Michel Nehme, Co-Director of International First-Year Affairs (Co-DIFA)

LisaLisa van der Sluijs

Hometown & Country

Groningen, the Netherlands


Government & Middle Eastern Studies

Extracurricular Interests

Varsity Sailing, FIP / Woodbridge International Society, European Society, Dutch Society, Y2Y (student-run homeless shelter), Harvard Outing Club

Favorite Place in Harvard Square

Eliot Courtyard

What can FIPpers talk to you about?

Walking on to a varsity sport, athletics in general, coming to Harvard from a non-english highschool, 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 freshman choose FIP?

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


Lisa is both German and Dutch and lived most of her live 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 junior, 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 loves traveling, outdoor sports, and watching documentaries.

This summer, Lisa will intern for an NGO that runs a community center for Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey.

Having been a FIP leader last year, Lisa is really excited to be Co-DIFA and organize FIP with Max this year. She is looking forward to meeting you all on campus in August!