Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

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Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby rgndvo » Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:37 am

I know Harvard has one of the biggest BLSA chapters in the country, and that AA students are strongly encouraged to join. I also know that I often have trouble fitting in with other African Americans; I am only a quarter AA and have been told I don't "look black" (though I definitely don't look white, either). I had a rather unfortunate experience with some of the black student associations at my current university. That's not to say that -- with one exception of a person who blurted out: "Whoa... You ain't black!" -- they were rude to me, but they didn't seem to view me as one of them.

I'm wondering if it's kosher to politely decline to participate? I'm proud of my heritage, and certainly not necessarily set on this path, but will not want to participate if my experience is similar in AA law school associations as it was in the undergraduate equivalent. However, I don't want to alienate any part of the student body or come out as an enemy of BLSA.

Thank you for your intelligent replies to this sensitive issue.
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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby dkt4 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:35 am

there's no reason you have to do it, although it's probably a useful resource should you choose to do so. just don't show up to events if you don't want to. that kind of ostracism is pretty infrequent in my experience, so you may want to check it out at least once before deciding.

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby rgndvo » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:44 am

I definitely will at least try it out. Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:21 pm


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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby shoeshine » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:26 pm

No one cares whether you join or not.

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby HeavenWood » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:37 pm

dkt4 wrote:there's no reason you have to do it, although it's probably a useful resource should you choose to do so. just don't show up to events if you don't want to. that kind of ostracism is pretty infrequent in my experience, so you may want to check it out at least once before deciding.

TITCR (speaking as a Jew at least, although I would imagine the networking advantages would be comparable)

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby kahechsof » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:41 pm

Do whatever the heck you want

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby Moxie » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:45 pm

Nobody is going to care if you join or not, and no one will say
rgndvo wrote:"Whoa... You ain't black!"
if you do join.

I'm officially part of HLS' BLSA, but am barely involved at all.

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby dr123 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:36 pm

Worry about getting into hls first

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby TaipeiMort » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:49 pm

You should start a WLSA and then attend both.

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby bk1 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:49 pm

dr123 wrote:Worry about getting into hls first


:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby ahduth » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:57 pm

bk1 wrote:
dr123 wrote:Worry about getting into hls first


:lol: :lol: :lol:


Wait, you're not actually at Harvard right now?

Here I was going to explain that if you're not joining the **LSAs that give away the most food, you're doing it wrong.

Now I find out you're not even doing it at all!

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby dr123 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:58 pm

ahduth wrote:
bk1 wrote:
dr123 wrote:Worry about getting into hls first


:lol: :lol: :lol:


Wait, you're not actually at Harvard right now?

Here I was going to explain that if you're not joining the **LSAs that give away the most food, you're doing it wrong.

Now I find out you're not even doing it at all!


OP hasnt even applied yet

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby Bildungsroman » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:11 pm

As another poster who isn't going to Harvard next year I have the same question as the OP.

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Re: Harvard BLSA -- is it cool for an AA not to join?

Postby rgndvo » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:10 pm

Point taken, -- even if y'all were a bit glib about it :P. But I don't think it's improbable that I'd be at Harvard in 2012; I'm an AA male 3.55 167, and am now (after finally paying up for a big prep course) PT-ing in the low-mid 170's. Harvard is also my first choice.




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