win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontAre you ready? It’s time for our weekly care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before midnight TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Good!

If you could choose the person who would play you in a movie about your life, who would you choose?

the top ten reasons to be an orientation leader

photoThinking of applying to be an orientation leader, but feeling unsure about making the commitment? Have you started your application, but get so excited every time you think about orientation that you can’t keep your mind on anything else? Great news:

You’ve come to the right place!

We asked current and past orientation leaders to compile a top ten list to describe the experiences they’ve had with the new student orientation program, to give you a better idea of what you can expect as a member of the orientation staff. They think you should apply to be a leader, and so do we! Here’s why:

10. Campus resources! As an Orientation Leader, you’ll likely learn more about the Hampshire campus and campus resources than you have in your first year at Hampshire. A big part of orientation training is learning about these resources so that you can be more informed when working with new first year and transfer students. The information you receive preparing for orientation will undoubtedly benefit you as you continue to navigate your Hampshire experience, and you’ll be super helpful to your orientees.

9. Skills! The skills you’ll learn in orientation training will be useful to you beyond orientation. The leadership skills that you’ll acquire through being an orientation leader will help you to make a positive impact in your community, on and off campus. You’ll also gain facilitation skills by working with your co-leader, you orientation group, and by leading an interest day activity. You’ll build your resume while making a difference in the lives of new students. Sounds good to us!

8. Learning from your peers! As an orientation leader, you’ll be in training sessions with students from all different divisions and backgrounds. Listening to the opinions and experiences of other students when discussing their time at Hampshire can be a great learning experience, and can further expand your understanding of the Hampshire community on the whole.

7. Positive change! Didn’t enjoy your own orientation group experience? As an orientation leader, you’ll have the opportunity to create positive change and help us to improve the new student orientation program. Take what didn’t work for you when you were a first year and make it better for the new students — they’ll thank you!

6. Repeat performances! Can’t get enough Micia Mosely? Love the welcome ceremony? Want to help introduce students to the climbing wall? Looking forward to a new common reading discussion? You can do it all again, and help us to make it even better!

5. Relationship building! You’ll make a lot of new friends during orientation, both with your fellow leaders and the new students coming in. The people you meet could become lifelong friends, all because of the bond you made during the orientation program. (This happens ALL the time!) As an orientation leader, you’ll also become a part of a unique community of orientation staff, a bond that you can carry with you throughout your time at Hampshire.

4. Perks! As an orientation leader, you’ll get to return to campus early, be fed by the orientation program, wear a fancy orientation leader t-shirt, AND receive a $300 stipend. Starting out the year with $300 is a great thing. Who knows, you may even get a chance to take a ride on the orientation golf cart with Josiah Litant and Jessica Ortiz. What’s not to love?

3. Representing Hampshire! Orientation leaders are chosen to be representatives of Hampshire during one of the most important times of the year. As an orientation leader, you’ll represent Hampshire to the community of new students and families, and will have the opportunity to share your experiences with these individuals. It’s an honor to be chosen to represent Hampshire at this crucial time, and something that our leaders are very proud of!

2. It’s fun! Orientation is such a fun time of year, and the positive energy on campus is palpable. It’s warm, it’s sunny, you’re outside, and you’re at Hampshire! Sounds good to us.

1. You know you want to! Seriously, you know you want to, so what are you waiting for? Start your application today by visiting the application website. Learn more about what’s required, the selection timeline, and more! Don’t wait — applications are due on Wednesday, March 6!

Still have questions? Come to an information session to learn more about the orientation leader position. Sessions will be held on Thursday, February 28 at 4PM and Friday, March 1 at 2:30PM, both in the Merrill Living Room. Meet Jessica Ortiz and get your questions answered.

In the meantime, feel free to e-mail us at for more information.

counseling services meet and greet

Counseling Services Meet & Greet ColorOn Thursday, February 21 from 4-5PM in the Dakin Living Room, Steve Klein, Rachel Epstein, and Quade French from Hampshire’s Health and Counseling Services joined new students and members of Active Minds for a Counseling Services Meet & Greet. The event provided attendees with an opportunity to learn more about mental health services and resources at Hampshire and in the community, and to get their questions answered by mental health services staff. Couldn’t make it? Wondering what resources were shared? Read on for more information about what what you missed!

