All dinner conversations will take place in the Multicultural Center/Stokes 106 from 6–7:00 p.m. Please arrive by 6 p.m. to get dinner, and we’ll start the conversations around 6:15 p.m.
MSP will also hold informal dinners in the Swarthmore Room of the DC from 6-7 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sep. 12; Oct. 3; Oct. 31; Nov. 14; Nov. 28; Dec. 12. Get your dinner in the DC and bring it to the Swarthmore Room to join in!
September 5, 2018
Beginning College/First Year of College
What may be different in college compared with high school? How do I buy textbooks? What are access codes? In this session, students will get an overview of some of the things to expect entering their first couple of weeks, as well as get the opportunity to ask initial questions they may have thus far in their Haverford journeys. Students will also introduce themselves to the broader MSP community and have the opportunity to share their story.
September 19, 2018
Academic Success Strategies
Students and the OAR will present a variety of strategies (such as semester blueprinting, tips for using faculty office hours, budgeting time, how to find free peer tutors) for maximizing your effectiveness and understanding. Bring your laptop, if you have one, so you can start your blueprint!
September 26, 2018
Studying at a PWI
What exactly is a PWI (predominantly white institution)? What does studying at one entail? Does everyone feel this way? At this session, students will get the opportunity to raise some of the concerns or note interesting observations they may have as they transition to life at a PWI. In collaboration with various affinity groups on-campus, and in particular with Fords’ First, students will hear anecdotes from upper-class students who’ve made the similar transition to a PWI and give tips/advice as they continue to navigate the campus. Fords’ First will disseminate their guide of collected student anecdotes to first-years.
October 10, 2018
Managing Family, Expectation, and Academic Achievement
Are you the first in your family to go to college? Feeling overwhelmed by family expectations and career choice? Do you sometimes call home only to feel alienated from your family? This session will allow you to hear stories from first gen students and faculty and gather strategies for navigating life at Haverford. We will also discuss how building your network can help maintain academic focus and enthusiasm.
October 18, 2018
(11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Fall Break Trip to Philadelphia
If you’re around over the break, connect with friends and take a trip into Philly for lunch and exploration (MSP will fund all aspects of the trip). RSVP to Dean Glanzer (email@example.com) by Friday, October 5, and we’ll decide on destination based on interest.
October 24, 2018
Where is home? Betweeness
This will be a continuation of the October 10th conversation, with a particular focus on the experiences of students who went home during fall break. How was seeing family? Friends? How does home feel the same? Different?
November 7, 2018
Dealing with Final Exams and Papers
Students give the inside scoop on navigating Haverford’s unusual self-scheduled finals; other experts will give tips on studying and planning your time during the very short exam period.
December 5, 2018
THE END (of the semester) IS COMING!
It’s freezing outside, but now is the time to think ahead to the summer! Hear from others about what they learned from both the internship or research opportunity search process and from previous internships and research experiences. Students share stories about internship opportunities both on-campus and off-campus.