Campus Building Tour: Academic Buildings!

Hey everyone!

Despite campus being relatively small, I STILL get confused while navigating hallways to find my next class at the start of each semester. Below is a quick list of Haverford’s academic buildings so you can get a sense of where each department lies and where you’ll be taking classes! Keep an eye out for a follow up blog post introducing more buildings on campus!

Union:

Union contains faculty offices of the Music department, and includes classrooms, practice spaces, and the MacCrate Recital Hall for rehearsals and small concerts. You can also find the Music Library downstairs, which is not only a great place to work, but also houses tons of music scores, audio recordings, and computers with notation and editing software.

Roberts:

     

Roberts houses offices for the Sociology and Anthropology departments, and includes Marshall Auditorium, where large concerts are performed. It also has a bunch of practice rooms in the basement. There are currently huge plans to build an extension off of Roberts to support new spaces for music learning and performance.

Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (a.k.a. KINSC):

    

The KINSC is a huge building complex that encompasses Sharpless and Hilles Halls and houses the biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics, physics, and psychology departments. On the top floor is the Science Library.

Chase:

Chase Hall holds various classes and offices for the Economics and Linguistics, and also contains chase auditorium, a small lecture style room where a lot of guest speakers usually present.

Hall:

Hall Building contains classrooms and offices for the humanities and social sciences professors. A lot of your mandatory writing seminars will take place in Hall.

Stokes:

Stokes hall is the center of administration, including dean and res life offices, various forms of student support, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) Café, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and a large lecture style auditorium. It’s also where we, the interns, work from for the summer!

Founders:

The trademark Haverford College building. Founders houses the offices of the president, provost, vice president for finance and administration, vice president for institutional advancement, and institutional research offices.

Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM):

     

The VCAM facility is a 24/7 access building designed for creative interests, and contains a 3-D printing studio, a small screening room, a computer lab, and various makers art spaces for showcases and performances.

Lutnick Library (Under Construction):

Previously known as Magill, Lutnick Library will not only house many books, but also Quaker and Special Collections. It is planned to open again with your arrival in the fall. With its new renovations, Lutnick will also house a small cafe!

And there’s your brief introduction to Haverford’s academic buildings! Stay tuned for another look at the rest of Haverford’s campus next week! And as always, contact hc-newstudents@haverford.edu with any questions.

International Student Support Office (ISSO): Academic Adjustment

Adapting to life in college is challenging for everyone. As an international student, however, we must also simultaneously adapt to the food, the weather, the culture and so many other aspects of life in the United States and at Haverford. This can make the academic adjustment a little bit overwhelming, but here are some tips and information that can help you navigate this transition.

1. The academic environment is different. At Haverford, you are expected to come to class ready to actively participate in discussion. You structure the class with your peers and professors. Your first year writing seminar will show you how it works, so make the best out of it because that is the best place to make mistakes and learn. Also, at Haverford it is very clear that everyone is serious about their studies and this might be different from where you are from, but really exciting because you get to work with people that are passionate about what they are studying. What I am sure will be different is that we do not talk about grades at Haverford because we value intellectual growth and development more! This will allow you to focus on how you are doing and what you are achieving.

2. Learn and use resources early. I did not do this as early as I could have even though I was told a million times to do so. I thought I did not need it because back home we don’t even have these resources and I did well. The truth is I was not back home and, as I mentioned before, the academic environment is different. This does not mean that you have to struggle and be stressed out all the time. Use the resources the college has to offer! Some of these resources are:

The Office of Academic Resources (OAR): Visit the OAR if you find yourself struggling with time management, or if you find you do not know how to approach studying for a certain class.

The Writing Center: the writing center is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They can read your papers and give you feedback, help you brainstorm when you have no idea how to start writing, or even help you understand the long and confusing instructions for your next assignment.

Peer Tutoring: schedule a tutoring session whenever you are having trouble solving that one question left in your problem set, do not understand the material or need help revising for your next quiz or exam.

Office Hours: GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Professors are willing to answer questions you have on the material, or help you solve any issues related to the course.

