On Tuesday, October 18 from 4-5PM in the Dakin Living Room, Nell Arnold, assistant professor of fiction writing, and Ivana Staiti, community engagement and collaborative learning coordinator, set out to answer this question for an audience of staff, faculty, and new students. Have you started your CEL-1 yet? Still have questions? Read on for some great information on who to ask and how to get going.

What Happened:
After a brief (but vibrant!) conversation about the philosophy behind this graduation requirement, our presenters walked the group through the CEL-1 website and the process for signing up for activities. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about specific offerings and suggest some additional projects. Did you see the CEL-What? bulletin boards in Dakin and Merrill Houses? Each attendee received a copy of the brochure that inspired those boards, which are chock full of information about FAQs, what counts, and other great tips. Most of this information is available on the CEL-1 website, so please check it out if you haven’t already!

What We Learned:

  • There are lots of different ways to complete the requirement, and there’s no need to choose just one activity to satisfy all 40 hours. By engaging in a multitude of activities, you’ll gain experience in different areas of campus life, meet more people, and have more opportunities to connect the CEL-1 to your academic interests.
  • New activities are posted almost every day, and each has a different timeline. Check back regularly to learn more about short and long term opportunities. Some last only a day, while others span entire semesters. You never know what you’ll find.
  • Participation in student groups, OPRA, EPEC, and Lemelson courses counts towards this requirement, so you may have already started without even knowing it. Talk to your advisor and take a look at the website for more information on how to register the things that you’ve already started, and to ensure that these hours count towards your completion.
  • Although there are countless posted activities, it is possible to create your own. Staff, faculty, Division II, and Division III students can sponsor activities. If there’s something you’d really like to work on, talk to your advisor about how your idea will fit into the requirement and how to find someone to sponsor your work.

Use These Resources:

Did we miss anything? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu for more information!

making the most of division I

It’s your first year of college. You’re going to class. You’re getting involved. You may even have started planning for next semester. You know what you need to do to complete Division I, but are you making the most of your Div I experience?

On Tuesday, October 4, the office of new student programs invited Division I students to explore this question with a panel of Division II and Division III students from 7-8PM in the Dakin Living Room. Couldn’t make it? Read on for details about what you missed!

What Happened:
Three current students, all of whom were Orientation Leaders during new student orientation this fall, shared stories of their Division I experiences with a packed room of Division I students. Each brought a different perspective on their successes and struggles during their first year at Hampshire, and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about how each student navigated their unique Division I experience. From stories of discovering interests in the least likely of academic fields, to the importance of asking for help, to finding life balance, Division I students received plenty of insight on how to make the most of their first year at Hampshire.

Advice from the Panel:

  • Trust your gut when selecting your classes. Try to pick them and like them without thinking too much about your biases and past.
  • Find things you love to do outside of class (student groups, activities, programs, and events, etc.). They can influence and enhance your academics and also keep you centered when things get difficult.
  • Try your best to manage your time well. Think ahead throughout the semester to ensure that you complete assignments on time without having to sacrifice sleep (or work quality!)
  • Know your limits. You may have a list of 10 different student groups you’d like to join, but it’s important to be realistic about your time commitments. Choose the few things that you’re most interested in to start with, and if you can take more on, do so gradually.
  • Keep an open mind. Division I offers a unique opportunity for you to explore different areas of study, meet faculty, and figure out what you really like. The thing you don’t think you’re interested in now might become the basis for your Division II or Division III work. Anything can happen!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are tons of resources at your disposal, from the Writing Center, to the library, to the center for academic support and advising (CASA). Wondering where to start? Feel free to ask the office of new student programs!

Use These Resources:
Presenters suggested quite a few resources to the attendees. Here are the ones we discussed the most:

  • Need help with your writing? Contact the Writing Center to learn more about how they can help you improve.
  • Looking for research help? Visit the Johnson Library, and stop by the Infobar near the Circulation Desk for information on resources, special programs, and to ask questions.
  • Looking to get involved on campus? Stop by the campus leadership and activities office (CLA), or browse the list of student groups. Subscribe to campus mailing lists to keep yourself informed about what’s happening on campus.
  • Have you started your CEL-1 yet? Learn more about the CEL-1 on their website, read the FAQ, and browse open opportunities. Still have questions? Send an e-mail to cel1@hampshire.edu, or come to ‘CEL-What? Exploring and Understanding the CEL-1 Requirement for Division I Students,’ on Tuesday, October 18 at 4PM in the Dakin Living Room. You bring questions, we’ll bring food!

