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Guest Post: Religious Life at Haverford

Dear Class of 2022,

Welcome to Haverford!

Haverford College welcomes students of all faith backgrounds, religious interest, spiritual curiosity, or secular worldview to join in our shared community of trust, concern, and respect here on campus.

A list of active student religious groups at Haverford is available on the College website here:

www.haverford.edu/religious-spiritual-life/student-groups-organizations

 

Quaker students on campus, organize themselves through the programs of Quaker House, a student-run themed housing option.  They can be contacted by joining their Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/HaverfordQuakerHouse/


If you are interested in helping to start an additional student group around your own particular religious practice, feel free to contact the religious and spiritual life office in Whitehead Campus Center 208, or email me at wsulliva@haverford.edu.

If you want to know where to go for Rosh Hashanah services, when Catholic Mass is celebrated on campus, what support is provided for the observance of Ramadan, or how to talk to your professor about making time and space for your personal religious observances, you are welcome to contact me about those or any other questions concerning religious life or Quakerism generally.

 

Whether you consider yourself a person of faith or not, you can greatly support spiritual & religious life on campus by taking this optional survey on religious affiliation at Haverford:

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ypFThSuAlgJlVhj9g8VDYh384EUsAvIl_DbpSK8URfA/edit?usp=sharing

I look forward to welcoming you to campus in just a few weeks. May your time at Haverford be full of growth, courage, and deeper self-understanding.

Best wishes,

Walter Hjelt Sullivan
Coordinator of Religious Life
Director of Quaker Affairs
Whitehead Campus Center 208
wsulliva@haverford.edu
www.haverford.edu/religious-life

Goodbyeeee!!!

Hey folks!

This is a bittersweet moment for us… Cause our time being the Dean’s Office Summer Interns has come to a close! We have scheduled blog posts to post every Tuesday and Thursday (along with some Fridays) to hold you all over until you arrive on campus (we know you desperately refresh the blog every Tuesday/Thursday to get that good content!). And we will have a blog post ‘Tips For Arriving On Campus’ posted at the end of August. However, today is the last day we’ll be in the office, managing social media, and answering emails (if you have any questions, you can still email hc-newstudents@haverford.edu). We had so much fun working on this blog and being able to engage with you all on different platforms. We also loved getting the chance to place you in your first year housing; we spent time thinking about these placements and hope that you will find a fun and supportive community in your hall. With that, we’d like to each offer some final words of wisdom to guide you through your first year:

Blien: The beauty of Customs is that we are able to bring together so many students who all have different stories. As a result, you might actually find that you have become close friends with hall-mates who you might have never interacted with if they weren’t on your hall. On the flip side, friendship can’t be forced… so, you might actually find that your close friends live off your hall. You’ll find your people where you find them, and it’s okay if that takes time… it’s all a process!

Isabel: I know this is a lot easier to said than done, but my advice is not to take your first year of college too seriously. If, by the end of your first year, you’ve learned some things, had some fun and made some friends, then you are probably doing alright. I stressed the small things my freshman year, and I really didn’t need to. Forget a problem set? No problem, that’s recoverable! Feeling lonely? That all natural, and you have plenty of time to make buddies. For the most part, mistakes you make in you first year will all come out in the wash.

Naturally, we can’t send you on your way without one final GIF, so here you go friends:

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Goodbye, and we’ll see ya soon!

Guest Post: Introducing Name Coach!

Next week, you’ll receive an email with information about recording your name pronunciation from a system called Name Coach. It’s not phishing, or a scam (but it’s good to be vigilant!); it’s just an external platform we use. Name Coach is a project from the Council on Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office, and it allows you to record the pronunciation of your name for others to hear, and then, to pronounce correctly.

Name Coach is integrated into Moodle, the course platform we use, and you will see links on the class pages that look like this:

The email you’ll receive next week will contain a link to record your name, but you can also record your name using the recording tool on the class page. Please note that only the first recording you make (whether in a class page or via email) will be the default recording. If you explore the Name Coach site, and on the “Name Badge” page in particular, you’ll see a number of features, including the ability to add your gender pronouns or insert the recording of your name into your email signature. As an example, take a look at my Name Badge. It’s also helpful if you create a password for convenient access to your NameCoach account in the future.

This is still a pilot program, and we’re hoping to add new integrations this year, so there may be a few bugs as we work things out. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we begin the third year of using this tool, and we hope you find it of use.

