Haverford Thrive Project
The OAR's Thrive Project seeks to promote student resilience by sharing narratives about struggle, failure, and learning from the process.
The Thrive Project believes that failures are the building blocks of excellence, are valuable lessons in tales of success, and are tied to chance and privilege, but are foremost surmountable in the right state of mind and being. With this belief, we as a community are devoted to cultivating a culture of compassion, openness, and acceptance of all forms of failures that boosts the spirit of perseverance that drives our fellow Fords to thrive in their fields.
Why talk about failure?:
Guided by Quaker values of equality and humility, Haverford students seldom talk about grades, accolades, or awards. While this reticence may promote a positive learning experience for the community, it may conceal the struggles, setbacks, and failures that have led to students’ growth and development. A culture of silence around these challenges can make students feel isolated among their peers, for whom it might appear that academic excellence comes easily. Other students may appear to be like the ducks on the duck pond, appearing to be gracefully gliding along when they are actually paddling furiously beneath the surface. Not seeing the inner experiences of those around them, students may look around campus and believe they are the only one struggling, when in reality their difficulties are not unusual and certainly not a sign of weakness. To remedy this misperception, the Thrive project seeks to bring to light the efforts and struggles of each and every Haverford student.
The purpose of the Haverford Thrive Project is to normalize the struggles, setbacks, and failures that all college students encounter in their academic and personal pursuits as they challenge themselves and grow from their experiences. The Haverford Thrive Project collects, archives and disseminates stories, reflections and strategies from current Haverford students, faculty, staff, and alumni to create a supportive, empathetic, and compassionate culture and community gathered around learning from our mistakes, struggles and failures to push us towards thriving at Haverford.
Is something keeping you from Thriving at Haverford? Chances are, you are not alone!
How to get involved:
If you would like to contribute to the Thrive Project, please email Brian Cuzzolina, Interim Director of the Office of Academic Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you would like to share your narrative through Thrive or would like to join our student advisory board, Brian is eager to work with you.