Ruth Jaensubhakij


Hometown & Country

Singapore, Singapore


Social Studies (probably)

Extracurricular Interests

A Cappella, musical theatre, public service (working with the homeless and elementary/special needs students in Chinatown), Christian fellowships, and ethnic studies/Asian-American studies activism

Favorite place in Harvard Square

The Smith Center (does that count?) or Pokeworks

What can FIPpers talk to you about?

If you have no idea which classes you want to take, which extracurriculars you want to try, or what concentrations you're even considering, I'm right there with you. My first-year classes and activities were all over the place, and I'm still here! Also feel free to talk to me about being international-adjacent (international school community anyone?), music and seeing cheap performances in Boston, foreign language TV shows, getting enough sleep in college, or navigating the complex craziness of social life at Harvard.

Why should a freshman choose FIP?

Because no matter who you are and no matter where you come from, you can find a family here! Your FIP parents and siblings will be some of the most loving, incredible, passionate, and kind people you will meet here at Harvard, and getting the chance to be a part of such a tight-knit community before you even begin freshman year is so precious. Plus, it's incredibly fun, and you'll get insider tips on how to navigate Harvard, Boston, and life in the US from people who have done it all before.


Ruth was born in Singapore, but spent eight years in New York and two years in London before returning to Singapore when she was thirteen. She also has family in the US, the UK, Switzerland, Thailand, and Malaysia, which makes answering the question "where are you from?" incredibly difficult. Now, Ruth is a rising sophomore living in Eliot (though she'll forever be loyal to Weld), likely studying Social Studies with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights and a language citation in Thai. Apart from studying, she can usually be heard singing—with her a Cappella group, in an HRDC musical, or alone in the hallway bathroom—or seen volunteering at Y2Y, advocating for ethnic studies with TAPAS, or doing outreach with her on-campus fellowships. When Ruth says that she wants to grab a meal with you, she really means it, so feel free to reach out any time! She's always down to take a walk by the river, cook or bake in the Mem Church basement, or have a movie night. To relax, Ruth also makes Spotify playlists for books she's read in class. This summer, she's going to be a senior counselor at PBHA's Summer Urban Program in Chinatown, and in the fall she's going to be a Peer Advising Fellow, both of which she's incredibly excited for—but not as excited as she is to welcome you to Harvard!