Andrea Rivera


Hometown & Country

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy

Extracurricular Interests

First Year Service to Society Council, The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal, Harvard Science Review, Hometown Recruiter for the Financial Aid Office

Favorite place in Harvard Square

Zinneken's Belgian Waffles

What can FIPpers 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, 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 freshman 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.


Andrea is a rising sophomore 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 Human Developmental and Regenerative 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 new home, Eliot House. On campus she is involved with many community service organizations such as Raise Uganda Now and the First Year Service to Society Council. 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. Her passion for learning about other cultures led her to study abroad in Chile this summer, where she will be learning about the Chilean healthcare system and culture while practicing her Spanish. Feel free to approach her to ask any questions regarding Harvard or just to chat!