Welcome Class of 2016!!!


The Year After was created in the summer of 2013 in response to all we learned about the sophomore experience that spring!

We’re so excited to journey through this year with you! Any question you want answered, let us know! For now,  join us in The Sophomore Forum for conversations already in progress!

Regular posts every MONDAY. 

Please review our “What Now?” section regularly. We’d hate for you to miss something!

A Sneak Peak of What’s Brewing at the OAR – And Why You Should Visit as an Upperclassman

Congratulations! You’re almost halfway done with college!

OK, maybe it’s a little premature to be congratulating – I realize the semester is not yet over and there’s still the (massive) hurdle that is finals. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking ahead – to the next two years of college, to your post-college plans, maybe even further down the road than that.

Since about 85% of you, the Class of 2016, used the OAR in some way last year, you probably know that we offer workshops and individual consultations on topics like time management, reading strategies, and procrastination. Now that you’re a pro at managing your time and mapping out your assignments for the entire semester, you may think you have no use for the OAR…

But think again.

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Hello, Failure

If you’ve been following everyone’s advice on this blog (and my, there’s an awful lot of good advice floating around this corner of the internet), then you’ve spent some of your sophomore year putting yourself “out there.”  The safe cocoon of your Customs Group is a distant memory; perhaps you’ve even left the meal plan and you’ve fended for yourself at Main Line grocery stores for months.  On a deeper level, you’ve set yourself a more coherent academic plan: you’ve declared a major, or looked into off-campus opportunities that can focus your academic pursuits to a laser-specific set of research questions.

Maybe not, though.

Maybe others around you seem like they’re zooming off, getting accepted to competitive programs and landing fancy internships in exotic-sounding locales like “Oaxaca” or “Philadelphia.”  Maybe you also applied to these programs, you also crafted and fine-tuned your essays, you also put your name in the hat and raised your hand in class and showed up to office hours and went to that one networking event and generally followed the advice that people gave you.

And maybe you didn’t stick the landing, maybe you failed a little. (Or a lot.)

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Double Majoring: Think Twice!

Hi, guys!

It’s Major Declaration Season!!

To recap for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kelsey, a senior, double majoring in English and Linguistics. A couple months ago, I answered a question on the Sophomore Forum about double majoring. You can read that discussion here.

Double majoring really worked for me, and I’m so glad that I’ll (hopefully!) graduate this spring, having experienced both disciplines, written both theses, and worked deeply with two different departments in two very different but related academic areas.

Although I had originally planned them to be the same essay when I applied to be a double major, I’m actually working on two theses, both on related topics. I’ve been studying Quenya, the invented Elvish literary language that J.R.R. Tolkien created for his realm of Middle-earth (NERD ALERT). Because the language was written into the book, I’ve been able to look at one topic from both a linguistic and a literary perspective, which has been especially important, as Tolkien himself was a linguist and a writer.

That’s one of the main reasons I decided to double major: my interests lie at the intersection of English and linguistics, and I found them to be easily combinable. My English knowledge makes me a stronger linguist, and vice versa, and I wanted to write a thesis in both.

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You’re Going to be Okay.

By Nora Landis-Shack ’13

Whether you’re a sophomore or a senior, I guarantee that at some point in your college career, you’re going to freak out. About everything. You’re going to wonder whether and why it all matters, if your college education is even worth it, if your grades /friends /GPA /classes /internships are really all that important.

College can be really scary. But that’s perfectly fine, because you’re going to be okay. How do I know? Having gone through what you’re going through and watched what my friends go through it, I can tell you this with certainty; NO ONE knows what they’re doing, and they rarely ever figure it out.

Even if everyone around you seems to have it all figured out: a perfect internship, perfect significant other, perfect summer plans, or a course schedule, they’re just as scared as you. Everyone around you is confused, worried, wondering if they’ve made the right choices, if things will turn out the way they want them to.

And it’s 100 percent normal and 100 percent okay.  Because guess what: for the rest of your life, you will Continue reading

Play. Power. Production. | Re:Humanities ’14

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What is Re:Humanities?

Re:Humanities is the first national digital humanities conference of, for, and by undergraduates, now in its fourth year. The theme for Re:Humanities 2014 is “Play. Power. Production.” The Re:Hum Working Group, comprised of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges, brings together a symposium to highlight the work of undergraduates who engage with contemporary currents in digital humanities, scholars who both apply digital methodologies in traditional humanities research while posing critical humanities questions about those technologies.

Ok, but really, what is Re:Humanities?

Re:Humanities ’14 is Continue reading

Room Draw!

April is almost here, and with it, Room Draw!

