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Guest Post: PCOP

Hi everyone!

If you love backpacking, want to love backpacking, don’t know what backpacking is but like hiking and want to do it for five days in a row, don’t know what backpacking is and don’t like hiking but want to learn to love hiking, or love spreading peanut butter (or sun butter if you have a nut allergy) onto your sandwiches with a stick, then you should apply for the Pre-Customs Outdoors Program (PCOP)! This program comprises four backing trips going to Shenandoah and central PA, each with six incoming first-years and two student trip leaders. The goal of the program is to give you an introduction into your upcoming years at Haverford in a smaller setting than customs, surrounding you with a community that you will cherish throughout your time at Haverford. The program is free to everyone, and we highly encourage anyone to apply that is even remotely interested! There is no backpacking or hiking pre-requisite; we are simply looking for people who would benefit from having this community going into the school year. Unfortunately, to keep the program free, we cannot accept everyone who applies, but there will be plenty of chances for everyone to get outside with us during the school year!

The link to our application is here: forms.gle/cJmAoBjYod4KtDW97.

For more info the link to our website is here: www.haverford.edu/first-year-students/summer-opportunities/pcop.

Feel free to reach out to Hayle (hmeyerhoff@haverford.edu), Dex (dcoengilbe@haverford.edu), or me, Jake (jpmurray@haverford.edu) if you have any questions!! We look forward to meeting you all this fall!

Love,

PCOP Student Coordinators

National College Decision Day: 5 Reasons to Choose Haverford

by Michelle Kaplan, Class of 2022

1: Collaborative Environment Haverford fosters a collaborative environment where students are competitive with themselves rather than each other. Studying in groups is common and students work together to understand difficult topics. Students do not discuss grades, promoting a collaboration between students.

 

 

2: Honor Code The honor code is a big part of life at Haverford and students take it very seriously. Academically, students are trusted to take self-scheduled, unproctored exams, cite sources, and produce their own original work. The honor code also impacts social life at Haverford cultivating an open and accepting community.

 

 

3: Campus Resources There are many resources available and accessible to students on campus. The Office of Academic Resources (OAR) supports students academically, providing academic coaching and access to peer tutors. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) assists students trying to navigate the hectic lives of college students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) supports Haverford’s commitment to amplifying diversity.

 

 

4: Location Haverford’s location is unique to many smaller liberal arts colleges. Located on the Main Line, minutes from downtown Philadelphia, students are afforded the opportunity to explore a diverse and historical city.  Travel is simple with the PHL airport 30 minutes from campus as well as a train stop within walking distance. The college campus is beautiful throughout the year and must be seen. The suburban location is an arboretum within walking distance of many shops, restaurants, and stores.

 

 

 

5: Bi-Co,Tri-Co, and Quaker Relations Haverford is a consortium member with Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. The Bi-Co, between Haverford and Bryn Mawr, allows Haverford students to easily take classes at Bryn Mawr. The blue bus transports students between the schools every 15 minutes during the day. The Tri-Co, between Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore, provides students the opportunity to take classes at Swarthmore. Books and journals from Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore libraries are also available to Haverford students through the Tri-Co. Haverford’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania enables students to take some classes at Penn.

 

Dining Center Hacks

by Yvanna Cajina, Class of 2022

Hello! As a first-year, living away from home for the first time can be difficult, especially when it means leaving behind your favorites dishes and home-cooked meals. But, if you get creative, the Dining Center, also known as the DC, offers a wide variety of options that will satisfy any palate! If you have food intolerances or allergies, don’t worry, the DC has a many delicious options available for you.

Breakfast

Egg and Bagel Breakfast Sandwich: Some of the best things about breakfast at Haverford are the omelette bar and the assortment of bagels. Although both are good seperate, when combined, you have a great way to start your day! First, make eggs as you like them at the omelette bar and don’t be afraid to get creative! Once you’re done making eggs, head over to the bagels and pick your favorite; if you are indecisive, an everything bagel is always a solid choice. Toast the bagel until warm. The only step left is to assemble the sandwich!

Lunch

Root beer floats: If you’re in need of a midday pick me up, a DC root beer float is a great way to boost your mood! In two simple steps you will have a great drink to pair with your favorite DC lunch. First, fill up a glass with root beer from one of the soda fountain. Then, head over to the ice cream bar and add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to the root beer.

Sandwiches: Although often overlooked, the sandwich station at the DC allows for flexibility and creativity in your everyday lunch. With many bread options on the bread shelf and consistent deli items available all week-round, you can never go wrong with a midday sandwich!

Dinner

Quesadilla: When craving something different for dinner, the panini presses available to us all day offer the convenience of being able to make quesadillas with ease. First, grab a tortilla (or two!) from the bread shelf and pick out your favorite cheese from the sandwich station. For variety, consider adding some veggies from the DC.

Dessert

Chocolate Cake à la mode: Dessert on Monday nights is extra special at the DC because of the vegan chocolate cake. Although delicious on its own, when warmed and paired with vanilla ice-cream, you have an indulgent way to end your day! In order to create your own, you must first grab a slice of vegan chocolate cake, don’t forget to put it in a bowl or things will get messy when you add the ice cream. Then, heat it up in the microwave for 15 seconds. After, grab a scoop of vanilla ice cream from the ice cream bar and place it on top of the warmed cake.

Milkshakes: While chocolate cake is not available all week, a milkshake can be made any day. To make this sweet treat, grab a glass and scoop in several scoops of your favorite ice cream flavor. Then, head to the assortments of toppings available at the ice cream bar and scoop in your favorite (I recommend adding a few scoops of oreo crumbles). When you’re done, add a small amount of milk into the glass and mix with a spoon. Now you’re ready to enjoy!

