AHH! What should I pack?
We strongly suggest that you bring only what you will need for one week. There is no room for storage. Think comfortable. You will be painting, moving, cleaning, gardening, and lots of sandwich making. Bring clothes that you won't mind having splattered with paint, spackle or peanut butter and jelly. Sturdy work-boots are a plus if you have them; sneakers should be fine.
Finally, here's a handy-dandy check list:
- your reading packet (In order to reduce excess use of paper, we recommend you have access to a digital copy. If you need a paper copy, please see your fupleader)
- comfortable, grungy clothes and shoes suitable for warm weather (yes, Massachusetts in August is HOT; the cold and snow will come later, we promise)
- bed linens (sleeping bag/extra long sheets & blanket) and towel
- rain gear (optional, but may come in handy)
- toiletries (you know what you need)/flip flops for those common bathrooms
- water bottles/reusable drinking cups to reuse during the week
- about $50 for public transportation, one dinner out and assorted incidental costs (if this is a problem, please contact us!)
- sunblock, sunglasses
- work gloves if you have them (the garden variety)
- paint/baseball cap
- cell phone and charger
- alarm clock or alarm watch (crucial! - we have some early mornings and you don't want to wake up to a FUPLeader pounding on your door)
How should I get my stuff for the rest of the year to Harvard?
DO NOT bring it to FUP. We have no room for storage and have to run around the Yard with our bags trying not to let dorm crew throw away our clothes anyway; you do not want to be protecting your futon and XBox as well. If you live near Boston or like road trips, we recommend having a parent, guardian or relative throw all your stuff into a station wagon and drive it to Harvard on Tuesday, August 27th, after FUP has ended and you have had a night to rest and digest. If you live far, far away, we recommend following Harvard College guidelines for mailing your stuff to school. Your Harvard mailing address should be sent to you in early August. You will want to address it to your Harvard Yard Mail Center address; the college will let you pick it up and take it to your room starting the morning of Tuesday, August 27th. If your parents/guardians/friends want to help you move in, they should arrive then.
Should I bring my computer to FUP?
First a disclaimer, FUP is not responsible for stolen or lost computers. There will be lots of people going in and out of Thayer during the day while we are gone at worksites (Dorm Crew, maintenance staff, etc) and on the last day of the program your luggage will be stored in a truck for most of the day. Nothing has been stolen in recent years but please keep the situation in mind when you're deciding what to bring. Will you need you computer? Perhaps, to catch up on the reading packet and to stay connected. If you do not bring a computer, and your group is assigned any reading, please tell your FUPleader and they will print out copies.
We get showers in our suites, right?
Sorry, but Thayer has common bathrooms on each floor. There will be about six to eight people sharing each bathroom (two sinks, two shower stalls and two toilets). This means bring/buy flip flops and a shower caddy.
What if I forget to pack contact solution? soap? honey-mustard onion pretzels?
A major chain drug store, CVS, is right across the street from Harvard Yard. And the Shaw's supermarket is a T ride or a 15 minute walk away.
What's on the menu for the week?
For breakfast and dinner, you will be eating in the dining halls where there should be carb and non-carb optiosn, coffee, juice, etc. Lunch: vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwich options dependent on the day. You will be going to dinner in the square on one of the nights, that will cost less than $20. Snacks during evening sessions are also provided. Please make sure you provide any allergy/dietary restrictions information prior to arriving. While the dining halls provide variety in food, the daily self-prepared lunches are usually turkey/cheese/lettuce or hummus/lettuce or sun-nut butter/jam sandwiches and a bag of chips.
I'm allergic to some foods. Do I have to let you know?
YES! If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.
I keep kosher. And I'm also vegan. Do I have to bring my own food? What's up?
Please tell us as soon as possible if you have any dietary restrictions. Breakfast and dinner are provided through one of the houses and FUP will make arrangements with the dining hall staff to provide kosher meals. It's nothing fancy, just a frozen dinner. (just fyi, Hillel food is GOOD). Vegan entrees as well as other items, such as tofu, soymilk, and rice milk, are available from Harvard University Dining Services. Please let us know in advance so we can make these arrangements.