Beyond the Success Paradigm

leaves iconBeyond the Success Paradigm features portraits of Harvard College alumni, taken by the Harvard College Photography Club, and the alumni’s stories about experiences that have influenced their sense of self, their expectations, and their definitions of success and failure. This project was displayed across the Harvard Campus March through May of 2015. The exhibit is currently displayed at the Bureau of Study Counsel.

Harvard College Alumni Share Their Experiences

Henrietta Afari
Henrietta Afari 

Class of 2011

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Anonymous B

Class of 2000

Keith Grubb
Keith Grubb 

Class of 2013

Gish Jen
Gish Jen
 
Class of 1977

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Anonymous A
Class of 1981-82.

Ling Ling
Ling Ling Lok 

Class of 2012

Timothy McCarthy
Timothy McCarthy

Class of 1993

Cynthia Torres
Cynthia Torres

Class of 1984

Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend

Class of 2003

Roger Webb
Roger Webb

Class of 1956

How the Project Started

Tsotso Ablorh '10
Tsotso Ablorh '10

This project was inspired by my experiences as a college student, as an alum, and as an administrator in higher education. Experiences as a Harvard College student were often overwhelming; the abundance of resources and opportunities that bombard students, extremely high internal and external expectations, the difficulty of figuring out which way to go or what strategy to use, and the infrequency of shared insights from other students.

As an alum, I have seen previous classmates mature through a myriad of difficulties and triumphs, how our views have changed, what we wish we had known as students, and how some common experiences in college, though valuable, are also genuinely uncomfortable. As an administrator, I know how eager my colleagues are to help students navigate a tumultuous and challenging time in their lives.

The Harvard Photography Club

Photos for this project were taken by students from the Harvard Photography Club, which provides photographers on campus with the resources and artistic community they require to develop and grow their photographic skills.  This community gives students inspiration and instruction through interaction with fellow photographers and promotes the presence of the visual arts on the Harvard campus through photo exhibits.

Imra Nomani

Imra Nomani '16
Vice President

Melanie Fu

Melanie Fu '18
Photographer

Alice Hu

Alice Hu '18
Photographer

Harriet Kariuku

Harriet Kariuku '16
Photographer

This project was funded by the Bureau of Study Counsel, the Undergraduate Council, and a Solomon Grant from the Office of the Arts.