We welcome your feedback as well as your questions – please share them with me at fcantor@haverford.edu. Thank you very much.

And the Havenger Hunt Winners Are…

*DRUMROLLLLLL*

 

LUIGIE FEBRES of Orlando, FL in 3rd place with a total of 395 points. Congratulations, Luigie, on winning 30 dollars to spend at Trader Joe’s!

 

LI HERMOSILLO ROJAS of Fort Worth, TX in second place with a total of 465 points. Well done Li, and we hope you enjoy your 40 dollar CVS gift card!

 

And finally, our first place winner, with a grand total of 475 points (that’s the max possible, folks), is ANGELICA JOHNSON of Palmyra, NJ. Congratulations, Angelica, you’ve won yourself 50 dollars to spend on Amazon.com!

 

As promised, we took everyone else’s names and put them into a random generator for the three $15 Gift Card drawings… and…

Genevieve Uy, Theodore Bien, and Alissa Vandenbark were selected!! Each of you will be awarded a 15 dollar gift card to Wawa for your participation in the hunt.

Thank you to all who participated, we loved getting a photographic window into your worlds! To the winners, we’ll be in contact to let you know how to collect your prize when you get on campus.

 

We’ll have another post tomorrow, so stay tuned!! -Isabel & Blien

Advice from the Office of Academic Resources (Part 1)

ATTENTION: The Pre-Major Advisor Questionnaire must be completed by Saturday, July 21st!

Hello everyone! For this post, we reached out to three members of the Office of Academic Resources for some advice about transitioning into college and tips on how to thrive academically at Haverford. These interviews will be continued in Part 2 on Thursday!

Who we interviewed:

Peter Granville, Program Coordinator-Office of Academic Resources
Brian Cuzzolina, Director of the 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’s not in your profile on the academic coaching website that you would like first years to know about your role?

Peter’s Answer: My role is very open-ended. I’m super blessed to have this role where there are certain fixed pieces, like supervising interns and organizing OAR events. If you have a big idea, you could turn to me with ideas about student support. My work is more flexible, I can set other things aside to address your needs and devote what I can to it. I’m happy to get tea/coffee and chat about ideas.

Brian’s Answer: My door is always open. We want the OAR to be as close to home as possible. It should feel like a comfortable space to relax and hang out.

Also, our goal is to work more with you. We’re not experts: we’re trained and good at asking questions. The purpose of coaching is for us to learn about you so you can use your strengths towards whatever challenge you’re facing.

Raquel’s Answer: I want students to know that I’m here for them. I’m here to be an academic coach, listening ear, advocate, and sometimes liaison. But basically in terms of academic and socio-emotional needs, I’m here to be what students need, to the best of my abilities.

 

What are some common academic challenges students face as they transition to life at college?

Peter’s Answer – The Newness of It All and Self-Doubt: 

Being alone at college can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure if you feel welcome, and are second guessing if Haverford is the right place. It helps to find a cohort of friends you can go through this process with. Some incoming students have this through Pre-Customs or their athletic teams, but many will find a social network here themselves. Making the most of Customs is important from an academic point of view. Classes will push you in ways you can’t anticipate, so it’s critical to create a support network in the first several weeks.

Also, students experience a lot of self-doubt through first classes. They may think that other students are way better prepared. It’s important not to jump to the conclusion that you’re a worse student or less Haverfordian in any sense. Everyone here is coming with strengths and weaknesses; you can see some people’s strengths more in some classes than in others. Learning where your strengths lie is a process.

Brian’s Answer- Bigger Reading Load and Different Expectations:

The texts are unlike anything students have seen before, both difficulty and content wise. There will be lots of primary sources and seminal texts; this will be reading that graduate students in the social science and humanities are also reading. You’re no longer reading someone’s interpretation, but the text itself. Since Haverford is the typical small liberal arts college experience, you’re going to have small group discussions, sitting around a table with your professor and peers. You’re expected to bring something to the table and contribute, regardless of prior experience. You’ve got to make mistakes, and that’s okay, courses are designed that way. You’re going to be challenged right out of the gate.

Raquel’s Answer – Time Management and Identity:

Time management, in terms of workload. Even if you’re not going to class every day, or doing daily assignments, there are still larger assignments due towards the middle or end of the semester. Sometimes students know the due date of a large paper or project, but don’t know where to start.

