Andrea Rivera

Hometown and Country

San Juan, Puerto Rico 


Statistics / Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Extracurricular Interests

The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal, Harvard Science Review, Hometown Recruiter for the Harvard Financial Aid Office

Favorite place in Harvard Square?

Eliot Courtyard 

What can FIPers talk to you about?

FIPpers can talk to me about anything ranging from how to get involved with community service on campus, being pre-med or a joint-concentrator, studying global health or health policy, as well as going abroad for the summer. I am also eager to share my favorite study spots on campus and where the best food in the square is!

Why should a first-year choose FIP?

FIP is the best introduction to the diverse international community at Harvard. You are guaranteed to meet wonderful people from all over the world while at the same time learning about American culture and Harvard in general. I met some of my best friends at Harvard through this program and would encourage all international first-year students to also attend!

Leader Bio

Andrea is a rising junior from the “Island of Enchantment”, Puerto Rico. After graduating from high school she decided to trade her swimsuits for snow boots and is now studying Statistics and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard. Although she no longer lives in the beach, you will rarely find her inside of her dorm. She loves taking every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, sitting either on the yard's famous chairs or in the courtyard of her home, Eliot House (Domus!). In her free time, she can be found comping all the research magazines on campus and spending all of her boardplus in matcha tea. She makes a mean coquito drink and will gladly cook her favorite food from home, “mofongo”, upon request. This summer she will be conducting Biostatistics research at the Harvard School of Public Health before returning back to campus to meet all of you. Feel free to approach her to ask any questions regarding Harvard or just to chat!