Academic Resources

photo: Alexandra Iglesias ’21

Hey everyone!

As the school year approaches, you may find yourself thinking about your courses and academic workload. It’s super important, especially in your first year, to keep in mind the various academic resources Haverford has to offer!

The Office of Academic Resources (OAR) offers students a variety of services to help students actualize their academic potential through their course work and research here at Haverford College. Through the OAR you can schedule coaching sessions, access digital resources, meet with peer tutors, and attend workshops tailored towards strategies for time management, exam prep, presentations, and many more!

You can schedule a coaching session with professional staff members through the OAR’s website throughout the fall and spring semesters, and even the summer. These advisors can help you with whatever you need, whether it’s creating a better scheduling system or accountability for longer projects. There are even walk-in hours on Fridays from 1-2 pm.

The OAR’s digital resources are chock-full of various handouts that provide strategies for academic reading, exam prep, note taking, fighting procrastination, overcoming finals stress, etc. They’re super accessible and can be found right on the OAR’s website.

Peer tutoring is an awesome resource available to Haverford students, and is one of my personal favorite services the OAR provides. You can find a peer tutor for a wide variety of disciplines, from STEM to language courses. I used a peer tutor my first year for Math 121, which was super useful for strengthening my foundational knowledge of concepts we were using in class. You can meet with a peer tutor any time during the semester simply by making an appointment through the OAR’s website! In addition peer tutoring, Haverford also offers the Writing Center, a system where you can get help from upper-class students on academic essays, lab reports, oral/PowerPoint presentations, and personal essays for fellowships and applications.

This brief introduction to the OAR just scratches the surface of all the supports it provides, so always keep an eye out for events they hold once the school year starts! You can learn more about the OAR and the resources they offer here: www.haverford.edu/oar

And as always, let us know if you have further questions at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

Student Sunday #8 – George Doehne

George Doehne   

(He/Him/His) 

Class of 2022

Growth and Structure of Cities and/or Political Science

From Pasadena, CA

What do you do on campus?

On campus I participate in HavOC and the climbing club, help run Haverford Votes, write and edit for the Clerk, work at the Dining Center. will be a peer tutor at the Writing Center next year. I’m heavily involved in HavOC (Haverford Outdoors Club) and the climbing club, which organize weekend and break trips as well as other events like the Pre-Customs Orientation Program, which I was part of during my first year and will be helping lead this year. I’m also on the executive committee for Haverford Votes, I write for the Clerk, and I work at the Dining Center. Next year I’ll be a peer tutor for the Writing Center and a customs person!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 

My single favorite spot is the fireplace in the Dining Center. It’s cozy, warm, and a good place to meet friends and do work. Runner-up goes to the Coop, for when I need to buckle down and write something (but also might want a quesadilla).

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?

Goofing off during an unexpected snow day by making seven-foot-tall snow sculptures, then going inside to warm up by having hot chocolate with my hall.

Guest Post: Haverfarm!

Hey y’all,

The Haverfarm is a student-oriented farm that aims to teach as well as promote sustainable agriculture. The farm is for the students and because of this the farm can aid students in whatever way. If that is helping run a personal project to teaching a P.E. credit, there are many possibilities. At the farm we aim to only use organic seeds and environmentally sustainable practices. Some of the plants we have grown this summer are: tomatoes, garlic, peppers, lettuce, green beans, sunflowers, and zinnias.

Besides our production plot behind the facilities building there is another plot located in HCA called (*drumroll*) HCA Garden. This garden is open to ALL Haverford students and all the produce there is free. If you would like to harvest some produce but you have no idea how to, email us at haverfordfarm@gmail.com and we would be glad to teach you how to properly harvest! If you have experience in agriculture or none at all, come to the farm and say hi!

See y’all soon,

The Haverfarm

HAVENGER HUNT TASKS!!!

Don’t forget to join in on the Havenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes!!! Check out last Thursday’s post for the rules. This week’s items are…

-Send us your favorite Vine 

-What’s your song of the summer?

-Show us one of your interests

Submit your photos and answers to hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

Exclusive Interview with President Wendy Raymond!

What first drew you to Haverford?

Everything drew me to Haverford, in the first place and for a long time. I’ve been in liberal arts education for about 25 years, at two other small liberal arts colleges, and of course everyone in that world knows about Haverford. They know that it as a place of excellence with talented and creative students, faculty, and staff, and also the Quaker heritage that really lets it be a place of community, contribution to community, and integrity, all of which are undergirded by the truly lived student Honor Code. All of that draws me to Haverford.