Another major challenge is identity crisis. Most students at Haverford were at the top of their classes in high school, but they get here and there isn’t space for everyone to be number one. Students are then really questioning who they are since achievement was part of their identity at high school. I also see a lot of students questioning whether they belong here and whether Admissions made a mistake. It can be difficult to name these feelings; the first step is always the hardest if you’ve never asked for help before. Make that first appointment, no stigma. We’ll ask some questions to get a real sense of who you are and to make connections to your life at Haverford both inside and outside the classroom. Haverford can be fast-paced, which leaves no space for reflection.

 

What does a healthy balance between academic work and social life look like?

Peter’s Answer: Ideally, neither detracts from the other, but this can be an unrealistic expectation. A healthy balance is one where they are symbiotically making each other better. You are engaged socially with your peers such that you feel happy, supported and confident in yourself. Hopefully, that can feed into classroom interactions so you can meet new people and form deep connections.

It’s important to know when balance doesn’t exist anymore, which is when you’re just not happy. You don’t have to shoot for a 4.0; if you do, you will miss out on crucial social experiences. Academic and social life should work in tandem and each should be feeding into the other.

Brian’s Answer: It can depend on who you are, what you value, and what your goals are. In general, sleep is good, even at expense of finishing problem set on time. Food is energy….take care of yourself in terms of basic needs like sleep, and eating. Then, have a social network people around you, that can lift you up through hanging out, checking in, or getting coffee. Don’t isolate yourself.

Raquel’s Answer: This depends on the student’s needs and personality. It’s important to take time to reflect on what you need, and what nourishes you. If you’re an extrovert you’ll be socially emaciated if your social life is stifled by your academic priorities. You need to make sure you get nourishment on one part, to help you with the other part. We can help figure out this balance through one on one OAR coaching and talking with students. We provide tools or use tools to find what works for you. It’s okay if something didn’t work for you, you can come back for another appointment, and we can discuss that. We offer a super personalized experience, so one on one time is critical.

 

What’s your favourite OAR event?

All around, the answer was: Reading Rainbow! In this, the OAR decides a theme and invite presenters (many who are faculty and staff) who feed off of each others’ energy in unscripted conversation, challenge and support each other. You get to learn about professors/staff members in a different light and can have a conversation with them. And as Peter says, “it demonstrates shared experience and humanity through books.”

Peter’s Answer: Reading Rainbow! And I’m also looking forward to an event I’ll be organizing in the fall semester. It’s going to be a panel discussion on joy, centered around the question: how do you cultivate joy given the circumstances of the world we live in? Hopefully, we’ll get to issues of resilience, motivation, love such that an audience member can think about what makes them happy, and how best to shape their experience at Haverford in a way that will sustain them. The discussion will also be recorded for the OAR’s podcast, Compass.

Brian’s Answer: Reading Rainbow! As Ben (Benjamin Hughes) says, it’s something magical!

Raquel’s Answer: Reading Rainbow! And, it will be soon joined with Haverstories, our new writing retreat.

 

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

Working on Campus

Hey folks! Today’s post is about working on campus. To help us with this post, we reached out to two Haverford student workers, June Hoang and Jordanlee Parra. Below, they’ll give you some advice on managing a busy student life that includes on-campus employment. You’ll be given more information about on-campus employment when you arrive, and there’s no need to start thinking deeply about it before then (though you might want to consider documentation… see note below). However, if you’re curious and want to get started before, feel free to start poking around the Haverford CCPA website!

Documentation Note: All students who have never worked for the College before MUST provide original I-9 documentation within 3 Days of Hire. Copies and faxes are not acceptable. I-9 documentation provides proof of one’s eligibility to legally work in the United States. Please see the list of acceptable I-9 documents provided for your convenience. For all Visa carrying International Students, you must first go to Denise Allison in International Student Services Office (ISSO) for all employment-related matters. (Source: Haverford Human Resources).

Work-study Note: Many of you may have work-study as a part of your financial aid package. To help make sure you can fulfill that commitment, on-campus jobs reserve the first two weeks of the fall semester for hiring only work-study students. If you don’t have a work-study commitment to fulfill, you can still apply during that two week period, though priority will be given to your peers on work-study until the conclusion of the two week period.
 

Without further ado, here are some words of wisdom about work-study from June Hoang, class of 2021:

I’m currently working as a library liaison, a student assistant at the President’s Office, a science tutor for high school students from the Mentoring and Student Teaching program (MAST) in the spring semester. In addition to work, I also engage in the Outskirts, Pan-Asian Resource Center, and Chamber music. Despite all the fun, the trickiest part of being a student worker is to balance work, study, and other extracurricular activities, especially when I have a rigorous academic curriculum.

