As the summer whisks by and your arrival to campus fast approaches, I write to extend my own welcome to you. Today marks the beginning of my second week on the job as Dean of First-Year Students. My predecessor, Raisa Williams, who will be retiring in August, is working hard to ensure that I am ready for you when Customs begins on August 28th.
Here’s a quick story: My first-year college roommate is named Andres. We were both from Texas; we were both Latino, and neither of us had turned in our housing preference forms (NOT a good idea). I’m not sure who decided to place us in the same room together, but it turned out to be a very lucky break both for Andres and for me. We were instant friends, and he became one of my best friends in life. In fact, three years ago I served as the best man at his wedding. I learned a lot from Andres, and I’m a better person today for having known him. To be clear, I am not promising that your roommate next year will be your best friend in life. What I am promising is that awaiting you at Haverford are some of the most profound and transformative friendships, relationships, and experiences in your life.
Between now and the time you arrive on campus, make the most of your summer and stay present with your friends and family at home. As amazing as your college experience will surely be, it is important to remember that your story has many chapters, all of which have enormous value, and Haverford will be but one of them. So enjoy your summer, and don’t stress. Everything you have to do is listed on the First Year Blog. If it’s not there, you don’t have to do it, and you should NOT be worrying about it.
We are all very excited to welcome you to campus in the fall. In the meantime, if you have any questions or if you just want to introduce yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you happen to live nearby, feel free to stop by and say hello.
See you soon,