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
This summer went by so quickly. In a few weeks you will be arriving to Campus! I wish you have an amazing first-year experience. Remember that Haverford has MANY resources and everyone wants to see you thrive, so do not think twice to reach out when you have a problem!
This is the last time you will hear from me through the blog, BUT remember you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about anything, or if you see me around campus I will be happy to chat with you!
See you all in a few weeks!
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.
Why getting to STOKES and not any other building? Well, my F-1 friends, the first thing you must do once you arrive to campus is to see your DSO (designated school official) to tackle some paperwork. Guess where that will be happening? Yes, Stokes Hall!
Oh! And remember to bring your documents (I-20, passport, etc) to this meeting with our DSO, Denise Allison.
Alright. Watch the video below to learn how to get to stokes:
If you have any questions, remember you can email me at email@example.com.
You may have already heard from your Customs teams introducing themselves and what they do, but I also want to give a few more details about what Customs is and what y’all are going to be up to for the first few days of your college experience!
What is Customs?
Customs is our year-long orientation program that starts during Customs week when you all move in! It involves typical college things like icebreakers and safety lectures, but it also involves activities and sessions where you can learn more about the culture of Haverford and how we all choose to treat each other while here.
Who is involved in Customs?
You will have six students, usually a mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors on your Customs team. You’ll have one UCA (upperclassmen advisor) who will be either a junior or senior, two CPs (Customs People) who are sophomores or juniors, an HCO (Honor Code Orienteer), AMA (Ambassador of Multicultural Awareness), and PAF (Peer Awareness Facilitator) who can be any year above you. And then there’s you! The reason we have Customs and the most integral part of the program! Your whole hall (or building in the case of HCA) will be in your Customs group as well, and we hope that you can all learn from each other and support each other as much as the team will!
What happens during Customs week?
On top of a lot of more serious orientation stuff, there’s a lot of time for fun! There’s a lot of hall bonding time, a party for all the first years and people involved in Customs, a hypnotist show, and Dorm Olympics on Founders Green!
Do you have any recommendations for how to thrive during Customs?
Yes! I’ve done Customs as a First-Year, CP, and this coming year I’ll be on Customs Committee, the group of people who chose and trained all of your team members, so you might call me a veteran of Customs. Here are my tips and tricks:
- Take time for yourself if you need it. Customs can be really overwhelming and you might feel like you have to socialize every single minute, but you don’t! Just let your team members know if you need some time alone and they’ll let you know when you can take that time for yourself.
- Explore campus with your hallmates! Not only is it good bonding time, but you’ll also get a sense of where everything is on campus!
- Be open to new experiences! College is new for everyone and you’re all going to be a bit unsure of what to do and therefore probably a bit uncomfortable. I strongly encourage you to lean into the discomfort and try something a bit out of your comfort zone. Customs is the perfect time because you’ll have a complete support system around you as well!
- Just go for it! Don’t worry about looking crazy while dancing, or showing off a talent at Dorm Olympics, or even saying hi to new people on campus!
- Don’t forget to eat and DRINK WATER. It can be really hot out during the week and most of the dorms aren’t air conditioned, so stay hydrated and keep a snack on you!
The most important part of Customs is to have fun and learn! Feel free to ask questions about things you don’t know! This is your time to learn about Haverford!
Hey ‘Fords! Hope your summers are going well!
Some of you (like me) will be traveling great distances to be here (exciting!) and will have to navigate your way from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Haverford College. It can be a little daunting if you haven’t made the trip before, so we’ve listed a few options available that will get you to campus.
Public Transportation – Cost: ~$10
Philadelphia’s public transportation, Southeastern Public Transportation Authority (or SEPTA) can be a bit confusing at times, but it’s a great affordable route! You’ll take two SEPTA trains: the Airport High Speed Line and the Paoli/Thorndale Line, and travel time in total is about an hour, plus layover times while transferring.
The Airport High Speed Line (labelled on signs as the Center City Train) has four stops in PHL at terminals A, B, C/D, and E. From any of these stops, take the R-1 Train (a.k.a. the Airport Line) to 30th Street Station. Inform the conductor that your final destination is Haverford, Pennsylvania and that you will need a transfer ticket. Keep the ticket receipt with you; you’ll need it to board the next train. Approximate traveling time is around 30 minutes.
From 30th Street Station:
Once you arrive at 30th Street Station, follow signs directing you to the Regional Rail and locate the Paoli/Thorndale Line (the train itself will be labeled Malvern). Keep your transfer ticket out, and ride the train to Haverford Station.
From Haverford Station:
Walk about 10 minutes to Haverford’s campus! You can choose to take a left on Lancaster and walk through the main entrance of College Lane. Or, alternatively, you can walk through Haverford’s back entrance using the following route:
Rideshare – Cost: $32 – $54
If you have a credit card set up, you can order a ride using a rideshare app, such as Lyft. Rideshares are fairly convenient; the trip is about 30 minutes with no stops. However, at times of high demand rates may drastically change, making the total fair very uncertain.
