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Tips For Arriving On Campus

Move in day is almost here!! So Isabel and I (Blien) have returned from the dead (aka we wrote this before we left) just to give you some tips for arriving on campus!

Here’s a interactive map of campus where you can filter for what you need to find! This is extremely helpful for learning about Haverford’s layout and for preparing for arrival. We also suggest printing out a map and bringing it with you!

Helpful Locations To Know (you can memorize paths to other building in relation to these!):

– If you can keep track of where
Founders Hall is in relation to where you are, that’s an easy way to stay oriented.
– Another building to know is the Whitehead Campus Center, this is where you can find Office of Admission and Financial Aid, the Bookstore, and more! 
– Another building full of resources including student support, academic resources, and the International Student Office is Stokes Hall!
– In the future, the Dining Center will be useful! Food is wonderful!
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help/directions… we are a friendly bunch, and most Haverpeople you’ll see will be expecting questions from confused first years and parents.  But if you aren’t confused, nice! You can also help people navigate around!

For more information on transportation and getting to campus, check out this page on the First Year Website.


Arrival Time:
Registration opens at 8:30am, but you can move in anytime before 4pm. Lunch will be provided for incoming students and their families/friends and a program for parents begins at 1 p.m.

If you have not been pre-approved to arrive early, arrive on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Arriving after 4 p.m? Inform Dean Katrina Glanzer—your room key and OneCard will be available at the Campus Safety Office.


What to expect when you get here:
First things first, you’ll go to check in for Non-Academic Registration (New Student Check-In) somewhere on campus. This includes picking up your one card and room key*, so you’ll need to do this before you move in. The building for this isn’t set yet, but there will be plenty of signs and people telling you where to go, so it won’t be hard to find.

*If you arrive early, you’ll be able pick up your room key and one card when you get here. Note that if you are not participating in a pre-customs program, you will have to pay for meals. Check out this link for more information. However, regardless of arrival date, all First-Year students are required to go through New Student Check-In on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.


Meeting Your Customs Team:
On August 29th, your customs team will be ready and waiting to meet you and help you get settled. These strapping young folks can help you schlep (carry) your stuff upstairs and into your room, and will guide you through the rest of move-in day. To be honest, this part can feel like a rush, but you’ll have plenty of time to introduce yourself to everyone properly throughout the week!

Annnnddd… that’s about it. If your parents/guardians/friends came with you, then at around 4pm, they will be gently shooed away, and Customs will begin! *air horn sounds* P-P-P-PEEEEEWWW!!

For more information, including how to get to campus, early arrival information, etc, you can visit this link to the First Year Website’s Arrival Page. We recommend that you read through this page!

Guest Post: The Clerk

Hello to the class of 2022!

We are writing to introduce you to The Clerk, Haverford’s online, independent newspaper. The Clerk publishes news, opinions, and features articles about all aspects of the Haverford community. We publish a few articles a week to keep students informed about everything that’s happening on campus. We also publish an in-depth series every couple of months which focuses on a different issue on campus, such as student workers or transparency in student government. We’ve been around since 2012, so we hope our site’s archives serve as another resource for you if you want to learn more about campus life before arriving!

The Clerk aims to promote dialogue on campus and to serve as a platform for student voices. To achieve this goal, we maintain a staff of writers, photographers, and visual artists who regularly contribute to the website. We also welcome freelancers, so you can submit articles or photos one time (or as often as you’d like!). We love to hear a range of perspectives and ideas, so we welcome contributions from all members of the community. Whether you want to attend our weekly meetings (Sunday nights at 7:45 pm!) as a staff contributor or have an opinions piece to publish on one particular topic, there is a place for you at the Clerk. In fact, you don’t need any previous journalism experience to join! We have a great Editorial Board, and any of the editors can help you throughout the process of writing an article. We also compensate authors from $5 to $25 per submission, depending on medium and length.

Here are a few articles that the Clerk’s editorial board recommends for their popularity and relevance:

  1. A recap of the 2017-2018 school year
  2. A conversation with the president of the college, Kim Benston
  3. A statement from this year’s Customs co-heads about how they’ve changed the program for you all this year, and a follow-up from the Clerk
  4. This opinions piece about working at the Dining Center, part of last semester’s series on student workers
  5. Clerk editor David King ‘20’s piece on religious life at Haverford and response from Emily Chazen ‘18

And make sure to follow us on Facebook (Haverford Clerk), Twitter (@HaverfordClerk), and Instagram (@haverfordclerk) to see more of our articles and stay up-to-date!

