International Student Support Office (ISSO): More Acronyms!

Hello, friends!

Following the post by Hannah and Jonah on HaverAcronyms, I will add a few more acronyms to the list! If you are an international student, you are very likely to run into them as soon as you arrive to the United States! These are not acronyms specific to Haverford, but you will hear them a lot. And to my domestic friends, you might be somewhat acquainted with some of these acronyms and might have never heard others so if I were you, I would keep reading!

Without any further ado, let’s start!

CBP – Customs and Border Protection

One of the largest U.S. law enforcement organizations and it is the main border control organization. You will meet these officers at the point of entry such as airports. They will decide whether or not you are allowed to enter the country.

CPT – Curricular Practical Training

CPT is a temporary work authorization provided to the students on F-1 visa, which is directly related to a credit-bearing course or major requirements.

DHS – Department of Homeland Security

This is the U.S. government department that ensures the safety of its citizens.

DMV – Department of Motor Vehicles

It is the agency that administers vehicle registration and driving licensing.

DOL – Department of Labor

It is the agency responsible for enforcing federal labor standards and promoting workers’ wellbeing.

DoS – Department of State

It is the agency responsible for foreign affairs and conducting international relations. The Department of State issues visas.

DSO – Designated School Official

DSOs are the ones that represent the school when it comes to F students matters. You should report to DSOs if you have questions about:

  • 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.
Haverford’s Designated School Officials are:

Natasha Weisz and Denise V. Allison

EAD – Employment Authorization Document

Document that proves you are allowed to work in the United States.

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

It is the legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

I-9 – Form

The form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.

I-94 – Form

It is the Arrival and Departure Record form. It records when you enter and leave the United States. You will be instructed on how to access this when you arrive to campus. Also, you should always keep these documents safe for your records.

ICE – Immigration and Campus Enforcement

It is a law enforcement agency of the federal government of the United States tasked to enforce the immigration laws of the United States and to investigate criminal and terrorist activity of transnational organizations and aliens within the United States.

IRS – Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administers and enforces U.S. federal tax laws.

OPT – Optional Practical Training

OPT is a temporary authorization offered to students on F-1 visa to work on their related field for a period of total 12 months.
PDSO – Principal Designated School Official
It is a DSO with added responsibility such as:

• A PDSO is the main point of contact for SEVP.
• A PDSO must make updates to DSO information in SEVIS.
• A PDSO must file for recertification.

Haverford’s PDSO is:
James Keane

SEVIS – Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information regarding:
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools.
F-1 and M-1 students studying in the United States (and their F-2 and M-2 dependents).
U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program sponsors.
J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program participants (and their J-2 dependents).

SEVP – Student and Exchange Visitor Program

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that administers the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). It ensures that government agencies have essential data related to nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors to preserve national security.

SSA – Social Security Administration

The United States Social Security Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits.

SSN – Social Security Number

These are numbers generally assigned to individuals authorized to work in the U.S. If you plan to work on campus, you will go through a process to get your SSN because you cannot be paid until you have one.

TSA – Transportation Security Administration

This is the agency that has authority over the traveling public in the United States. They are the officers who scan luggage and check tickets during domestic travel in airports.

USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that administers the country’s naturalization and immigration system.

The end.

You can find more information regarding these acronyms here:
studyinthestates.dhs.gov/

If you have questions, concerns, or doubts remember you can always email me at kaguero@haverford.edu. I will gladly answer any questions regarding living and studying in the United States as an international student.

Student Sunday #4- Cat Kim

Cat Kim
(She/her/hers)
Class of 2021
Biology Major and Fine Arts Minor
From Great Neck, NY

What do you do on campus?
During the school year, I am a Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF) in the Customs Program, work for the Office of Service and Community Collaboration, and am a co-head for Graphic Novel Reading Group. I also do graphic design and logo work for various groups on campus. This summer, I’m working in the Microbial Evolution and Ecology Lab doing research on Streptococcus pneumoniae.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 
My favorite spot on campus is the woodsy path between the apartments and campus because it’s so beautiful and it’s where I run into most of my friends.

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My most memorable experience at Haverford was designing the merch and flyers for Haverfest in my first year because it was really cool to contribute to such a huge event in the Haverford community that unites everyone in celebrating the last day of classes and the end of a busy semester. And it’s super cool to still see some people wearing the shirts I designed!

 

Haveracronyms

What’s up, ‘Fords? Hope your summers are going well!

Over the course of my first year at Haverford, I picked up SO many Haverford acronyms (Haveracronyms?) that I now use daily in my life on campus. I thought it’d be useful to compile them here so you can get familiar with them before you step on campus (and become lost and confused like I was).

HCA – Haverford College Apartments 

The HCA complex, generally referred to as just “the apartments,” is located at the south end of campus fully eqquiped with kitchens and common room areas. 

 

KINSC – Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center

The KINSC (pronounced KIN-sk) houses a wide portion of Haverford’s natural science departments. It’s not only a building, but a program that funds research projects, holds symposia, and connects students with faculty work. 

 

SciLi – Science Library 

Haverford’s science library, located on the 3rd floor of the KINSC. 

 

GIAC – Gardner Integrated Athletic Center

The GIAC (GEE-ack) is a relatively new athletic facility (opened in 2005) that includes a fitness center, an arena, squash courts, a fencing salle, and campus safety offices. It’s also LEED gold-certified!

 

VCAM – Visual Culture Arts and Media

The VCAM (Vee-Cam) is a 24/7 creative hub for students, faculty, and staff housing the interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies, Haverford Innovations Program, Makers Arts Spaces (with a 3-D printer!), a screening theater. 

 

DC – Dining Center

The DC is Haverford’s one and only dining center that offers “all you care to eat” meals within a rotating menu that is constantly revised with student input. 

 

DCB – Dining Center Basement

This is a great place for studying/relaxing! The DCB features various group study rooms, a small home theater, the blackbox theater, and the bandroom. 

 

OAR – Office of Academic Resources 

The OAR offers students various educational supports to fully actualize your academic abilities, including workshops, walk-in hours for academic advice, and a system for finding peer tutors (free of charge) for tons of different subjects, including natural sciences, math, languages, and more! 

 

CCPA – Center for Career and Professional Advising

The CCPA works to help students explore, identify, and realize their career goals as they translate their liberal arts education into meaningful work. Here you can find the Part-Time Job Board, resume-building supports, and networks for connecting with Haverford alumni. 

 

CPGC – Center for Peace and Global Citizenship

The CPGC is a very broad program that offers means for local community engagement, courses and curricular pathways for social justice work (such as a major, minor, or concentration), and financial support for student and faculty projects and activities that advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship. 

 

CAPS – Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS is an excellent on-campus resource for student mental health, offering walk-in periods (that get extended during finals week) and the opportunity to schedule weekly appointments with a counselor/therapist. 

 

ADS – Access and Disability Services 

ADS seeks equal and meaningful access to all campus programs, facilities, and services for all students through providing accommodations and resources for students with disabilities. The coordinator, Sherrie Borowsky, is great and works to meaningfully connect with the students who are serviced. 

 

SLO – Student Life Office

The Dean’s Office and Student Life is generally responsible for all of student life on campus, including academic, social, and community affairs. 

 

MCC – Multicultural Center

The MCC is a space in Stokes open to everyone where students can relax, engage in peer learning tutorials and classes, and hold workshops. The space is also used for art exhibits, alumni events, speakers, and other community-sponsored events. 

 

OMA – Office of Multicultural Affairs

The OMA sustains and carries out Haverford’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism by supporting student programs, faculty initiatives, and curricular innovations that cultivate a vibrant and multifaceted community. 

 

ISSO – International Student Services Office

The ISSO provides resources that support Haverford’s international student population, including International Student Orientation (ISO) for incoming students, International Student Resource Persons (ISRPs), guidance in obtaining employment, and programs and internships through collaboration with OMA. 

