Aysha Emmerson

Hometown and Country

Victoria, BC, Canada


Special Concentration: Resilience Studies, Secondary: Social Anthropology

Extracurricular Interests

Soccer (Club), Harvard Crimson (Editorial Board), Leadership and Social Change, International Negotiation Program, Community Service.

Favorite place in Harvard Square?

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

What can FIPers talk to you about?

Applying for a Special Concentration; Being intentional with your time at Harvard; Studying Abroad in the summer; Whatever is on your mind!

Why should a first-year choose FIP?

Your FIP siblings, alongside the others you meet in those first few days, will likely become some of your closest friends. FIP offers the special opportunity for international students to reflect more deeply upon, and begin to experience, who they are and who they want to be in this new context and country.  You will be surrounded by a large cohort of older students who truly care about you having an incredible four years at Harvard and who are genuinely eager to get to know you. Perhaps above all else though, it is just loads and loads of fun?

Leader Bio

As she tries to recruit you to join the Canadian Club or shares her maple syrup with you at brunch, you will quickly learn that Aysha grew up in Victoria, BC, Canada. You will also discover her passion for (terrible) puns, discussing Effective Altruism, endless sticky notes, as well as her fine appreciation for (okay, dependence on) coffee. Perhaps most importantly, Aysha’s favorite pastimes include guessing people’s Myer’s Briggs, taking calculated risks, reading feminist theory, and doing yoga. A rising Junior in Kirkland House, Aysha is pursuing a Special Concentration in Resilience Studies, with a secondary in Social Anthropology and language citation in French. But more likely than Kirkland, you will find her anywhere from Annenberg tracking down her beloved PAFees, to the club soccer field, to 14 Plympton (the Crimson). Wherever Aysha is, she is constantly amazed and humbled by the wonderful people who surround her at Harvard and she is so thrilled for the opportunity to learn from you and others through FIP. She can’t wait to get to know you!