Lisa van der Sluijs

Lisa van der Sluijs

Hometown and Country

Zuidhorn, the Netherlands


Government & Middle Eastern Studies

Extracurricular Interests

Varsity Sailing, Woodbridge Society, Dutch Society, Y2Y (student run homeless shelter), Harvard Outing Club

Favorite place in Harvard Square?

Charles River

What can FIPers talk to you about?

Walking on to a varsity sport, athletics in general, doing a semester abroad as an international student, coming to Harvard from a non-english high school, Expos 10, sailing, skiing, hiking, travelling, international politics, vegan food, spending summers in cool places and have Harvard pay for it. Also anything else!

Why should a first-year choose FIP?

Everyone who does FIP loves it and everyone who does not do FIP regrets it!

Leader Bio

Lisa is both German and Dutch and lived most of her life in Groningen, a city in the northern part of the Netherlands. Before she came to Harvard, Lisa took a gap year in which she worked as a debating trainer, moved to Austria to work as a ski instructor, and traveled a bit. Lisa is a rising senior, living in the beautiful Eliot house. She studies Government and Middle Eastern Studies, and is currently learning Arabic. When Lisa is not studying, you can probably find her on the Charles River practicing for the Varsity Sailing Team. Aside from academics and athletics, Lisa is involved in several cultural organizations, and volunteers for Y2Y. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, outdoor sports (skiing, running, hiking, sailing), and watching documentaries. This spring, Lisa did a semester abroad in Beirut, Lebanon, even though she had to leave Beirut a little earlier than expected.
Lisa has been really involved in FIP over her past three years at Harvard, and it always been the highlight of her (academic) year, so she is really excited to welcome you all this summer!