This Monday night, the Health Professions Advising Offices at Haverford and Bryn Mawr and the Health Studies Program hosted an Information Session about Public Health Graduate Study. Admissions representatives from Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Yale Schools of Public Health were there.The panel started with a brief introduction to public health, or “the health of the population as a whole, especially as monitored, regulated, and promoted by the state.” Then the panelists explained the widespread importance of public health careers to society, from biostatisticians to health care policy makers to health economists. Public health overlaps with everything — politics, environmental issues, philanthropy, law, research, etc.
On this calm Saturday before midterms really hit, I found myself on Haverford’s campus after a club meeting trying to kill time during that awkward Blue Bus gap. I remembered that there was an exhibit in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, so I scootered by to take a look.
Tonight I went to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to watch “Shored Up,” a documentary on the New Jersey Shore, Hurricane Sandy, and rising sea levels. The film is part of Bryn Mawr College’s Earth at the Brink #atthebrink series, which highlights environmental change on “health, wealth, and humanity.”
I’m always curious about what it’s like at other colleges. I think it’s also important to stay open minded and go out of your usual zone. This would seem easy in a place like Philadelphia where there are so many colleges and universities, but I think you need a friend, or a friend of a friend, there to invite you to all the events/parties. Bryn Mawr does have an academic connection to UPenn, but I have yet to take a Penn class, so I don’t really have friends there.
Luckily, I have a cousin who goes to Temple University (a public large research university), which is just one stop past Jefferson on the R5 SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale. I was already in Philadelphia this Saturday for the Mid-Autumn Festival, so I decided to go watch my cousin’s D1 tennis match against Rider University.
I don’t usually hit up Haverford for their parties, but when I’m there on a weekend at night, I’m probably there for a f u c s show.
The federation united concert series is a Haverford College student run concert series that brings in underground and up and coming bands to perform in Lunt Basement (and sometimes James House). Since they are at Haverford, their events spread by word of mouth on the Bryn Mawr campus, or by facebook.