Hi. I got deferred from my ED school and consider Haverford to be one of my top choices. Of course, I'm getting that awful second-guessing sort of feeling, so I was wondering if any students could confirm/deny some of my impressions of the school.
I took a road trip to PA with some friends and Haverford was kind of a lucky thing - I hadn't heard very much about the school, but my visit turned out to be amazing: the campus, the way there actually wasn't an informational session but just a really long tour, the intimacy, how a random professor just stopped and talked to our tour group for about 20 minutes. I unfortunately (or fortunately, since I'm a horribly nervous person and interview poorly) didn't do the interview or anything like that, because our road trip was kind of badly planned and I didn't call ahead.
Now, when I left, Haverford gave me one of the best impressions I ever had for a school. I was ready to live the LAC experience, immerse myself in the idealistic bubble. I'm just worried now about whether Haverford is in fact too small to the degree that it's suffocating. It seems like people really, really like the school - or don't.
A more specific question: do you feel the student body is diverse, not just ethnically or economically, but in terms of interests and ideas? I've read elsewhere that people can be frankly very similar. When I visited campus, everyone seemed (outwardly) fairly normal - well-groomed, mostly fit, laid-back. How many really strange/weird people do you know? Are most people fairly well-adjusted? Are many people ultra PC, liberal, NPR-raised and politically aware? I'm aware that I'm stereotyping... but these were my general impressions, and I was wondering if they were at least somewhat true.
I've also read that the campus does lean towards athleticism. Do you feel it's more or less than many other LAC's?
One final thing: are social groups fairly static? As in to some degree, it's more difficult to make close friends after freshman year, or outside of mutual clubs/interests? Er, I suppose that's the case at any school - but what I meant was if Haverford's small size in particular constrained this.
I actually have gone through many of the entries in the memories, but felt that my questions were sufficiently different to merit another entry. Thanks.