There are times when all the priorities compete at once. Friends. Work. Family. Major declaration. Crushes. Landing an internship. Lunch.
Clear your head and jump off campus for an afternoon or weekend. The only rule? Break the rules. (especially your own)
Schedules are made to be flexible. Make time for self-care away from a screen in early April and I’ll bet the rest of the semester will be a bit more fulfilling.
While I can’t legally condone crashing a Main Line wedding or sneaking into a private garden, I think your spring will be more interesting and story-worthy if you attempt to step outside your own rules a little!
Ideas for an off-the-beaten-track weekend:
Um, this awesome place exists in Philadelphia.
And this one does in Wayne if you like coffee.
This community out in Coatesville is warm, welcoming and beautiful. How often have you visited a Sufi saint’s farm?
I may or may not have tried a Bi-Co staycation as a student: taking a tour of Bryn Mawr College through a different lens, eating all my meals at their dining hall, going swimming, reading in their beautiful library. As a bonus, it’s cheap as free!
Photoshoots at spots featured in 90s Philadelphia music videos: some Will Smith, a little Motown Philly
There’s a tendency to view trips into the city as a privilege or reward for finishing your work. Instead, try a week where these weird little side trips are part of the plans, no matter what. That’s self-care, too!
So that’s it: step away from the homework: if you prioritize yourself, you might feel more like this guy as the semester shifts into high gear:
As you figured out last year, one of your Official Duties As a Haverford Student is to engage in the life of the mind. Honestly, 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, watching amazing Korean soap operas, 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 Get thee off campus
If you’ve been following all the advice on this blog (and my, there’s an awful lot of distilled wisdom 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 musty, 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 “Phnom Penh” 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 and flopped a little. (Or a lot.)
There are two main strains of failing: the first is Continue reading Hello, Failure
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Come by and talk to us. Janice Lion and I have office hours, or can make ourselves available for project advising by appointment.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Doing Good: Let’s all just get off campus