Need more information about anything we’ve covered? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu.

all aboard the internSHIP!

Captains' LogsIn a voyage co-sponsored by the career options resource center (CORC) and the office of new student programs, the InternSHIP set sail on Monday, October 3 from 5-6PM in the Middle Room in the Dining Commons. Missed the boat? Never fear, mate, here are some highlights:

What Happened:
CORC staff members did an amazing job of carrying the theme through the whole event, from the fliers, to the Captains’ Logs, to decorating the space. The middle room was totally transformed (complete with sea life, waves, and portholes!) to get us all excited about the journey of hearing students’ first-hand accounts of their internship experiences. Six presenters, ranging from Division I to Division III, each had the opportunity to share highlights of their internship work, including details on how they found the opportunities, the application processes, and the ways in which CORC assisted them in securing an internship placement. Internship sites included an experimental city in Arizona, a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, a Philadelphia-based social change-focused design studio, a mentoring program with a focus on reproductive justice for young women of color in California, and the five colleges!

What We Learned:
There are so many internship possibilities for Hampshire students, and CORC provides a number of great resources for students at all stages. From internship search databases, to cover letter writing, to interview preparation, CORC is with you every step of the way. Some presenters found their internship opportunities through CORC’s resources, while others were connected through faculty members at Hampshire and through the Five College Consortium. Others, including a Division I student and a transfer student, completed their internship work prior to arriving at Hampshire, but were eager to pass on their opportunities to others in the Hampshire community. The logistics around internships can sometimes be expensive, but many of the interns who spoke were able to secure funding to make their internship experiences possible through a number of different grant opportunities. Presenters spoke about funding possibilities through CORC, Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC), and the Entertainment Industry Internship Program (EIIP).

The best piece of advice? Start early for the greatest range of options. You never know what you’ll find!

Use These Resources:
Interested in starting your own internship search? Want to read more about these and other internship opportunities? Here’s how:

Questions? Want more details? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu.

what is newtohamp?

Great question! We’re glad you asked.

newtohamp is the tagline for the office of new student programs that connects all of our internet and social media outlets, and makes it easier for you to get the information you need. Trying to find us on Facebook? Add /newtohamp to the Facebook URL. The same is true for Twitter, our Hampshire College website, and our Hampshire blog site. Want to send us an e-mail? Send to newtohamp@hampshire.edu. See? Easy!

So, what is the office of new student programs? The office of new student programs is a super helpful resource for all new first year and transfer students. Our office exists to help ease your transition to life at Hampshire, and we strive to keep you as informed as possible. Our support extends throughout your entire first year at Hampshire, no matter what semester you begin here. Through outreach, programming, and resource sharing, we’ll help you to navigate the transition and make the most of your first year.

If you’re a new student, you’ve probably already encountered some examples of our outreach, but here’s a full list:

  • The New Student News is a monthly newsletter that offers information about important dates and deadlines and helpful hints about campus life. We’ll send it to your inbox when it’s ready, but it’s always available on our website.
  • Our Facebook and Twitter pages give up to date information about special programs and giveaways, and allow you to join in the discussion about life at Hampshire with other new students.
  • Our bulletin boards in Dakin and Merrill Houses highlight important topics to get you thinking about the first year program. Did you see “The Top Ten Things Aboit's fun to be div Iut Division I”? Look out for a new installation about the CEL-1, coming after fall break.
  • It’s Fun to Be Div I buttons are free to all Division I students, courtesy of our office. Because it is!
  • Wondering what we’re up to? Our logo will point you to all of our programming efforts. Look for the newtohamp logo on fliers to see which programs are sponsored by the office of new student programs. Stickers with our logo are available through our office. Want one? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu and we’ll send one your way.

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back often. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs!