Jordan Schilit '13

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
High School: Tampa Jesuit
Major: Fine Arts

Why did you choose Haverford?
I chose Haverford because I felt the school would allow me to balance my passion for running alongside my academic interests. Haverford encourages the development and growth of the whole person -- that includes learning inside and outside of the classroom. And to have one of the best coaches in the country and a fully supportive team who are completely invested in not settling for mediocrity, I couldn’t have found a better match.

How is the Haverford experience unique?
I love Haverford’s connection with Bryn Mawr College. As a creative writing minor at that institution, I’ve really been impressed with that department since the typical professor is a New York Times bestselling author. I’ve been able to take classes in journalism, fiction, nonfiction, children’s writing, and screenwriting -- all genres that I’d love to pursue in the future. The resources in this department have been very helpful in my college experience.

What is your favorite Haverford memory?
My favorite memory is winning the Division III national team championship on November 20, 2010.  Moments after crossing the finish line, I was swarmed by teammates that had made the 20-plus hour drive to Waverly, Iowa. We couldn’t help but cry as everyone grabbed each other’s faces yelling, “We won!  We won!” Coaches, parents, friends, family, old Goats, current Goats -- everyone was gathered together in the cold.  Chants of “Army Army Goat Goat” were louder than a concert in an indoor arena. It was the happiest day of my life. It took me a few days thereafter to start caring that my leg was broken. I was simply happy to help our team achieve something that we decided we were going to make a reality back in June of that same year.