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.