Urshella Hishaam



Hometown & Country

Colombo, Sri Lanka


Chemistry and Physics

Extracurricular Interests

I am super interested in International Relations, and staff the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) and HMUN China conferences. I am also a Peer Advising Fellow, and student researcher at a Physics lab

Favorite place in Harvard Square

El Jefe's (hands-down, no question)

What can FIPpers talk to you about?

FIPpers can talk to me about anything from conducting lab research at Harvard, to the best restaurants in the square for late-night snacks or fancy dinners. I'm definitely not all-knowing, but you can also talk to me about being undecided on your concentration, peer mentorship at Harvard, or your favourite Netflix shows.

Why should a freshman choose FIP?

You should choose FIP for the community. I cannot imagine what my first-year at Harvard would have been like without my FIP siblings. The sense of belonging that FIP gave me, despite my feelings of uncertainty and otherness coming in, and the amazing community that I gained during FIP is immeasurably valuable. Every single FIP leader and I will be doing everything we can to facilitate the building of a similar community this year and we would love for you to be a part of the family.


Urshella is a rising senior from the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. She is known to always be smiling but don’t let that fool you—she’s fluent in sarcasm. When not at the Science Center, you can find her spending too long in the dining halls talking to friends about anything from the Israel-Palestine conflicts to determining if Harvey, Mike, Jessica or Louis is a better lawyer. She loves binge-watching TV shows with her roommates and exploring as many different types of cuisines as her palette can handle. Don’t ask her about her perfect teeth unless you want to hear about her hand-standing skills, or complicated history with quadbikes and deserts. Apart from being a FIP leader, Urshella is also involved in the Harvard International Relations Council, is a Peer Advising Fellow and will be conducting physics research this summer.