First Year Living Spaces

by Keishla Sanchez, Class of 2022

Have you browsed along the Haverford College website and read every living home description possible for first-years? If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, I can fill you in. First years could live in Barclay, Gummere, Tritton, or the Apartments.

I live in the Apartments and it’s really nice to have the ability to make a home cooked meal once in a while. The first floor in the Apartments has an open floorplan that allows everyone to interact with one another. The second floor is made up of 4 different apartments, that can fit a maximum of 2-4 people in each. There are 5 different first-year apartments and there’s even a computer lab in Apartment 30.


Apartment 26, where I currently live!

Then there’s Tritton, which is the newest building that first years can live in. There’s a really cool berm, a grassy area with picnic tables, outside of Tritton connecting it to Kim, an upperclassman building. My favorite thing about Tritton is the cool study room that is surrounded by a glass wall that allows you to admire the beauty of nature. Tritton is also right across from the Coop, a campus cafe, which is convenient when you are in desperate need of a late night snack or craving the amazing mozzarella sticks.



Next, there’s Barclay, which has large double rooms for first years, and it also has single rooms. Barclay is placed in a great location since it is in the middle of campus. My favorite thing about Barclay is the huge closets in the dorms!


Here’s a picture of Barclay!

Finally, there’s Gummere which has all singles. No one really knows why Gummere is built on a hill, but it’s at a convenient location as well. Gummere is near the turf field, and VCAM (the Visual, Culture, Arts, and Media Center). My favorite thing at VCAM was being able to use their common kitchen and bake chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin muffins with my friends. Anyhow, I hope this helped you learn a little bit more about the four different possible living spaces on campus. I am looking forward to meeting you all in the fall!


Last but not least, Gum!


by Fariea Khan, Class of 2022

The beginning of college with so many different offices with opportunities might seem overwhelming. However, each of these offices is uniquely helpful and is designed to address different aspects of student life on campus.

ADS: Access and Disability Services

ADS works collaboratively with each student applying for accommodations to determine eligibility and to identify the accommodations that are necessary and helpful to the student without altering the fundamental nature of the academic program. For more information, please refer to

CAPS: Counseling & Psychological Services   

Students speak about a wide range of topics that upset, frighten, confuse, thrill, sadden, or anger them. Working collaboratively with counselors helps students better understand what factors are contributing to their concerns. Greater insight and awareness helps students regulate their lives and better determine what decisions they want to make. For more information, please refer to

CCPA: Career and Professional Advising

The Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) empowers students and alumni to learn about and prepare for meaningful work, as they translate their Haverford liberal arts education into a rewarding life. In short, they are here to help students explore, identify, and realize their career and professional goals. For more information, please refer to

CPGC: The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship

The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship offers local community engagement opportunities, community-engaged courses and curricular pathways, and financial support for student and faculty activities that advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship. For more information, please refer to

DC: Dining Center

The Dining Center (DC) is a traditional “all you care to eat” facility with a variety of menus to fit today’s student preferences. For more information, please refer to

FYDC: First-Year Dean’s Council

The First-Year Dean’s Council consists of current first-year students to advocate for incoming students’ needs alongside Dean Katrina Glanzer. This blog is run by the Dean’s Council!

GIAC: Douglas B. Gardner ’83 Integrated Athletic Center (GIAC)

the Douglas B. Gardner ’83 Integrated Athletic Center is an aesthetically pleasing 100,000-square-foot complex that encourages and enhances athletic participation with state-of-the-art fitness, exercise, and training facilities. The GIAC, the first green building at Haverford College, signified a new era in sustainable construction for the Quaker institution. It is one of a handful of LEED gold-certified collegiate athletic facilities. For more information, please refer to

HCA: Haverford College Apartments

Haverford College Apartment complex comprised of 17 garden-style, two-story apartment buildings located at the south end of Haverford’s campus. Each building has eight apartments, with three two bedroom apartments and a one bedroom apt on each floor. Each apt has a bathroom, a living/dining area, closets, and a full kitchen; apartments have hardwood floors and laundry located in the basement. For more information, please refer to

