I don't like getting up early, so I scheduled a flight that arrives in Boston at 4:30 p.m. You still love me, right?
We ask that you arrive at Harvard before 3:00 because we have some icebreaker games scheduled, as well as dinner (yummy!). But some FUPpies each year have legitimate reasons for arriving late, and we just need to know ahead of time. Please tell us if you will be late, so we can make sure a FUP leader is waiting to let you into your room and help you find the rest of us.
The only weekly flight from Ouagadougou to Boston is on Saturdays, so I'm going to arrive a day early. What do I do?
We understand that airlines can be, as Karl Marx phrased it, big boogers. Bourgers? Bourgeoirs? Regardless, though it is important to arrive on Wednesday, sometimes you can't help but arrive a day early. If this is the case, please notify us RIGHT AWAY by email and tell us why you will be arriving early and what time you will be arriving. We will certainly be able to get you a place to sleep that evening, but FUP will not be able to provide any food, activities, or entertainment until Wednesday morning, so we recommend that you bring some money to purchase food and friends until then.
I ordered an HSA dorm essentials package to pick up once I arrive on campus. Will there be time at the beginning of FUP to do so or will I have to sleep without bed sheets?
No worries! Several students order some of their dorm supplies this way and we will have a FUP leader available to direct anyone in this boat to where the HSA packages are held before the end of the first day!
How do I get from Logan Airport to Harvard? to Thayer?
The most cost effective way (and given Boston traffic, sometimes faster) is to take the T (i.e. subway). Here's what you do: exit the terminal and look for the nearest Silver Line bus stop. Get on the bus and ride to South Station (for free!). There, hop off and look for signs to the Red Line. You want to take the train going toward 'Alewife'. Get off at Harvard. In the station, take the stairs up, NOT the ramp down. Then take the "Harvard Yard" exit. And there you are! Johnston Gate! Now, to get from Johnston Gate to Thayer, walk through the gate. Walk directly toward the big grey building. Yes, right through trees. You're a FUPpie and you're magic. Turn left before hitting the grey building or the John Harvard Statue. Thayer is the building directly to the left of (just north of) the grey building.
Of course hopping in a taxi or Uber/Lyft/Safr/ride share is easier but more expensive. A regular taxi may cost up to $45. If you choose this way, tell your driver to go to "Harvard University, Johnston Gate." If your driver doesn't know where the Gate is, just tell them it's by the T entrance.
Also, if you want to take a cab but don't want to pay that much, let us know and we will try to match you up with other fuppies whose flights arrive around the same time so you can share a cab.
When you arrive, there should be FUPleaders in purple to greet you. If you miss them here are the directions from Johnston Gate to Thayer: Walk through the gate. Walk directly toward the big grey building. Yes, right through trees. You're a FUPpie and you're magic. Turn left before hitting the grey building or the John Harvard Statue. Thayer is the building directly to the left of (just north of) the grey building.