If you think you may be interested in contributing to the Clerk, want to join our mailing list, or have any questions, please feel free to email Editor-in-Chief Ellen Schoder at or Associate Editor Alison Rosenman at See you on campus in just a few weeks!

Guest Post: Welcome to the CPGC

Hello Class of 2022!

My name is Julie, and I work in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) as a program coordinator – you may remember seeing the CPGC mentioned in a post by Aarushi earlier in the summer. As an academic center, the CPGC’s mission is to advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship through research, education, and action. This means we support (though funding, facilitation, and in other ways) students and faculty who create intersections between academic work and ethical engagement on and off-campus.

These intersections can take shape in so many ways and at so many points in a Haverford student’s career, but by way of introduction I want to share a few examples of how some students utilized the CPGC’s funding resources in their first year on campus. This is truly a small sampling of how you can get involved – for a broader picture of how the CPGC fits in with your academic and activist plans over the next four years, browse the webpage (linked above) or send me an email! And once you’re on campus stop by the office in Stokes 107 to meet the CPGC staff and pick up some informational materials. We can’t wait to get to know you all!


Some quick links to know about:

CPGC Newsletter – Sign up at the bottom of the webpage for weekly Bi-Co event announcements, funding opportunities, local community happenings, and more!

Social Media – Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see how your peers are working to advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship.

CPGC Cafe – An open space for studying, meeting, and discussion with coffee, tea and snacks! Located in Stokes 104.


Saede Eifrig ’21, Global Citizenship: Migration in Philadelphia and Beyond (PEACH209) & Migration Field Study:

“The Philadelphia component introduced us to the types of work involved with documented and undocumented immigrants and served as almost a warm-up to the work we were exposed to in Mexico and Arizona. Getting to talk to the people who worked at and those who benefited from the organizations motivated me and was one of the ways in which I was able to gain the most insight, hearing how they got into their work (or just their past experiences) and what struggles it involved.”


Catherine Kim ’21, Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University:

“The program was valuable as it showed me a variety of ways that art/design can intersect with global health…. As someone interested in both health and art, this conference has shown me what kind of opportunities I can pursue with these passions.”

Catherine learned about the conference through an info session held by the HC Pre-Health Advising team, CCPA, and CPGC during her first weeks on campus, and applied for funding through the CPGC’s Off-Campus Conferences and Workshops fund. CPGC supports one or two students in attending Unite for Sight every year.


Rafael Rodriguez ’20, internship at RECLAIM in Manchester, UK: “Even though I look forward to being a computer science major, most of the work I did [at the internship] was related to personal convictions and expectations I have for all people both at home and abroad. I really want people to start engaging in conversations that show them the true nature of people, thus allowing the prevention of attitudes that are harmful to society overall. However, I also developed designs and infographics that relate to my future academic interests.”


Lourdes Taylor ’21, BIOL118 Economic Botany Field Study, Trinidad and Tobago:

“Amongst many other things, Asa Wright Nature Centre demonstrated to us that one cannot simply study science and hope to understand the environment. Trinidad and Tobago’s culture, politics, history of colonisation, economy, and people are inseparably linked to understanding the environment, and we are more informed students, scholars, people, and most importantly, global citizens, for having spent time there.”

(The Economic Botany Field Study is taking a break for AY18/19 while Professor Jon Wilson is on sabbatical.)


The CPGC will hold info sessions and open houses in the first weeks of the academic year – keep an eye on the social media accounts linked above (and the newsletter) for details as they are announced.

Affinity Groups

Hello everyone! Here is a post about some of the affinity groups and spaces on campus!

Some terminology: A closed group is a group whose meetings are open only to members of the identity the group is designed to support. Often these meeting times and locations are private and membership is confidential. An open group is a group whose meetings are open to members of the identity the group is designed to support, as well their allies. Some groups are partially closed, where the group is closed for a majority or sometimes all of the meetings, but then open up for specific discussions and events with allies.

For example: The Black Student’s League (BSL) is an open group, so it welcomes black students to its meetings as well as non-black students who want to know more about the black experience at Haverford, as well as how they can support their black peers. Queer Discussion Group (QDG) is a closed group, meaning that only those who self-identify as queer are welcome at their meetings, which focus on connecting queer students with each other and providing support.


Here are the affinity groups/spaces that we reached out to:

  • The Black Students’ League (BSL) – open group
  • Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) – partially closed group
  • Queer Discussion Group (QDG) – closed group
  • Existence as Resistance – partially closed space
  • The Pan Asian Resource Center (PARC) – closed space
  • Women*s Center – open space


The Black Students’ League (BSL) is an open affinity group which encourages all students to attend. Within this, BSL  focuses on bringing Black students on campus together in order to celebrate their blackness, and provides a place of support and safety for Haverford’s black students.

BSL members congregate weekly for meetings, in which they discuss various facets of black life at Haverford, national and global occurrences which influence black people, or simply kick back and find some peace among the various stressors at Haverford. BSL is also the host of several campus events over the course of the year. We coordinate smaller scale events on weekends, as well as larger events such as an annual fashion show, Black Love (an event in conjunction with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges), and WeSpeak, an event for students of color to share their thoughts and experiences with the whole Haverford community. Come stop by, our door (at the Ira De A. Reid House) is always open and we’re always here!


The mission of the Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) is to create an intentional space where Latinx students can share their unique experiences at Haverford and celebrate their cultures. We hope to create an open, inclusive space that will allow ALAS members to grow, thrive, and be supported at Haverford.

Furthermore, we host dinners, discussions, and other events that help Latinx students find their space at a predominantly-white-institution. Acknowledging that the Latinx identity encompasses a vast array of students from so many different types of cultures and experiences which are all accepted and celebrated inside the ALAS community. Finally, ALAS members will continue to discuss and create action regarding Latin American issues within and outside the Haverford community.


Queer Discussion Group (QDG) is a closed safe space for students who identify anywhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum or are questioning. We hold private, weekly meetings, and we do not disclose the meeting time, location, members, or content to anyone outside of the group. QDG serves as a space for queer folx to get to know each other, support one another, eat yummy snacks, and revel in queer solidarity and goodness. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the co-heads Ari Kim (they/them/theirs, ajkim@hc) and Eva Montgomery-Morrison (they/them/theirs, ejmorrison@hc)!


Existence as Resistance
Our community house centers around the intersectionality of identities and the acknowledgment that people consist of multiple identities. Our mission is for students from different identities to come together and create a space in which our identities are seen through a multidimensional perspective. At a predominantly-white-institution, spaces where we can explore what multidimensionality means are crucial.

Existence as Resistance House offers a variety of resources for Tri-Co students. Last year, we opened our space for poetry and karaoke nights to practice self-care. Additionally, we help bridge groups together to work towards common goals. We had the chance to advance this goal by hosting a dinner where members of ALAS, BSL, and PARC came together and actively thought of ways to collaborate. Furthermore, we intend to connect with neighboring communities by continuing field trips into Philly. One of our widest-reaching events was a conference which explored the intersectionality of migration, queerness, and indigenous rights. This 3-day conference brought together community members from across campuses, initiating more dialogue about intersectionality. We hope to continue events like these and are excited to come up with new ways in which we can engage with questions of identity with the community.


The Pan Asian Resource Center (PARC) is not a traditional affinity group, but rather a room located in the DC Basement 008 that is open to all Asian-identifying students. PARC serves to unite and mobilize Haverford’s Pan-Asian community. Historically the term “Asian” has been exclusionary to many identities, so we especially welcome people of South Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and multiracial/multiethnic backgrounds, as well as international students and adoptees.

Aside from physical resources such as books and class syllabi relating to Asian identity, PARC facilitates discussions about Asian identity several times per semester. In the past, these discussions have centered around themes such as:  What Does “Asian” Mean to You?, Mental Health in the Asian Community, Confronting Anti-Blackness in the Asian Community, and Reverse Culture Shock. In PARC, students can also relax, do homework, and just hang out with each other, among other things.

Alice, on what she values about PARC: As someone who grew up in an area where there were not many people of color, I was often outcasted for being Asian. As a result, PARC has provided me with the closest sense of community and acceptance I have ever felt in my life. Through PARC, I’ve learned and continue to learn about the implications of being Asian. The people I’ve met through PARC and the conversations I’ve had in that space will undoubtedly be what I miss the most after I leave Haverford.

Makoto, on what he values about PARC: Being multiracial, I felt isolated from my Asian and white peers because I never really felt like I could connect with either group.  PARC has helped me develop some of my closest friends, provided me with a niche in the community where I feel incredibly welcome, and gave me a broader understanding of the world as I explore the Pan-Asian experience through our discussions and casual conversations and use what I learn to better understand my own life and the experiences I had.

Don’t hesitate to contact either one of us at ahu1@hc or mmanheim@hc  if you ever want to learn more about PARC or just want to chat!


Women*s Center
The Women*s Center provides resources, education, outreach and programming that have to do with gender and sexuality for folks of all genders at Haverford. We seek to build solidarity among women, feminineidentified folks, and all marginalized communities. Like our page on facebook for more information:  


And that’s not all! Here’s a list of over 100 completely student-run clubs, organizations, and even more affinity groups at Haverford! You can meet and sign up for a bunch of them during our Club Fair in the fall!

Have any questions? Email Blien and Isabel at Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel or on Instagram @hc_studentlifeoffice for fun posts and important updates/reminders!

Look Under Your Chair ;)

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Housing Assignments Are Out!!!

Wait what?!?!

You heard us! Check your email to find out your room assignment, who you’ll be living with, and other important info.

This summer, Isabel and I (Blien) spent a lot of time creating the first year halls and roommate pairings with the hope to build strong hall communities of people who are likely to mesh well together. You’ll hear from your customs team in the next week or two, but in the meantime, feel free to reach out to your future roomates/suitemates/hallmates on the Class of ’22 Facebook page or via direct message / emails!

Pronunciation guide: (thought about doing this in IPA but this hopefully easier)
Barclay = often pronounced Bar-klee
Gummere = often pronounced Gum-ree or Gum-urr-ee
Tritton = often pronounced Trit-in or Trit’n
Haverford College Apartments = often abbreviated HCA (saying each letter out loud)

Here are some resources that can help you make Haverford your home away from home!

Out On The ‘Burbs (AKA We Explore Ardmore)

Hey everyone! For this post, Isabel and I (Blien) walked around in the threat of rain (no actual rain occurred, but it was humid and the clouds were ominous) just to show you what’s here in Ardmore! From convenience to grocery to clothing stores, we have a bit of everything located just a few miles off campus. Here are the places we traveled to:

Isabel and I started our adventure by walking down College Lane (that loooong road by the duck pond) and made our way to, what we like to call the💥LATE NIGHT DOUBLE💥.

Imagine with us….

It’s 1am, and you are hungry….or you like need a toothbrush or something. Where could you possibly go at this hour of the night to get your needs met? CVS and Wawa! A winning combo of two 24-hr convenient lifesavers. I (Blien) didn’t realize how useful a CVS card would be until this summer! t’s no cost to you, but it saves you a couple of cents for each item! #NotSponsored

But that’s just a taste of our adventures. To learn more about the wonderous businesses throughout Ardmore, check out this map we created that lays this whole trip out for you! You can really see just how close all of these locations are, and you can also start exploring on your own!

Also, here’s a list of local Ardmore businesses and restaurants that offer all Haverford students and employees discounts at local! Thanks to the Ardmore Initiative, all you have to do is look out for a black squirrel sticker in the window of a business and/or restaurant and simply show your Haverford ID at the register! Hopefully, over time, this list will grow!

Naturally, because we went out on the burbs, we had to make some gifs. So, here’s us in the Gap, wearing many hats as we do:

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And here’s a reminder to treat yourself, like we did at Delice et Chocolat (featured on our map):

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LAST HAVENGER HUNT UPDATE!! Submit all photos by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday (Aug 1) so we can tally it all up and reveal the winners on Thursday’s blog post! 

Your objectives for this (final) week are…
36) Picture of your favorite candy
37) Picture of you hugging a tree
38) Picture of your favorite kitchen appliance (+5 bonus if it’s a blender… haha cause my name is Blien..  get it??)
39) This might be time sensitive, but once you have your dorm assignments, send us a picture of you in your dorm colors! (Barclay = Blue, Gummere = Green, and HCA and Tritton = Red)
40) BIIIG BONUS (Appropriately, #40 is worth FORTY POINTS!!!): Build a shrine, make a piece of art, or otherwise show your love in a grandiose fashion for the First Year Dean’s Office Interns 

Since you can submit items from previous weeks, we’ve created a document with a compiled list (which we will update every week!) and the rules of the game. Email us with photos of these things to win sweet 🤑💸 gift cards 💸🤑 to Haverford area hotspots. 


Have any questions? Email Blien and Isabel at Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel or on Instagram @hc_studentlifeoffice for fun posts and important updates/reminders!

Packing List – Winter Edition

Hey there! Are you from New England? Step aside, you probably already know of these things. Are you from somewhere with comparatively warm and temperate climate, and are you terrified of Pennsylvania winters? If so, you’re in the right place! I’m Isabel, a hardy Maine girl, thoroughly accustomed to the bitter chill of cold wind and heavy snow. And I’m Blien, a relatively warm Marylander, and I’m not a fan of buying a lot of new things. Together, we are joining our forces to help you survive winter at HC!

Theme of the post: Layers are your friend. Don’t have a heavy jacket? Where a sweatshirt and a mid weight jacket. No wool socks? Layer, layer, layer!


You’ll probably need these:

  • Mid-weight gloves or mittens to keep your lil’ fingies warm
  • Some way to keep your ears warm – a hat, a coat with a hood, funny looking earmuffs
  • Water resistant shoes with good traction so you don’t slip in the ice and snow. Rain boots could work for this, though when it gets cold you’ll need to layer up on the socks to keep your lil’ feetsies warm.
  • Jackets (either a thick one or maybe two thinner ones… usually a mid-weight jacket and a warm layer underneath works fine)
  • A water-resistant jacket (raincoat?? This may be the same as your warm jacket… that’s fine!)
  • Sweaters / hoodies / cardigans (if that’s your style)
  • Sweatpants

You’ll probably want these:

  • A couple pairs of warm socks (wool is best if you can get it). That said, you could just layer two (or more???) pairs of socks on top of each other on a cold day
  • A good scarf
  • Warm, waterPROOF shoes (these would be instead of the water resistant ones, mentioned above). It’s nice to have the option of playing in the snow without soaking and/or freezing your feet. Overall, winter boots are a good thing to have, though not 100% necessary.
  • A heavy coat/down or faux down jacket. That said, this can be replaced by a mid-weight jacket and some layers.
  • Warm blankets (plural), or one REALLY warm blanket

You may want these, but can probably do without them:

  • A pet reindeer to ride to class
  • Snowshoes, skis, a sled, and a snowmobile
  • Lots of instant hot chocolate
  • A portal to Hawaii
  • A sense of wonder at the beauty of a perfectly formed snowflake
  • A good mug for hot beverages
  • Hand warmers (most people won’t need these… but if you are an athlete who spends a lot of time outdoors, you may want them)
  • Some coals stolen from the depths of Hades to keep you warm
    (Omg but don’t bring candles!! They are very much not allowed in dorms!)


We know this list may sound daunting, particularly if you’re not sure if all this stuff fits in your budget. Like we’ve mentioned, layering up is a great way to maximize use out of what you already have, without spending a ton on new winter gear. Also, if you are a low-income student, you may be able to get some funds from LIFTFAR to help you with the purchase of winter gear, such as a good winter coat or boots.

Me (Isabel) and my buddies from my freshman hall in apartment 42 built a snow-idol to our beloved home


My (Blien’s) buddies out in the snow. Even if you asked them today, they don’t believe they did anything wrong.

Ultimately, if you want to navigate out in the snow, we recommend covering up. So, don’t be like Kaito (number 3). Or be like Shreya (number 2), except with full-length pants. But the real winner of that photo is Margaret (number 1), no bare feet, long pants, a jacket, and a warm head!

