the top ten things about div I — number two!

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, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, and #3, and are continuing on to #2!

#2: Exploring a new social scene!

Before you know it, you’ll be living in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, home to mountain hikes in your backyard, crisp fall weather, and funky small town living. Both on and off campus, there are plenty of sweet spots to hang out and explore whether you’re alone or with your friends – here’s a short list of some of my favorites!

Anywhere in the woods, but especially the Hampshire Tree or any of the sunny cornfields: I highly recommend taking a Saturday afternoon before it gets too cold to explore the woods surrounding Hampshire’s campus. The woods are filled with unique art and structures that students have created over the years – there are many little treasures to discover while walking the unbeaten path through the trees!

The Goodread Library: I discovered the Goodread Library during my third year at Hampshire while living in Donut 1, where it happens to be situated (right in the middle of the donut). I was lucky to be just steps away from this often unused library space, which provided me with a cozy and quiet spot to write or get some leisurely reading done. The library operates entirely on an honor system, meaning you can just borrow one without checking it out and return it whenever you’re done. I’ve found some really unique titles while browsing the library – their children’s books section always put a smile on my face!

The Roos-Rohde House: The Roos-Rohde house appeared on campus during my last year at Hampshire. My friends and I were quick to embrace it as a lovely new study and hangout spot for any time of day while we worked on our Div IIIs! You’ll find Mixed Nuts here, Hampshire’s longest running student group and co-op. Their foods are always locally sourced, organic, and pretty cheap to boot! From ice cream to a wide selection of trail mix type goodies, you’re bound to find something to munch on while you’re hanging out at the Roos-Rohde house.

The Kiva: I’ve taken many naps up on the third floor of the library in the Kiva. It’s hard to not feel relaxed (and a little sleepy) in this spot, since the floor to ceiling windows let in a tremendous amount of sunlight to warm you while you read or write. While some folks use this space as a meeting spot for student groups, most hang here to get assignments done while having a full view of the library lawn and all who cross it.

On top of Bare Mountain: This hike is somewhat steep but fairly quick to the top. I’d recommend it to any level of hiker! Just a short drive or walk down the road from Atkins Farms — towards Mount Holyoke College — you’ll find the entrance to the hike, which is pretty clearly marked. The view from the top is pretty spectacular, especially once fall is in full swing. With gorgeous yellow, red, and orange hues sweeping the valley, what’s not to love?

Botanical Garden at Smith College: The main street in Northampton tends to attract many folks from all of the different colleges. While there’s plenty of shopping and eating to do (I recommend Local for burgers and fried pickles), there’s also beautiful museums and nature to be seen farther up the road on Smith College’s campus. The Botanical Gardens is open year-round and is free (donations accepted) to enter with an incredible collection of all sorts of flora — approximately 9,000 different kinds! Take the PVTA bus #39 to get to Northampton. The Garden is just a short walk away!

Amherst Cinema Arts Center: For those of you who enjoy a good movie every once and a while, Amherst Cinema is a great place to go on the bus line. Located right in the center of town, Amherst Cinema shows all sorts of films, although generally speaking their selection tends to include mostly lesser known titles. Every so often the Dean of Students office will provide free tickets to various showings at the Cinema, so keep your eyes peeled for more information regarding these events!

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

the top ten things about div I — number three!

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, #8, #7, #6, #5, and #4 and are continuing on to #3!

#3: Going to Hampfest, Joining Student Groups, and CEL-1

hampfestBy now you’ve probably checked out your housing assignment and course schedule for the coming year and are getting excited for what’s to come once your first year at Hampshire begins. So many new experiences are on the horizon, including getting to choose and participate in cool student groups! During your first couple of weeks here, you’ll have the chance to attend Hampfest, Hampshire’s student activities fair, which is held at the beginning of each semester. Hampfest is an opportunity for over 100 student groups to showcase what they do and for you to learn more about each group!

