Get your Housing Assignment

The much anticipated housing assignments are finally here.  Karl and I encourage you to check your email (if you haven’t already) and find out where you are housed for next year. Smitty, Raisa, Karl, and I put many hours into placing each of you, and we are thrilled with the results. We encourage you to start contacting any roommates or suitemates, and you will be contacted  by members of your customs team soon.

If for some reason, you did not receive an assignment or if you have questions about your location, let us know at hc.new.students@gmail.com or 610-896-4900.  We will be available to answer phone calls from 8:30-4:30 on Monday-Friday.  Please look at the Residential Life page before calling because many questions you may have can be found there.

 

 

Karl and Nate pressing the button to send out housing assignments

Karl and Nate pressing the button to send out housing assignments

The Haverford Area

While we hope you are pumped about the diversity of activities available on campus, we hope you will also use your time as a Haverford student to explore Haverford, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, and the surrounding area. Haverford provides opportunities to make it easier for you to get off campus. For example, the Student Activities Office distributes free SEPTA (Philadelphia area public transit system) tokens and train tickets via online sign-up at the beginning of each week to enable students to get to know the city without spending money. Check out this link to find out where in Philly you could go: www.haverford.edu/activities/philly/. ‘Fords Against Boredom (FAB) also regularly sponsors trips to Philadelphia sports games, concerts, art galleries, and performances to help students become aquatinted with the area, and as with all FAB events, it’s all free! Eighth Dimension, Haverford’s community service office, is also a great resources for becoming more involved in the community on and off campus.

In terms of more about the area, Haverford and it’s nearby towns (walking distance), Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, are located on the Mainline, the area that encompasses all of the Philadelphia suburbs. While Haverford and Ardmore are relatively small, they are nice areas to walk around, eat out, shop, and get groceries. Some staples every Haverford student should know are within 5-10 minutes walking from campus about are as follows: Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, Bruegger’s Bagels, Saxby’s Coffee, CVS, Rite Aid, Chipotle, Wawa (kind of like seven eleven), iHop, and Trader Joe’s (particularly close to HCA).

Both Haverford and Ardmore (closer to HCA) have easy-access commuter rail train stations and high-speed rail stops, making it easy for students to get into Philly. If you don’t get free tickets from the Student Activities Office ahead of time, train tickets are $5 on-peak and $4 off-peak. High-speed rail tokens are $2 if you are not buying them in rolls, and for an extra $1 you can get a transfer that will enable you to get into center city. Philadelphia is a wonderful city and is completely worth exploring. Some areas I’d recommend becoming familiar with are University City (around Penn and Drexel), Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square (close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Love park, the old city, and the Italian market area.  Looking forward to your arrival!

Meet the New Dean of First-Year Students: Michael Martinez

The Dean’s Interns took a short trip to Stokes Hall to meet with the new Dean of First-Year Students, Michael Martinez, who officially began his post today.  Michael succeeds Raisa Williams, the first person to hold the position, after her many years of service.  He joins us after working at Bates College for three years as the Dean of Multicultural Affairs.

Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas in small towns, Michael’s college options always seemed limited.  He even mentioned that his parents moved to Texas so that he could enroll at the University of Texas-Austin and pay in-state tuition.  However, a program that started at his high school expanded his horizons, and he would eventually attend Princeton University.  At Princeton in his first year, Michael struggled with homesickness and the difficult academic transition.  After adjusting, he enjoyed an enriching college experience.

After graduating, Michael returned to Texas to work for the same program that helped him in high school before taking the Dean of Multicultural Affairs position at Bates.  He is incredibly excited to join Haverford and experience “Haverford for the first time this year in the same year that the first-year students are experiencing it.”

Michael was struck by how Haverford emphasizes “holistic education and empowering students to take on leadership roles and to define what the educational experience is here.”  He views the first-year experience at Haverford as one that is “student created.”  Michael aims to build strong relationships with first-years that last for all four years at Haverford and “take students in and explore Philadelphia.”  At Bates, he would take students to Boston but being so close to Philadelphia, Michael wants to do this more regularly.

When asked about what advice he would give to first-year students, he stressed the fundamental importance of determining “why you’re here.”  Michael mentions outside pressure from family or community can often blur the real reasons for a student to pursue college education: “It ultimately has to be about why you want to be here.”  Also, he advises students, “don’t be afraid to ask for help,” whether that be from fellow classmates, professors, or upperclassmen.

Please warmly welcome Michael Martinez to Haverford.  He is excited to meet all of you in the fall and work with you during your time here.  His passion and exuberance for college education will surely follow him to Haverford when first-year students arrive on August 28.

 

Karl and Nate with Michael Martinez, the new Dean of First-Year Students

Karl and Nate with Michael Martinez, the new Dean of First-Year Students