AND my husband is a Haverford grad! He’s class of ’82, so I’ve had Haverford in my hip pocket for a really long time because I’ve known Dave for over 30 years, and we’ve been married almost 26 years. We moved cross-country and the Haverford Magazine went with us wherever we were. So even though it wasn’t like I was studying Haverford there, I did have some familiarity with it and lived with a Haverfordian for a long time. And I know that Dave really loves the values of this place. So that also is a way that I’ve thought for a long time about how Haverford would be an amazing place for me to be. You never know how that’s going to play out, and I’m still so incredibly fortunate and humbled by the fact that it’s happened in this way. I’m just thrilled to be here!

Do you have a favorite part of campus?

The first thing that comes to mind is the Nature Trail. I’ve walked it almost every day that I’ve been here (one day it was thunderstorming and I didn’t get to go out), either in the early morning or the evening. Last night, for example, I saw a doe with her triplets! They were spotted and tiny. Another time there was a fox in the middle of the trail, looking at me, tail outstretched. And of course if you walk at night there are all the fireflies. It’s just magical!

And the new library! It’s incredible. I was lucky enough to get a tour last week; the library staff is one of the first small groups I met with. I met with them on my second day, and that space is fantastic.

What was your first-year experience like as an undergraduate at Cornell?

It was fantastic! I loved Cornell. I left my state of Wisconsin because I needed a different, more expansive adventure. And this is all a first-year experience, right? You come to a place that you think you love, but you kind of love it on paper. I’d actually never visited it. And, literally of course because of the generation I’m in, it was literally all on paper because there was no internet. I was drawn to Cornell because it was founded in 1865 for men, women, and people of color.  So it was founded upon a principle of complete inclusion, and that was really attractive to me compared to other Ivy League institutions, which were not founded that way. Cornell is also New York State’s land grant institution, which means public, but it’s a university of seven undergraduate colleges some of which are public, some are private. I love that idea of bringing together the public and the private in one place.

I knew what I wanted to study; it was government. I was going to be a lawyer, and I switched in my very first year, probably within the first six weeks, to being a chemistry major. So Cornell was transformative for me, intellectually and academically.

But also my living experience — we did not have Customs, we had RAs — was also really great. I was the president of my dorm and so I was really involved in thinking about programming and bringing people together, and that was really fun. I met lots of people from all over the world and had my eyes open wide compared to when I first stepped foot on campus.

A shift from a major in government to chemistry is a big change. Do you have any advice for first-years as they meet with their pre-major advisors?

I know, not only from my personal experience but also from being a professor for so long, that being open-minded about what you’re experiencing is so important. That’s the advice I’d give to people: be as open-minded and exploratory as you can possibly be. That starts with how you set up the classes that you take. Are you willing to take a class that has a prefix that’s not something you’ve had in high school? Maybe you don’t know about sociology, anthropology, or psychology because your school didn’t offer things like that. So that would be one: be open-minded.

And number two: be curious. That’s not just about the academic part, but about: “why did your professors, or how did your professors, get into what they’re doing?” Often times, even at a small, small place like Haverford, students can be intimidated about having conversations with faculty. But a simple question to ask a faculty member, even if you’re shy or nervous, is “How did you become a mathematician?” or “How did you become a jazz instructor?” you name it, and they might have a really interesting story to tell. So be curious in all kinds of ways.

These are all easier said than done. We’re not, sort of, built that way. Another way of framing that is risk-taking. Take some risks! This is a safe-ish place. From the perspective of a 17 or 18 year old it might not seem safe, but I know it’s a safe place to take risks about what you’re studying, what you’re thinking about. Maybe you’d like to take Chinese even though you think it’s going to be super hard, which it is for most people. Excellent! Great place to take a hard class and be taught along the way.

What are you most excited about for this upcoming year?

I’m really most excited to get to know students. My last job was as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, the equivalent of what the provost is here, and that didn’t really remove me from students, but I had much less student contact than I had as a professor; I was mostly focused on work with faculty. So I’m really excited about working with students because my first love is teaching. I’m not going to be teaching here, at least not right away, so I won’t have student contact that way, but my job as president is to know students and to understand what you’re interested in about Haverford and how Haverford can be changed into an even better place for you and for students who come after you. I’m in this work because I love 20-something-year-olds. Your age group is just fantastic; you’re changing, you’re developing, you’re exploring, you’re having crises of confidence, crises about “Who am I?”, “What are my identities? How do those intersect?”, and I just find all of it really stimulating because I have complete confidence in the journey that you’re on!

Any additional advice for the incoming class as they enter their first year?

Have fun! This is advice for all of us, and especially first-year students. We can tend to get super serious about what we’re doing, and that’s cool, but it’s not cool when it leads to stress and lack of well-being. So, what can you do for fun? How can you intersect with the other first-years you’re meeting? Other faculty and staff? What makes your heart sing?

Student Sunday #7– Gabe Pascal

Gabe Pascal

(he/him) 
Class of 2021
Psych Major, French Minor
From Forty Fort, PA 

What do you do on campus?
I was BSL cohead last year and I play on the rugby team.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 
My favorite spot on campus is the Music Library because it is hidden, peaceful, a great place to hang out, and I work there. There are never too many people there and it’s conveniently sectioned into different rooms so have a bit of freedom to modify your atmosphere in order to make the space what you want.

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My most memorable experience at Haverford has probably been May Day 2019. Bryn Mawr has a lot to offer academically as well as socially and it is a very special experience to be able to participate in events such as May Day while surrounded by so many excellent people.

 

Transportation!

Hey Everyone!

There are a lot of awesome places and opportunities near Haverford, like taking classes within the Tri-Co, checking out Suburban Square, and going in to Philly… but how are you going to get to any of these places?? Haverford unfortunately doesn’t allow first-years to bring cars to campus, and walking by foot would be a HUGE bummer. Luckily Haverford and the surrounding area provide various means of transportation to your various needed destinations!

Blue Bus + suburban square runs

The Blue Bus runs between Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College seven days a week. They run every 20-30 minutes, so taking a class at Bryn Mawr is super accessible and easy to fit in your schedule. Weekdays they run from 7:30AM to 1:00AM, but run until 2:45AM on Friday and Saturday. And on Saturdays, the Blue Bus will make trips to Suburban Square, which sure beats walking there!

Tri-Co Van

Similar to the Blue Bus, the Tri-Co Van makes its rounds between Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges. It leaves a bit less frequently, but offers easy transportation to the Tri-Co Consortium.

Airport/train station shuttles

During the period before breaks, Haverford shuttles will make trips to the train stations nearby and the PHL airport. This is super helpful if you’re heading home and need to take a train or plane.

Regional Rail/Norristown High-Speed Line

There aren’t any school-sponsored means of transportation into Philadelphia, but there are two great forms of public transportation: the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail and the Norristown High-Speed Line. For a few bucks, you’re in the city in about half an hour. Be sure to check the schedule beforehand so you’re not stuck waiting!

While you may not be able to have a car on campus your first year, these buses and shuttles should get you everywhere you need for these next two semesters! As always, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

HAVENGER HUNT TASKS!!!

Don’t forget to join in on the Havenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes!!! If you don’t know them by now, check out our June 6th post for the rules. This week’s items are…

  • Something you’re gonna miss from home
  • How do you unwind?
  • Riddle time! What English word has three consecutive double letters? (credit to Reader’s Digest)

Submit your photos and answers to hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

What is a Pre-Major Advisor?

Hi Friends! 

There’s a survey you all should fill out on Dean Glanzer’s Checklist, that’s due on July 22nd! It’s to help Dean Glanzer match you with a pre-major advisor! 

And your next question: What IS a pre-major advisor?

Because we’re a liberal arts college, you don’t have to have a major declared coming in, and although some of you might be very set on one specific track, most of you probably don’t know what you want to do with your life and that’s TOTALLY okay! Think you’re 100% certain of what you want to do? Maybe you’ll change your mind while taking classes outside of that discipline!  

And that’s precisely where a pre-major advisor comes in! 

Your pre-major advisor won’t necessarily be someone from a discipline you’re going to major or minor in, but they’re a great resource for helping you choose classes and keep track of graduation requirements! They’ll also be a good person if you ever have trouble in a course or just need a pointer in the right direction.  

They’re also one of the first professors you’ll meet on campus! They’ll try and set up a meeting with all their advisees within the first week of classes and then an individual one, usually once or twice per semester.  It just helps add an extra friendly face to the sea of newness that can be the first year experience.  

In my personal experience, my pre-major advisor was AMAZING! He was incredibly helpful when I was struggling through the pre-med track, and was actually a huge factor in helping me switch from a Biology major to an English major.  I even remember our first meeting when he taught us (his advisees) the best way to address professors at a school where some go by first names and some go by Professor [insert last name here]: start with Professor [insert last name here] and then see how they sign off their emails, but always start off emails with a greeting! 