After exiting your terminal, follow signs towards Ground Transportation. It will be in the same direction as Baggage Claims, if you checked a bag before your flight. Once at Ground Transportation, follow signs to a designated Ride App Pickup location and wait for your ride!
Taxi – Cost: $55 – $70
If you don’t have a credit card, taxi cabs are an alternative option for getting a ride. As with rideshares, prices can vary, but instead with the added traffic surcharge. The trip is about 30 minutes.
As with Rideshares, follow signs towards Ground Transportation/Baggage Claims. Opposite of Ride App Pickup locations in Baggage Claims are Taxi Pickup locations. There are typically a line of taxis waiting for passengers.
These three routes should get you to Haverford’s campus just fine and in a short amount of time! Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Alright, ‘Fords… it’s time for us to say goodbye (for now!)
Our time being Dean’s Office Summer Interns has come to a close! Kim, Hanna, and I will no longer be in the office or managing social media, but you can still expect weekly blog posts and can contact email@example.com with any questions you might have. Keep an eye out in particular for posts about the Customs pre-orientation program and directions to campus from the airport!
It’s been a pleasure working on this blog, getting to engage with you this summer, and assigning your housing; we hope you’ll find a supportive community in your hall and Customs teams. May your first year here at Haverford be engaging, expansive, and fun! As President Raymond said, take risks! There’s a lot to learn about the world and yourself. Along the same line of thought, don’t take this first year TOO seriously. This is a big transitional period; by the end of your first year you’ll have learned some things, had some fun, and made new friends. And it’s okay if that takes time… it’s all a process!
Take a deep breath, and don’t forget to enjoy the rest of your summers! We can’t wait to meet all of you during Customs and beyond!
At Haverford, there are many clubs, organizations and affinity groups that you can join! Here are some of the diverse groups that you might be interested in:
Haverford Asian Student Association.
The mission of the Haverford Asian Student Association is to support students on campus who want to learn about and connect with Pan-Asian identities. We engage the Bi-College Consortium through various events to raise awareness of both important issues and cultural traditions in different Asian communities, on and off campus. In the past, we have hosted Lunar New Year banquets, planned movie nights, organized fun dinners at local Asian restaurants, and above all, have sought to foster friendship and bonds between members. On campus, we strive to create a welcoming space for the Pan-Asian community and those who are interested in its cultural activities. Through our group, we hope to create a tight-knit group of friends by embracing the differences and commonalities in the Asian identity.
Japanese Culture Club.
The Japanese Culture Club is a place that celebrates Japanese culture and connects Japanese students with each other and with others who have a significant interest in Japanese culture. We host events like movie nights with Japanese snacks and cook Japanese Curry with the members of the club. Students can connect with the club by emailing either Kaito at firstname.lastname@example.org or Noelle at email@example.com.
International Student Association.
Our goal is to provide a social and academic support network for the International Student community. We do this by organizing social, cultural and career events, in cooperation with the Director of ISSO, the OMA and some affinity groups on campus. At these events, international students can bond, express themselves and learn about other cultures (particularly but not exclusively the American culture). Our goal is to embrace all the different backgrounds of Haverford students. Our frequent events give International Students a space where they can feel more at home in a foreign environment.
With its rich and diverse human resources, ISA will play a significant role in improving the global citizenship on campus and diversifying the campus life. ISA’s philosophy is to promote awareness and understanding of the international culture through cultural immersion. We aim to achieve this by hosting activities that will involve food, performances, discussions, trips and workshops.
During your time at Haverford, you may find yourself working a job on campus! It’s a great way to get some meaningful work experience, build career skills, and an income to support educational expenses. Haverford College makes finding employment opportunities super easy through its Student Employment Program.
Mission Statement: The mission of the student employment program is to provide students with meaningful work experiences that build practical skills particular to a certain function and general skills such as: punctuality, discipline, honesty, thoroughness, teamwork, and problem solving. Building these employment skills works in partnership with the academic program which forwards students’ intellectual development in the liberal arts.
The Student Employment Program offers a wide range of work areas, including campus libraries, the dining center, the admissions office, facilities, dean’s office and administrative services, peer tutoring, etc. My first year, I worked in Audio Visual setting up presentations for classes, conferences, the VCAM theater, and guest speakers. Not only was it good work experience, but it also got me out to some really interesting guest speaker talks that I otherwise would never have gone to!
The college makes it super easy to find employment opportunities throughout the Haverford campus community via the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) and the Part-Time Job Board, which also features employment opportunities from the surrounding area.
If you anticipate working a job during your time at Haverford, it might be useful to get your documentation together beforehand. Those who have not worked for the college must provide original I-9 documentation and, unfortunately, copies and faxes aren’t accepted, so gathering these items before you arrive can be super helpful! You can find a list of acceptable I-9 documentation here: www.haverford.edu/sites/default/files/Office/HR/I-9-documents.pdf
As always, let us know if you have further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org