HCAH: The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities fosters collaboration, experimentation, and critical thought, connecting Haverford with diverse communities of writers, artists, performers, thinkers, activists, and innovators. For more information, please refer to

KINSC: Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center

The Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC) catalyzes and facilitates programs that maintain Haverford’s position at the leading edge of academic excellence in the sciences. For more information, please refer to

OMA: Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) sustains and carries out Haverford College’s commitment to diversity by supporting student programs, faculty initiatives, and curricular innovations that cultivate a vibrant and multifaceted intellectual community. For more information, please refer to

SEO: Student Engagement & Leadership

The Office of Student Engagement is responsible for the development of an inclusive, safe, and engaged campus community.Through intentional advising and support, it empowers and challenges students to develop as ethical leaders in their community. Haverford students, in partnership with Student Engagement, work collaboratively across organizations, governance models, and campus-wide committees, to uphold a student leadership model that champions self-governance and advocacy. Haverford’s values of trust, concern, and respect are interwoven into the fabric of Student Engagement’s approach to community building and student development. For more information, please refer to

A Day in the Life of One Haverford Student

by Natalia Cordon, Class of 2022

Hi! This is what a regular school day looks for me but it definitely varies among students depending on how many times a week your class meets, where you take your class, and weather situations (snow days!). Also, my weekends do not look like this. I sleep in much later and make an effort to go into Philadelphia using the Septa train that is only a five minute walk away from campus.

5:15 am, Gummere Hall

Yes. I actually wake up this early a few times a week, but don’t worry, I still get in my nine hours of sleep! After stumbling out of my bed and throwing on a pair of winter boots and warm snow jacket, I am ready to face the snow on my trek to work which is only a short 5 minute walk from my toasty room in Gum.  

6:00 am, Dining Center (DC) Bakery

Like many of my Haverford peers, I have an on-campus job which allows me make reasonable earnings and maintain flexibility in my schedule. I love working in the bakery because I get to engage in one of my favorite hobbies and help the amazingly kind hearted DC staff members make delicious vegan and non-vegan desserts and treats. I’m talking corn muffins, mocha biscotti, and a legendary vegan chocolate cake.

9:00 am, DC

After being around all this sugar, I’m ravenous. I get my hands on a bowl of hot oatmeal that I top with frozen raspberries and blueberries. The friends I’m joining have an array of sweet and savory items such as waffles, egg & cheese bagels, and controversial diced potatoes. Seriously though, tater tots or diced potatoes? It’s an ongoing debate. For those feeling a little more creative in the morning hours, there is a smoothie station and omelette bar available as well.

9:30 am, Founders Hall Library

I’m stuffed and fueled for the day ahead. On the days I have later classes, I like to get my work and studying done in the morning. In the temporary Founders Hall Library, I plop myself down on a couch and finish my homework for the next few days. Founders is a great quiet study space but my friends who prefer working in more relaxed environments opt for unused classrooms, common rooms, Zubrow, the OAR (Office of Academic Resources) or department lounges for studying. It all depends on preference!

11:30 am, Hilles Hall

First class of the day is with Professor Higgins who teaches Perspectives in Biology: Genetic Engineering, Farming, & Food. While I’m more interested in disciplines related to social science, Professor Higgins makes this intro level class appealing by providing humorous and informative lectures that manage to tie Beyónce to class material. That’s when you know you have a great professor.

12:45 pm, Hall Building

My next class is right after so I hustle two building over for Professor McGovern’s class, American Politics. This is a smaller, discussion-based class with only 15 students in total– not unusual at Haverford. Professor McGovern is skilled at playing the Devil’s Advocate during our discussions which ensures that our political preferences or ideologies do not solely inform our opinions. We think rationally and critically during this class, looking a contemporary examples to develop our arguments.