My first strategy to stay on top of everything is to design a very detailed planner including my class and work schedule so I have a clear picture of what my week looks like. I also save specific time blocks during the weekdays and on the weekends to work on class assignments and study. This compartmentalized tactic enables me to focus on certain tasks in a short period of time so I can still get to do many different things while being productive. In addition to a well-organized schedule, I try to be honest with myself about how much commitment can I make. My primary goal in college is to become a successful intellectual so I avoid straying away from this track by taking on too many activities. I’m aware of the first-year enthusiasm of participating in everything as well as the financial benefit of work-study. However, at the end of the day, bear in mind that your physical and mental well-being should be prioritized under all circumstances. Therefore, try as many things as you wish but be honest about your capability and what you’re truly interested in. If when you feel lost and don’t know what to do, there are many resources that can help you with balancing work-study like the OAR, CCPA, and even your first-year dean. If you have any other questions, feel free to talk to me if you see me around on campus!

And some words of wisdom from Jordanlee Parra, class of 2019:

Haverford offers plenty of on-campus jobs, ranging between different attributes of labor work (cognitive, service, labs, physical, etc.). Most academic jobs are scheduled during the day, but Haverford also holds jobs that are flexible during the night. There are different organizations that offer jobs outside Haverford’s academic scene, such as Quaker Bouncers.

Here are a few tips that can ease the process:

– Application Deadline: Some jobs are very popular among students and have applications due as early as September. However, there are also jobs that don’t have an application at all and are hiring all year round.
Job settlement: Different classmates working the same job might have different experiences. It might help to seek advice from student workers in different fields to decide which work environment works best for you.
Job shifts: You get to list a preference of different work shifts and you will be assigned a weekly schedule based off that list. If many students list the same shift, then employers usually use seniority to break ties. It will be helpful to bring any concerns, which your managers should take into account, directly to them.

There are various approaches to job searching, ‘pero un consejo, hasta de un conejo’

 

HAVENGER HUNT UPDATES
Your objectives for this week are…
26) Picture of you eating a frozen treat
27) Picture of the largest body of water you can find
28) Picture of something you plan on bringing to decorate your room at Haverford
29) Picture of something that begins with the letter Z
30) Picture of a monument or historical landmark

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.

Packing!!!

Hey friends! We hope you are having a great summer, and are getting psyched for your arrival at Haverford. We know that packing will be an important part of your preparations leading up to your arrival, and to that end, we wanted to share with you this packing list to help you prepare. Pro Tip: YOU NEED LESS THAN YOU THINK YOU DO! Moving in and out of your dorm every year can become kind of a schlep, so if you don’t really need it, then don’t pack it! Also, there will be campus sponsored trips to Bed, Bath, and Beyond during customs week if you need to pick up anything when you get here.

 

Havenger Hunt Updates

Your objectives for this week are…
21) Picture of something you cooked
22) Picture of a fountain
23) Picture of you modeling glasses
24) Picture of you playing your favorite game (sports? board game? video game? mind game?)
25) BONUS (worth 20 points!): Picture of a broken clock with some kind of evidence that it’s broken

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 a blog post idea? Tell us what it is using this form! We won’t mention you in the post, so feel free to ask anything at all. Also, follow us on Snapchat @FYsquirrel for fun snaps and important updates/reminders!

Guest Post: CPGC Migration Field Study

The Migration Field Study Program is a course + field study opportunity offered through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, combining fall semester course Global Citizenship: Migration in Philadelphia and Beyond (PEAC H209) with a week-long field study in México City and the Mexico/U.S. border region during winter break. Applications for the program are open now (here) with a deadline of August 1st. Contact Professor Shannon Wheatley Hartman with questions, and read about Grace Brosnan ’20’s experience in the program below:

 

Human migration changes the world, and it also changes the lives of those migrating. In the Migration Field Study Program (MFS), you’ll examine migration through many different lenses. What is causing migration? Who is profiting off of it? Who is hurt? What are the emotions hidden behind the rhetoric?

I participated in last year’s MFS, and loved the experience. We studied the theory behind migration and border studies, but we also met with people in Philadelphia doing the work to support migrants and their communities. From going to a barbacoa restaurant that serves as the headquarters of migrants rights’ activists, to meeting a doctor who works with undocumented migrants, to seeing a beautiful mural telling a migrant’s story in South Philly, myself and the other students were presented with a diverse view of the migrant experience.

