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Former Harvard student who started his own fun 'cult' at the university shares how easy it was

A Harvard student revealed the simple process of creating a 'cult' at the prestigious university, fostering a unique and engaging community.

Former Harvard student who started his own fun 'cult' at the university shares how easy it was
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A former college student has shared the innovative method he used to create and unite a community. In a TikTok video, Adam Aleksic, a Harvard University alum, revealed how he successfully formed what he called a "cult" during his time at the esteemed institution.

In his video, Aleksic began by saying, "Here's how I started a 'cult' at Harvard University." He then showcased a clip of himself at a large gathering with various students who were also part of his self-proclaimed cult. The club's premise revolved around weekly themes that all members had to participate in and follow. Aleksic explained, "The first week was Pool Week. We swam in pools, we played pool, we played with pool noodles, we played pool with pool noodles. We carpooled, we pooled our money. You get the idea."

Image Source: TikTok/@etymologynerd
Image Source: TikTok/@etymologynerd

With a different theme planned for each week, Aleksic and fellow students in the "cult" held a ceremony called "The Choosening" every Sunday at midnight to pick the upcoming week's theme. As they shared their unique experiences, the word about their club gradually spread among others. During "Change Week," members embraced the theme by changing their clothes, thoughts and even answers on their midterms. Additionally, they distributed physical change (coins) to others, explaining it was part of Change Week. When people asked about the event, Aleksic invited them to "The Choosening" to learn more about the club and its unique weekly themes.

Aleksic emphasized the surprisingly simple process of starting a "cult." By introducing a lifestyle centered on specific rituals, establishing unique traditions and language, and engaging in community outreach, forming a close-knit community became remarkably achievable.

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Image Source: TikTok/@etymologynerd

Aleksic's experience at Harvard showcased that creating a group with cult-like dedication around a common interest or philosophy can be achieved without any malicious intent. The community he formed highlights how such groups can foster genuine connections and positive experiences. His initiative to create an enjoyable and entertaining community underscored the significance of forging meaningful connections and friendships during college, particularly at institutions like Harvard, where academic demands can be overwhelming and stress levels high. Building such supportive communities can offer students a valuable outlet to relieve stress and cultivate a well-rounded college experience.

In reality, according to the American Psychological Association, 61% of college students in the United States sought counseling with reports of anxiety. Other concerns included depression (49%), stress (45%), family issues (31%) and academic performance (28%). There was a 30% rise in students seeking appointments at counseling centers, despite student enrollment growing by only 5%. Feelings of loneliness and isolation among college students during the academic year can negatively impact their mental well-being.

Image Source: TikTok/@etymologynerd
Image Source: TikTok/@etymologynerd

However, a supportive community can be a powerful antidote, helping to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Active participation in social activities and having a reliable support system can contribute to a more optimistic and rewarding college journey. Participating in a community offers emotional backing and fosters a feeling of belonging. Interacting with like-minded individuals and sharing experiences can ease stress and enhance overall well-being.

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Netizens loved the college students' unique initiative and many of his fellow cult members shared their experiences in the comments section. @ryan.k.hong commented, "The Choosening was the best part of my Sunday nights." @punksister inquired, "I want to know all the weeks and corresponding activities."

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