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Fords in Four: Mario Maggio '13

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Mario Maggio '13, a propulsion test engineer with Intuitive Machines, shares how he first got interested in spaceflight as a career path, and important lessons he learned about becoming a Renaissance Man, during his time at Haverford. 

Unplugged: a week without cell phones

Upper School history and finance teacher Brian Long and his nine advisees recently locked their cell phones in a safe for seven days. In this blog post, he reflects on the experience of being "unplugged" and shares his lessons learned about smartphone addiction and tech balance. 

Fords in Four: John Patterson '98

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Patterson '98, executive chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, shares the lessons he learned at Haverford about leadership and mentorship, traces his career path, and shares advice about finding your passions.  

5 skills to nail the transition to high school

The transition to high school offers students more freedom and opportunities for leadership, but the new environment can sometimes be daunting. In this blog post, three Upper School teachers share the skills they recommend rising ninth graders master in order to nail the high school transition. 

Fords in Four: Cory Siegfried '08

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Cory Siegfried '08 shares how mentors from Haverford have played a part in his education and career path. He also gives advice to current students about learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 

Dear Philadelphia

In this blog post, VI Former Matthew Mignucci writes a letter to the city leaders of Philadelphia, urging them to address the issues of poverty and homelessness. He discusses his work with the Germination Project, his experience interning near City Hall, and his hope that his favorite city can do better in the future. A version of this piece originally appeared in The Index.

Fords in Four: Daniel Coleman '04

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Coleman '04, Advisor to the Democratic Whip of the PA House Democratic Caucus, discusses his career path in public service and shares his advice to current students to "understand the gifts and benefits you are privileged to have around you." 

How can parents raise confident children?

There are ways to foster confidence in your child that will bolster their performance in all facets of life. Jennifer Hallman, Middle School theater teacher, shares tips on how parents can help their sons shine on and off the stage. This piece originally appeared in IN Magazine.

Fords in Four: Bob Blakely '59

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Bob Blakely '59 shares the start of his interests in racing and rowing at Haverford, which led to setting a 300 MPH record on the Bonneville Salt Flats and being part of the founding of the Head of the Charles Regatta.