The trip over winter break, though, was when it all came together for me. In Mexico City, we stayed at La Casa de Los Amigos, a migrant and refugee support center. They focus on “healing hospitality,” a holistic view of what a human needs to flourish. We visited other organizations, and also got to see the sights of the city. It was only my second time out of the U.S., and I am glad that I got to do it with such an inquisitive, intelligent, and wonderful group of people.

On our way to Tucson for the second half of the trip, we got stranded in Houston for a night. But it was just another chance for some ~group bonding~. We made it to Tucson eventually, and I’m glad that we did. Meeting community organizers and activists working at the border; seeing Nogales, Mexico; going to the Tohono O’odham Nation that spans the border…it radically changed my view of what happens on the U.S./Mexico border. Before, my understanding had been very theoretical. I had made a zine (a mini booklet) about for-profit companies on the border, but actually being there brought it into perspective for me. It’s not just the companies or the money or the government; it’s the human bodies caught in the crossfire of these things that matter.

This is a great opportunity to learn about migration, meet the people affected by migration, and begin or strengthen your work fighting for migrants’ rights. So apply!

MythBusters: Haverford Academic Life Edition

Hey Folks! Don’t forget to submit your housing questionnaire by 11:59 pm on Monday! Now, check out some common myths (and the realities they belie) about academic life in college:

Myth: I already know what I want to study, so general education requirements are a waste of my time.
Reality: There are a lot of cool things to discover in college, and going out of your comfort zone can help you find them. For example, I (Isabel) probably never would have taken a Computer Science class if it weren’t for distribution requirements (you’ll know them as domains), but now it’s my minor!

Myth: I did 12 activities in high school, so I should be able to do 12 in college as well.
Reality: Academics in college will probably take up a lot more of your time than they did in high school, so it’s best not to overload yourself with activities, particularly in your first semester.

Myth: I rarely hear people talk about their academic challenges, but I feel like I’m really struggling. Therefore, I don’t belong here.
Reality: Yeah, we don’t really talk about grades at Haverford, but don’t let impostor syndrome fool you. I (Blien) often felt like I was the only one “failing” a class, but over time, I learned that I wasn’t alone in feeling this. Just know that it’s okay if you mess up on a test or assignment(s) and need help. You deserve to be here and it’s okay to be a work in progress.

Myth: My grades in college will be as good as my grades in high school.
Reality: College is harder than high school, and your grades might reflect that, particularly as you adjust. That’s okay though… you are a three-dimensional person, and your grades do not define you. Furthermore, if you are acing every class you take, it might be a sign that you should take some classes in disciplines that are more challenging or unfamiliar to you.

Myth: Working hard is a sign of weakness: if I am actually smart, then college should be easy.
Reality: Nope. I (Isabel) knew lots of people in high school who bragged about not studying or working hard and getting good grades anyway. This is less of a thing in college. Putting in the time to understand the material is a sign of forethought and dedication, not of weakness.

There ya go: consider these myths busted! Keep a lookout for our post next Tuesday, where we’ll delve a bit more into our own personal experiences with academics at Haverford.

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Philly Part 2: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

ATTENTION: The Pre-Customs Outdoors Program (PCOP) and Summer Social Justice Institute applications are due tomorrow (06/15/18)!  Both are optional pre-Customs opportunities, but if you think you’d like to apply, see this link for more details: www.haverford.edu/first-year-students/summer-opportunities. Now, onto our regularly scheduled programming…

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As some of you may know, last Friday, your three favorite Summer Dean’s Office Interns took a trip into Philly! This was very much a burden to us… it was HARD WORK, done for YOUR BENEFIT… you’re welcome**. We moseyed around much of central Philly, working our way from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the PMA) by the Schuylkill River to Penn’s Landing overlooking the Delaware River. Here’s what we did, saw and ate!

A quick note: a few of these photos are repeat content from Instagram or Snapchat, BUT there is also some cool stuff from there that isn’t on here. If you want ALL the content ALL the time, follow us on Insta @hc_studentlifeoffice and on Snapchat @FYsquirrel!

