win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontHappy Thursday, friends. It’s time for this week’s 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. Ready? Okay!

If you could arrange a concert with any three musicians or groups (current or past) to play on the same bill, who would you invite?

 

how to approach faculty

Written by former program assistant Cat Guzman 10F

hampshire_college650x433Welcome, new students! Now that the semester has already started, you’ve probably realized that one of the best things about Hampshire is the accessibility to faculty. You may have lots of questions, and there are so many potential sources to give you the answers. But do you ever feel intimidated, hesitant, or just plain shy in approaching faculty? During this time of transition to college life, social adjustment can feel tricky in and out of the classroom. Knowing how to approach faculty members is a necessary skill in advocating for yourself and maintaining a successful academic experience. Here are some tips to building these important relationships:

1. Keep in touch with your advisor! During your first meetings, be sure to talk about classes, review your strengths and weaknesses, and share your future goals. Remember, advisors are a tremendous resource at Hampshire—there are here for you.

2. If you’re ever feeling confused, lost, overwhelmed or concerned in the classroom or about certain course material, don’t wait—communicate with your professor! There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Plan your questions, and approach them after class to discuss them. In my experience, this is the best way to get quick questions answered!
  • Sign up for office hours! Some professors are busier than others, and are therefore a bit harder to reach. Signing up for their office hours (usually posted on your course syllabus, their office door, and/or their Hampedia page) ensures one-on-one time with them, and is especially helpful when you’re looking to have a thoughtful conversation.
  • You can also contact them through e-mail and their course website to try and find a time to meet outside the classroom. Just remember: faculty inboxes can sometimes be filled the brim, so if you’re waiting for a reply, it may be best to actually follow up in person with your professor. Note: when writing an e-mail to faculty, make sure to include a greeting, provide a clear overview of what you’re writing about, and don’t forget to sign your name! The more information they have, the easier it will be for them to respond to you.

3. Teacher’s Assistants (or TAs) are older Division II or Division III students who help professors throughout the semester. They’re great conduits between you and faculty, so use them well!

4. The Deans of the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) are also available to help make connections. CASA’s expert tips helped to provide the framework for this blog post, and they have lots of great information to share. Don’t hesitate to visit their office, located in the Lemelson Building, or call them at x5498.

5. As with all campus communication, please make sure to check your Hampshire e-mail regularly. Faculty, staff, community members, and other students will use this e-mail address to reach you, and you are expected to follow up on e-mail communication through this account throughout your time at Hampshire.

Faculty are always willing to help, but they can’t read minds, so it’s crucial for you to take the first step in approaching them. Introducing yourself and keeping in regular contact is a great way to start the year and to stay on top of your progress in class.

Best of luck with the semester!

Questions or comments? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontHappy Wednesday, friends. It’s time for the first care package giveaway question of the semester!

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. Ready? Okay!

If you could make a sequel to any movie you’ve ever seen, which one would it be?

orientation throwback — interest day photo collages!

Can you believe orientation ended two weeks ago?! We had such a great time getting to know you and witnessing your enthusiasm and creativity throughout the program.

Speaking of creativity — orientation leaders Amanda Major and Sarina Miller led an orientation interest day group called Snap a Shot: Discovering Hampshire From Behind the Camera, and shared some photo collages from the activity with us. Group members were asked to pair up and take photos throughout campus using the following prompts:

Take a picture of a spot with nice natural lighting.
Take a picture of a place you think will be your favorite.
Find a boring place and take a picture that makes it look interesting.
Take a picture of someone taking a picture.
Take a picture of something that surprises you.
Take a picture of something through a window.
Take a picture of something upside down.
Take a picture of nature.
Take a picture of something that’s been written on.
Take a picture of an eye.
Take a picture of your favorite color.
Take a picture of YOU!

Here’s what they came up with!

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Fotor0831150225Fotor0831153643harold stumpingtonliz.and.emilia We hope you enjoyed your interest day as much as these folks did!

Have questions? Need something? Email us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’re happy to help!