2:15 pm, DC

Finally I get to have some lunch. Today they are serving up some fried falafel which, sadly, is not as good for my heart as it is for my tastebuds. To get a little health in the mix, I throw in some spinach from the salad bar and drizzle on a little tahini. Don’t worry though, obviously I need something to appease my sweet tooth so I grab a double chocolate chip vegan cookie for the road.

2:45 pm, Gummere Hall

Ahhhh. Home. I have a little time to kill right now and because I took care of my work earlier in the day, I use this time to socialize with my hallmates in our the common room. We chat for a little and then I go back to my room to watch the latest episode of Grownish before changing into my clothes for practice.

4:15 pm, Field House

I am on the cross country/track and field team, therefore, depending on the workout we have planned for the day I might stop by the team’s locker room in the GIAC (Gardner Integrated Athletic Center) to grab an extra pair of socks or my track spikes. It snowed earlier and today is a long run so I am bundled up and wearing 5 layers of shirts and two beanies. I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area and still getting used to the cold, but I’m getting there. My teammates and I warm up in the Field House on the indoor track before heading out for our 8 mile run around the Main Line, the suburban area surrounding campus.

7:00 pm, DC

I’m “dirty-dinnering” today because I am way too hungry to take a shower in the GIAC before heading up for dinner with the rest of my team. I grab a plate of vegetable paella and spinach salad before asking a DC manager if they have any more almond milk in the stock room. As I mentioned earlier, the staff is wonderful and attentive. People can leave “napkin notes” with feedback and usually their concerns are addressed promptly. For instance, I like cocoa powder in my oatmeal so I requested they have a little cocoa shaker at the condiment station and the next day it was there. When my team and I are done eating, I ask a few of my friends if they want to study together for a little bit.

8:00 pm, The Coop

The Coop is a great study space and snack destination where each semester you have $50 to spend as part of the first year meal plan. I’m obsessed with Propel so I grab one and sit down at a table with a few friends to work on a paper I have due next week. I have a busy weekend ahead but luckily the professor assigned us a due date for this paper on the first day of classes which makes it really convenient to space out my work. Everyone has their own homework technique but when it comes to big projects like this one. I like to do a little bit a day. I also watch half of a Spanish movie for my Spanish and Latin American Film Studies course before my eyes start to shut, signaling it’s time to walk back to my dorm.

10:00 pm, Gummere Hall

I shower off before going to bed and quickly check up with my suitemates about their days. Gum is a really nice, warm temperature in winter so I have no problem getting comfy in my PJs, whereas in the summer, my mini air conditioner is on 24/7. I check my emails to see if there is anything urgent, text my parents “goodnight” and lay down on my bed.

11:00 pm: Goodnight!

Haverford College Traditions

by Luigie Febres, Class of 2022

Student traditions on campus are a big part of every college! They give you a sense of belonging that is unique to your school. Although this list does not include all of Haverford’s exciting traditions, it has some of the most popular traditions on campus.

Pinwheel Day: *The following information is of the highest clearance, only those a part of the Haverford community are allowed access.* On the dawn of one of the first nice days in spring, the black squirrels come out of hibernation and meet at Founders porch. They organize themselves in a squirrel huddle where they finalize their game plan. Soon after they gather all of the pinwheels from the previous spring and place them all across Founders green. When they hear the first Haverfordian come out of their room from an all-nighter, they put on the finishing touches and scurry back to their trees. They will watch all of the usually stressed out students sprawled across Founders green relaxing and having fun, a chatter amongst themselves.  



Midnight breakfast: It’s 11:55 pm and you’ve been on this problem set for a couple hours and all of sudden you hear a rumble from the depths of the Earth. You think it might be an earthquake but then realize that it’s just your stomach. Now you start thinking about where you can get food but everything’s closed :/  “Ping!” You check your phone and see that you’ve received a reminder email about Midnight breakfast. Wait, that’s today! Then you notice everybody in the library, as if it were rehearsed, stands up and exits to the DC. As soon as you walk into the DC the beautiful smell of french toast and bacon fill your nostrils. Soon your stomach is full and you’re ready to tackle that problem set for another couple of hours.  

