The Great Dane

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Hi sophomores!

My name is Grace Mangigian and I am a senior here at Haverford. I’m a student assistant in the Office of International Academic Programs and I studied abroad during my junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark on the DIS program.

Studying abroad in the fall of my junior year was one of the best decisions I ever made. But if you had asked me at the beginning of my sophomore year if I planned on going abroad, I would have said, “Maybeeee?”

I’m going to be totally real with you. Although plenty of my friends studied abroad, it hadn’t crossed my mind until I saw a poster for a “Study Abroad Info Session” as I walked into Lunt one day.  So I’ve got five tips for all of you sophomores who may be thinking “Maybeeee?” to studying abroad.

1. Go to an information session: This is the first step (and did I mention it was mandatory?). You’ll go. You’ll feel totally overwhelmed with the amount of information thrown at you. This is normal! Eat the chocolates. Get excited about all the amazing programs! If you still haven’t gone, the next info session is Friday, March 18th, at 4:15pm in Chase Auditorium.

2. Do a little research of your ownFigure out your priorities. Are you looking to study abroad in the fall or spring? For many majors, there are certain requirements that can only be filled during one of the semesters. I talked with someone in the psych department, read the psych major guide, and realized it would make the most sense for me to study abroad in the fall, and do my lab requirements when I returned in the spring. I also knew there was a family event I couldn’t miss in March. These are all things to think about!

So, in sum, think about these things:

  • Major/Minor Requirements
  • Language Requirement (are you looking for programs that will fulfill a language requirement?)
  • Family events
  • Internship opportunities
  • Classes (finding programs that offer things you aren’t able to take at Haverford

3. Make an appointment with Dean Mancini: Again, eat the chocolates. I brought a list of 4 programs I was considering, and we talked through my options. Dean Mancini helped me think about the kind of experience I wanted. Through our discussion, I realized I wanted to be in Europe, at a program that would walk me through being abroad, and somewhere where I wouldn’t spend every penny I saved.

4. Read the program reviews online and fill out the Declaration of Intent : Did you know that every Haverford student who has studied abroad wrote a review about their experience? IT IS AMAZING. Go onto the website and scroll away! Reading the reviews helped me figure out what program would be right for me. Once I made my decision, I filled out the declaration of intent .

5. Never forget your resources: Feeling lost or confused at any point in the process? The study abroad office is there to help! Never feel awkward stopping by Chase 213 for a quick question. Reach out to Haverfordians who did the program in previous years. Text me! Seriously- you have a ton of resources, and it’s up to you to use them!

Studying abroad was a phenomenal experience that helped me grow as a person, and also helped me build my resume. I took business classes that I would never have had the opportunity to take unless I had study abroad. I worked at a TEDx Conference, had an internship at a global entrepreneurship competition, and got to work on a design challenge for Volvo. These experiences helped me attain an incredible summer internship and post-grad position! On top of it all, I was suddenly fearless and not afraid to live without wi-fi!

Study abroad. You won’t regret it.

**Upcoming Events/Deadlines** 
Declaration of Intent Deadline for Fall 2016 and  2016-2017 Academic Year Study Abroad
Monday, February 15th

Information Table with IFSA-Butler
Tuesday, March 15th
4:00 PM, DC Lobby
-Stop by to talk with a representative from IFSA-Butler, or just pick up some brochures!

Mandatory Information Session
Friday, March 18th
4:15 PM, Chase Auditorium
-All students studying abroad are required to attend one information session prior to studying abroad.

Study Abroad Financial Aid Information Session
Wednesday, March 30th
4:00 PM, Chase Auditorium

My sister came to visit!

My sister came to visit!

My amazing host family

My amazing host family

Making christmas decorations with my little host sister

Making Christmas decorations with my little host sister

The view from my bedroom

The view from my bedroom



College Sponsored Summer Internships

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Posted by Karina Wiener, CCPA

Hey Sophomores, how will you be spending your summer break? Summer is a great time to catch up on sleep and hang out with friends and family, but there’s also time to start exploring industries that interest you and building up that resume! Did you know that Haverford provides funding for many different types of summer opportunities? Whether you want to be abroad, at home, or at Haverford; whether you are interested in social justice, science, business, or something else; whether you want to design your own program or join a pre-existing one, there are opportunities for you!

The deadlines are fast approaching! Check out the College Sponsored Internships Page on the CCPA website to learn more about the available opportunities.

For examples of possible internship experiences, read the following blogs written by your classmates who secured college funding:

College Sponsored Summer Internships Final

Let’s Talk About Declaring a Major!

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Dear Members of the Class of 2018:

Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to having you back on campus and hope your Winter Break was all you hoped it would be and more.

Second semester of the sophomore year–in April, to be precise–is when you will be expected to declare a major.  Students often have many questions about this issue, and for some the prospect of declaring a major is the source of considerable (yet often unnecessary) anxiety.  Myths about the majoring process abound, as well.

