In 2013, Arielle Farkas walked down the aisle to receive her degree from Harvard. On her face was a large smile, betraying her incredible sense of pride. In the audience were her parents, Andrew and Sandi Farkas.
They, too, beamed with joy for their daughter’s accomplishments. And well they might, for both are talented and skilled people, as well as Harvard alum. Andrew Farkas, a CEO of a financial firm and Sandi, a playwright, met at Harvard and have been together ever since.
However, Andrew was not the first Farkas to graduate from Harvard. His 82 graduation (followed by his brother’s graduation in 84) was proceeded by the 1954 graduation of their father. Andrew further cemented the family’s connection to Harvard by updating the Hasty Pudding Club hall, which received the name Farkas Hall on his honor.
So why has Harvard become a Farkas family tradition? There are a few reasons. First of all, Harvard is one of the top destinations in the country for people studying law and economics. Multiple presidents have attended the school and many more highly successful businessmen. Going to Harvard is a great way to get a jump-start into a successful career.
However, Harvard is not a degree mill, simply cranking out people who are skilled only in making money. It is also a transformative center that focuses on improving a person’s sense of culture and understanding. Andrew had this to say about his time at Harvard and how it changed him as a man:
“My Harvard experience completely informed who I became. I arrived as an awkward, insecure fellow with great ambition but modest direction. Harvard gave me a canvas on which to reinvent myself. I loved every second of it.”
Farkas emerged from Harvard as a man ready to take on the world. His success in the business world allowed him to give back to the school that had done so much for him. It’s no surprise, then, that when it was time for his daughter to go to college, Harvard was an obvious choice. For the Farkas family, it has become the only choice.
That dedication to a superior education, excellent culture training, and a focus on the family has made Harvard one of the most important and respected universities in the world. It continues to set the standard for educational excellence in the country. Is it any surprise, then, that generations of the same family attend there?