Also keep in mind that fall break is in the middle of October, so if you envision yourself going home for that week, you can leave your heavy coats and snow boots at home. You can save space in your suitcase by just bringing a mid-weight jacket and maybe gloves, and then bringing more when you return from fall break. Just remember that whatever you bring to college, you’re ultimately going to need to pack up again at the end of the year. The winters are cold, but classrooms tend to be warm. So you might find that layering what you already have is sufficient enough.


Have any questions? Email Blien and Isabel at Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel or on Instagram @hc_studentlifeoffice for fun posts and important updates/reminders!


Advice from the Office of Academic Resources (Part 3)

ATTENTION: All things related to the Haverford Health Portal must be completed by Saturday, July 21st! This includes choosing to enroll in or waive the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and submitting your Health Records!!! (Also don’t forget about the Pre-Major Advisor Questionnaire which is also due July 21st!)

Hello everyone! This is the final part of our interview with members of the Office of Academic Resources. Here we have some studying tips and words of wisdom. For part 1,  click here! And for part 2,  click here! 

Who we interviewed:
Peter Granville, Program Coordinator-Office of Academic Resources
Brian Cuzzolina, Director of Office of Academic Resources
Raquel Esteves Joyce, Assistant Director for Academic Resources

You can check out their full profiles on what they specialize in through the Academic Coaching page of the OAR’s Website!

Some answers are edited or paraphrased for brevity and clarity.


What are your top two/three study tips for incoming first years?

Peter’s Answer: My first tip is to utilize the power of friendship. Think about how you can better study by finding some classmates and getting together. This system is fantastic for accountability buddies, where you tell them what you need to do and by when, and set up time to check in. This really helps with burden of challenging week. Do the same for them: alert them to bad habits, and check up on them.

My second tip is that with any content you’re trying to learn, focus on moving from the stage of absorption (this includes reading the text or lecture notes) to practice (this comprises writing down reactions to ideas, reciting understanding, explaining things to a friend/stuffed animal, problem sets/practice exams) as quickly as you can. Practice requires you to hone your knowledge and learn how to present it.

My third tip is to not use a highlighter when writing down notes or reading a text. Instead, write your thoughts down in full sentences. Highlighted text just signifies what you thought was important, but not how, which is more valuable. Also, people tend to over-highlight things.

Brian’s Answer: My first tip is to get rid of distractions, particularly your phone (especially when reading). Try to read for 30 minutes straight, without using any technology. You can use the Pomodoro Method; break study periods into intense smaller chunks, take a break, and then go back. Working in a distraction-free space doesn’t necessarily mean finding a quiet space, people need different things, depends on you. If don’t know what you need yet, there’s no harm in trying a couple of different things.

Promote space for self-reflection to think about what’s working, or isn’t. Sit back at the end of a study session, and ask yourself: ‘What did I read, and what did I learn from it? Did the space work out for me?’ Being at a space of honesty with yourself, and being able to reflect on what’s working is crucial. We’re here for coaching if you are not sure what to do, or how to create/break habits.

Raquel’s Answer: Know yourself! Find your rhythm and what works best for you, and then use this to your advantage. If you’re a student who is social and needs a lot of people, then work with study groups, and use the part of you that needs social outlet. If sitting by a window is distracting, work outside and be immersed in nature. If you have a short attention span, don’t plan 3 hour chunks of study time. It’s okay to do short blocks with breaks. Make your characteristics work for you, instead of aspiring towards things that don’t work for you.

Alongside finding rhythm, there’s pace. Setting an appropriate pace helps people get big things done by working towards bite-sized goals every single day.

I notice that because students don’t pace themselves, they end up submitting their first drafts and do themselves a disservice. Rewriting, and having a process of separation from your writing is really helpful and powerful. That first draft is the foundation, it gets you started. But if you give yourself time to work on it, your work will be a better reflection of what you know and of your writing skill. Give yourself the space and time to have the ‘aha!’ moment towards the end of the writing process, and then bring that perspective to the rest of the paper. I often hear students say that they could’ve done better. Part of fixing that is pacing and rewriting.


So that’s all folks! Here are some final words of wisdom about utilizing resources:

From Peter: When thinking about tools to use, the ones that I would point to first would be whatever got you through high school. There are lots of options out there, you may actually find that tweaking what you’ve done before is more effective than trying something new. If you need to start over completely, that’s also okay!