3. Organize your time. If you are on an F-1 visa, you will be taking a full course load of four classes. Besides that you might end up signing up for all the clubs in the Club Fair during Customs because everything is just so interesting! I would advise to go slowly though. Start with your classes and maybe one other extracurricular activity and as you get used to the pace here at Haverford, add more or drop activities. That said, you will be busy all the time! Back home I was able to keep track of everything without difficulty. At college that is harder, so get used to using Google Calendar and Trello!

4. Get support. During the International Students Orientation (ISO) you will be connected with your international peers and upperclassmen. Use this opportunity to network and learn about them. There is a high chance that you will meet your closest friends during ISO! These are the people that will be part of your support system during the year, and trust me, they are essential. Also, remember that your professors and deans are there to support you too. Keep in touch with your first year dean, Katrina Glanzer, who is always willing to hear your concerns and try to help you find a solution. Even when she doesn’t know how to help you, she will direct you to someone who can.

Well, that’s about it! These are some of the things that helped me when it came to academics. Note that I had two STEM classes and two non-STEM classes during my first year for both semesters. You might have a totally different experience.

If you have any questions or post suggestions you can reach out to me at kaguero@haverford.edu.

Student Sunday #2- Kenyatta Golson

Kenyatta Golson

(He/Him/His)
Class of 2020
Political Science Major
Africana Studies Concentration
From Philadelphia, PA

What do you do on campus?

Rugby Team Co-Captain, BSL Member, Upperclassman Advisor 

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

There is a bench positioned behind Swan Field that has a beautiful sunset daily. It overlooks a gorgeous part of the arboretum and many dogs cross through the area looking for belly rubs and scratches! A great place to unwind.

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?

The 2018 BSL Fashion Show was memorable because of the sheer number of people who came out to that in support of the people who participated in the show. It was a place filled with love, excitement and awe for the work that members of the student body were able to put together. There was a real sense of belonging and community in that experience that I won’t forget. Here is a link to an article about the show!

afropunk.com/2018/06/black-students-at-haverford-college-reclaim-the-black-body-with-this-eye-catching-photo-series/

 

GroupMe/Facebook Etiquette

Hey everyone!

At this point, many of you have joined your class Facebook page and/or GroupMe chat. While online communication provides excellent means of introducing yourselves to one another, it’s important to maintain proper etiquette so that the intentions behind your messages are clear, precise, and received correctly. Keep in mind the following points as you interact with your peers over these online forums:

  1. Trust, Concern, Respect. It is essential to keep in mind the feelings and opinions of others while interacting online. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Try reading your message out loud.
  2. Be careful with humor and sarcasm. Certainly you shouldn’t avoid being funny; we love to see your personality shine through your communications! But remember that tone, body language, and immediate feedback from your audience is absent over the internet. Take time choosing the right wording to ensure your humor or sarcasm is conveyed successfully.
  3. Avoid inappropriate material. Of any kind.
  4. Think before you hit send. Be careful about the content of your message before posting it.

Be sure to keep these general guidelines in mind as you communicate with each other in your Facebook and GroupMe pages to avoid any miscommunications!

As always, if you have any questions contact us at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu AND don’t forget to follow our Instagram account at hc_studentlifeoffice

HAVENGER HUNT TASKS!!!

Don’t forget to join in on the Havenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes!!! Check out last Thursday’s post for the rules. This week’s items are…

-Favorite color (get creative)?

-Dance! (bonus points if you make a GIF)

-and… a HAVENGER HUNT RIDDLE!!!!  (Credit to Peter Winkler)

Jan and Maria have fallen in love (via the internet) and Jan wishes to mail her a ring. Unfortunately, they live in a country where anything sent through the mail will be stolen unless it is enclosed in a padlocked box. Jan and Maria each have plenty of padlocks, but none to which the other has a key. How can Jan get the ring safely into Maria’s hands?

Submit your photos and answers to hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

Ardmore Excursions

 

Between classes, extracurriculars, and jobs you may find yourself with some free time on your hands. While it may be tempting to stay within the bounds of Haverford’s tight-knit community, there are plenty of places in the surrounding area (i.e. Haverford, Ardmore) to explore! Here’s a brief compilation of some of our favorite off-campus activities near Haverford College (stay tuned for a post about Philly!)

 

Wawa

         

Wawa is a 24/7 rest stop/food market chain and an absolute staple for your late night food needs, offering a large selection of hot and cold hoagies, salads, bowls, specialty beverages, and snacks! Its bright red sign acts as a beacon for its fast and familiar food.

Kung Fu Tea

     

The best place to get boba, milk tea, and other sweetened drinks near campus.  KFT just opened this past spring and is a great place to study, catch up with friends, and play Jenga and UNO. They have free WiFi and drinks costs around $3-6 and food is a little more expensive.

Junior League Thrift

             

The leading thrift shop in Ardmore is Junior League Thrift, full of various clothing, jewelry, household items, and any other cool stuff you might find (like a guitar if you’re lucky!). It’s always fun to stop in and see if you can find something stylish that fits you for a good price. All proceeds from the shop benefit the Junior League of Philadelphia’s community projects!

Maido

One of Hanna’s favorite places! Half of the store is a broadly asian (but mostly Japanese-centered) grocer with fresh and frozen ingredients, instant ramen and curry, and the other half serves great food at around $5 for an appetizer or $10-15 for a main course.  The portions are really fairly sized and they have free barley tea and water. Hanna highly recommends the croquettes!

Ardmore Station Cafe

Located right above Snap is Ardmore Station Café, another great brunch place in Ardmore.  They have great french toast and breakfast sandwich options. The prices are a little lower than Nudy’s, starting around $6-8, making it a great place for an easy Sunday breakfast away from the Dining Center.

Nudy’s Cafe

  

AMAZING BRUNCH and the best french fries on the Main Line (they also have great pancakes). Nudy’s is generally a little more expensive, but a great place for an occasion.  Breakfast is generally around $8-15 and lunch is about the same, but the portions are HUGE.

Snap Pizza

       

Snap does personal sized pizzas that you can either customize or pick from an extensive menu. Everything is around $8-10 and they have a lot of options, so it’s a really good place for groups where everyone wants something different.

Trader Joe’s

Unpopular opinion: Trader Joe’s is one of the least boujee grocery stores near Haverford.  There’s an ACME, Giant, and Whole Foods within driving distance, but you can walk to Trader Joe’s, they have a great selection of snacks and fresh produce along with great frozen meals for if you get sick of the Dining Center and need a change of pace.  Prices vary a lot depending on the product, but generally it’s fairly affordable especially for a few things here and there.

Green Engine Coffee

             

This is Jonah’s favorite off-campus work spot! Located right by the Haverford train station, Green Engine offers a nice space to grab a beverage, eat a snack, grind out some work, or meet a friend for coffee. Be sure to take advantage of their 50 cent coffee refills!   (Photo source: www.greenengine.com/gallery)

And there’s your introduction some of our favorite spots near campus! Whether or not you decide to leave campus often, you now have some initial ideas… and there’s plenty more to explore in Bryn Mawr and Philly! As always, let us know if you have any questions at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

 

Student Sunday #1– Leslie Luqueño

Leslie Luqueño(she/her/hers)
Class of 2020
Anthropology major, Educational Studies minor
Bell Gardens, CA 🌞
What do you do on campus?
On campus, I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellow, a host and senior interviewer at the admissions office, an Access & Diversity intern co-head for Haverford’s fly-in programs, a student worker at the Science Library, a Customs team member, a member of the Alliance of Latin American Students, and a Chesick Scholar 🙂

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is the OAR (Office of Academic Resources). I like studying there and most of my friends drop by in-between classes so it’s always a dynamic place.

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My most memorable experience has been pinwheel day! I love pinwheel day because when I was a prospective student, I came on pinwheel day so it is very nostalgic for me. It is also nice to be in the sun with friends in front of Founder’s Green and enjoy the nice day.

