This past Thursday night, I had the pleasure of helping to organize a dinner for 22 visiting prospective Prep for Prep and Prep 9 students. As a Prep for Prep alumna myself (Contingent XXVII), I vividly remember that college visiting trip. You’re assigned to the trip by filling out a survey (you answer questions like: is it important that you’re by a city? do you want to be close enough to take a bus home? do you want a small school, medium school, large school, or are you unsure? Is financial aid a huge factor to you, or not?) Eventually, you’re assigned to a bus, that will be visiting a certain number of schools. My bus (Trip C) went to the University of Virginia, Davidson, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Richmond. Here are some pictures from that week, below.
College visiting trips are long. They’re exhausting. The food usually leaves much to be desired. And more often than not, current students and admissions staff are more interested in making the school sound good than answering someone’s questions honestly. That’s why I am especially glad that we were able to put together an informal panel and dinner so that we Haverford students could answer questions about campus life openly and honestly. Special shout-outs to the aforementioned “panelists”: Brandon Alleyne ’18, Michael Bueno (XXX) ’18, Dita Cavdarbasha ’19, Isabella Falla (XXX)’18, and Safiyah Riddle ’18. We were able to talk about the transition to college, academic life, tools for academic success, the tri-college consortium, the 4-1 and 3-2 engineering programs that Haverford participates in, the math department, the computer science department, the art department, the music and dance department, traveling between campuses, traveling abroad, taking time off, the relationship between students and professors, the organizations that Haverford partners with, the professional opportunities the campus offers, the various clubs and organizations on campus, the work that student affinity groups and community members put in to make the campus a safer space, etc. Prep for Prep’s core values are Integrity, Commitment, Courage, and Excellence. It is my hope that, at this dinner, we were able to show the prospective students that these are Haverford’s core values as well. From the personalized letters that admissions writes on every acceptance letter, to the post-bac programs that allow you to fund and organize the events that you only could have dreamed of as a student, Haverford is a place that commits to its students, too, and strives to ensure they are courageous, full of integrity, and capable of excellence. For the road, here’s a true gem: