Welcome to MAPHtastic…the most entertaining (and useful) way to get information throughout the school year on a variety of topics. Things we cover will vary from imperative administrative hoops you must eventually jump through to more run-of-the-mill social and city-living stuff, which you might even call “fun-of-the-mill”! (Don’t actually say this.) We will write on anything from finding an advisor for your thesis to knowing the best place to grab a coffee on campus. Last year, I didn’t find out about the $1 americanos in the Divinity School Café until there were only a few months left in the program. Our job as mentors is to guide you through your MAPH year so as to avoid similar catastrophes. Think of the blog as an FAQ only less susceptible to skimming and with more vibrant pictures (for an actual FAQ page, see our Current Student FAQ).
we are, more importantly, here for you guys when you have questions about the university or life in Hyde Park/Chicago, or when you just need to talk about how your year is shaping up. The office is pretty slow over the summer, but feel free to email us and we’ll make sure we’re here if you want to drop by to chat over subpar coffee (remember, there will be future blog posts about where to find coffee that is better than office coffee, so keep checking this blog!). If you’re in Chicago over the summer or arrive in the city before colloquium, seek us out. We’d love to get to know you all before the year gets chaotic and you start feeling like this guy: