We know that there’s lots to think about when graduation time rolls around. Finishing your last assignments, final exams, celebrating your commencement, packing up and moving forward is all part of the experience. As you think about packing up your dorm or apartment and commencing your bright future as a proud ‘Ford, we encourage you to also start thinking about packing up your data and keeping it safe for your move.
In hopes of making things a bit easier, we’ve put together a list of steps every graduating senior should take to help ensure a smooth transition from your life as an undergraduate to life as an alum.
Why is This Important?
For many people graduating, the process of looking for a full-time job or applying for graduate school is already underway. Resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters and contacts you’ve made that offer your e-mail address to potential employers or graduate schools should be reliable. Interruption in communication can adversely impact your progress, so it’s best to keep an eye on ensuring continuity of your contact information.
Following the steps below will also help you stay connected to the community for your own benefit, and for the benefit of other alums.
Remember, you have 90 days after graduation. On or shortly after those 90 days pass our systems are tidied up and accounts belonging to members of the community who have moved on are turned off. Although there are a couple months between commencement and system cleanup, time moves swiftly. Therefore we strongly suggest you follow these steps shortly after graduating.
A Step By Step Guide
Take Steps to Stay Connected to Haverford
Please review and when needed, update your full profile through the on-line alumni profile update. You are an invaluable resource to current students (as well as to other alumni) and we appreciate your help in keeping our alumni network robust and vital. You may also want to subscribe to Haverford College’s Official Career Connections Group on LinkedIn.
Create your Personal E-Mail Account
There are a number of free e-mail services available to you, including GMail. Having used HaverApps, a transition to a private GMail account is likely to be the easiest. Many already have a personal e-mail account, but if you don’t have one or you have one that uses a name you might not want to present to others professionally, we suggest creating a GMail account using your name as you would present it professionally. Use a commonly recognized format, like “George.Fox@gmail.com” or “email@example.com” if it’s available.
Move your HaverApps Data to Your Personal E-Mail
See our detailed instructions on moving your HaverApps e-mail, docs, calendar and contacts to a personal GMail account.
Update your Subscriptions
Over the years it’s common to join lots of mailing lists and subscribe to regular e-mails. Spend a few minutes noting the subscriptions you value and be sure to update those with your new e-mail address.
Set an Away Message on Your haverford.edu E-Mail Account
HaverApps provides users with the ability to set an automatic response. We recommend that you create an autoresponse letting anyone who writes to you know that your contact information has changed. When signed in to HaverApps, click Settings and then scroll down to the “Vacation Responder” section. For more detailed instructions, please see Google’s instructions on setting an automatic response.
Backup Your storage.haverford.edu Data
If you’ve been using storage.haverford.edu to hold files, be sure to log in and save a copy of the files you may want to keep to your personal computer. We also suggest you make a backup of these files to a USB drive or DVD-ROM for safe, long-term storage.