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Welcome from Student Affairs 2022

This message was sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Terhune on May 16, 2022:

Dear Student,

Congratulations, and welcome to Swarthmore College! You earned your place in what may be the most selective class in Swarthmore history — and that is saying something. Your admission is a reflection of your commitment to learning and all that you have achieved in school, in co-curricular activities, and in service to your communities for as far back as you can remember. You have worked hard and should take pride in all you have accomplished. I am thrilled that you are a member of the Class of 2026 and excited to welcome you to the Swarthmore community.

Among the many lessons we’ve learned the past two years is the importance of a liberal arts education to solving some of the world’s most complex and pressing problems. Critical and creative thinking, curiosity, the ability to engage with ideas and perspectives that differ from your own — and to do so with empathy and an appreciation for our shared humanity. Your time at Swarthmore will help you develop and hone these skills and abilities, preparing you for a life of purpose and impact. As you do so, take advantage of the opportunities waiting for you here, and give yourself the time and latitude to explore the corridors of this expansive education with wonder and joy. To get all that you can from your college experience, you should expect to be challenged and you should embrace moments of discomfort and confusion. Question everything — especially the things about which you think you are most certain. 

Above all, I urge you to have fun. Enjoy your classes and the chance to live in a place surrounded by smart, motivated, caring people who, like you, want to learn and to make the world a better place. Make friends and make mistakes — no one here is perfect or expects you to be. And make space to look both within and beyond yourself to expand your understanding of the world and your place in it.

You’re going to hear a lot from us over the next few months, as we help prepare you for the start of this incredible time in your lives. But for now, focus on finishing high school, and take time to celebrate with your friends and family all that you have accomplished.

Please know that we are thrilled you are coming to Swarthmore and eager to welcome you to this special community.

Congratulations again. Be well, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in August.

Jim Terhune
Vice President for Student Affairs