About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Weekend Academies is to provide ambitious high school students with knowledge ranging from business, coding, politics to pre-med. With access to world-class curriculums and experienced undergraduates from Harvard University, students will gain unprecedented access into the collegiate community in the weekend’s area of focus. We hope to inspire passion for innovation alongside a team-oriented mentality, so as to best prepare the leaders of the future. Simply put, we hope to make business, coding, politics and pre-med increasingly accessible for those who want to make a change in the world around them. 

The Program

An intensive weekend course designed to teach high school students the essentials of the area of focus and the pathway to that in the environment of a collegiate campus.

With a comprehensive curriculum concentrated in two days, the weekend academy will give students the knowledge, guidance and resources they need to understand the workings of business, coding, politics and pre-med.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum, developed by our specialized Harvard undergrads and teaching staff, in conjunction with elite experts in their fields, is geared to teach high school students the fundamentals of business, coding, politics to pre-med as well as give exposure to college life. Depending on the specific program, some topics covered include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Leadership Skills
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Game development
  • Algorithmic thinking
  • MVC web design paradigm
  • HTML/CSS, Python 3, Jinja, Flask
  • Policy research
  • Policy design and pitch
  • Resume-building
  • Business and College Interviews
  • Successful Team Work
  • College Admissions

 

The Company

Harvard Student Agencies, Inc. (HSA) is the largest student-run company in the world, employing more than 500 undergraduates annually. Founded in 1957, HSA is a multimillion dollar nonprofit that provides Harvard students with meaningful opportunities for employment and hands-on business education. Student managers lead all aspects of the operations and strategy behind HSA's 14 businesses, which range from publishing to tutoring to bartending, including Let's Go (the leader in student travel), HSA Cleaners (a laundry and dry-cleaning service), and The Harvard Shop (a storefront and web retail business). Harvard Student Agencies, Inc., is not a part of Harvard University - it is a separate student-run organization affiliated with Harvard University.

The Team

Our executive team is composed of 5 Harvard undergraduate managers who directly oversee all aspects the Academies by Harvard Student Agencies, and our panel of advisers includes faculty at Harvard University and corporate members of Harvard Student Agencies. We bring the right skill set to get the job done.

 

Austin Kwoun '22 | Managing Director

Austin is a sophomore in Currier House studying Statistics and Government.  He was born and raised in Boston and is a rabid Red Sox fan, having played, watched, lived, and breathed baseball growing up.  Outside of HSA, Austin is an avid violinist who plays in the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra.  In his free time, he loves all things Boston sports, listening to music, and trying new things.

 

Arvin Hariri '23 | Programming Director

Arvin is a first-year from Berkeley, CA. He resides in Holworthy and is interested in studying Government. In his free time, you can find Arvin making music.

 

Soy Choi '23 | Operations Director

Soyoun (Soy) Choi is a first-year residing in Hurlbut hoping to pursue a concentration in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Government. She comes from Melbourne, a beautiful beach town on the east coast of Florida. Soy truly enjoys playing golf, tennis, and violin in her free time. Outside of HSA, Soy is also part of the Undergraduate Council (UC), Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (HRO), Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Service to Society Council, and Institute of Politics (IOP) STEAM & Education Policy.

 

David Zhang '20 | Marketing Director

David is a freshman living in Mower Hall, and has lived the past 14 years in the Philippines. He will potentially concentrate in Applied Mathematics, but a whole range of similar fields are possible. Outside of HSA, he is a representative of Ivy Yard on the Undergraduate Council, working mainly to improve first-year experience and social residential life. In his free time, he loves going for swims to feel refreshed or spending hours with friends in Annenberg.

 

Emily Axelsen '20 | Admissions Director

Interested in studying history, Emily Axelsen is a first-year student living in Canaday Hall. Originally from Madison, New Jersey, Emily loves visiting art museums and leads tours for visitors with visual impairments at the Harvard Semitic Museum. Outside of HSA, Emily conducts research with the Radcliffe Research Partnership Program and is an active member of Women in Business and the Harvard Financial Analyst Club.

 

Rebecca Gilmore '21 | Vice President

Rebecca is a junior in Pforzheimer House concentrating in Economics. She grew up in Wayland Massachusetts where she attended Noble and Greenough School. Here at Harvard, she is a member of the Women's Ice Hockey team, and can often be found playing spike-ball by the river with her teammates. In her free time, she loves to watch Netflix or cook with her blockmates.

 

Akanksha Sah '21 | President

Akanksha is a sophomore in Lowell House studying philosophy and government. Originally from Southern California, she now lives in Boston with her family. When she's not in the office, Akanksha can be found studying in the Lowtel, volunteering with PBHA, and dogspotting in the Yard.

 

 

The Academies by Harvard Student Agencies is a branch of Harvard Student Agencies, a non-profit business run by Harvard undergraduate students. Learn more at hsa.net.