Your pre-major advisor will also help you choose classes, which happens during Custom’s week, so DON’T worry about that just yet, but if you REALLY want to see what classes might be offered, check out the course search page for this coming year!

Make sure to fill out your pre-major advisor survey and keep up with Dean Glanzer’s Checklist!

And, as always, if you have questions please feel free to shoot us an email at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu!  

 

Student Sunday #6 –Taylor Seid

Taylor Seid
(she/her) 
Class of 2022 
Biology and Economics Major 
From San Marino, CA 

What do you do on campus?
On campus, I played varsity volleyball my first year. I’m currently working in the bookstore, Admission Office as an Admission Fellow (tours, etc.), on the ResLife committee as a Residential Student Liaison for Tritton/Kim for 2019-2020 school year, and on the Joe Schwartz 3K committee for Race Day Registration/Prizes!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 
My favorite spot on campus is the Campus Center. I lived in Tritton my first year, so it was easy for me to just walk across the street to go to The Coop, study with friends in the chairs by the window, and to work in the bookstore (and now the Admission Office!). 

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My most memorable experience at Haverford so far was Customs week. I had already been on campus because of volleyball preseason, and so I knew my teammates but during that week I also got to know the other 15 or so people in my Customs group, as well as others in my incoming class. It was really fun to get to know everyone before classes began. We had dorm olympics, a mixer, and meals as a hall (just to name a few things!). I think it was a great opportunity to bond with my hall, and I made some really good friends from it ! The Customs program continues throughout the year, as there are CP’s and a possible UCA living on the hall. It’s a great way for first years to get to know the people living in their hall, their incoming class, and upperclassmen. 

 

International Student Support (ISSO): Resources for International Students

Hello Friends! 

Today I wanted to share with you some of the resources I believe are helpful for international and students of diverse backgrounds in general.

The International Student Support Office: 

This is the office dedicated to providing F-1 Visa students with resources and support in everything that is related to living, studying and working in the US as an International Student. That’s where you will find your DSOs (Designated School Officials), Denise V. Allison and Natasha Weisz. And here is a quick reminder of what your DSOs can help you with:

  • Working in the United States.
  • Applying for a driver’s license.
  • Applying for a Social Security number.
  • Changing their major, program or degree level.
  • Changing their education level.
  • Transferring to a new school or taking a leave of absence.
  • Taking a break from school.
  • Traveling outside the United States.
  • Moving to a new address.
  • Changing your name.
  • Requesting a program extension.

More about ISSO here: www.haverford.edu/international-student-services/about

Another interesting resource that the ISSO offers is the Holiday Opportunity for Multicultural Exchange (HOME).

It is a program that promotes cultural exchange between international students and members of the Haverford community. You can find more information here.

International Student Orientation (ISO)

This is a four and a half days orientation for international students. Here you will receive a lot of information about being an F-1 student at Haverford, how to maintain your status, what the resources on campus for you are, etc. You will also have a chance to go shopping for items for your dorm or take the time to open a bank account, for instance. The most important aspect of ISO is the networking that happens during these days. You are likely to meet your future close friends during the orientation as well as upper class students that are likely to be able to answer all sorts of questions you might have in the future. 

International Students Resource Persons (ISRPs)

During ISO you will also meet your ISRPs, who will guide you through campus and activities during ISO. These are the people you will want to reach out to during your first semester when you have questions related to being an International Student at Haverford. 

You can learn who your ISRPs are here!

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

The OMA supports diversity on campus. It coordinates Summer Social Justice Institute, supports International Student Orientation, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Customs as well as numerous affinity groups. It also provides diversity grants for student groups and leaders promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. And their interns lead individual projects such as Wellness Center and International Student Center. You can find more information about the OMA here.

Student Organizations

There are many organizations on campus. These are a great way to find people with a similar background or culture to your own and bond. They are a great resource to start building your support system because of the shared experiences.

You can find these organizations here .

Cultural Centers:

You can find information on each cultural center here.

Customs Folks

In each hall you will have a customs team that will help you navigate your first year at Haverford. All of them are great resources for different things, however, if you need to speak with someone that has a more diverse background or that understands your struggles with the cultural and social aspects of Haverford, you should talk to your AMA (Ambassador of Multicultural Affairs). 