What Happened:
While attendees enjoyed some delicious snacks provided by Active Minds, the facilitators introduced themselves and shared some basic information about themselves and mental health services at Hampshire. Prior to a question and answer period, the facilitators discussed a range of topics with the group, from highlighting some of the reasons why students seek out their services to logistical information about how to make an appointment and what to expect. Most of this information was also given to the group through a helpful handout, the text of which we’ve included below. Check it out:

Hampshire College Mental Health Services FAQ

  • Where is it?
    Mental Health Services is combined with Health Services under the same roof. Health and Counseling Services is located around the corner from Admissions and the Red Barn.
  • When is it open?
    We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.
  • How do I make an appointment?
    Stop by Health Services or call (413) 559-5458.
  • How do I know if I “should” go?
    Mental Health Services at the Health Center is a good way to get help and support if you are dealing with any stressful situation, especially if it’s something that you might not feel comfortable talking through with your friends, family members, a spiritual leader, or House Intern. You are welcome to make an appointment with a clinician regardless of how extreme or mild your concerns may be.
  • What would an appointment be like?
    A first appointment with a counselor can be seen as a consultation. Your therapist will likely ask you about your current concerns and what led you to want to speak to a counselor. They may also ask a bit about your family background and about previous life experiences that may be influencing the current situation. Additionally, you should take this time to discuss what you are hoping for from the consultation and what type of support you believe will work best for you.
  • How often are appointments? How long do they last?
    Ordinarily, students will meet with a clinician for 45-50 minutes. The number of appointments and the frequency will be determined by you and your clinician. In general, we see a student weekly or every-other-week until they feel as though they are no longer in need of support. If you are in need of more frequent, long-term, or intensive psychotherapy, Mental Health Services will be happy to help you find a private practitioner in the community who will meet your needs.
  • How much does it cost?
    It’s FREE! The cost of psychotherapy at Mental Health Services is included in the cost of attending Hampshire College.
  • Will the counselor notify anyone that I have had an appointment?
    Mental Health Services is a confidential service. Our clinicians are bound by law to follow the confidentiality laws of the state of Massachusetts. No other campus office has knowledge of or access to information about any student’s medical or psychological information without explicit permission from the students themselves. At your first appointment, you will be given a sheet that explains confidentiality laws and the exceptions therein. If you have any questions about privacy, don’t hesitate to ask your clinician.

Get In Touch:

  • Interested in learning more about mental health services at Hampshire? Call Health and Counseling Services at 413.559.5458, or just stop by. The Health and Counseling Services website also provides a wealth of information, so feel free to check it out!
  • Want to learn more about mental health advocacy and awareness-raising on campus? Get in touch with Hampshire’s chapter of Active Minds! They meet on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the Merrill Living Room, and are always welcoming new members.

Still have questions? Contact us at We’re happy to help!

win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontAre you ready? It’s time for our weekly care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before midnight TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow afternoon. Got it? Good!

 If you could invent one new home appliance, what would it do?

organizing your papers (and your life)

Organizing Your Papers FlyerOn Thursday, February 14 from 12-1PM in the FPH Faculty Lounge, Will Ryan, Deb Gorlin, and Ellie Siegel, co-directors of the writing program, presented a special writing skills workshop to a group of first and second semester students. Couldn’t make it? Wondering what you missed? Read on for more information about what happened, how to get a hold of the resources that were shared in this session, and how to connect with the Writing Center!

What Happened:
While participants enjoyed a catered lunch, Will, Deb, and Ellie asked attendees to write down something they’d like to learn about writing and pass it back to the front. These topics were used for a closing activity, and to ensure that everyone had their questions answered during the session. Participants wrote about improving the flow of their work, taking less time to complete writing assignments, maintaining focus, and creating outlines, all of which were addressed over the course of the workshop!

Will then went on to introduce a model for organizing analytical writing, which he further explained with a handout that has been dubbed as the most requested in the history of the writing program (you can view it here!). The facilitators followed the handout throughout the session, explaining each step and providing helpful hints for each stage. We’ve included a number of these hints below!

What We Learned:

  • Getting ready to start a writing assignment? The first thing you should do is read the assignment all the way through. Then, read it again to make sure you have a full understanding of the instructions and expectations. If the assignment is based on a text, make sure to read the assignment first. You’ll read the text more effectively and will be able to start calling out pertinent information sooner. Sound obvious? You’d be surprised at how many people miss this step!
  • Finished reading the text, but not sure that you understand the reading? Feel free to look up book reviews and secondary sources to help clarify things for you. Once you have this supplemental information, you can go back to the original text for a more informed read.
  • Ready to start writing? You might benefit from freewriting about the text first to help you spark some ideas for how you want to proceed. Once you’ve taken some time to think about things, try making an outline to organize the main points that you want to make. Just as you’d work out a math problem on paper, determining how to organize your work on paper can be a tremendous help. You don’t have to figure it all out in your head.
  • Once you begin your draft, pay attention to what part of the paper you’re in at any given moment (introduction, literature review, method, body, conclusion). Use the guidelines provided in the handout to help you determine how long each section should be, and where the different pieces of information you wish to share should be included.
  • Are your main points changing as you continue writing? That’s okay! Periodically going back and adjusting the introduction to accommodate these changes is an important part of the writing process. Plan to revise, and give yourself enough time to do so.

