Im an admitted applicant to Haverford for the Class of 2013!
Haverford is one of my top choices, but I have a question about the honor code (I did check through several posts, but I didn't find quite what I was looking for).
When I toured Haverford, I was very enthusiastic about the college and the honor code. Its wonderful to have an open and trusting environment where people feel comfortable talking freely with everyone. Its the type of college I can see myself thriving in. I think trust and honesty are extremely important and I would certainly work with, learn about, and abide by the honor code.
My only issue with the code is that I feel like thats all I hear about. I understand that it is important and I respect that, but Ive received several letters from Haverford just discussing the honor code at several points in the college process. Other schools have sent me letters welcoming me or talking about the great academics, etc. I certainly don't have a problem with learning about the honor code, I'd just like to hear more about the other things that make Haverford great.
I understand that the honor code is an integral part of Haverford and I respect and admire that, but Im starting to feel like the code is being shoved in my face. I hate saying that because I think it's a really positive thing, but even positive things can be over-emphasized. Its just starting to sound like students go around all day talking about the honor codelike thats all they discuss. I think the code is important, but apart from when the Honor Council is meeting or something else is being discussed that is relevant to the code, I dont see the need for long discussions about it. I feel like it should be the backdrop of the college, rather than the centerpiece, especially since Haverford has so many other wonderful things going for it. I think the code is important to recognize, but I dont think it needs to be discussed all the time and the impression that Im getting is that it is. My personal opinion is that you can create an environment of trust and communication without discussing that environment every day. I'm hoping that is the case at Haverford, but I'm not so sure.
I was just hoping that some students and alumni could give me their impression of the honor code. I would like to know if you ever feel like the code is overemphasized or if it is an extremely frequent topic of conversation. I think I'm misinterpreting the information I've been receiving, but that's honestly the impression I've been getting. I hope you understand that I am not bashing the honor codenot in the leastI am merely trying to get a handle on the environment at Haverford. I understand that the honor code is not for everyone, but I feel like it could be for me. The issue I discussed above is the only issue I have with Haverford. If I'm incorrect about my impression, then Haverford might very well be where I go next year, so I would be grateful for any information you can give me.