From Raquel: At the OAR, we have a holistic approach: we see the academic, social, personal as intermeshed. We’re here to walk with you and support you in different facets of your life, by semester or year. This can be focusing on balance or being sabotaged by your insecurities when you’re doing well. We want you to learn from that, and use that to see where you want to go and what you want to do.

From Brian: Everyone here can succeed (regardless of how you define success) at Haverford. It’s just a matter of figuring out how this isn’t a matter of intellect, it’s one of process. You’re going to be challenged. That’s why all this support exists, in the Dean’s Office, the OAR, and office hours. We’re here to help you learn from missteps.


Have any questions? Email Blien and Isabel at Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel for fun snaps and important updates/reminders!

Advice from the Office of Academic Resources (Part 2)

ATTENTION: All things related to the Haverford Health Portal must be completed by Saturday, July 21st! This includes choosing to enroll in or waive the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and submitting your Health Records!!! (Also don’t forget about the Pre-Major Advisor Questionnaire which is also due July 21st!)

Hello everyone! This is Part 2 of the interview with members of the Office of Academic Resources. Here we have even more advice about transitioning into college and tips on how to thrive academically at Haverford. For part 1, click here!

Who we interviewed:
Peter Granville, Program Coordinator-Office of Academic Resources
Brian Cuzzolina, Director of Office of Academic Resources
Raquel Esteves Joyce, Assistant Director for Academic Resources

You can check out their full profiles on what they specialize in through the Academic Coaching page of the OAR’s Website!

Some answers are edited or paraphrased for brevity and clarity.


What are some tools (websites, apps) that you recommend for students to organize their lives?

Peter’s Answer – Google Suite and a Reflection Notebook:
In terms of tried and true tools, Google Suite is more commonly used. That said, you can do anything you please. A tool that is most often underutilized by students is a notebook where you write reflections about the day, answering questions like: ‘Am I happy?’ ‘Is my time devoted to things I care about?’. You can go back and read it to record your progress through college. This could take any form (you could even use a small whiteboard) as long as it involves the act of reflecting and learning more about yourself. We fall into habits without being aware of it, and only address our behaviors when they turn into a problem. This exercise instead focuses on catching our habits as they form.

Brian’s Answer – Calendars, Wunderlist (organizing time app), Moment (balance app):
Google Calendar is good, but any kind of calendar that makes time visual works. A micro and macro view of the semester is helpful. Shameless plug: the OAR offers paper copies of a semester calendar. For to-do lists, I recommend the app Wunderlist. Think about what you want and need, and look for it. There are a plethora of options available, you just need something to organize your time. This can even be post-it notes or a whiteboard, if not an app. I also like Moment, which is an app for balance. It tracks how long you’re on your phone. Get outside! Studies are showing the connection between nature and happiness. In fact, Dean Wilcox’s pick for Reading Rainbow looked at the science behind how we react to nature.

Raquel’s Answer – The OAR’s Free Resources!
The OAR website, and the OAR podcast, Compass. I think the podcast gives student language to talk about the challenges they’re facing, makes them realize that their experiences are normal, and encourages them to seek support.


What’s your go-to time management strategy when things get hectic in your life?

Peter’s Answer: Personally, since I’m a visualiser, I put everything up on on a board and think about how realistic my expectations are, and find what might be better done later.

My go-to is to draw a grid with 4 quadrants and on top write ‘Is this urgent?’, and on the side ‘Is this important?’ So often we do things that are not urgent/important to procrastinate on things that are important/urgent. This tool functions as a way to monitor yourself and set priorities. Ideally, you would maximise time on the items that fall underneath the important category, and create balance between things that are urgent and not urgent. While it seems counterintuitive to work on items that are less urgent, this allows you to always be making progress on things that are important down the line.

Brian’s Answer: I don’t handle stress well. For me, music is a go-to, I’ll put on a song during the day to calm down or to clear my mind. At the end of a busy day/week, I make time to listen to my favorite album. This creates a space for me to be in the moment, and not worry about whatever is causing the stress. I carve out family time, to energize, and create joy; I make sure to put my phone away. I think setting boundaries is very important as well. This can be hard for Haverford, since we’re such a tight knit community. It’s not selfish to take time for yourself. Every morning, carve out first 5-10 minutes on your schedule to look at your calendar and to-do list. Note your hopes for the day versus what needs to get done, and prioritize what needs to get done before the next day.