Haverfest: Most Haverfordians like the spring semester better than the fall for many reasons: Winter is slowly unclenching its frosty claws, there are two weeks for finals, and the most popular reason is *insert drumroll* HAVERFEST! This is a weekend long fest that happens right before the first week of finals. It is filled with activities, food, art, live music, and did I say MORE FOOD! Each year the Haverfest committee picks a theme for the festival. Just like Pinwheel Day you’ll find students laying all over Founders green just chilling.


Screw Date: Is organized by Ford’s Against Boredom (FAB) a group on campus that offers free (yes, FREE) weekly activities on and off campus! Customs teams match their first years with others based on their preference for a romantic, platonic, or (my personal favorite) “surprise me.” Once paired, first years will have the option to eat out at one of Ardmore’s delicious restaurants with a free coupon!

Lloyd Holiday Lights Competition: Each hall is responsible for decorating their porches in whatever theme. From Scooby Doo to a classic snowman, Lloyd lights brighten that usually dark corner of campus. Even those that live in south campus make the trek to Lloyd to see the beautiful lights. Students and faculty are then prompted to vote for the best porch and the winning porch gets a cash prize to split amongst each other!


Welcome from the First Year Dean’s Council

Congratulations Class of 2023! On behalf of the First-Year Dean’s Council, I am so excited to welcome you to Haverford. Now that the long and grueling college process is over (you made it!), enjoy the remainder of your senior years, gap years, and the many other fun experiences you may be having before college!

As the First-Year Dean’s Council, we are here as a support system for you as you transition to Haverford. Just a few months ago, we all went through the very same transition, and so we are excited to help you navigate it even before you arrive here at Haverford next August. As I found when I was preparing to arrive, talking to current students was a great way to learn more about Haverford. The eight of us are engaged in a wide variety of academic programs, activities, teams, and organizations here at Haverford, so we are more than ready to take on your questions, concerns, or just talk about what life here at Haverford is like! We’ve prepared a series of blog posts for you that will be posted here on a weekly basis.

The First-Year Blog will consist of a range of posts from the members of the First-Year Dean’s Council. The posts focus on many different aspects of life at Haverford, and I highly encourage you to read them in order to get a sense of what the Haverford community is like. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about anything from the posts–they’re here for you all to learn about Haverford and to prepare for life here. Again, congratulations, and welcome to Haverford!

Jacob Gaba, Class of 2022



Class of 2022 First Year Dean’s Council with Dean Katrina Glanzer. Photo credit: Dex Coen Gilbert ’21

Welcome, Class of 2023!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Haverford and welcome to The First Year blog! From now until Customs begins on August 28th, 2019, current Haverford students will post regularly to get you excited (and hopefully ready!) to begin your first year at Haverford. Over the coming weeks and months you’ll get a sneak peak at Haverford’s resources and traditions, learn about current student communities, and begin to imagine how you will make this campus your own.

As the first year dean, I already know you belong here and am grateful to my colleagues in the Admissions Office for the work that they’ve done to bring you here. I’m looking forward to learning about what aspects of this community, and how we do the hard work of learning with and from one another, resonated with you.I hope you will see yourself and your experiences reflected in the blog as the posts unfold. Whether you are the first in your family to attend college or are intimately familiar with Haverford, whether you are coming from Philadelphia or will arrive with 12-hour jet lag, whether you identify as an athlete, a student of color, a musician, a queer or trans student, an entrepreneur, a nerd, an organizer, a scholar, or all of the above, know that I eagerly anticipate getting to know you and your stories over the coming year.

I also want to share next year’s academic calendar. Customs, our year-long orientation program, will begin for all first year students on Wednesday, August 28th. Please note that International Student Orientation, which is required for all international students, begins on Saturday, August 24th. You may also apply or be invited to a variety of other pre-Customs programs, with earlier arrival dates, so I’d advise you to hold off on making travel arrangements just yet!