To answer those many questions, allay that anxiety, and explode some of those myths, we thought it might be valuable to convene a meeting at which the general subject of the major at Haverford can be discussed.  Having worked with Haverford students for many years, we have a good idea of what the issues tend to be and, over time, have developed ways of thinking about the major and the declaration process that we believe could be helpful to you as you look ahead.

To that end, we would like to invite you to a meeting of the sophomore class this Monday evening, January 18 at 7:00 pmin the INSC’s Zubrow Commons.

We hope you will join us and your classmates at this time. There may even be a treat or two to enjoy.

See you there!

All the best,

Martha Denney

Phil Bean
Kelly Cleary
Donna Mancini
Michael Martinez
Theresa Tensuan
Kelly Wilcox
Steve Watter

Finding Direction During Sophomore Year

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Post by: Michael Jordan ’17

I’m sure that by this point in your lives many of you are well acquainted with the term “sophomore slump”, referring to a general lack of direction that is so common during many of our college sophomore years. The purpose of this post is to urge you to view sophomore year not as a time of idleness, but rather a unique opportunity to position yourself well for the years ahead. Developing a sense of urgency and direction at this time in your life is not easy, but will yield significant benefits in the future, both in your academic and professional paths.

Sophomore year is a strange time for many reasons. While freshman year is generally viewed as a trial period, a time to explore new classes and activities, and junior year is commonly the point at which you begin to act on them, your second year in college sits awkwardly in the middle. You won’t be deciding on your major until the end of the spring semester, and internship opportunities can sometimes be limited without much experience under your belt. The important thing to realize is that sophomore year provides not a barrier, but rather a springboard to future achievement.

If you talk to many students in their junior or senior years, you will often find that they have no choice but to adopt that sense of urgency. Time as an undergraduate is now more than halved, and things start moving very quickly. If you utilize sophomore year as a time to find direction and take the proper steps towards your future goals, you will find not only more doors open to you in your later years, but also more freedom and less stress in achieving those goals.

If you’re reading these posts, keeping up with news from the OAR, CCPA, CPGC, and other academic and professional resources, and reaching out to people at Haverford who can help you find this direction, you are already ahead. Now is a great time to begin using these resources to better prepare yourself for the future. If you’re unsure about what major you may want to declare, start speaking with professors in departments that interest you. We have the unique opportunity of being at an institution the supports and encourages this type of outreach.

On the professional level, it may be a good time to start thinking about your plans for the following summer. The CCPA and CPGC are both great resources for developing a plan going forward. Internships provide two invaluable qualities to students. One being an experience that helps you develop specific skills, making you a better candidate for future positions. The other being an opportunity to decide what you do or don’t like doing as a career. For me, I realized after a freshman summer of research at a pharmaceutical start-up that lab work wasn’t for me, and decided to pursue a finance-oriented internship the following year. Seek out an opportunity that interests you and use the resources available to you to make it happen. Come next year, you will be in a great position to make informed decisions and be competitive for other internships or even job opportunities in the future.

If you plan to pursue academic research, be it scientific or otherwise, sophomore year is a great time to get started. It’s a good idea to begin reaching out to professors with research projects that interest you and figuring out how to get involved. A summer of research can provide an incredible jumpstart on a project and can help you develop very quickly as a student and as a researcher. It has the added benefit of helping you explore a major in depth, and even start thinking about what path you may want to take after graduation.

Above all, it is important to remember how helpful many of the resources and people at Haverford can be. We have the ability as students to develop strong relationships with faculty, professional resources, and even alumni. When you feel like you’re struggling for a sense of direction, the best thing you can do is use these relationships to find clarity and even mentorship. It will be immensely helpful in whatever academic or professional direction you may choose to pursue.

Stepping into a Leadership Position

Posted on: December 2, 2015

Hey sophomores! Right now you probably can’t think past the next two weeks let alone about next semester, or even next school year…but if getting more involved in co-curricular activities has been on your mind, read on! As a sophomore, you have most likely been able to check out the different clubs and organizations Haverford has to offer and have maybe even gotten involved in a few things. Perhaps you are on a club sport, in an A Capella group, or involved with an affinity group. As you begin to mature as a Haverford student, I encourage you to look into taking on a leadership position.

Check out this data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 77.8% of employers responded that both leadership and the ability to work in a team are attributes that they look for on a candidate’s resume, more than any of the other attributes listed. Holding a leadership position even ranks above both major and GPA. You are in the prime position to not only get more engaged and have a more enjoyable experience on campus, but to be more successful in the future as well!

One key piece of advice that I would like to give is to not take on everything. Think about the various things you are involved in and what you are most passionate about. Are there any clubs/orgs that relate to your major? What are some of the transferable skills you are gaining from them? What do you personally enjoy the most? Pick the thing you care most about and pursue further involvement in that. You can still remain involved in your other activities, but as a member and supporter. As important as it is to have leadership experience, a good leader also recognizes the need for balance and self-care!

