Haneen Jaara

Assistant Dean, Academic Enrichment & Advising Support

What is your hometown? I grew up in Marlborough, MA but I was born in Manhattan, New York!

What did you study in undergrad? English Literature (University of Massachusetts Amherst) Grad school? Applied Communications (Fitchburg State)

What was your favorite experience as an undergrad? Writing short stories and being exposed to philosophy and literary theory.

What are your interests/hobbies? I’ve been taking piano classes every week for the past six years. Other than my love for music, continuing to be a student long after my postgraduate studies has been instrumental in my professional work as someone who develops academic support programming, as it’s a constant reminder of how important discipline, time management, problem-solving, and passion are to mastering and building anything.

What is your favorite thing about MIT? This is a truly inspiring campus and community of dedicated learners, thinkers, and innovators.

What advice do you have for MIT students? Enjoy the present moment.

Fun fact? I have a beautiful rabbit named Nemo.