On a recent fall morning, a group of scholars from Democracy Prep Harlem High boarded a bus headed for four prestigious colleges and universities: Swarthmore, Villanova, Temple, and Haverford.
We turned to juniors Clayton F. and Damion D. share what it was like to experience collegiate life for a day.
“Temple offers so much, even for the non-theatrical students. It had the New York feel, but not the smell of car exhaust and food carts on every block.”
Temple University & Haverford College
By: Damion D.
As a high school junior, I believed that trips to colleges and universities should seem more like business trips than pleasure, however, I still felt the eagerness and excitement of going somewhere unknown, especially when I stepped onto the campus of Temple University.
Temple was amazing! This may seem biased as I am completely involved in the arts, but Temple’s theatre department is one of the best in the nation. Many graduates have gone on to world-renowned fame.
Temple offers so much, even for the non-theatrical students. It had the New York feel, but not the smell of car exhaust and food carts on every block. It had a homey feeling, which is always something to consider when looking at colleges.
My next stop was Haverford College. Although it was not as theatre based, it was just as amazing and homey. All the people say “hi” to you first or right back after you do. It’s a small liberal arts college, so everything is close and convenient. Personally, I like hustle and bustle, but Haverford made me rethink that.
They have a very supportive academic program. If you want to study a subject that they don’t have the books or resources for, they will provide them for you in no more than a week. Haverford has a strong honor system, that is based on their rules and your morals. They know people make mistakes and if you were to cheat, for example, they remove you for a semester then invite you back like you never left.
It was truly a wonderful school.