If you have not been able to get involved outside of class yet and feel as though you have missed the boat, don’t fret! Clubs and orgs are always looking for new members, so be sure to explore the Student Activities page on Haverford’s website to see what you might want to get involved in, and then reach out! It is never too late to start getting involved.

Stepping into a leadership position may seem daunting. You may not identify with the other people you view as “good leaders.” However, though some people may have inherent leadership traits, most of what makes a “good leader” are leadership skills. Skills can be learned, practiced, and built upon. In addition, there is no one type of effective leader. There are many different leadership styles, all of which can be successful and can be a good fit for your personality. If you are interested in building up your leadership skills and discovering your leadership style, I encourage you to check out the Rufus M. Jones Leadership Institute and take the 6-week leadership development course in the spring (keep an eye out for an e-mail early next semester!). Also, feel free to reach out to me or stop by Chase 205 to chat sometime! I am here to support you and guide you in your leadership journey!

Good luck with the last couple weeks of classes and finals!

Sophomore Success Series: Session 4

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Posted by Karina Wiener, CCPA

Last week we had our last session of the Sophomore Success Series. This blog post is packed full of information so I apologize in advance for the length, but feel free to scroll through to find the information you’re interested in. We discussed the interview process, following up after an interview and your online LinkedIn persona. The session was therefore focused on the “Interviewing & Follow Up” step of the job search process.

3S summary diagram

We first gave students a re-cap of different ways to find job and internship opportunities, including (but not limited to):

  • HC Recruiting Events (On-Campus Recruiting in the TriCo, Philadelphia Career Connections Event, SLAC Recruiting Days, STEM Recruiting Event)
  • College Sponsored Internships
  • Haverford-Specific General Internship Listings (CareerConnect, LACN, Nationwide Internships Consortium)
  • General Internship Listings (,
  • Industry or Region Specific Listings (GoingGlobal, Policy Jobs, Idealist, etc.)
  • Organization websites
  • Reaching out directly and asking if they have opportunities
  • Contacts (Family, Friends, Alumni, etc.)

Then, we jumped right into a discussion about interview skills. In an interview, your job is to demonstrate to the employer why you’re the candidate they should hire. Employers want to know about your aptitude (do you have the skills and knowledge to succeed in this position? what distinguishes you from other applicants?), interests (why do you want to work for the organization? why are you interested in the position?), and fit (will you fit in with the office’s culture? what kind of colleague will you be?) for the position.

We broke the interview process down into three parts: Before, During, and Closing/After the interview.

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What’s Happening In Res. Life

Posted on: November 5, 2015

If many of you are like me, you woke up this morning wondering when November happened. The countdown to the end of the fall semester has begun. I’m not talking months, but weeks! As the semester winds down, I want to remind you of one of the many resources that you have at your fingertips: The Office of Residential Life.

Let’s face it, you have enough on your plate, especially towards the end of the semester. The last thing you want to worry about is your housing and living space. The Office of Residential Life is your one stop shop for everything housing-related. We tackle everything from Lunt Lounge to laundry. If you have a question, we most certainly have an answer. Our door is always open so come visit us sometime. We are located in Chase Hall 213.

As the fall semester comes to a close, I think it is important to highlight two upcoming events related to Res. Life. I hope this information serves you well as you wind down the semester.

  • Mid-Year Room Draw – Are you returning from Study Abroad? Are you leaving for Study Abroad? Do you have an open space in your group housing to fill? Are you just tossing around the idea of changing your housing? Mid-year room draw will take place on Thursday, December 3rd. *NEW THIS YEAR – THE DRAW WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE.* For more information visit our website.
  • Winter Break Housing – During Winter Break, a limited amount of housing is provided to students on approved athletic teams, international students, and students taking classes at Penn. For more information visit our website. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life (Chase 213) no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 4th.

Best of luck as you close out these last remaining weeks!

The Graduate School Decision Making Process…

Posted on: November 2, 2015

It is graduate school application season again. For undergraduate seniors planning to attend graduate school right after graduation, that means you are probably already working on your admission letters, asking faculty for letters of recommendation and organizing spread sheets with program deadlines, application costs and so forth. Sophomores and juniors are likely still mulling over the decision-making process. Asking the question many who came before them did, including myself, is graduate school right for me? It is not a decision to be taken lightly. Continue reading

Tomorrow: College Funded Summer Internship Fair

Posted on: October 29, 2015

By Karina Wiener, CCPA

Hey sophomores, how will you be spending your summer? Summer is a great time to catch up on sleep and hang out with friends and family, but there’s also time to start exploring industries that interest you and building up that resume!

Haverford provides funding for many different types of summer opportunities. Whether you want to be abroad, at home, or at Haverford; whether you are interested in social justice, science, business, or something else; whether you want to design your own program or join a pre-existing one, there are opportunities for you!

Talk to students about their college funded summer experiences to help you decide which one would be best for you, TOMORROW, from 11:30am-1:30pm in the DC Sunken Lounge. See you there!

(Click here for details and deadlines for each individual funding opportunity.)