Hometown and Country
Math & CS
Model UN, Cultural Organizations, the Advocate
Favorite place in Harvard Square?
University Wine Shop
What can FIPers talk to you about?
My concentration and my extracurricular interests, football, food, your country, or anything you feel like sharing or concerned about! I also love talking about Greece, so if you have visited, are planning to visit, or even read about it, I would love to hear more!
Why should a first-year choose FIP?
The community and the family. I have made some of my best friends through FIP, and I am sure you will too!
Raphael is a rising junior in Eliot house, for which he has tremendous house pride! Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, he loves dancing and cooking traditional food, especially bougiourdi. Raphael studies Math and Computer Science, and he is very passionate about Portuguese - likely trying to get a citation!
At school, he is very involved with international organizations that celebrate culture and diversity and show Americans how it’s done with amazing parties. Raphael also participates in Harvard MUN conferences, in Boston and abroad. More generally, he loves travelling (pre-rona), getting to know people and learning new languages- currently working on French! This semester, Raphael just joined an art publication called the Advocate.
When he is not studying, Raphael usually spends his time talking to people in DHalls. If he DMs you to get a meal in the Domus (that's Eliot house nickname, and one of his top 5 words) definitely reach out - he'll give you a tour and tell you all about the house and how to game the housing lottery to get into Eliot too! And if you prefer to cook or bake something in one of the many Harvard kitchens, he'll definitely join - his new quaranteen coping mechanism is cooking, so he is always excited to try out new recipes!
This summer, Raphael has no idea what to do besides flatten the curve, because all of his internship plans got canceled due to the Rona; still, he is hoping to do Math research, even remotely. In any case, Raphael will definitely spend lots of time in beautiful mediterranean beaches under the Greek sun to make up for the cold Boston winters!
His top tip to incoming students: Grafton Street doesn't card after 11PM - they also let you bring your own wine!