Hello, Haverford… Farewell, The First Year blog

Dear Class of 2022,

I can hardly believe that Customs Week begins tomorrow, August 29th. I look forward to meeting you in person, hearing your stories, and watching your first years at Haverford unfold.
This marks the final post for the Class of 2022 First Year blog. I hope you have been informed, inspired, and entertained by the many posts this spring and summer. Perhaps some of you already have contributions in mind for next year’s blog for the Class of 2023!
From now on, we’ll be communicating in person and through email! Please make sure to stay on top of your Haverford email; if you could use some tips on managing all those messages, the OAR (Office of Academic Resources) can help!
Until tomorrow,
Dean Glanzer

Hello from your Customs Co-Heads!

Hello incoming first years!

As this year’s Customs Co-Heads, we (Madeline Guth ‘19 and Tina Le ‘19) are so excited to welcome you to campus next Wednesday! We’ve been preparing for your arrival since last fall, and can’t wait to kick off Customs Week. We know that this whole Customs thing can be really confusing for incoming first years (What IS Customs?? What is a CP?? Why are these upperclassmen bothering me on Facebook and blowing up my email?!?), especially since the program is so unique to Haverford. We hope that this blog post can be a good introduction to the Customs Program and Customs Week (but also feel free to reach out with any further questions!).

First, let’s back up and start with the basics: Customs is Haverford’s first year orientation program. It starts with Customs Week, which takes place as soon as you arrive on campus (Wednesday, August 28th!!) and continues until the day before classes start (Monday, September 3rd). All first years are members of a Customs group, which is based off of your room assignment (e.g. everyone in Apartment 22 is on the same Customs team, while everyone in each section of Gummere is on a different Customs hall).  In addition, each Customs group has a Customs team composed of six upperclassmen who serve as resources for first years, with each taking on somewhat different roles:

Three Customs team members live on every first year hall:

  • 2 Customs Persons (CP): Your two CPs are typically sophomores. Their job is to help create an inclusive and fun hall environment, and to assist your adjustment to college life.

  • 1 Upperclassmen Advisor (UCA): Your UCA is a junior or senior. UCA’s provide academic guidance and support to first years, and serve as a liaison to the administration.

Three Customs team members do not live on your hall. They all facilitate discussions (some mandatory, some informal) on a range of topics related to identity. The positions are:

  • 1 Ambassador of Multicultural Awareness (AMA): Your AMA focuses on facilitation related to personal identity and how one’s own experiences relate to both Haverford’s and the broader community.

  • 1 Honor Code Orienteer (HCO): Your HCO serves to “orient you to the honor code,” as well as to focus on facilitation related to the Haverford community.

  • 1 Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF): Your PAF focuses on facilitation you related to broader issues of identity and social justice in the world beyond Haverford.

You may have received an introductory email earlier this summer from your Customs team, and all of these folks will be up and smiling early on Wednesday to help you move into your new home here at Haverford! Move-in day can be overwhelming, but you can depend on your Customs team to help out however they can, be it to answer questions about the registration process or where panels are located, or to help you carry all your belongings up to your room. Customs Week itself includes a mix of informative panels and presentations and fun events (like an outdoor movie screening, a super fun concert/dance, and a scavenger hunt)! The week will end with Dorm Olympics, when we’ll pit the first year dorms against each other in an epic competition full of all kinds of different events.

After Customs Week, your Customs team will continue to be a major source of support for you throughout your first year here at Haverford. Various members of the Customs team will facilitate different sessions on topics ranging from race to sexuality to Honor Council abstracts. Don’t be surprised if members of your Customs team are also around for less formal events, such as hall time, pre-games, dinners, etc. While the six days of Customs Week are a central part of the Customs program, it is the interactions with your Customs team and the program throughout the year that makes Customs so unique.

