Tiffany Nguyen ’16 Studies in West Philly

Haverford’s Quaker Consortium allows students like Nguyen to take classes at the University of Pennsylvania.

Political science major Tiffany Nguyen ’16 is thinking about a career in law. Though she has already taken a few courses that touched on legal theory during her time at Haverford, she wanted to tackle a more general law course, one that would give her an idea of the kind of material that might be covered in law school. While Haverford doesn’t offer such a class, the University of Pennsylvania does, and Nguyen was eager to take advantage of the Quaker Consortium that allows a four-college exchange program between the Tri-Co schools and Penn.

We spoke with Nguyen about her experience on our partner campus, her commute downtown, and what she’s learned about Haverford from taking a class at another school.


Haverford College: What class are you taking?

Tiffany Nguyen: I’m taking “Introduction to Law and Legal Studies.”

HC: Why are you taking it at Penn?

TN: I have never taken a Penn course before and, since I’m graduating this May, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity. I am also interested in pursuing a career in law, and this course provides an overview of the different topics one could expect to cover whilst in law school.

HC: What are the advantages to taking class at Penn?

TN: One of the advantages of taking a Penn course is that you can gain a different perspective. I think it’s important to find ways to remind yourself that there is a world outside of Haverford. Taking this course at Penn has reaffirmed my appreciation for the intimate, seminar-style Haverford courses. The vibe does feel different between the two campuses, but at the end of the day, I think my education has more texture because I have the option and opportunity to immerse myself in a small liberal arts environment and a larger research university.

HC: How easy is it to get to class downtown?

TN: I take the train into Philadelphia. Commuting is very easy because there are two train stations at either end of Haverford’s campus. I live in the Haverford College Apartments (HCA), so my walk to the Ardmore train station is only about 12 minutes.

HC: How does your Penn class fit into the rest of your schedule?

TN: The course fits nicely into my schedule. My class is in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., and I have a Bryn Mawr class in the morning, so I have plenty of time at Haverford and Bryn Mawr before I need to go into the city. I actually joined the class a bit later [in the semester], but the professor was very accommodating and I caught up with the material quickly.

HC: Have you gotten to take advantage of your time in West Philly outside the classroom?

TN: I like to drink coffee, and I have visited several coffee shops around the area. One of the nice things about my Penn experience is the independence. I think it’s important to get off campus and see different faces and scenery.


-Photos by Hina Fathima ’15