Customs Explained

A big hello and congratulations to you all, Class of 2023! I’m Arshiya Bhayana, and I’m so thrilled to be working with the rest of the First Year’s Dean Council to make your transition to Haverford a lot more comfortable and exciting. One of the aspects that sets Haverford apart from other colleges is its unique Customs, which is a year-long, thoroughly engaging program for all first-years. Its designed and redesigned each year so as to make your transition to the personal, academic, social, and many other aspects of college life a lot smoother.

Haverford is a residential college, with over 98% of students residing on campus, making it an even more inclusive and cohesive community. Unlike a few other colleges, Haverford does not let you pick a roommate your first year. However, don’t be bummed!! You will fill out a detailed housing questionnaire to help the Office of Residential Life put you in one of the four first-year residence halls, the one that you fit in best with. When your housing is assigned to you, you will be placed on a hall with 12-22 other first-years, who will be your Customs group for the rest of the year.

Your Customs group will be comprised of first years and 6 upper-class Customs team members. Some of these upperclassmen will be living with you on your hall, whereas some would having housing someplace else on campus.

Customs Person (CP) :

Each hall gets assigned two CP’s, either sophomores or juniors, who live on the hall with you and work to foster a sense of community. Since CPs live on the hall, you might get to interact with them the most and share lots of fun hall memories with them!!

Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF) :

Your PAF will not live on the hall, but will conduct a variety of sessions to help discuss some serious yet interesting topics like gender, sexuality, class, race, and diversity at Haverford. Although your groups may not seem to be in unanimous agreement about these topics a lot of the times, the PAF is there to provide a comfortable, safe space where you can voice your opinions and learn from each other.

Honor Code Orienteer (HCO) :

I’m certain most of you would have come across Haverford’s Honor Code while applying to this college, and would have gotten a gist of how important it really is to the Haverford community. However, there will be an HCO who will, again, not be living on the hall, but will be guiding you to understand the standards and procedures of the Honor Code. There will be discussions on Plenary, consequences of violation of the Code, and some important historic trials. Here too, a lot of you may have different opinions about the topics brought forth by the HCO, I know my Customs group did, but it’s always helpful to talk it out and learn from each other. The HCOs are there to help you understand in great detail just how important the Honor Code is to Haverford, and how it brings the community together to act with trust, understanding, concern, and respect.

Ambassador of Multicultural Affairs (AMA) :

Each Customs group has an AMA who does not live on the hall. You AMA informs you of events on and off campus that celebrate the diversity of cultures at Haverford. AMA also hosts many discussions on the diversity here on campus, and ways to ensure the first-years are respectful and welcoming to one another. One of my favorite group activity hosted by my AMA was when we traced our palm, and on each of the fingers we wrote where or what we identity with. When we shared this with our group, it was so interesting to see and listen to how different yet similar we were!!

Upperclassman Advisor (UCA):

Each hall has a UCA, who is a junior or senior. Some UCAs live on the hall, alongside an additional friend of theirs (the pull-in), while others will live elsewhere on campus. UCAs are there to help you plan your schedule wisely, and to help you navigate your way through academics throughout the year. Additionally, not only are they more experienced because they are juniors or seniors, they also get formal training from the deans and other academic support centers here at Haverford. As much as I wanted to avoid taking a natural science class in college, my UCA gave me great tips on super interesting yet manageable class options to pick from since I was not comfortable with that stream of subjects!! So, in ways like these, UCAs try making your academic switch from school to college a lot smoother.

So that’s a wrap for all the Customs positions! I know that must be a lot to take in, but we as part of the first years council are just giving you a heads-up to all the terms and happenings you will anyway be introduced to once you get to campus. Having been part of this experience, it’s safe to say that Customs really is what you make of it, so come with an open mind to this orientation and you’ll understand why it’s such a unique aspect of Haverford’s community!

Good luck and feel free to reach out with absolutely any questions whatsoever!

First Year Living Spaces

by Keishla Sanchez, Class of 2022

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

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

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Apartment 26, where I currently live!

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

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Tritton!

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

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Here’s a picture of Barclay!

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

Gummere

Last but not least, Gum!

Haveracronyms

by Fariea Khan, Class of 2022


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

ADS: Access and Disability Services

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

CAPS: Counseling & Psychological Services   

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

CCPA: Career and Professional Advising

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

CPGC: The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship

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

DC: Dining Center

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

FYDC: First-Year Dean’s Council

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

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

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

HCA: Haverford College Apartments


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

HCAH: The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

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

KINSC: Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center

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


OMA: Office of Multicultural Affairs


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

SEO: Student Engagement & Leadership

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

A Day in the Life of One Haverford Student

by Natalia Cordon, Class of 2022

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

5:15 am, Gummere Hall

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

6:00 am, Dining Center (DC) Bakery

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

9:00 am, DC

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

9:30 am, Founders Hall Library

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

11:30 am, Hilles Hall

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

12:45 pm, Hall Building

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

2:15 pm, DC

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

2:45 pm, Gummere Hall

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

4:15 pm, Field House

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

7:00 pm, DC

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

8:00 pm, The Coop

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

10:00 pm, Gummere Hall

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

11:00 pm: Goodnight!

Haverford College Traditions

by Luigie Febres, Class of 2022

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

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

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

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

Haverfest

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

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

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Welcome from the First Year Dean’s Council

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

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

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

Jacob Gaba, Class of 2022

 

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

Welcome, Class of 2023!

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

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

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

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