The CPGC and You

Posted on: October 1, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I work for the CPGC, and think that our programs are pretty great. In my opinion, it’s one of the resources that continues to make Haverford a unique place, capable of transforming your college education. Our offices and cafe (with dangerously low-priced treats) are located on the first floor of Stokes.

We don’t really run that many programs–rather, we have various funding/grantmaking streams that are available for students and faculty (but particularly for students!) That’s just a way to say that the ideas you bring us become our programs, and are our main means of achieving our mission. Take a look at this presentation to get a better look at our programs and see how the Center can support your ideas.

Here are some remaining deadlines for the Fall:

  1. If you want to do something cool over Winter Break, November 2 is the big deadline for winter break student research and service learning projects. There will be an information session about designing your own research project on October 26.
  2. Maybe you’re hoping to promote dialogue and provoke thoughts among your fellow students here on campus (you wee scamp!) November 2 is the day for that, too.
  3. Come by and talk to us. Janice Lion and I have office hours, or can make ourselves available for project advising by appointment.
  4. Last year, I wrote a blog post about feeling immobilized by too many options.  The CPGC can help you narrow your broad interests down to a specific project, and I recommend that you take a look at that post as a starting point for searching for an internship.
  5. The off-campus conferences and workshops funding stream is designed to help first and second year students dig deeper into your passions for academic and social justice issues. We recommended it for you, particularly as a prelude to an internship.

So get in touch! We are so excited to hear your ideas, and to meet you.

p.s. in terms of upcoming events, We’re really excited for  (IR)Reverence, a massive tri-center, tri-College celebration of Chinua Achebe’s novel Arrow of God next week.

Doing Good: Let’s all just get off campus

Posted on: September 22, 2014

As you figured out last year, one of your Official Duties As a Haverford Student is to engage in the life of the mind. Really, it’s your main duty. From the institution’s perspective, your ability to learn stuff from books and professors is more important than going to your a capella rehearsal, getting into Philly once a month, falling in love for the first time, or even going to Plenary.*

Let me just take a moment to be thankful that there’s so much more to life than homework. I’ll say it again: there’s so much more to life than homework!! And so here’s here’s a sophomore challenge for you: Continue reading

Hello, Failure

Posted on: April 9, 2014

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.)

There are two main strains of failing: the first is Continue reading

Paralyzed by Choice?

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Hello, sophomores!


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