the top ten things about div I — number seven!

Written by summer orientation assistant ilia Silverman-Esrig 11F

Greetings, folks! We in the Office of New Student Programs are eagerly anticipating your arrival at Hampshire, as I’m sure you are as well. To start the celebration of your impending arrival, we’ll be counting down the Top Ten Greatest Things about being a Divison I student throughout the summer. We started the countdown with #10#9, and #8 and are continuing on to #7!

#7: Unlimited Food in the Dining Commons

BAFeeling hungry? The Dining Commons has all sorts of meal options to satiate you! As a student living in the dorms, you are enrolled in an unlimited meal plan, meaning that you can eat in the dining hall as many times a day/week as you’d like. Not living in the dorms? Never fear! There are voluntary meal plans for you to take part in if you’d like to enjoy what the Dining Commons has to offer as well. Whether you eat everything and anything under the sun, are gluten-free, or have other dietary needs, there will always be something for you to eat.

The menu changes daily for each meal. You can expect to always have at least two or more hot entrée options, an extensive salad bar with ample veggies and more, a fresh deli bar, plenty of desserts to choose from, fruit, and fairly often, a chef on duty to cook to order for you! Do you have a class scheduled during a mealtime? Does your sports team need to eat while on the road to your next big game? The Dining Commons offers a packed-meal service for students who can’t make it to regular eating hours as well as lunch passes for students who take courses on other college campuses and need to eat at those locations. All you have to do is ask! One of the perks of having an unlimited meal plan is that if you’re on campus and don’t have time to spend in the Dining Commons, you can head over to the Bridge Café for a meal swap instead. With the meal swap, you can get a full meal and not have to pay additional money for it – it’ll just be treated like a meal you took in the Commons! Either way, each student has $155 in Bridge Café money per semester on their One Cards, so you’ll always have access to food there.

During my first year, it was tradition for my hallmates and me to all go to the Dining Commons for Saturday brunch in our pajamas. I remember how excited we always were to make waffles with the waffle iron, drink local chocolate milk, and eat all the hash browns we possibly could. During the week, we’d swing by the Bridge for sushi and a quick game of pool before heading to the library. I loved making traditions like these with my friends — it made dining at Hampshire an even tastier experience!

Have additional questions about dining at Hampshire? Check out our food provider’s website here: http://hampshire.cafebonappetit.com/

the top ten things about div I — number eight!

Written by summer orientation assistant ilia Silverman-Esrig 11F

Greetings, folks! We in the Office of New Student Programs are eagerly anticipating your arrival at Hampshire, as I’m sure you are as well. To start the celebration of your impending arrival, we’ll be counting down the Top Ten Greatest Things about being a Divison I student throughout the summer. We started the countdown with #10 and #9, and are continuing on to #8!

Screen shot 2015-07-21 at 2.02.47 PM#8: Get Close With Your Tutorial Class Members (And Your Professors, Too)!

Getting excited about which courses you’ll take during your first year? There are so many great options! As we mentioned in the last blog post, you’ll have to choose at least one course in four out of the five different academic distributions, but don’t stress about making that all happen within your first semester – you’ve got all year to meet this requirement. What you will take in your first semester is your tutorial course, your preferences for which you ranked earlier this month in the course preference form. What is a tutorial course? Why is it important? Tutorials are 100-level courses that are designed specifically for you – the entering student – and are meant to help acclimate you to the academic structure at Hampshire. There are tutorial courses offered in each of the different schools within Hampshire, so you’ll be able to study something that interests you while learning all sorts of other great information about Hampshire’s academic program.

Your tutorial course consists of a small group of students and your professor, who also serves as your academic advisor for your first year at Hampshire. Once you’ve received your tutorial assignment in August, don’t be afraid to get in contact with your advisor. They’re here to help give you direction with course selection for the following semester and to answer any questions or concerns you may have about eventually transitioning to Division II (but that’s not for quite some time, so don’t worry too much about that!). Your tutorial advisor can be a wealth of knowledge for helping you network with other professors who could end up being helpful to you further down the road. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet your tutorial professor during orientation on Friday, September 4. Curious about which other students will be in your tutorial class? Well, you’re in luck – during orientation, groups are formed based on your tutorial, meaning you’ll have the chance to spend a whole week with your fellow classmates before classes even start!

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

the top ten things about div I — number nine!

Written by summer orientation assistant ilia Silverman-Esrig 11F

Greetings, folks! We in the Office of New Student Programs are eagerly anticipating your arrival at Hampshire, as I’m sure you are as well. To start the celebration of your impending arrival, we’ll be counting down the Top Ten Greatest Things about being a Divison I student throughout the summer. We started the countdown with #10 in June, and are continuing on to #9!

#9: Study Anything & Everything During Your First Year!

IMG_6516Hampshire requires you to take at least one course in four out of the five different academic distributions during your first year here (including your tutorial – more on that in a future post!), but what classes you end up taking are completely up to you! Our academic system encourages you to try out new subjects based on what sparks your interest, not based on what anyone else thinks is important for you to learn – meaning that you don’t have to take a history course, for example, if that’s not your thing. Instead, choose a variety of courses from at least four out of five of these distributions*:

  • Arts, Design, and Media (Sculpture, Photography, or Teaching Art to Children, for example)
  • Culture, Humanities, and Languages (Sex, Science, and the Victorian Body, or Global Poverty: Theories and Practices, for example)
  • Mind, Brain, and Information (The Social Psychology of Building Peace in the Context of Violent Intergroup Conflict or Computer Animation, for example)
  • Physical and Biological Sciences (Animal Behavior Theory or Natural History of Infectious Disease, for example)
  • Power, Community, and Social Justice (Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin America or Making and Unmaking the School to Prison Pipeline, or example)

Mix and match all sorts of courses to make the schedule that fits your passions the best. If you’re curious about something that you’ve never studied before, use the Division I academic structure to explore it further! Who knows, that class you take on the modern Middle East could completely shift your learning path in a whole new and exciting direction.

Before my first year at Hampshire, I had never taken a visual arts class before. Despite this, I decided to sign up for an Introduction to Sculpting class anyway – and to this day I’m still glad that I did! That sculpting course inspired me to re-envision the ways in which meaningful learning could take place in my life and allowed me to go beyond the so-called limits of my imagination. My entire academic path shifted after taking this course; because I was encouraged to explore different areas of learning instead of only sticking to what I thought I wanted to do, I was able to find a path that suited me best. All in all, the distribution requirement really allows you to check out topics you wouldn’t ordinarily explore – so take advantage of it!

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