Comp

Along with being an incredible community, CKS does a lot on campus. Members of CKS guide tours, answer questions, and host events for incoming first-years, students’ families, and all those visiting Harvard. CKS also helps host the TEACH program which introduces college to underserved middle schoolers in Cambridge and Boston.

We are looking for enthusiastic, welcoming, and friendly people who care about service on this campus and want to share their experience with visitors and new students. Absolutely no requirements for comping except a willingness to engage with Harvard’s history and help strengthen the Crimson Key and Harvard communities.

Second Round Overview

Congratulations on making it to the second round of Crimson Key Comp! In the second round, you will be asked to prepare a full tour and present it to two different members of Key.

Model Tours

Model tours are led by CKS members and allow you to gain an insight as to what an hour long tour might look like for you. Due to the online nature of this year’s comp process, our amazing comp director, Nathan, has graciously recorded a model tour on Zoom which you can find here. If you have any lingering questions after watching this tour, please reach out to your comp mentor!

Tour Outline

You can view a suggested tour outline here. This document outlines the bare minimum information that should be presented for each tour stop. Additionally, check out this list of common mistakes before you give your first tour. If you have any questions about the information on this sheet, please reach out to your mentor! We strongly encourage you to do outside research and include personal stories to make your tour stops unique!

Other Comp Resources

guidebook

You are more than welcome to check out our regular tours which run every Monday – Saturday at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM. All CKS tours leave from the Information Center, which is in the front of the Smith Campus Center. 

Our guidebook, Inside Harvard, is another resource as you prepare your model tour stop. Find the guidebook at Harvard libraries, the Harvard Coop, and on Amazon.com.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Crimson Key comp, feel free to email our Vice President and Comp Director, Nathan Oalican ’21, at [email protected].