Student Spotlight: Zoe Kleiman-Tapley 10F
It would have been difficult to predict that Zoe would design and implement her own neuro-psychology study back in 2009 when she was a an art major at Parsons School of Design in New York. But Zoe said that had she not transferred to Hampshire, the vague notion of herself as a student of science would have persisted.
“I’d probably [have] a strange lingering desire to study neuroscience. I’m sure there would have been a lot of “what if’s” going through my head,” Zoe reflected.
Transferring was not necessarily an easy choice or transition for Zoe, though. Not only is Hampshire a very distinct environment, different from anywhere Zoe had lived before, but–being from Hawaii–Zoe was apprehensive to live for the first time without a view of the ocean.
When she arrived, Zoe, like many transfer students, was placed in a Mod with other transfers and non-traditionally-aged students. She said that they were able to bond together and support one another through the process.
“I think our collective feelings of apprehension about Hampshire actually helped us all adjust better,” Zoe remarked.
It was the process of assembling a Division III committee, Zoe said, which hit home that Hampshire was the right place for her. Zoe said it was intimidating to contact professors and ask them to sign onto a project devised by an undergrad student whom they had never met before, but that the encouragement and support she received pushed her forward.
“That’s something pretty unique to Hampshire, and makes me so glad I decided to come here and stay here,” Zoe said.
By: Barbara Morrison 10F