Francesco Rolando


Hometown and Country

Antrona Schieranco, Italy


Social Studies, secondary in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Extracurricular Interests

CrimsonEMS, Adams House Committee, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for European Studies, LGBTQ+ Rights, Healthcare and Migration

Favorite place in Harvard Square?

Flour Bakery and Black Sheep Bagel Cafe

What can FIPers talk to you about?

I tend to be the group's "oversharer," so I will never back down from a good chat. I would love to talk about being an international pre-med, about research and travel during the academic year and breaks. I have some experience in figuring out your path while in college, and even switching from focusing on the hard sciences to the social sciences. Let's talk about cooking and baking, caring for plants, good books, or global inequality and (emergency) medicine!

Why should a first-year choose FIP?

Because this is too great an opportunity to miss! You will get to know some of the most wonderful people on campus, and be in touch with individuals from all around the world. You will have the chance to form long-lasting friendships and learn about the great diversity which contributes to Harvard uniqueness. FIP helped me realize that I belonged, while giving me an intercontinental family, and I am confident that you will experience the same international love.

Leader Bio

Francesco was born in a 400-person village on the Italian Alps, where sheep and goats outnumber human souls. Following a year in Colorado as an exchange student in high school, a big leap of faith, and three years of university courses, he is now a rising senior in Adams House (please ask him about why Adams has some of the most incredible architecture on campus). He is pursuing a concentration in Social Studies, with a focus on healthcare and migration in Europe, and a secondary in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is pre-med-ish, but also considering continuing with anthropology during grad school. When not in class, you can find him standing-by sporting or other events volunteering as an EMT. He will never back down from cooking for (or, even better, with) you, but don't get him started on his lasagna recipe. At the moment, Francesco is conducting ethnographic research for his senior thesis on migrants' access to healthcare services in Turin, and he is only slightly terrified about his last year as an undergraduate. Luckily, he is over the moon about starting it alongside all the incredible FIPpers and FIP leaders!