Dear Class of 2023,
Hello Class of 2023!
My name is Sarah Curtis (Class of 2020) and I am a staff member with the Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration (OSCC). Today I’ll be talking about what community service looks like at Haverford and how you, as frosh, can get involved.
OSCC is comprised of seven student staff members and one office coordinator, who plan events and service trips around campus and in greater Philadelphia as well as collaborate with student-led clubs that critically engage students in our local and larger communities. We are dedicated to confronting inequality and enacting positive change in our communities. We support students by making service inclusive, accessible and meaningful. By challenging ideas about service and the communities we work with, we facilitate growth and learning. We aim to build relationships with, and advocate for, the groups we serve. Through connecting students with opportunities we provide tangible ways to engage with critical social issues outside the classroom.
Now, onto the part of the blog post that pertains to each of you. Along with the Activities Fair (September 7) the OSCC is hosting an event for the incoming first year class to learn about service opportunities on and off campus and meet representatives from student-led clubs that are oriented towards community service, advocacy, and environmental responsibility. The event will be September 6 from 2-4 pm on the dining center lawn. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about what community service looks like at Haverford and to get to know students and community partners who do work that you are interested in. There will also be activities like: registering to vote, signing up for organ donation, and signing up for a library card. Oh, and did we mention there will be FREE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES and ROCKING TUNES?!
The Office of Service Student Staff:
Sarah Curtis ‘20
Mary Cott ‘21
Cat Kim ‘21
Angie Petrichenko ‘21
Nathan Akerheilm ‘22
Anna DiAntonio ‘22
Saul Ontiveros ‘22
and Emily Johnson, Office Coordinator
As college students, those Haverford students who are eligible to vote in the United States may choose whether they would like to register and vote at their educational institution, or at their permanent home address. Students who register at their permanent home address may either travel home to vote, or complete an absentee ballot per their state’s procedures. Choosing between the two registration locations is entirely the decision of each student, and the College only seeks to provide all pertinent information about the options.
Students in Barclay, Gummere, Tritton, or other Residence Halls: The address at which you should register (section 5) is:
- Street Address: Haverford College
- Street Address 2: 370 Lancaster Avenue
- Unit Number: your residence hall name (e.g. Tritton). Do not include your room number.
- City: Haverford
- Zip Code: 19041
- County: DELAWARE
- Municipality: HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP
Students in HCA: The address at which you should register (section 5) is:
- Street Address: (Your Building Number) Hannum Drive (e.g. 42 Hannum Drive)
- No need to include your Apartment Number.
- City: Ardmore
- Zip Code: 19003
- County: DELAWARE
- Municipality: HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP
- You’ll need to also fill out Section 6 (The address where you receive mail) with the standard 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford PA, 19041 address, so that you can receive your voter registration card in the mail.
If you choose to vote locally, the polling place is on campus (in the Facilities Management Office) and is conveniently accessed on Election Day.
Students who have previously registered in Pennsylvania, and seek to confirm their status, should use the PA Department of State portal.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dex (email@example.com), or me, Jake (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!! We look forward to meeting you all this fall!
PCOP Student Coordinators
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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! ☺
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.
Then there’s Tritton, which is the newest building that first years can live in. There’s a really cool berm, a grassy area with picnic tables, outside of Tritton connecting it to Kim, an upperclassman building. My favorite thing about Tritton is the cool study room that is surrounded by a glass wall that allows you to admire the beauty of nature. Tritton is also right across from the Coop, a campus cafe, which is convenient when you are in desperate need of a late night snack or craving the amazing mozzarella sticks.
Next, there’s Barclay, which has large double rooms for first years, and it also has single rooms. Barclay is placed in a great location since it is in the middle of campus. My favorite thing about Barclay is the huge closets in the dorms!
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!
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
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!