 2014

Mount’s thesis research led her to Harvard’s collection of original Tennessee Williams’ manuscripts—and to a new approach to incorporating autobiography into performance.
A child walks the streets of a favela in Rio

Zak Paster

Master of Liberal Arts, Government, 2014

Zak Paster navigated complex legal issues to create Community in Action, an NGO based in Rio de Janeiro dedicated to helping youth in the poorest areas of the city.
Akbar Khuwaja

Akbar Khuwaja

Master of Liberal Arts, Management, 2014

Khuwaja, who is now attending Harvard Kennedy School’s Master in Public Administration program, intends to bring his business skills to make an impact in the nonprofit world. He talks about his passion and Extension School experience in the following Q&A.
Portrait of Nancy Springett

Nancy Springett

Master of Liberal Arts, Sustainability, 2014

Sometimes academic work can be theoretical or abstract. But not for Nancy Springett. Already a licensed architect, she wrote her thesis on self-sufficient, sustainable residential building designs in Saudi Arabia. And now she’s bringing her thesis to life.

Robert Swithers

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, 2013

Swithers, ALB '13, has saved Roman roads, preserved memorials, and built bridges overseas while serving overseas. In this story and accompanying video series, he discusses the challenges and rewards or helping rebuild a nation.
solar panels

Elizabeth Youngblood

Master of Liberal Arts, Sustainability

The seeds of Youngblood's career change to the field of sustainability began when she created a recycling program for the pharmaceutical company where she worked. Eventually, she found herself on rooftops, installing solar panels.
Chanda Rubin at Harvard Commencement

Chanda Rubin

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, 2013

After retiring from a successful career as a professional tennis player, Chanda Rubin returned to school to earn her bachelor's degree. In this video she shares her path back to school and reflects on her experience at Harvard Extension School.

Our Journey Through Extension: Four Alumni Perspectives

Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Master of Liberal Arts, 2012

Meet four graduates from our undergraduate and graduate programs, and learn what led them to Extension and where they see their lives going now.