This post originally ran on February 10th, 2014, and was written by Steve Watter, Dean of Student Life.
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 a means to an end. Or shall we say, a vehicle for developing the scholarly, cognitive and intellectual skills and abilities—the habits of mind, if you will—that will allow you to succeed in whatever it is you choose to do after you receive your hard-earned Haverford degree. The ability to learn, to think critically, analyze, synthesize, conduct independent research, craft a powerful argument, write clearly and cogently…these are the things that will make you a valued part of whatever you end up doing.
Welcome back! In observance of MLK, TYA did not run content yesterday. Here’s your first post of 2015…
This week marks the beginning of a very important semester for you — the beginning of your second semester of sophomore year. You will begin this semester an underclassman, and end it an upperclassman; you will be halfway done with college in just 15 weeks.
By the end of this semester, you will have decided on your major, and you will soon focus your studies within this discipline, truly beginning the transition from student to scholar (which, by the way, culminates with your senior thesis).
As you navigate through the semester, be sure to check in with TYA regularly. We have a LOT of blog posts planned — every Monday and most Wednesdays — some written by our fabulous team of bloggers and others written by guest bloggers.
It’s go time… and it’s going to be an awesome semester!
Between attending classes and labs, working at your on-campus job, and meeting with professors, it can be a challenge to squeeze in much else before 5 p.m.
At the OAR, we’re always adapting our services based on student feedback. You asked, we listened — beginning next week, the OAR will offer late afternoon and early evening consultations to better accommodate students’ busy schedules. We’ll also hold walk-in hours for those students who haven’t scheduled an appointment.
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 final exams. 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…
Now that it’s late October, many things are wrapping up and winding down: half-semester courses, fall foliage, baseball season, and the number of days left to find that perfect Halloween costume.
This is also the time of year when the process of applying for most fellowships draws to a close. While that might not seem as exciting as the World Series or zombie make-up, fellowships can take you places you might never have imagined.
What are fellowships?
Fellowships are special opportunities for students, usually funded by a particular organization, institution, or government office, for a finite period of time. Fellowships allow students to expand their educational base, professional skills, and personal horizons. Whatever your interests or goals, you’ll almost certainly Continue reading →