Dean Katrina Glanzer

You have probably already heard from her many times and I know I have personally mentioned her several times. What happens is that she is a great resource. She will be your first year Dean so whenever you do not know where to go for assistance, I am sure Dean Glanzer will be able to point you in the right direction. 

The following are general resources that can also be very helpful:

The Writing Center

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Writing Center can be very helpful with essays at all stages. That can be understanding the prompt and task you were given, brainstorming, writing a strong introduction or conclusion or the final revision before you turn your essay in. However, the writing center can also be helpful for oral presentations. Yes! You can give your oral presentation just for practice, or to get some feedback. 

Resources for Writers

Speaking Resources

The Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA)

The CCPA help current students and alumni with career and professional goals and also prepare for the world of work. They can review your resume, read your essays for grad school application, and do mock interviews to help you prepare for that very important interview that is coming up!

Bryn Mawr College Airport Shuttle

Bryn Mawr has airport shuttles available for every break at an accessible price! So if you are flying back home, this might be a good option for you. More information here.

Blue Bus to Suburban Square

On the weekends and breaks if you are staying on campus, you can hop in the Blue Bus to go to Suburban Square to go grocery shopping or simply spending time outside of campus! This is where you will find the Blue Bus schedule.

Health Services

Health Services provides a lot of resources to make sure your well-being on campus. They have Cold Care Kits available 24/7 at Campus Safety, and near exam periods they will sometimes allow you to make a self-care package either for yourself or a friend! This is also where you will need to go if you don’t have all of your shots! If you want to learn what other services Health Services offer, you can click here.

AND

HAVENGER HUNT TASKS!!!

Don’t forget to join in on the Havenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes!!! If you don’t know them by now, check out our June 6th post for the rules. This week’s items are…

  • Try a need food/fruit/vegetable and send us your reaction
  • What’s your packing process looking like?
  • Plant something!

Submit your photos and answers to hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

As always, if you have any questions or comments you can email me at kaguero@haverford.edu. I would love to get to know you!

Breaks!

Hey friends!

While a lot of your time at Haverford will be focused on school and extracurriculars, a good chunk of it will be spent on break (hell yeah). Whether you’re driving or getting a bus/plane ticket home, it’s helpful to keep in mind the dates and logistics for school breaks.

Fall Break

10/11 – 10/21

Fall Break begins Friday, October 11th at 4:00 p.m. and ends Monday, October 21st at 8:30 a.m. You have the option to register to stay on campus; all residence halls will remain open. In previous years, the Dining Center has closed on Friday at 2:00 p.m., but there are talks about it staying open for Fall/Spring break, so stay posted! If not, it will reopen Sunday the 20th at 5:00 p.m. The VCAM kitchen will be open and pantry goods will be available in the OAR kitchen. The Coop will remain open over break Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you’re planning on returning home, there are airport shuttle runs on Friday from Stokes at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at $12 per person.

Keep in mind that Health Services will be closed Friday at 4:00 p.m. and will reopen Monday at 9:00 a.m. In the event of an emergency, call Campus Safety (they’ll remain open 24/7) and they will transport you to Bryn Mawr Hospital. CAPS will be closed over break as well, but students can still reach the on-call counselor at Campus Safety. Campus Safety also has a lock box where you can store valuable articles.

Thanksgiving Break

11/27 – 12/2

Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday, November 27th at 4:00 p.m. and ends Monday, December 2nd at 8:30 a.m. The residence halls will remain open. Similar to Fall Break, the DC, Coop, and Health Services will close Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. There isn’t any transportation offered, so I recommend carpools if you’re headed to the airport!

Winter Break

12/20 – 1/21

Winter Break will be from December 20th to January 21st (a nice looong break). Remember to take everything you need! Campus is officially closed, so residence halls will be locked. The Coops will close at 1:00 p.m., the Dining Center will close at 2:00 p.m., and Health Services will close at 4:00 p.m. Campus Safety will remain open 24/7. Airport runs will still be available at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for $12 per person.

Spring Break

3/6 – 3/16

Spring Break will be from March 6th to the 16th, and the notices are identical to Fall Break. Once again, the Dining Center has previously been closed for Spring Break, but might be open this year!

Summer Closing

5/15

All Haverford services and residence halls close on the 15st of May, but you have the option to rent space in HCA to stay over the summer! It’s super convenient if you work or do research on campus (like our positions at the Office of Res Life!!).

There you have it! A brief overview of what you can expect from the 2019-2020 breaks. As always, let us know if you have any questions at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu