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Harvard in Realm of Faust Makes A.J. Example of Service

Aaron J. Garcia, a 2009 graduate of Harvard College, passed up offers from consulting and marketing companies paying $20,000 more than he gets teaching chemistry and physics in Brownsville, Texas on the Mexican border.

The 24-year-old Garcia, who prefers to be called A.J., says Harvard University President Drew Faust had a lot to do with his decision to work with disadvantaged students. She champions public service over private gain in her speeches, which affected him when he was defraying some of the cost of his tuition as an assistant in her office in Massachusetts Hall.