Raquel’s Answer: I think two main things, they’re symbiotic: to pull away, and writing. If things are super hectic, it’s helpful to pull back and get a more panoramic perspective of what’s going on. I ask someone else to look at it, for fresh perspective. When I’m really stuck, I just shut it off. This could be for several hours/days, and then I come at it with fresh eyes.

It could be in the form of journal entry or a letter, I don’t even have to post it, but writing is a pathway out of chaos. Life can get so fast that it feels like a luxury to stop, but we don’t realise cost of not stopping. It can hurt us more than it helps us. When things are really chaotic, we don’t have to time to process things and figure out how we can manage things better, but that can be very costly. Even if the circumstances haven’t changed, I’ve changed. My perspective and sense of grounding has changed. The path out of storm is visible, or I’m working on crafting it.


Stay tuned for the third and final part, posted tomorrow! 


Your objectives for this week are…
31) Picture of some art you made when you were ≤ 10 years old
32) Picture of you being overdressed
33) Picture of you sitting on something that isn’t furniture
34) Picture of a family recipe (if you’re allowed to share?)
35) BONUS (worth 30 points!): Picture of three things: one which begins with the letter ‘A’, the 2nd of which begins with ‘B’, and the third beginning with ‘C’

Since you can submit items from previous weeks, we’ve created a document with a compiled list (which we will update every week!) and the rules of the game. Email us with photos of these things to win sweet 🤑💸 gift cards 💸🤑 to Haverford area hotspots.

Have any questions? Email Blien and Isabel at Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel for fun snaps and important updates/reminders!

Guest Post: Ford’s Firsts and Low-Income Guide to Haverford


Hello Class of 2022! We are Guadalupe Torres and Alejandro Wences! We are the co-heads of an affinity group on campus for first-generation college students called Ford’s Firsts. Ford’s Firsts is just one of the many organization that strives to facilitate your success and sense of belonging on this campus.

We realized many of the obstacles first gens and/or low-income students face in educational institutions begins even before starting college and continues through, especially when one does not have institutional or community support. Many of us on campus stumble with Haverford’s “hidden curriculum” and can get lost through the hoops of it without reaching for help from others. You may find organizations like Questbridge, Horizons, Chesicks, and the Multicultural Scholars Program helpful who can help to make the transition easier for you.

It’s hard to find words that encompass all of our experiences being a first-generation college student on Haverford’s campus. However, we feel that one way that it can be is the difficulty in navigating the college environment, with many of our parents not being able to answer the questions for us. There are a lot of things, sometimes called “the hidden curriculum”, that we just aren’t made aware of coming in: the value in office hours, the necessity in being in contact with your dean (and how they can help), appropriate ways to act with your professors, climbing the social ladder in your field, and a lot more. Yes, we could google it but it’s hard to do so when you don’t know what to google. We found that once we were able to establish communities at Haverford, especially with those who are older and also share similar identities as us, we then found out about hidden resources scattered around Haverford, which we then tailored to our own needs. It is thanks to these communities that we’re now more able to thrive on Haverford’s campus.

What we wanted to do, though, was bring all that information into one centralized place. After looking at what other colleges were doing, we came up with the idea for a guide. There are topics around the Ford experience, academics, finances, study abroad, self-care, and a lot more! It’s big, though, and more things will always need to be added into it as it is a living document. That is why this is only Part 1, with Part 2 coming this fall. We believe that it talks about the information that you may need during your first-semester here at Haverford.

The following google form is to sign up for the Ford’s Firsts and Low-Income Guide. It was written by 16 other first-gen students (many of whom are low-income) over the year. However, many of these same students have included personal testimonies on their first-generation experiences. We wish to keep the anonymity of these writers and share it with those who would be more likely to understand their testimonies. That is why we ask the first-gen and/or low-income community at Haverford to sign up through the link below. We will send out the guide one week from today and continue to send it as more students sign up through the link below.

Google form to sign up:


If you have any questions about Ford’s First and/or the Low-Income Guide, feel free to email Alejandro at or you can email Blien and Isabel at