David Paffenholz


Hometown & Country

Düsseldorf, Germany



Extracurricular Interests

HCCG, startups, Model UN.

Favorite place in Harvard Square


What can FIPpers talk to you about?

Anything - student groups on campus, freshman life, windsurfing, classes, Germany...

Why should a freshman choose FIP?

There's nothing better than already having a strong group of friends before Harvard officially begins!


Originally from Germany, David lived in Boston, Mallorca (Spain) and Düsseldorf (Germany) before coming to Harvard. Having been a FIPper last summer, he is extremely keen on passing on the great experience he had at FIP to the Class of ’23. David is a rising sophomore currently living in Weld – in the JFK suite - but is looking forward to moving into Eliot House next year! He is particularly excited to spend the summer traveling around Europe with friends, as well as interning at a startup. At Harvard, David is involved in pre-professional groups and the Model UN team.