A 25 years old, living in Austria, is literally running to Harvard Law School. This Saturday, the 9th of September 2010, he crossed the mile 1,010 of his 4,045 miles run.
His name is Vlad Ioan Isac, he was born in, the back then communist, Romania and currently lives in Vienna, Austria where he is a full-time intern with a large European Bank.
Vlad’s vision is to become a leader and an example for the next generation of political thought and action; and his first step is to graduate the JD program of Harvard Law School and become an excellent lawyer.
So the natural question comes – what has Harvard Law School to do with running?
Normally not much, but in Vlad’s case it’s got everything to do with. The plan is simple: in 15 months he runs the equivalent of the distance between Vienna, Austria and Cambridge, MA which is a bit over 4,000 miles. The runs, the experience, the journey to Harvard are all posted on a regular basis on running2harvard blog and also there, people can offer their support by making a donation for his cause.
His main purpose for doing this is to set an example for young people everywhere of what it’s possible when one is truly standing behind his dreams and passions and in the process he also hopes to raise the amount of money necessary to finance such an education.
In your own words, what is running2harvard about?
“The way I see it, running2harvard is about an ambitious dream and the determination to go for it all the way. It’s about pushing the limits of what one think it’s possible and hopefully emerge stronger and better. By doing so, I hope I can inspire other young people to do the same, to follow their most ambitious dreams no matter the odds, to say “I can do it” and then make that dream happen. Of course, I will be very happy if by the end of the campaign I raise part of the total Law School tuition and living costs.”
Is a law school worth it, may it be even Harvard Law School?
“Yes. It is worth it for me. Becoming a lawyer, being able to support and be part of the justice and policy making process has been my dream since childhood and for a long, long time I didn’t believe that this is achievable given my social background, my education, my nationality. As you are probably wondering what changed, I can only say that I believe that each of us has a tremendous potential for achieving great things in our lives and I also believe that within ourselves already lays the capacity and the tools we need for doing so.”
You have already run more than 1,000 miles; how long did it take you and how do you feel about it?
“It took me 17 weeks to reach 1,000 miles point, which is about 60 miles per week. So far I must say that I feel excellent. From a physical point of view I feel very good; which doesn’t mean that I didn’t experience some pain and small injuries from time to time, but nothing serious so far and I hope to stay like this in the ten months ahead. Mentally I also feel great; very motivated to keep running, to study and do good on the LSAT and prepare a very good application package for Harvard Law School.”
Is anyone coaching you in this process?
“No, I don’t have a formal coach but I receive plenty of support. There are plenty of great fellows out there who go out of their way to support me in any way they can. So far I got plenty of support during the runs, advice for running, for the campaign, for my application overall. And, probably the most important, I am surrounded by wonderful people who encourage me and offer me much moral support.”
“The most important thing in the next period is to prepare for the LSAT exam and put together a very good application package. As well I keep my fingers crossed for some initiatives I am currently working on to take off. One such initiative is a program aiming to support the integration in society of young people coming from challenging backgrounds, through running and community learning. And of course, keep running.”
Is there anything else you would like to mention?
“The only thing I would still like to share is this: it’s POSSIBLE. Each of us can, and should follow our highest and most burning dreams.”