Enjoy the first installment of the OAR’s True Grit Series!
First-Year Dean Michael Martinez speaks candidly about his freshman year at Princeton, reflecting on his travails in Economics 101.
The Year After was created in the summer of 2013 in response to all we learned about the sophomore experience that spring!
We’re so excited to journey through this year with you! Any question you want answered, let us know! For now, join us in The Sophomore Forum for conversations already in progress!
Regular posts every MONDAY.
Please review our “What Now?” section regularly. We’d hate for you to miss something!
CONGRATULATIONS on vanquishing the go-to-class portion of your first half of college. You’re nearly 50% done with your degree…
…but you gotta CRUSH your finals.
As we close out a phenomenal season on The Year After, some quick tips for roaring through the next two weeks:
#1 – Be selfish. Continue reading
When we last left off, you were still reeling from your out-of-body-transcendental-info-session experience, during which you learned about the cosmic wonder that is the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities Student Seminars Program. One semester later, one semester wiser, you now find your yourself having declared a major, secured some kind of skill-building summer internship, and contemplating…Junior and Senior years.
Checking Faceb—er, finishing a serious multimedia visual studies presentation in the Instructional Technology Center, you notice the lights begin to dim. The faces of the helpful Digital Media Specialists working with you begin to fade, until all that remains visible is Continue reading
One of the great frustrations of my college job searches was the myth of the “entry level” position. Most jobs for college students and recent graduates seem to require a certain minimum background – even those without specific requirements often seem to go to applicants with significant experience. It is often said that you cannot get a job without experience, but you cannot get experience without a job. Although neither is strictly true, it is true that the more skills and background you can present in a job application the more competitive you will be. If your résumé is barren it may seem like a herculean task just to get the internship or campus job that will provide the experience you need to move toward the post-college career of your dreams. Fortunately, as sophomores at Haverford you have ample time and opportunities to ensure that by the time you are looking for internships or, ultimately, a job, you will have developed the skills and backgrounds to make yourself competitive for that job of your dreams.
So, what steps should you take if you want position yourself competitively for internships and post-college employment? Continue reading
Have you been tapped (officially or unofficially) to take over a club, organization, or position of leadership for next year? Perhaps you’re one of the newest members of Students’ Council or Honor Council? Or newly appointed, or elected, member of a committee, team, or student org?
If so – Congratulations!
Make sure you Continue reading
Ike Onyeador is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Urban Studies with minors in Sociology and Africana Studies. He is a sports writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian and, after submatriculating, will graduate with a master’s degree in Public Administration.
“So, what are you going to do with that?”
I literally cannot count the number of times I have received that response after the typical rapid-fire, small-talk questions that initiate almost every conversation college students have in new interactions.
Urban Studies. It’s not Business or Economics. It’s not Engineering. Not Pre-Med, or Nursing. Heck, it’s not even Political Science. It is an interdisciplinary major popular mainly in universities that are located in utterly devastated urban spaces such as Detroit or Philadelphia, or world-renowned urban centers like New York and Los Angeles.
I’ll be the first to tell you that people underestimate less quantitative and traditional majors. The good news is that with these lowered expectations, there are plentiful opportunities to overachieve and distinguish yourself from your peers.
At the core, it is all about what you bring to the table. I will avoid the cliché pacifier that “your major doesn’t matter”. It actually matters a lot. Allow me to explain. Continue reading
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 finals. 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…
But think again.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s brewing at the OAR Continue reading
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
It’s Major Declaration Season!!
To recap for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kelsey, a senior, double majoring in English and Linguistics. A couple months ago, I answered a question on the Sophomore Forum about double majoring. You can read that discussion here.
Double majoring really worked for me, and I’m so glad that I’ll (hopefully!) graduate this spring, having experienced both disciplines, written both theses, and worked deeply with two different departments in two very different but related academic areas.
Although I had originally planned them to be the same essay when I applied to be a double major, I’m actually working on two theses, both on related topics. I’ve been studying Quenya, the invented Elvish literary language that J.R.R. Tolkien created for his realm of Middle-earth (NERD ALERT). Because the language was written into the book, I’ve been able to look at one topic from both a linguistic and a literary perspective, which has been especially important, as Tolkien himself was a linguist and a writer.
That’s one of the main reasons I decided to double major: my interests lie at the intersection of English and linguistics, and I found them to be easily combinable. My English knowledge makes me a stronger linguist, and vice versa, and I wanted to write a thesis in both.
But that’s not true for everyone – in reality, Continue reading
By Nora Landis-Shack ’13
Whether you’re a sophomore or a senior, I guarantee that at some point in your college career, you’re going to freak out. About everything. You’re going to wonder whether and why it all matters, if your college education is even worth it, if your grades /friends /GPA /classes /internships are really all that important.
College can be really scary. But that’s perfectly fine, because you’re going to be okay. How do I know? Having gone through what you’re going through and watched what my friends go through it, I can tell you this with certainty; NO ONE knows what they’re doing, and they rarely ever figure it out.
Even if everyone around you seems to have it all figured out: a perfect internship, perfect significant other, perfect summer plans, or a course schedule, they’re just as scared as you. Everyone around you is confused, worried, wondering if they’ve made the right choices, if things will turn out the way they want them to.
And it’s 100 percent normal and 100 percent okay. Because guess what: for the rest of your life, you will Continue reading