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| I really love the IDEA of this school. The honor code is wonderful and really does govern the school (even though some people may take advantage of our trust), and people are generally very friendly (even if it is sometimes a little fake). I love the faculty and staff, everyone pretty much goes out of their way to make you comfortable. Everyone is pretty much a part of the community. |
However, as a minority student, I mostly don't feel as if I am a part of that community. I can sense the feeling of community that others have, but I am not having it. Haverford is not very diverse, and it is a bit of a problem for me. The school tries very hard to promote diversity, and sometimes the students do also. However, many of the majority students may have never had any experience with students of color. Haverford students are not racist or anything like that, but many are a little ignorant. There have been more racial incidents (Not always anything too major but there was a blackface incident once, maybe some newspaper articles, incidents at parties)in my 2 years at Haverford than I have ever seen in my life. It can just really grate at you sometimes.
If you are a minority student, especially one from a mostly minority experience, don't come to HC. Unless you are willing to try extremely hard to find your place. There will probably be some events, or comments that happen, and you may not be able to handle them to your satisfaction, and it seems into your sense of place at the college, which may in turn affect your social life and maybe even your school work. However, if you can handle all of this, you will probably be fine. A plus is that the Black students(and some other minority groups) in the Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore) are very close. We have parties together (Black Love Formal in Feb), and attend each other's events. The tri-co relationship in general is not usually utilized so much, but the minority students tend to take advantage of it because of the support network that it creates. As I said before, I really like the idea, but after 2 years, I am not happy here at all. I have actually gone into a sort of state of depression. I wanted to transfer my first year, but my parents wanted me to wait. I plan to transfer to a more diverse school. It may seem like running away, but if you are uncomfortable,it may affect your academics. I can't speak for all, but I do know that many of my friends feel the same way.
|Jul 10 2006|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| Being a physics major at haverford, I think i am getting the best education. I am in waves and optics class (200 level physics); the level of mathematics we use in this course is comparable to graduate level (or adv undgraduate level. for example we are using hilbert space to analyse complicated coupled oscillation (then use fourier transform to analyse complicated wave packets). this mathematical tools that we are being introduced is so strong that i have even managed to read some string theory.(and its just my first year at haverford. |
|Nov 27 2005|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Haverford has an illustrous history and a promising future. The promising future, however, is contingent on the administration recognizing the unique Haverfordian culture evident amongst the student body and faculty. The current administration, especially President Tom Tritton, appears too willing to embrace its national meritocracy status and the importance of the US News report - as a result, distinctive features of our amazing college are being swept out from under the feet the student body and faculty. That said, the student body and faculty are incredible people. Intelligent and virtous, ambitious and humble. The social scene is great. My only concern, beyond the one raised above regarding recent administrative actions, is that the faculty and student body have a tendency to become absorbed in a sort of ivory-tower intellectualism - something I had hoped Haverford would be immune to. |
|May 21 2005|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2007 |