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May 22, 2019
I remember visiting Harvard for the first time when I was 12 years old. I was with my dad, and my two younger brothers. The first thing we did was we went to the Border Café and I remember crushing chips and steak and thinking, “Holy cow, the food in this place is delicious.” We walked through Harvard Yard and down to the Charles River, and I remember thinking it was unbelievable that kids got to go to school here. Every building looked like it was from Harry Potter. You could feel the history. The last thing my dad did was walk us along the boathouses on the side of the Charles, and I remember looking over the water and seeing the rowers, and thinking that this place was incredible.
Harvard has always been a huge part of my life. My parents, Ted Drury, and Elizabeth Berkery Drury, met at school, and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Harvard. I remember both of my parents’ degrees in our house growing up, as well as my dad’s Beanpot MVP trophy, and my mom’s national championship (lacrosse) ring. Looking back on their experience, what they always talked about was the quality of person you meet at Harvard. All of their teachers, all of their coaches, all of their best friends were of the highest quality people. What stuck with them about Harvard were the relationships they created for life. They remembered Chet Stone, the longtime equipment manager, and the fact that they learned some of their most valuable life lessons in college from him. There were a lot of incredible stories like that about people they met, and relationships that have lasted a lifetime.
As I was growing up, I always wanted to go to Harvard because of my parents. But as I got older, they pushed for me to make my own decisions, and they wanted me to consider other schools. I wanted to create my own path as well. But then I visited campus as a teenager and Jimmy Vesey walked with me and my brothers around campus. Then I went alone when I was 16 and I remember Lewis Zerter-Gossage took me around Harvard, and I recall meeting some of the guys on the team. When I saw what they were like, I thought, these are the type of people I want to be around and this is the culture I want to be a part of.
Now that I’ve been at Harvard for a year, in terms of classes, hockey, and how gorgeous this campus is, I expected to be in awe every single day, and I have been. The bar was set high for what I thought it would be like, and it has certainly met that expectation. I’ve met some incredible people outside the hockey team – my roommate is from Johannesburg, South Africa and he’s a tremendous person. Some of the professors I’ve had, like my Zulu teacher, Ntuli, have had a great impact in my first year.
At Bright-Landry, there’s a giant poster of my dad, and from the ice you can see it. The first couple weeks of practice, it was a little weird, and seeing that staring down at you. But my parents want this to be my own experience, and while I’m enjoying Harvard the same way they did, they want me to enjoy it for myself, and I think I have so far!