 

BCC – Black Cultural Center 

The Ira de Augustine Reid House/Black Cultural Center is a residential space for black students and center for the Black Students’ League (BSL), an affinity group that seeks to promote awareness and cross cultural understanding through events and meetings. 

 

LIFTFAR – Low-Income First-in-Their-Family Assistance and Resources 

While Haverford’s commitment to the inclusion of low-income and first-generation students is primarily manifest in its financial aid policy, the administration understands there are often needs in the regular flow of student life that are outside of the parameters. LIFTFAR aims to provide financial, educational, and social resources for those who need them. 

 

SSJI- Summer Social Justice Institute

One of the optional pre-Customs programs which centers around social justice.  If you want more information, check out Evan’s blog post here

 

PCOP- Pre-Customs Outdoors Program

Another pre- Customs program that involves hiking and camping in various areas on the East Coast.  For more information, check this out this post

 

BMC – Bryn Mawr College

The former “Sister School” for Haverford College, Bryn Mawr is the women’s college about 10 minutes away where you can also take your classes, eat meals, and have fun! 

 

BlooB – Blue Bus

You take the BlooB (pronounced like the beginning of blueberry) which leaves from behind Stokes to BMC. 

 

Whew! That was a lot. Don’t worry about having to commit this to memory. By the end of your first semester, you’ll hopefully be comfortable with a lot of this shorthand! 

As always, let us know if you have any questions at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

 

THURSDAY HAVENGER HUNT ITEMS!!!

Send your submissions to hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

  • Do something outside! 
  • What’s your favorite food?
  • PUZZLE TIME: I’m going to give you a thousand $1 bills. You come up with 10 envelopes.  Figure out a way to put various numbers of dollar bills in those 10 envelopes, so that no matter what amount of money I ask you for, you can hand me some combination of envelopes and always be assured of giving me the correct amount of cash. (credit to Car Talk)

Campus Building Tour II

Aaand… we’re back with part two of our virtual campus building tour! We’ve included a list of other buildings you may (and will likely) visit at some point in your first year at Haverford, including your dorms!

Dining Center (DC):

   

You’ll all get very familiar with the DC over the course of your first-year. It includes one large dining hall divided into two sections. Downstairs is the DC basement, which has a bunch of study rooms, a small movie theater, the Blackbox Theater (used for theater productions), and the bandroom (which is in the process of being fully revitalized!).

Whitehead Campus Center:

  

You’ll probably stop by the Campus Center pretty frequently while your at Haverford. It contains the Admissions and Financial Aids offices, the Coop (a campus café), the Haverford Bookstore, the Women*s Center, Central Services (for your mail and packages), and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.

Barclay:

Barclay Hall houses first-years, plus some members of their Customs group. It’s right by “Barclay Beach”, the field between Barclay Hall and the Duck Pond.

Haverford College Apartments (HCA):

  

HCA is an apartment complex built in 1949 that now houses both first-year and upper-class students. Each apartment includes a living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

Tritton Hall:

Tritton

Tritton was constructed in 2012 alongside its twin Kim Hall. Tritton offers first-years single rooms and a large common space, including two common areas and one study lounge per floor.

Gummere Hall (GUM-er-ee):

Gummere

“Gum” is primarily a first-year dorm, providing singles and a common room for first-years and some of their Customs Team.

Haverfarm:

   

Haverfarm is a year-round farming and education space that grows sustainable food and agriculture.  Produce is distributed to students, community members, the DC, and local food banks.

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

The GIAC provides your usual fitness, exercise, and training facilities, including a gym, the Gooding Arena, and squash courts.

Marshall Fine Arts Center:

The Marshall Fine Arts building houses studio spaces and equipment for painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography classes.

Strawbridge Observatory:

The Strawbridge Observatory houses the astronomy department, and includes 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and an astronomy library.

And there you have it: your first look at the buildings on campus! There’s so much to explore at Haverford; hopefully this brief introduction will help you navigate it. As per usual, let us know if you have any questions at hc-newstudents@haverford.edu

Student Sunday #3– Ryan Totaro

Ryan Totaro


(He/Him/His)

Class of 2022
Prospective Psychology Major,  Minors in Film, English, and (potentially) Neuroscience
From Trenton, NJ

What do you do on campus?
This past year, I acted and wrote for the sketch comedy group Off the Spot; I was employed as a Phonathon worker; and I worked for the Arboretum as well! Next year, I’ll serve as a CP. I’m an avid runner, and you’ll probably catch me on the Nature Trail sometime soon!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
The VCAM lounge is one of my favorites! Aesthetically, it’s so impressive,  and it’s so cool to see how the building was repurposed from a Gym into an arts center. I loved watching student performances there this year – especially the Black Student League’s Spring Fashion Show – and I was proud to debut a short film there as well!

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My history course with Professor Sharon Ullman, “Movies and America,” was absolutely stunning. It nurtured an intellectual interest / love of American history in me and profoundly nuanced my understanding of film. I formed an incredible relationship with the professor, and her readings inspired an original play which I am currently staging and producing.

 

International Students Support Office (ISSO): Packing

So now that you have received a long packing list, you have probably realized that you will not be able to fit all of those items in your two 23 kg suitcase limit, right? You will need a lot of those items though, so here are some suggestions on how to deal with packing:
First things first. Figure out how much luggage you can actually bring with you because each airline has different policies. I brought with me two 23 kg checked suitcases, a carry on and a backpack. If you booked domestic flights separately, check luggage limits for them too.
Once you have that information, you can start thinking on what you will be bringing with you. There are certain things that are a must! What are these items? Well, DOCUMENTS. Believe it or not I forgot my wallet, which contained my passport, money, etc. under my bed (I don’t know how it got there). I went to the airport, which is a six hours drive from my house and I did not have my passport. So don’t do the same and make sure you have:

  1. Passport
  2. I-20
  3. Admission letter
  4. Flight information
  5. Prescriptions in their original container / doctor’s note.
  6. Financial documentation
  7. Any other important document you will need in the US.

Do some research and find out what items from home you can absolutely not find in Amazon or stores in the US and that you MUST have and add them to your bring-to-college-from-home list.
Other things you might want to bring from home are photographs, mementos, your country flag or any other items related to your home. And if you are participating in ISO make sure you bring something from home for the show & tell/talent show night!
You also need to bring clothes. The first weeks are going to be pretty warm, but after that it will get cold, and then colder and colder. If you come from a country or region like mine, where it is really warm during the entire year, do not even try to buy winter clothes there. They take too much space in your suitcase and they are unlikely to be enough for how cold it is here. Instead, get a good winter jacket once you are on campus. There will be shopping trips in the fall and you will be able to buy winter clothes then!

Buy in the United States:

Bedding: sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow covers, towels, etc. I have a friend from Paraguay that goes to Bryn Mawr College. She managed to bring not just one, but two HUGE blankets, but the airline was not happy with how much her luggage weighed.
Study items: notebooks, pens, organizers, etc.
Bathroom/grooming items: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. I advise you to bring either travel size or small size of these for the first weeks and buy bigger ones for the semester when you get here. Again, don’t do what I do. I brought a specific shampoo because I thought I could not live without it and it exploded in my suitcase and all of my clothes were stained. Not cool. (Yes, it was inside a ziplock bag, but apparently it was not enough).
Miscellaneous: umbrella, bed risers, rug, trash can for your room, laundry items, cleaning supplies, lamp, mirror, kitchen supplies, etc.
Clothes: winter clothes.
Any everyday items that can easily be found here.

Now that you have figured out what to bring with you and what to buy in the US you must be thinking about when, how and where you will actually be buying all of these items. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

Springfield Mall Trip. If you are coming to the International Students Orientation (ISO), which is required for all visa holders (and if you are not required to, I still I HIGHLY encourage you to come) then you will have a chance to ride the Blue Bus during ISO and go to Springfield Mall. There you can find many stores, including a Target, where you can buy items for your dorm room!

BB&B Trip. For the people coming in during Customs Week, there will also be a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond! If you come during ISO, but still want to buy more things during Customs, you will also be able to go on this trip.

Shipping items to the college. If you are excited as I was for college during the summer, and you want to start buying things for your dorm you can also ship them to the college. I personally used the college’s Linens Program that you can check out here. You can find bundles that has many of the things you will need: sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, comforters, towels. Some of the bundles include lamps and small fans and other items. I chose a bundle and had it shipped to Haverford. When I got here, my packages were here and I only had to worry about buying items that my bundle did not include.

If you want to ship your belongings to Haverford, write your address as follows:

[your name], Class of 2023                                  OR                                   [your name], Class of 2023
c/o Denise Allison (ISSO)                                                                               c/o Central Receiving
370 Lancaster Avenue                                                                                   370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041,                                                                                     Haverford, PA 19041,
U.S.A                                                                                                                   U.S.A

You can start receiving packages on August 16th. Find more information about shipping here.

One last reminder. Pack everything you need, but be mindful of how many things you are bringing. You will inevitably accumulate things throughout the year. Haverford does not have storage spaces available on campus, so you will need to put all your belongings in boxes to move them to your off-campus storage.

Packing List and Decorations!!!

How the heck do I pack for college?

You need less than you think, so this list is divided into ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS FOR EVERYONE and some things you might want, but don’t need.  Don’t worry about getting everything on this list and I (Hanna) would suggest waiting to buy some things until you’re sure who’s in the same suite as you so you don’t have four sets of everything.  

Check out our suggested packing list!
(This list is adapted from a list by Anna Neuheardt and Ken Ruto, the interns from two years ago and the UPenn packing list.) 

Below is just a little more information about the amenities in each dorm and some FAQs that can help guide your packing process!

General things to know about each dorm:

Barclay
There are five freshman halls in Barclay (pronounced bark-lee). Each floor has a microwave and sink along with vending machines on the first floor.  There are carpets and a lot of closet space, but drawer space varies a bit. There are a mix of singles and doubles and (depending on how the hall feels about it) there can be gender neutral bathrooms. There are common rooms for each suite.  

Gummere
There are nine halls in Gummere (pronounced gum-mur-ree) and each hall has a microwave.  Similarly to Barclay, there can be gender neutral bathrooms and all the rooms are singles.  There are carpets and you cannot have air conditioning in the building. There are closets and dressers built into each room, but there is more closet space.

HCA
Each of the five First-Year apartments has a full kitchen on the first floor, with a full sized refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwaves on the first floor.  The second floor apartments, although they have a stove, oven, and refrigerator, do not have a microwave. There are no cooking supplies in the apartments, so if you want to cook then you should bring some supplies (keep in mind all First Years are required to be on the full meal plan). The rooms are majority doubles and there are 2-3 common rooms on each floor.  There is a lot of both drawer and closet space, along with a lot of storage space.

Tritton
Tritton has two large common rooms on each floor with a small kitchenette. There are no carpets, air conditioning, and the dorm only has singles.  There are four First Year halls in Tritton and each floor has a study room.

FAQs:

What can I use to decorate my room?
The school only allows for painter’s tape, picture hanging strips (3M command strips), and post-it notes directly on walls.  However there are plenty of ways to stay within these rules and still make your dorm look amazing.

Is there anything now on the list you would recommend bringing?
I LOVE my string lights and they’re really useful especially when you have a roommate because they allow you to have some light and work or watch something on your laptop, but also aren’t super intrusive to someone else’s sleep.

What do you mean by “nice-ish” clothes on the packing list?
We have formal dances and events on campus about once or twice per semester, so it’s nice to have a nice-ish dress or khakis or something that fits this theme.  There’s no need to bring a ball gown or prom attire, just something you feel good in! You also might have to go to interviews or  dinners that are a little more formal, so take this into account when packing!

Am I allowed to bring a mini-fridge?
Yes, but it must be no larger than 4 cubic feet! But you probably don’t need one, considering you’re on a full meal plan.  Consider getting clips for your bags of snacks instead!

Do I need a bike or other mode of transportation on campus?
No. The longest walk is maybe 12 minutes and campus is really beautiful. If you REALLY feel like you need a bike after a few weeks on campus, there’s a used bike sale in front of the DC twice each year.

Can I bring a pet?
Eh… You can technically have pet that doesn’t have fur, like a small fish, bird, or reptile, HOWEVER, everyone you’re living with MUST also be comfortable with the animal and you need to be able to take care of it. (Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it.)

Is there anything I’m not allowed to bring?
First Years are not allowed to have cars on campus.  Additionally, the school doesn’t allow for burning of candles, or use of hot plates, halogen lamps, or exposed light bulbs in dorms, as they can pose a fire risk.  

When will I get my housing assignment? 
Probably around late July or early August, but be patient because Jonah and I are putting a lot of hard work into trying to give you all good halls.

Where can I buy stuff for my dorm close to campus?
There’s a Bed Bath and Beyond a 10 minute drive from campus.  There’s also an Ikea in Conshohocken and Targets in Wayne and King of Prussia.  You can also order things from Amazon and other online stores to your school shipping address ([Your Name], 370 Lancaster ave, Haverford, PA 19041) up to a week before you move in.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please 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!!! Check out last Thursday’s post for the rules. This week’s items are…

  • Build a fort
  • Show us your favorite afternoon snack
  • Model a stock photo (include link to original photo)

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

Campus Building Tour: Academic Buildings!

Hey everyone!

Despite campus being relatively small, I STILL get confused while navigating hallways to find my next class at the start of each semester. Below is a quick list of Haverford’s academic buildings so you can get a sense of where each department lies and where you’ll be taking classes! Keep an eye out for a follow up blog post introducing more buildings on campus!

Union:

Union contains faculty offices of the Music department, and includes classrooms, practice spaces, and the MacCrate Recital Hall for rehearsals and small concerts. You can also find the Music Library downstairs, which is not only a great place to work, but also houses tons of music scores, audio recordings, and computers with notation and editing software.

Roberts:

     

Roberts houses offices for the Sociology and Anthropology departments, and includes Marshall Auditorium, where large concerts are performed. It also has a bunch of practice rooms in the basement. There are currently huge plans to build an extension off of Roberts to support new spaces for music learning and performance.

Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (a.k.a. KINSC):

    

The KINSC is a huge building complex that encompasses Sharpless and Hilles Halls and houses the biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics, physics, and psychology departments. On the top floor is the Science Library.

Chase:

Chase Hall holds various classes and offices for the Economics and Linguistics, and also contains chase auditorium, a small lecture style room where a lot of guest speakers usually present.

Hall:

Hall Building contains classrooms and offices for the humanities and social sciences professors. A lot of your mandatory writing seminars will take place in Hall.

Stokes:

Stokes hall is the center of administration, including dean and res life offices, various forms of student support, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) Café, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and a large lecture style auditorium. It’s also where we, the interns, work from for the summer!

Founders:

The trademark Haverford College building. Founders houses the offices of the president, provost, vice president for finance and administration, vice president for institutional advancement, and institutional research offices.

Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM):

     

The VCAM facility is a 24/7 access building designed for creative interests, and contains a 3-D printing studio, a small screening room, a computer lab, and various makers art spaces for showcases and performances.

Lutnick Library (Under Construction):

Previously known as Magill, Lutnick Library will not only house many books, but also Quaker and Special Collections. It is planned to open again with your arrival in the fall. With its new renovations, Lutnick will also house a small cafe!

And there’s your brief introduction to Haverford’s academic buildings! Stay tuned for another look at the rest of Haverford’s campus next week! And as always, contact hc-newstudents@haverford.edu with any questions.

International Student Support Office (ISSO): Academic Adjustment

Adapting to life in college is challenging for everyone. As an international student, however, we must also simultaneously adapt to the food, the weather, the culture and so many other aspects of life in the United States and at Haverford. This can make the academic adjustment a little bit overwhelming, but here are some tips and information that can help you navigate this transition.

1. The academic environment is different. At Haverford, you are expected to come to class ready to actively participate in discussion. You structure the class with your peers and professors. Your first year writing seminar will show you how it works, so make the best out of it because that is the best place to make mistakes and learn. Also, at Haverford it is very clear that everyone is serious about their studies and this might be different from where you are from, but really exciting because you get to work with people that are passionate about what they are studying. What I am sure will be different is that we do not talk about grades at Haverford because we value intellectual growth and development more! This will allow you to focus on how you are doing and what you are achieving.

2. Learn and use resources early. I did not do this as early as I could have even though I was told a million times to do so. I thought I did not need it because back home we don’t even have these resources and I did well. The truth is I was not back home and, as I mentioned before, the academic environment is different. This does not mean that you have to struggle and be stressed out all the time. Use the resources the college has to offer! Some of these resources are:

The Office of Academic Resources (OAR): Visit the OAR if you find yourself struggling with time management, or if you find you do not know how to approach studying for a certain class.

The Writing Center: the writing center is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They can read your papers and give you feedback, help you brainstorm when you have no idea how to start writing, or even help you understand the long and confusing instructions for your next assignment.

Peer Tutoring: schedule a tutoring session whenever you are having trouble solving that one question left in your problem set, do not understand the material or need help revising for your next quiz or exam.

Office Hours: GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Professors are willing to answer questions you have on the material, or help you solve any issues related to the course.

3. Organize your time. If you are on an F-1 visa, you will be taking a full course load of four classes. Besides that you might end up signing up for all the clubs in the Club Fair during Customs because everything is just so interesting! I would advise to go slowly though. Start with your classes and maybe one other extracurricular activity and as you get used to the pace here at Haverford, add more or drop activities. That said, you will be busy all the time! Back home I was able to keep track of everything without difficulty. At college that is harder, so get used to using Google Calendar and Trello!

4. Get support. During the International Students Orientation (ISO) you will be connected with your international peers and upperclassmen. Use this opportunity to network and learn about them. There is a high chance that you will meet your closest friends during ISO! These are the people that will be part of your support system during the year, and trust me, they are essential. Also, remember that your professors and deans are there to support you too. Keep in touch with your first year dean, Katrina Glanzer, who is always willing to hear your concerns and try to help you find a solution. Even when she doesn’t know how to help you, she will direct you to someone who can.

Well, that’s about it! These are some of the things that helped me when it came to academics. Note that I had two STEM classes and two non-STEM classes during my first year for both semesters. You might have a totally different experience.

If you have any questions or post suggestions you can reach out to me at kaguero@haverford.edu.

Student Sunday #2- Kenyatta Golson

Kenyatta Golson

(He/Him/His)
Class of 2020
Political Science Major
Africana Studies Concentration
From Philadelphia, PA

What do you do on campus?

Rugby Team Co-Captain, BSL Member, Upperclassman Advisor 

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

There is a bench positioned behind Swan Field that has a beautiful sunset daily. It overlooks a gorgeous part of the arboretum and many dogs cross through the area looking for belly rubs and scratches! A great place to unwind.

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

The 2018 BSL Fashion Show was memorable because of the sheer number of people who came out to that in support of the people who participated in the show. It was a place filled with love, excitement and awe for the work that members of the student body were able to put together. There was a real sense of belonging and community in that experience that I won’t forget. Here is a link to an article about the show!

afropunk.com/2018/06/black-students-at-haverford-college-reclaim-the-black-body-with-this-eye-catching-photo-series/