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.
Jess Lord has been Haverford’s Dean of Admission and Financial Aid since 2005. He is also a member of the Haverford Corporation and the Advisory Committee of the Corporation. From 1994 to 1999, he rose from Admission Officer to Associate Director of Admission at Brown University, before moving onto Pomona College as the Senior Associate Dean of Admissions, a position he held until his appointment here at the Ford. Though Jess is well known for his annual, now infamous Customs roast of the new freshman class and his dedication to leading an exceptional admissions office, it turns out there are quite a few things about the younger Jess Lord that the Haverford Community has yet to learn…
Isn’t it a bit presumptuous for organizations and companies to demand you include at least THREE references with your internship or job application? At least?? Do they assume you have a team of people, on speed dial, sitting around, waiting to sing your praises – every time you chase down an opportunity? Some even require they be professors or administrators with whom you’ve had “regular one-on-one contact”. Between homework, studying, working, being awesome and hanging with friends, when exactly are you supposed to cultivate lasting relationships with faculty and others on/off campus? Moreover, how do you make these relationships feel real? Comfortable even? Comfortable enough to feel assured in requesting a reference or letter of recommendation?
Answers to such questions have nothing to do with Continue reading
When I got into Haverford I did not think I would major in English or end up with a job in healthcare consulting. Nor did I think, up until I began the job search and interview process, that my English major would give me the skills necessary to land a consulting job. Dean Watter, in his Major Dilemma post on choosing the “right” major, aptly informs us that any Haverford major will teach us to think critically, put together a well-structured and logical argument, speak persuasively and clearly in front of an audience, and work within a team. Every employer Continue reading
What’s love got to do with it, you ask? Well, this is Valentine’s Week after all, and when it comes to majors, plenty!!
If you recall my lengthy blog post in November in which all blog-worthy rules of etiquette and brevity were egregiously violated, and in which I shared my humble thoughts about declaring the major—and even if you don’t remember it or did not read it—I opined that the major was Continue reading
This post was originally published by Sarah Madigan ’16 on the CCPA blog.
At the onset of sophomore year, after an engaging summer as an Academic Enrichment Intern with CitySquash in the Bronx, NY, I found myself considering questions about my career path. When, exactly, should college students search for legitimate summer internships and jobs? How relevant should these internships and jobs be to the student’s career path? Should they be paid, or unpaid? How do students determine if they are even on the right career path?
Luckily, as I was asking myself these questions, I learned about the Sophomore Summer Success Seminar, nicknamed 4S, an initiative piloted this year Continue reading
Welcome back to campus, everyone!
Today’s post for you is another joint article, written by Lori Roth and Kelsey Ryan. Lori is the Coordinator of International Academic Programs on campus, and Kelsey is a student assistant with the Office of Global Affairs (and a regular blogger here!). Both of us are study abroad success stories: Lori has studied abroad at Oxford and in Italy, and Kelsey studied abroad in Fall 2012 in Leuven, Belgium.
Lori (left… if you couldn’t guess) and her new best friend take on the town in London!
As it’s a week before the annual February 5th deadline to declare your intention to study abroad for Fall Semester/Academic Year 2014, we wanted to bring up study abroad again as an important thing to consider. With the snow and campus closings last week, the deadline will be extended to February 10th, but Continue reading
By Kelly Cleary and Amy Feifer
Every day at the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) we talk with students who are trying to figure out what career they want to pursue after graduation. Figuring out which career paths would be a good fit for you requires research and self-reflection. My simple advice for exploring careers is to read about careers that interest you, watch and talk with people who work in those fields (through a job shadow or informational interview), and try them out yourself through an internship, volunteer experience, or a job.
The CCPA’s Extern Program is a terrific experience that gives students a chance to Continue reading
Sophomores: Congratulations on your THIRD semester of college! I hope you take a moment to pause, reflect and decompress from what I’m sure has been a trying finals week. You more than deserve the coming weeks of relaxation and celebration!
For the Center for Career and Professional Advising, this is also a time when many of our conversations with sophomores surround the most practical use of your time while on Winter Break. You’ll be leaving for home soon, and we want to make sure you are using your time wisely.
There is the obvious: Continue reading
Maya Nojecholwicz and Sara Jaramillo as farm education interns in Philadelphia. Sara went from this internship to a semester abroad, because she planned so much better than me during her sophomore year!
True story: when I was a Haverford student, I was never organized enough to pull together a CPGC application. Given that I now advise students on CPGC applications, this is a little embarrassing to admit.
Today, I’ll be sharing advice that I could have used when I was a sophomore. I often felt paralyzed by a mountain of Possible Cool Things To Do in the Summer, and so I put off making summer plans. Here, my loss can be your gain!
Paralyzed by choice?
I get it. Despite all the hype about technology minimizing distance Continue reading