Additional Tips from the Facilitators:

  • Try to view each writing assignment as many small steps, not one big step. This requires some pre-planning, but will often yield much better results!
  • Your process is your process — don’t compare yourself to others. By figuring out what times of day you write best, how long you can write before taking a break, and where you write best, you can find ways to continually improve your process.
  • Concerned about the flow of your writing? Read it out loud! Hearing yourself reading your work can give you a different perspective and help you to revise more effectively.
  • Thinking of taking a break? Don’t stop writing until you know what you’re going to say next. It’s much easier to come back to a writing piece when you’ve given yourself something to go on.

Get In Touch:
Want to schedule an appointment for yourself? Call or email the Writing Center staff to set up a meeting time:

  • Will Ryan – – 413.559.5646
  • Deb Gorlin – – 413.559.5531
  • Ellie Siegel – – 413.559.5577

Elora and Anthony, the Writing Center interns, also hold drop-in sessions from 6-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday as part of the Writing Center at Night program. The interns are also available by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays.

Learn More:
Can’t get enough of these great academic skills? Join us for another workshop! Our next workshop, Time Management, will be held on Tuesday, February 26 from 4-5PM in FPH 101. Learn how to manage your time and improve your organization, all while enjoying some free snacks. Our next lunch workshop, Finding the Right Sources: Lunch & Learn will be held on Wednesday, April 3 (Advising Day) from 12-1 in the FPH Faculty Lounge. Mark your calendar now and plan to join us for free food and great information!

Questions? Did we miss something? E-mail us at for more information.

win this week’s care package!

Care Package Front

Are you ready? It’s time for our weekly care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before midnight TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow afternoon. Got it? Good!

If you could share a meal with anyone from any period in history, who would you choose?

win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontThat’s right, friends. Making its newtohamp blog debut, it’s our weekly care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before midnight TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Good!

If you could memorize one book from history in its entirety, which book would you choose?

places you should go: the house offices!

Written by program assistant Cat Guzman 10F

Dakin/Merrill House OfficeIf you’ve visited this blog before, you know that there are a ton of wonderful people to meet on campus that can help with you with just about anything. But here at New Student Programs, we know that there are tons of places you should get to know as well! And we think there isn’t a better place to start than the Dakin, Merrill, Prescott, and Greenwich/Enfield house offices.

In my experience as a third year student, I can tell you that most house offices are often used by non-intern students to occasionally borrow cleaning supplies such as brooms and vacuum cleaners. The house offices definitely have these supplies handy for anyone who might need them, but did you that they offer lots of other goodies too?

You can find:

  • Medicine – such as over-the-counter vitamins and painkillers for a headache or oncoming cold
  • Safer sex supplies – completely free to take, and a great range of them too!
  • Candy/tea/coffee – stop by to make yourself a warm cup of something, or grab a handful of sweets
  • A microwave – warm up food and drinks at your own leisure
  • A lot of games – always free to borrow and use with your friends
  • Craft supplies – feel free to use a few to get creative
  • A bathroom, along with free tampons and pads­ – just in case you’ve gotta go on your way to class!

Additionally, this is the place where you can find the house interns, who can provide directions to any place on campus if you’re lost and offer advice or a listening ear (among other things)! The Dakin and Merrill interns can also help you reserve the Dakin or Merrill Living Rooms for events you might plan. Remember, interns are trained and informed so that you can ask them about any campus resources you might want to find or learn about, and are happy to point you in the right direction!

So, for those who haven’t visited yet, the house offices are located in each housing area (with the exception of Greenwich — the Greenwich/Enfield house office is across from the basketball court in Enfield). The Prescott house office is located at the bottom of the 92-96 stairwell, and the Dakin/Merrill house office is located on the ground floor of the Dakin Student Life Center, next to the Dakin Living Room. There will almost always be an intern there, along with a house director who can also answer your questions, particularly those relating to your housing/living situation. Open hours are generally 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with interns working different shifts throughout the day. Stop by for a visit when you can!

As always, send any questions or thoughts our way to!