Many of you are Room Draw veterans – you successfully navigated the Rounds last year and already have a plan for this year’s Draw. But for those of you sophomores who are feeling unsure, anxious, or even confused, let’s clear a few things up. Because where you live really matters. So read the below tips, and be sure to come to our Room Draw Info Session this Thursday, 3/27, at 8pm in Chase Auditorium!

  1. Spring Room Draw takes place over five days – Monday, April 7th, through Friday, April 11th. Different housing is offered on different days. Monday-Thursday the Draw is at 10:30pm in Sharpless Auditorium, but on Friday, the Draw is at 7:00pm.
  2. You can find all of the information you need in the Spring Room Draw Guidelines. Yes, it’s a long document, but it contains almost everything you need to know. Read it!
  3. Room Draw still happens on paper and in person. You can pick up the paper forms here in Chase, or in the Dining Center. Not sure where? Look for overlapping and clashing neon pieces of paper. Those are our forms! And you, in person (or a person from your group) must be at the Draw for each Round you’ve entered.
  4. Do not be late, or turn a form in late. All deadlines are firm. No Havertime.
  5. Here’s an answer to a popular question – you can apply for multiple things at a time! So, you can apply, in Round 1, for an 11-person, 6-person, and 5-person floorplan. However, once you have selected housing, any other applications with your name on it must be withdrawn. You also could have applied for Lloyd, Drinker, or 710 College Ave in Round 1. The important detail is, you can only enter each separate category once, and you can only select one housing assignment!
  6. No matter what, you will get housing. If you don’t select anything in the Rounds, you should submit a Deferred Housing Assignment form and you’ll be housed on campus over the summer!
  7. None of this makes sense? Email hc.reslifecommittee@gmail.com (Our helpline called “ResLife Support”) or ask one of the members of the Committee in person!

Remember, Room Draw only feels like a labyrinth if you’re not informed. Read everything over carefully so you and your friends are in good position! Good luck!

Becoming Comfortable With Feeling Uncomfortable

Last Friday night, March 21, 2014, Students’ Council Speakers Committee hosted Jose Antonio Vargas for their spring event. During his keynote address and question and answer period, Mr. Vargas repeatedly encouraged those in attendance to pursue difficult questions with complex answers, and to actively seek out opportunities to engage with those who hold viewpoints and life experiences that differ from our own. In essence, Mr. Vargas asked us to become more comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.

Starting Monday March 24, 2014, Haverford College is hosting a (Dis)Ability Awareness Week. Members of the Office of Disabilities Services, OAR, CAPS, CCPA, Dean’s Office, Collection Committee, 8th Dimension, SAO, and Quaker Affairs have all contributed towards the programs offered in some way.

The goal of this week is to “create spaces and begin discussions about disability – physical, invisible, learning, and mental health – and how it is a part of life on our campus. A variety of events are planned to develop awareness, understanding, skills, and actions as we strive to be an inclusive community that values all individuals, differences, and perspectives.”

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Perfecting the Process: Letting Go of Uncertainty

“What are you doing next year?”

If senior year had a slogan, this would be it. I cannot begin to reflect on how many times my peers and I have been asked this question. And even as sophomores, I am sure you have heard it in some form too.

Do you have a cool internship lined up this summer? Are you going anywhere spectacular? Have you thought about going abroad? Are you choosing the right country to go to?

Last spring, a close friend of mine back home in California saw his roommates and friends lay out grand plans for the coming summer. One was going to work for a major bank, another was headed to Europe for a conference, and another even secured a prestigious consulting internship.

My friend had plans too. He decided…to stay home.

That’s right. He decided to take the summer off, spend precious time with his family, go to the beach for a few doses of California sunshine, and read a ton of books (and watch some Netflix too).

His friends thought he was crazy. “You’re going to fall behind,” one told him.

“Fall behind…in what?” he replied.

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Seeking Housing in a Community?

Spring Break is over, so there are no more excuses to avoid thinking about Room Draw next year! With just three weeks to go, there are a few things you should be considering:

  • Who you’d like to live with
  • Where you’d like to live
  • What you need to do to be ready for Room Draw (resolve all library fines and financial obligations by March 21)

We’ll talk more about the way Room Draw works in a little while, but let’s focus for a bit on one way of finding your next year’s housing – Community Housing.

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It’s Not Too Late To Find a Great Sophomore Summer Experience. But Act NOW.

Sophomore spring is a busy semester as you focus on choosing your major, apply for and start to take on leadership roles in extracurricular activities, and, this week, try to make the most of spring break. Figuring out your plans for the summer after sophomore year is another important task on your To Do list.

Sophomore summer is key because it’s a chance to Continue reading