For many first years, their Customs team and hall become their first circle of friends at Haverford; at the same time, there are also a wide range of other resources and communities on campus there to support you and help you find your friends. There are a wide variety of first year experiences and all are okay— whether your Customs hall becomes your very best friends or whether you find your community elsewhere on campus, the Customs program is here to support you and help you find your place and be your best at Haverford.

Also, if you want to check out our preparations for Customs, follow @haverfordedu on Instagram— we’re taking over the account through Tuesday! To keep up with the Customs fun once you arrive, follow on Snapchat— we’re taking over that account starting on Wednesday! Finally, please feel free to email and with any Customs-related questions!

Guest Post: Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration

Hello Class of 2022!

Haverford is excited to welcome you all onto campus in a few short days!

My name is Sarah Curtis (Class of 2020) and I am a staff member with the Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration (formally 8th Dimension). I’m writing today to inform you all about how community service and engagement will shape your Customs experience.

First, a brief introduction to the OSCC. the OSCC is comprised of eight student staff members who plan events and service trips (both around campus and in greater Philadelphia) as well as work with satellite student groups (ex: Street Outreach (which feeds homeless people in Philly weekly), or Stitch and Bitch (which knits clothing for homeless people in Philly)) to get students involved in the greater Philadelphia community. The OSCC also oversees the summer camp “Serendipity” which makes Haverford its home in the summer. The student staff members at the OSCC are dedicated to confronting inequality and enacting positive change in our communities. We support students by making service inclusive, accessible and meaningful. By challenging their ideas about service and the communities they work with, we facilitate growth and learning. We aim to build relationships with, and advocate for, the groups we serve. Through connecting students with opportunities we provide tangible ways to engage outside the classroom.

Each student staff member undertakes a year-long partnership with a community organization in local Philly. My partnership for example is with Mill Creek Farm, an urban is West Philly. Any student can participate in community service with the OSCC, but if you think you would be interested in becoming a staff member and undertaking a community partnership, we will be accepting applications in the spring of 2019.

Now, onto the part of the blogpost that directly pertains to all of you. Every first year Customs group will participate in a service trip organized by the OSCC and your Ambassador of Multicultural Affairs. For this service trip you might be outside weeding on an urban farm, packaging food in a food bank, or helping with wildlife conservation. Each service trip will take place on a Saturday morning in the fall.

For my first year service trip my hall and I worked with Cradles to Crayons (an organization that provides school and life supplies to impoverished families with children) to help clean and sort donated shoes. It was a great bonding experience for my frosh hall and we took some fun photos:

Your frosh service trip could also be a great way to get off campus and explore Philly; and we hope that these trips will inspire all of you to take advantage of both our resources, and those of greater Philadelphia.

If you have any questions about the service days feel free to reach out to the OSCC student staff members at We hope you enjoy your service days and look forward to working with all of you in the future!



Your 2018-19 OSCC staff members:

Gabe Halperin-Goldstein ’19

Dita Cavdarbasha ’19

Seanna Viechweg ’19

Jharna Jahnavi ’19

Sarah Curtis ’20

Angie Petrichenko ’21

Mary Cott ’21

Catherine Kim ’21

(Un)Official Mascots

7cc1h8bheigeudasMany of you may know that Haverford’s official mascot is the Black Squirrel. While some teams have adopted the Black Squirrel as their mascot, many also have their own. These mascots often replace our official nickname “Fords” and represent their teams in all manners. We thought we might share with you some of the unofficial mascots currently on campus.



Among the varsity teams we have:

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Goats: Members of the Varsity Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams are referred to as Goats. It started with a tale involving a talking blue and red goat that appeared in the sky (“Haverford” itself means “goat crossing” in Welsh).

Bees: Members of the Varsity Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams are Bees because of outstanding performances at a meet following a meal at a Bumblebee diner.



A number of our club teams have also adopted their own mascots and nicknames:



Men’s Rugby: Angry Newts


Men’s Ultimate: Donkeys




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Women’s Ultimate: Sneetches