Haverford Houses of Years Past

As we all know, March is a time for memories. Today on the Haverford House blog, I thought it would be nice to look back on fellows of years past and remember their time in the house. We’ve loved sharing our stories with you, but it’s not like we’re the only people to ever have lived here! The history of Haverford House is a collection of different faces and stories, as this blog post should make clear.

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Here’s the fellows from 2011 about to go on their bike tour of Philadelphia! Remember kids, safety first- Always wear a helmet!

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This throwback shot is from the 2004 fellows’ dinner with a CPGC donor- can you spot her in there?

 

 

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Finally, here’s the house in 2014 about to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic Chinese takeout dinner. Will the house ever see smiles like theirs again?

We hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane- let us know all your crazy March memories in the comments!

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Palentine’s Day

Happy Palentine’s Day, from HavHouse to you!
Our house is wonderfully decorated to show our love for our pals.

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Our Palentine Love Letter Swap

Our Palentine Love Letter Swap

And lastly,

We hosted a Palentine's get-together, and played the well known game, Pin the Anatomically Correct Heart on a Skeleton

We hosted a Palentine’s get-together, and played the well known game, Pin the Anatomically Correct Heart on a Skeleton

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Click the image below for a top secret look into Haverford House’s snow day/guac-off/impromptu karaoke session.

 

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Snow Much Fun

While many people across the Northeast were lamenting the blizzard this weekend, our house welcomed it with open arms. We relaxed inside playing games and watching movies (if it has been a few years since you watched watched Cool Runnings, I recommend re-watching it!), had a “guac off” (post coming soon), and adventured in the snow.

Callie and I walked around our neighborhood, surveying the amount of snow that fell and stopping off at a playground.

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Snowy West Philly


Daring Callie went butt first down the slide.

Daring Callie went butt first down the slide.

The next day 4 of us and some other Haverford friends headed to Clark Park for some sledding. Dan’s supervisor from PLA generously lent us her sleds. Thank you, Cynthia! The park was full of people of all ages enjoying the beautiful weather and park shaped perfectly for sledding.

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Clark Park

Showing off the awesome sled.

Showing off the awesome sled.


Our sledding crew.

Our sledding crew.

*Credit to Callie for the punny blog title.

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The True Value of Holidays

Keeping warm as it turns to the winter months is no simple task. In Haverford House, we’ve been turning to the traditions of the holiday season to keep our spirits nice and toasty. Monday night saw the beginning in earnest of our seasonal celebrations.

Before anything else, we were treated to another one of our regular communal meals provided by Callie and Robin. Each bite bespoke the humble origins of the ingredients and the lineages of the techniques used to prepare them. Near the end of the meal, Callie’s family’s delicious method for roasting chestnuts brought our conversation around to holiday rituals and memories. Seema had us all in stithces with her tale of learning the truth about Santa Claus in middle school, while Kayla shared a touching conversation she had with her fellow passengers when her subway broke down on Thanksgiving. The reminisicing and sharing was a perfect way to pass the afterglow of the meal, as we were all too stuffed to start bothering ourselves with dishes or preparations for the following day. Our hectic modern lifestyles afford us too few of these moments to simply enjoy the company of others, and the communal structure of the house allows us to create these moments organically. No coat or mittens can provide the warmth of a home-cooked meal.

Inside the house there are a couple other signs that it’s holiday time. Someone walking in the house is immediately struck by our illuminated Christmas-tree, handpicked by the house from a tree farm near Upper Darby.

 

A natural compliment to the lights on the tree are the flickering candles of our menorah.  IMG_3904

 

Festive indeed! Recently, there’s been talk in the house about doing a gift exchange or going caroling, so you can bet our holiday spirit hasn’t run out yet. And whatever we plan next, you can bet you’ll probably hear about it on the blog. Until next time! Dan signing off, wishing you all a merry (or at least warm) holiday season.  

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A few weeks ago, the six of us were sitting around the table at communal dinner, thinking about Thanksgiving.

We started to talk about what Thanksgiving looked like in different homes.

Some of us went to diners, some of us had the entire family over,
some of us just had only the immediate family over,
some of us volunteer for the holidays,
some of us are Canadian and have a different Thanksgiving…

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Thanksgiving looks different to all of us, so we decided to bring our differences together.
Each of us decided to make at least one dish, so that before we went home to our families
we could celebrate Thanksgiving in Haverford House as our own little family.

We had a goat cheese and pear salad, baked brie, roasted cabbage and broccoli,
green beans with almonds, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and a yummy kosher turkey.
(Not pictured here: Pumpkin Pie & Sweet Potato Cheesecake)

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Happy Thanksgiving from Haverford House to you!

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Professional Development

One awesome perk of the Haverford House fellowship is that we each get $500 to spend on professional development. In past years, this money has been spent on a variety of different activities from GRE prep books to attending yoga workshops. I chose to spend some of the money on attending a conference at Columbia University. I am interested in the intersection between health and human rights and this was a national student conference for the organization called Physicians for Human Rights – it seemed right up my alley! Additionally, Jemma Benson (’13) who participated in Haverford House two years ago and worked at the same placement I am currently at (Puentes de Salud) was helping to organize the conference. Moreover, the co-founder of Puentes, Steve Larson (also a Haverford alumn) was going to be speaking at the conference!
It was great to connect with Jemma and talk about developments in Puentes since she left as well as to connect with Steve and talk to him about his recent trip to Puebla, Mexico (where most of our families at Puentes are from). I also got to learn more about many current human rights violations such as health in America’s prisons, attacks on hospitals in Syria, family detention centers and more.
This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about my interests and connect with (former and present) colleagues from Puentes! Thanks CPGC!

 

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Jemma, Steve, and I at the end of the conference.

 

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NSTA Conference

Last week, Haverford House had a special visitor…MY DAD! He and I both attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Area Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

My Haverford House work placement is with FirstHand, the educational initiative of the University City Science Center. FirstHand sent a colleague and me to the conference, and we came away with a lot of ideas for our programs.

My dad is a science teacher in northern New Jersey and his district allowed him to go for professional development. It was awesome to spend some time with him, and to learn about what he focuses on professionally. I enjoyed sharing ideas and comparing notes on the several sessions that we both attended.

Here we are in front of the NSTA nautilus sign:

 

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Dinner Guests!

We recently had the great pleasure of hosting Haverford’s president and provost, Kim Benston and Fran Blase over for dinner. They filled us in on what has been happening at Haverford since we graduated, from big changes such as how they are settling into their positions, to smaller annoyances including the infamous geese that inhabit our campus. We also got to speak about our jobs and projects, and show off our beautiful home and always improving cooking skills. We cooked a vegan dinner of squash curry, salad and peanut-ginger noodles, and Fran and Kim brought delicious desserts and seasonal beverages. We really enjoyed our time with Fran and Kim, and the fact that they took the time to come out to Haverford House speaks incredibly highly of them and the college.

We struggled a little to fit all of us into one picture where we were all looking at the camera (always a problem for blog group shots!), but here are some photos from the evening.

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