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Stan Tag gives Jordan Rain a hug at Graduation

Stan Tag (faculty) gives away Jordan Rain ('09) at Graduation.

Dear new students...

We asked our Alumni to advise new students on the ins and outs of Fairhaven, and this is what they said:


"Never stop asking questions. You'll find that life and education are less about the answers and more about the questions...

Explore the Outback!

Find one or a few faculty members you admire and respect, and go to them regularly for advice. They very well may be your life-long mentors.

Be honest in your evals.

Be an active community member (in Fairhaven, Western, Bellingham, the US, the world)."

- Erin Jensen, (’08)

"You are the one who is in charge of your learning and your experiences."

- Dina Clare

"10 years from now when you look back at your time at Fairhaven you'll realize it's all about the people - the faculty and your fellow students. More than the classes I took, it was the people I met that influenced me. I met my husband at Fairhaven and all my closest friends are people I met there. Don't be shy, dig in and live the process."

- Dani Morgan (’71)

"Get ready to be proactive about your education. Fairhaven for me was all about getting what I wanted out of my education, making the projects and classes that mattered to me happen, and breaking down the doors to those "majors" only classes. For those of you that will find this a struggle (I know it was outside my comfort zone sometimes) it is worth every moment to leave higher education with a degree that has value to you."

- Alyssa Hays

"If any travel/study opportunities come your way: GO FOR IT! In fall of 1970, with a Fairhaven group, I lived and studied in Puebla, Mexico. Nothing has changed my life more. Nearly forty years later, I'm bilingual and live part-time in Mexico -- and can't believe how much I love my adopted country and culture."

- Jan Rife (‘72)

"Keep your mind open. Say goodbye to the old ways of thinking. Be available to take in the wisdom your professors and classmates share. Be prepared to work and work some more... Enjoy every minute of your life...(it's all you've got). I love Fairhaven!"

- David Johansson (’89)

"1. Be yourself! It's easy to get caught up in what other people are doing, and while Fairhaven is the best place in the world to explore, don't forget what brought you there in the first place.

2. Don't forget to STUDY!!

3. Reach as high as you can as often as you can. Fairhaven is the best place in the world to discover just how far you can stretch outside your comfort zone!!"

- Laurie Magan, ('99)

How to contribute...

If you're Fairhaven Alumni and have some words of wisdom for our students, email our Alumni Outreach Coordinator.