**just kidding we had a great time 🙂 

Our day begins…

We left from the Haverford Paoli/Thorndale line SEPTA station in the morning and rode it to 30th Street Station. From there, we took a lovely walk along the Schuylkill River to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here are some photos from our stroll…

30th Street Station, in all its grandeur

A beautiful green pedestrian/bike path and Aarushi, who LOVES benches

Our stroll brought us to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where I (Isabel) ran up the famous ‘Rocky’ steps. With me a bit winded, we wandered around the back of the museum to check out the sculpture garden. Pro tip: on Campus Philly Day (a special city-wide event on an early September weekend), you can get a year-long student membership to the PMA for $20. This gives you access to a lot of programming and events, as well as several other museums in the area!

The facade of the PMA

Since we still hadn’t seen enough sculpture at this point, we decided to walk down the road a bit to check out the Rodin Museum. The Museum is pay-what-you-wish everyday, with a recommended student donation of $7 dollars. Note that both of these museums technically cost money, but the rest of the trip didn’t (ignoring all food/snacks)! You can have a full day (or several!) with just free sight-seeing! Along the way, we snapped some photos of the flags lining Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway or ‘The road with the flags’

The lovely Rodin Museum!

After that, we made our way via Uber to the historical geographical center of Philly: Old City Hall. Right around there are a couple of cool parks, like Dilworth Park and Love Park. Dilworth Park is right in the shadow of the Old City Hall, and it has a mini water park in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter. Love Park is right across the street from Dilworth and is home to the famous Philadelphia Love sculpture. We also stopped by the Social Security Administration building, which is where international students can drop off their paperwork to obtain a Social Security Number, which is necessary to obtain on-campus employment (Aarushi went through this process, and visited this building!). More info about this can be found here or by reaching out to the International Student Support Office (ISSO). 

VOLUME WARNING: There are children shrieking (in glee) in the video below.

Old City Hall (Dilworth Park is in its shadow)

We love Love Park

The left part of this image shows the US Social Security Building at 2 Penn Center. In the background is Old City Hall and Dilworth Park.

After that, we meandered down to Reading Terminal Market for some cool sights and smells! Reading Terminal Market is an expansive indoor marketplace in an old train terminal, and it boasts over fifty vendors, making it a classic Philly destination. You can check out the different merchants they have here!

Hungry after our brief peek into Reading Terminal Market, we then made our way on foot to Chinatown for lunch, bubble tea, and a walkabout!

At Rangoon restaurant in Chinatown. On the left: We had Mandalay Shrimp Rolls and Golden Triangles (with a potato filling). On the right: Chicken Fried Rice and garlicky Night Market Noodles with pork… YUM!

Chinatown Friendship Gate

From there, we walked to Franklin Square which is currently decorated for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival. Check out some of the pics below of this beautiful installation of larger-than-life lanterns!

After that, we strolled down towards the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, which is also the site of the first President’s House, with an exhibit “commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the site of the nation’s first executive mansion”. Due to the sensitive nature of this exhibit, we haven’t included photos here (if you’d like to check it out you can do so here).

We haven’t included a photo of the Liberty Bell because all of ours were bad. Pro tip from Jeff TF: don’t wait in line to see the Liberty Bell. There’s glass paneling on the building, so you can just walk around the side and grab a peak from outside.

Independence Hall

Next stop: The Science History Institute, a cool (and FREE!) museum documenting historical advances in the sciences. One room even had a scavenger hunt!

Blien took a cool panorama that I (Isabel) accidentally walked through… oops

Blien and Aarushi did the scavenger hunt while I looked on approvingly. On the right, there are some cool old-timey microscopes!

Our final stop was Penn’s Landing, which overlooks the Delaware River and boasts attractions including a Ferris wheel, a roller skating rink, and DEEP FRIED OREOS!!!

Aaaannnd that’s a wrap! After our Oreo adventure, we headed (via uber) back to Jefferson Station and hopped on a train home. All in all, a great day in Philly… 10/10 would recommend. Ooops! I mean… a hard day’s work finally over!

If you want to plan your own Philly trip, here’s a helpful map of downtown that we found!

 

HAVENGER HUNT UPDATE

Your objectives for this week are…
6) Picture of the front page of your town/city newspaper (could be a screenshot)
7) Creative picture of you and a statue/mannequin
8) Picture on a spiral staircase
9) Picture of a bill in your currency

10) Picture of a chicken (you decide the form)

You can still do the tasks from last week if you like!  As per suggestion from a Havenger Hunter, we are going to keep the numbering continuous so it’s easier to submit items from different weeks. Check out our Instagram @hc_studentlifeoffice for a Havenger hunt photo from Fiona Flynn!

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