First In is a series of five 90-minute remote (via Zoom) once-per-week workshops which take place starting in early July.
These sessions are designed to provide practical guidance to students who are new to the social and academic culture of Haverford, and to introduce the College’s ample resources. Students who attend the First In sessions will also get to meet in small groups with other Chesick Scholars and Chesick Student Leaders, to start to build friendships and community.
Summer 2022 Schedule
All regular First In sessions take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Bonus sessions (for parents and international students) are on different days and times, as noted. All regular First In sessions are structured with half as an information session, half in breakout rooms with FLI student leaders (where you can ask the real questions without any adults around!)
Bonus: Parents and Families Welcome Session (June 29, 8-9 p.m. ET)
Here, we will give an overview of the Chesick Scholars program, give helpful hints on how you can best support your new college student, and answer any questions you may have as you prepare for this new chapter of your child’s life! Register to attend the Parents and Families Welcome Session
Week 1 (July 7): Welcome to the Chesick Family!
Meet the Chesick Scholars staff and FLI Student Leaders, and fellow incoming students. Learn more about Haverford and the Chesick programs, including the Summer Reading and Learning Groups and Horizons Institute.
Bonus: Special information for International Student Chesick Scholars (July 13, 9 a.m. ET)
Meet the international student office staff, Chesick Scholars staff, and hear from current international student Chesick scholars about what they wish they knew before arriving. Get advice on what and how to pack, and how to balance ISO with Horizons activities.
Week 2 (July 14): College 101: What You Need to Know to Get Started
Learn about academic advisors and deans, how to choose and register for courses, essential things to bring for your dorm room, and other practical matters useful in getting set for the fall semester. Meet Dean Barbara Hall, who will explain the faculty mentor program and the role of the advising dean. Meet a faculty mentor to share about their experience working with Chesick Scholars.
Week 3 (July 21): Preparing for Your First Year Financially
Learn the real costs of attending Haverford, the nuts and bolts of financial aid, work-study, textbook purchases and other expenses. Students will have the opportunity to see an actual student financial aid portal and learn about how to pay bills, adjust for scholarships, etc. A guest from the CCPA career center will talk about how to find work-study jobs on campus. Students will also learn about the LIFTFAR financial assistance program offered through Chesick Scholars Program, The Nest food pantry, and the (Re)Use store.
Week 4 (July 28): What to Expect at Haverford — Academics
This session focuses on expectations in and out of the classroom, College requirements and how to get the most out of courses, professors and research opportunities. This information will be followed by a virtual faculty meet and greet where students will get to talk to Haverford faculty members in small groups.
Week 5 (August 4): What to Expect at Haverford – Campus Life
Chesick Student Leaders will answer your questions about clubs, affinity groups, campus housing, and the huge array of social activities that supplement coursework in your Haverford experience. Guest speakers from Student Engagement and Residential Life will discuss how to join or start clubs, how dorms work, and provide an introduction to Customs (orientation) week.