November 14th, 2003
I'M NOT AT WORK!
but I am tomorrow
but i have chocolate.
You are tomorrow?
Hmmm. I thought you were Fred.
Me neither! It hasn't been the day i was hoping for, but hey, at least i wasn't at work.
hi! i saw your post on the haverford journal and that you were an anthro major, and that you were ok with being pestered. so i'm going to do that.
i'm applying to haverford this year and i want to major in archaeology thru bryn mawr. which is kind of like anthro.
anyways, i was wondering if you wouldn't mind telling me a little about your experience there? haverford in general, and the anthro program? and also, how's the job market?
thank you so much!
Yup, was an anthro major, totally cool with being pestered.
let's see... haverford/bryn mawr...
Very chill environment, very laid back, which I loved. If there's something you feel is missing on campus, be it a club, an academic program, a tree, you can make it happen. The Honor Code is a fairly unique feature, which (most usefully) allows for self scheduled exams. You only have yourself to blame if you end up with 3 exams on one day, unlike other schools where that's a common occurance.
Professors are mostly very approchable, as are the administrators. The deans are really good about being involved in your academic career, but they aren't overbearing at all.
Bryn Mawr's Archeo program is really great. It is mostly classicaly oriented if I remember correctly. unfortunately I only took a few archaeo classes since I was an anthro major, but the profs that I know are pretty cool.
If you do end up there, make sure you take a few classes with Rick Davis, he's a really great guy who does summer digs up in alaska and will take students with him. He does some anth/archeo classes that combine the two really well. He also does a class called "Traditional and pre-industrial technologies", where you basically get to make things. Arrowheads, pottery, etc. That's a nice break from the norm.
All in all, I really enjoyed haverford/bryn mawr. I majored in anthro at bryn mawr because I like their department better (the haverford one is very theory based, the mawr one more physical).
Relatively small schools, some people don't like that, but personally I loved it. Good housing for undergrad, bryn mawr's is far nicer, but ford's certainly isn't bad. (freshman year you get screwed of course, that's just how it works. if you want to live in the college owned apartments, make sure you say you have a problem with co-ed bathrooms on your housing form! A bit of a walk, but much more space than the dorms. course dorm life is more fun since it's crowded, so it's a trade-off.)
Job market sucks, but that's just the economy.
You've got 4.5 years for it to recover, don't sweat it. ;o)
i poked through your journal, looks like you're applying to almost the same schools i was.
Bit of advice, if you're looking at Swarthmore, be ready to work. They're very intense there. Great school, but very very intense. Lots of people just get burnt out there.
I loved haverford, it's about the friendliest school I've ever visited.
anything else I can tell ya?
thank you! that helped a TON.
so there's this supplemental essay question about how the honor code will change me or help me grow. um. i'm not asking you to answer this for me or anything, but i really am interested in how it does change you (you as YOU, and you as "one" in general). it would make me (more) self-sufficient, i think - and that is something i need. so anyways, how does the code end up affecting the student personally?
thank you again!
(if it would be easier or anything, you can IM me on AIM at hereinmyhead822.)