Ryan Herz-Thyhsen '12

Hometown: Glen Mills, Pa.
High School: Penncrest
Major: Geology
Activities: Intramural Basketball, Committee for Investment and Social responsibility.

How is the Haverford experience unique?
The Quaker values fortify a very understanding and open atmosphere between all members of the Haverford College community. Every member of the community keeps an open mind and is usually open to meeting with a student at his earliest convenience. The Honor Code promotes a unique system in which every person's voice is meant to be heard and valued. As opposed to many other colleges, student activity and thought play a major role in every decision made on Haverford College's campus, whether it be administrative or academic.

How did you choose your major?
Initially coming to Haverford with the intention of majoring in English, I used the liberal arts academic setting to my advantage. I took a wide array of courses my freshman and sophomore year, moving from English to archaeology and then finally finding what I truly have a passion for with a major in geology.

What does it mean to you to be a student-athlete?
Being a student-athlete has really helped me to develop as a person. Not only does it teach you the true meaning of dedication and commitment, but it also helps you learn how to work hard and put others before yourself. Prioritizing commitments and focusing on each one independently has definitely helped me to keep my mind active, focused and hungry to become a better person in all aspects of my life.

What is your favorite place to hang out on campus?
Probably the COOP. Not only does it have great food when the dining center isn't open, but if I'm there finishing some work or grabbing a bite to eat, the GIAC's right next door. As a student-athlete, there's always something to be done for the lacrosse team, whether it be watching film, lifting, running, or getting extra reps in – all of which can be done in the GIAC.