Faust recently joked about this with the company’s interns and staff when he said, “When I talked to Mark in January he said he still has his Harvard e-mail, so he is still on leave.” Faust also explained in the Harvard Gazette website that the University encourages international travel and gap years. Both of these have become popular options for undergraduate students. He also explained that the door remains open for students who want to return to Harvard and finish their degrees, which includes Mark Zuckerberg.
Faust also said on the subject, “I really believe universities should not have fixed ideas about what students should do or where they should go. Instead we should give them the intellectual and other resources of advice and support and information that enable them to make the choices that are best for them and best for the world in which they are going to live.” According to Faust, taking time off to start a company or travel no longer carries the stigma it once did for students.
Faust then went on to explain how Facebook and Harvard are similar in a way. “In a sense, Harvard and Facebook both serve as filters of information,” Faust said. “You filter information through social graphs. We try to teach people to be interpreters and critical evaluators of information, to identify how to use information.”