 

 

International Student Support Office (ISSO): Cultural Adjustment

Hi, fellow international friends and everyone that lives very far from Haverford College!

Studying away from home is a challenge. Once you arrive on campus, you will start a long process of adaptation and self-discovery. This is true for every single one of you, but to the people who live far from Haverford, there are a couple more adjustments to go through especially if far means another country and therefore culture, system, etc.

These are some of the things I have noticed since I arrived at college:

1. Greetings
In my country, everyone says ‘Hi’ to everyone even if they do not know each other. This does not happen that often here and I feel awkward when I cannot decide whether to greet certain people or not. It is even more awkward when I do greet them and they do not answer or look away. If you come from a country like mine, you might feel hurt (I did!) the first few times this happens to you. Just know that there is nothing wrong with you and that this is just the culture around here.

2. Greetings part 2.
Besides not knowing when to greet people, I also had a hard time figuring out how to greet them. Unless it is a formal occasion or you do not know the person, back home we greet them with a kiss on each cheek and if you are close to the person it is followed by a hug. Here, however, people will either just say ‘Hi’ or they will reach for your hand for a handshake, sometimes even if you’re friends!

3. Clothing
Dressing up to go to college is very common back home. So my first week of classes, I tried to look decent. I avoided wearing jeans, put some makeup on, and wore formal looking flats. As I walked to campus I quickly realized that people were not dressing up. That was actually so relieving to me! I stopped wearing makeup, started wearing jeans and my feet were thrilled when I started wearing sport shoes, which made walking from the apartments to classes and the Dining Center much, much easier!

4. Hours
Here, nothing starts until 8:00 A.M. and to me that is late. I was used to waking up at around 5:30 A.M. and starting my day at around 6:45 A.M. I did not particularly complain about being able to wake up later though. What really got into my nerves, however, was dinner time. People start having dinner at 5 P.M. and I was used to having dinner at around 8 P.M. During my first semester, I refused eating dinner earlier than that and ended up being almost isolated from my group of friends that did eat dinner earlier, so I eventually got used to it.

5. Imperial system
This can be a complete post on itself. I am still not used to speaking in feet, inches, miles, Fahrenheit, pounds, etc, etc. Even after 10 months living in the United States, when I had to buy boxes to store all my belongings during the summer, I struggled to picture what a 12X12X12” box looked like. A 30X30X30 box makes more sense to me. So, I would advise to either learn how to convert to the units you are used to or download a converter app.

6. Roads
The first time I tried crossing roads in the US was embarrassing. At first, I did not realize that there were traffic lights for people at all. So I would just cross whenever cars were not coming or they stopped. When I realized people stopped for traffic lights too, I stopped and waited and waited and waited and the lights never changed until someone else came and pressed a weird button on the traffic lights on my side (some of them do not have the button). I felt so dumb when I saw the little sign that said: “to cross, push button”. And that is how I learned to cross roads in the US.

The ‘little’ sign:

These are some of the things I had to get used to here in the US. Even though you might have a completely different experience than mine, I would still suggest the strategy I used:

Observe and adapt.

Whenever you are unsure that something is okay to do, observe. Check out how your friends behave in certain spaces. If you are still unsure, reach out to your customs people, peers, or even professors and deans. They will help you out! Also know that it is okay not to adapt. Even today I keep saying ‘Hi’ to everyone because it is a feature of my culture that I do not want to give up!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you. If you have any questions, concerns or want me to write about something here on the blog, feel free to reach out to me at kaguero@haverford.edu.

Introducing the Third Annual Havenger Hunt!

Hey everyone! Two summers ago, the interns for our class year, Anna and Ken, hosted the First Annual Photo Havenger Hunt, and now we’re here to continue the long-standing tradition. The first-year blog may seem like a lot of us simply talking at you; Havenger Hunt opens up more opportunities through which we can more actively interact! So, without further ado, here are the instructions:

The Havenger Hunt is primarily a photo scavenger hunt. You’ll take pictures and send them to us in order to win points. We’ll post point leaders and our personal favorites at the end of each week on the Student Life Office Instagram (@hc_studentlifeoffice), and once you get to campus for Customs, we’ll award the top finishers and a group of randomly selected participants for a prize!

Prizes:

1st place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

2nd place: $40 Domino’s Gift Card

3rd place: $30 Insomnia Cookies Gift Card

3 randomly selected participants: $15 Wawa Gift Cards

And, of course, all winners have the ultimate bragging rights.

Here’s the plan: We will send out a small list of objectives every week (mostly photo objectives) and some riddles. Each photo completed will be worth 10 points, and each puzzle answered correctly is worth 25. New challenges will be posted at the bottom of our Thursday blogs until late July. Towards the end of the summer, we will tally the points and announce the winners.

To participate, you will need to be able to take pictures as evidence that you completed each challenge. This is NOT a photo contest i.e. quality doesn’t really matter––though we do have to be able to tell what we’re looking at.  So use your cell phones, your tablets, or your cameras. They are all welcome! Then just email the picture or your answers to the riddle to hc-newstudents@haverford.edu with your name, item number, and where you are from. Also include the subject line “Havenger Hunt”. (Note: if you do not want us to share your picture, please include that request in your submission).

DISCLAIMER: None of the items are dangerous or illegal, but please make sure not to put yourself in dangerous or illegal situations to accomplish a given task. We expect you to exercise good judgment and be responsible.

RULES  #Honor code

  1. You have to take the picture yourself/be in the picture yourself (if the task requires you to be in the picture, someone else can take it for you). Relevant photos taken in the past are admissible but must still be your own.
  2. Each photograph-related item accomplished is worth 10 points and each puzzle answer is worth 25.
  3. Spending money is not encouraged or required to complete any task. Please do not spend any money on this Havenger Hunt.
  4. Each item can only be completed once; only one submission per item is required.
  5. List items can be completed outside the week they are posted, but they must be completed by August 1st.
  6. Feel free to send multiple submissions in the same email.
  7. When you send in your pictures, include: Full Name, Town/City, State (if applicable), and Country, and which item you’re completing.
  8. All people who send in a submission (even if it’s only one) will have their name put into a draw for the $15 prize.

 

YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT:

  1. Photograph a sunrise
  2. Show us what you’re doing this summer!
  3. What’s your favorite place to relax?
  4. Put these states in the correct order: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York,  North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia.  HINT: (alphabetical order is NOT the correct answer)

THE HAVENGER HUNT IS ON!! Get started, get creative, and HAVE FUN! 

Guest Post: Apply to 2019 Summer Social Justice Institute!

Hi everyone!

My name is Evan Moon (he/him/his), and I’m a rising junior currently working in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I’m here to introduce you to an amazing opportunity that is the 2019 Summer Social Justice Institute! (www.haverford.edu/multicultural-affairs/summer-social-justice-institute)

SSJI is a pre-orientation program done in collaboration with Swarthmore that centers around themes of identity, power, privilege and social justice. It aims to create an intentional community of interested first-years and introduce them to the broader dimensions of oppression and activism on Haverford and the society at large. It fosters an inclusive and safe space where participants explore their diverse experiences, engage in difference and allyship, and furthermore build critical coalitions and solidarity within our communities.

SSJI group photo on the campus of Swarthmore College on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Swarthmore, Pa. (Laurence Kesterson / staff photographer)

It’s a great opportunity to build connections with invested peers before Customs and to be equipped with tools to navigate your first year in college with a unique perspective of social justice. In the past, students who went through SSJI have continued on to do amazing works on campus through activism, affinity groups, and student government. If that’s not enough to convince you, it’s a chance to move-in early to make friends, with the program cost covered by the College!

The application (forms.haverford.edu/view.php?id=644199) is due June 15th, so if you’re interested, please take a look! You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience around social justice – we are looking to create an inclusive group that is welcoming to diverse experience and background.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (cmoon@haverford.edu) or the OMA (Theresa Tensuan, ttensuan@haverford.edu, and Ben Hughes, bhughes@haverford.edu). We look forward to meeting you!

Hello from the Dean’s Office Interns!

Howdy, Class of 2023!

Congratulations and welcome to Haverford College! We’re looking forward to having you join our community this fall! There’s a lot going on between now and move-in day. All the forms, documents, and preparations may seem a bit daunting (and hopefully exciting), but worry not! We’re Kimberly, Jonah, and Hanna, this year’s Dean’s Office Summer Interns and your personal inside connections to the Haverford experience! We’ll be providing some key information over the course of the summer to ensure your transition into the fall semester happens with ease!

 

Kimberly Aguero

Hey there! My name is Kimberly, but I prefer to be called Kim. I come from the beautiful country called Paraguay—the heart of South America. I am rising sophomore with an interest in Chemistry, Economics, and Political Science and if you guessed that I still haven’t got a major figured out you are completely right! On campus, I am the ISSO Liaison for the International Student Center (ISC), I work in the libraries; and, next year,  I will be a Customs Person! That means that some of you will have me in your first-year hall! When I have some free time I like to get together with my Paraguayan friends to drink terere—a traditional paraguayan tealike beverage—and cook the dishes we miss from home, walking the nature trail, and sitting under the sun and just hanging out with friends in general.

One of the things that really struck me when I arrived to Haverford was the amount of support I received. I come from a very friendly country where everyone helps you without even thinking and where most people place the group’s success over the personal success. I prepared myself to find the opposite here (because that is what was advertised to me about US colleges), but to my surprise I encountered a community that wants to see everyone thrive. I found support in my professors, my peers, deans and so many others that every time I look back to my first two semesters I realize that my transition was easier because of that support.  

I am looking forward to meet you all in the fall and see what you add to the Haverford community!

Jonah Benjamini

Hi Everyone!

I’m Jonah, from San Francisco, California (the sunset district for any locals). I’m a rising junior at Haverford with a sociology major and a psychology minor. On campus, I’m a member of the Bi-Co Jazz Ensemble, which includes musicians from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, where I play tenor and soprano saxophone. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies with friends, thrifting, going for runs on the nature trail, cooking, and nerding out over music, astronomy, and the social sciences.

A big part of my first-year experience was my Customs Team; they’re a group of current Haverford students assigned to each first-year hall to act as a resource and friend! I grew really close with my Customs Team and first-year hall-mates, a lot of whom I remain friends with today.

Something I really value about Haverford is the small student body. While it leads to a different campus-wide social dynamic, it enables you to make really close connections with your professors and deans. You really get to know them, but more importantly they really get to know you as a student and person!

I’m really excited to get to know you over the summer, and to meet you all in the fall!

Hanna Kopits

Hi all!  My name is Hanna and, like Jonah, I’m a rising junior working towards an English major and Environmental Studies minor! I’m from New Rochelle, NY and went to a small private high school. I’m involved in Customs (which will be covered in another blog later this summer) and I’m also on the fencing team!  In my free time, I love watching Netflix, listening to music, cooking, baking and hanging out with my friends (#basic, I know, but it’s true).

One of the things that really drew me to Haverford was the sense of community and the support and respect that people have for each other here, and something I’ve really tried to embrace in my time here.  My high school (I’m sure, like a lot of yours) was very competitive and I think that was the biggest adjustment I had to make in coming to Haverford was realizing that people on campus are actually as nice as  advertised and try to go through their time here treating others with trust, concern, and respect.

I’m super excited to be working on the blog with Jonah and Kimberly and really hope that some of the content we put out will be useful to you! I can’t wait to get to see all of you in the fall!

 

We will be here all summer to answer any questions you might have about housing, the first-year experience, and anything else you can think of! Please don’t hesitate to reach us at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu. We’ll be posting on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons, so be on the lookout for more q u a l i t y  c o n t e n t !  Additionally, if you’d like to listen along to what we’re playing in the office this summer, check out our Spotify playlist.