Joining a student group can be a really fun and rewarding way to get involved with the Hampshire community. With such a diversity of student groups, there’s bound to be something that piques your interest. Choose from groups such as Hampshire Animal Rights, Hampshire Students Against Mass Incarceration, Guerrilla Arts Brigade, Hamp History, Sexperts, Local Foods Initiative, Crazy Pitches a capella, Climbers’ Coalition, Hampshire Student Union, and more! You can be apart of as many groups as you’d like depending on your level of interest and how much time you can commit. While some groups meet sporadically, most meet weekly or bi-weekly, so make sure not to overbook yourself – especially with a full class load.

For me, being immersed in a variety of student groups was easily one of the best parts of my Hampshire college experience. My time spent as a member of the Sexperts, for example, was an awesome chance for me to be involved in something that I was passionate about but didn’t have the time to focus on in my academics. Through Sexperts, I was able to be apart of a community that was interested in promoting sexual health education and wellness on campus, and eventually, I was able to lead this student group as a “signer” – which was a great way to build my leadership skills and to also complete my Campus Engaged Learning requirement!

During your first year, you’ll need to complete at least 40 hours of a Campus Engaged Learning activity, AKA your CEL-1. CEL-1 activities allow you to make active connections between your academic pursuits and the other areas of your life. Being involved in a student group is a great way to take care of your CEL-1, although it’s certainly not the only way to do it. You could volunteer at different campus events, like the annual Queer Conference, or take part in the Green Dot Active Bystander Intervention Training. You could even take an outdoors class through Hampshire’s athletic/outdoor program and have that count as credit! Just make sure to be in close communication with whoever is facilitating your activity to make sure that you’ll receive credit for the hours you put in. With that said, happy activity hunting!

the top ten things about div I — number four!

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, #8, #7, #6, and #5, and are continuing on to #4!

#4: Getting Involved with New Student Programs

photoIf you’re reading this blog post right now, you’re already on your way to getting involved with Hampshire College’s New Student Programs (also known as newtohamp)! From information to help you prepare for your arrival here to navigating Hampshire, the office is committed to helping you make the most of your time during your first year. New Student Programs organizes your new student orientation, but the orienting doesn’t stop there – throughout the year, you’ll have the chance to take part in special programs and events offered by this office to keep you on track and involved. Have a question about forms you need to fill out before getting here? New Student Programs can assist you! Want to practice giving an oral presentation, but don’t know where to do so? Not to worry, they offer all sorts of workshops to help with your academic work – snacks are always provided!

Through New Student Programs, you can win weekly care packages, eat cake on Cake Friday to celebrate the end of the semester, learn life management skills through various workshops, and more. Jessica Ortiz, the director of New Student Programs, is always available to answer any questions you may have about being a first-year or transfer student at Hampshire. New Student Programs is here to help ease the transition into a new place — so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Contact them at newtohamp@hampshire.edu!

the top ten things about div I — number five!

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, #8, #7, and #6, and are continuing on to #5!

#5: Preparing for Internships and Study Abroad Experiences

Whether you’re looking for something full or part time, paid or unpaid, and/or during the school year or the summer, Hampshire has the services you need to help find an internship that suits your needs. Since you’ll already be exploring many new academic subjects and interests, there’s no better time to begin sorting out an internship than during your Div I. You can do an internship in pretty much any much field, and, with approval from your faculty advisor, may even be able to use your internship to fulfill your Community Engaged Learning requirement during your second and third years at Hampshire. Internships are a great way to dive deeper into your passions and gain valuable contacts and resources for the future! Not sure where you’d want to internship? The Career Options Resource Center (CORC) can help you figure that out as well! The CORC staff is readily available to answer any questions you may have.

My internship with an arts and dialogue/leadership training based organization completely shifted not just my academic path, but my personal mentality as well. It was a truly phenomenal experience, and with funding assistance from Hampshire’s Community Partnerships for Social Change office, it was also completely financially possible for me to work with this organization three years in a row.

In addition to being able to make your internship possible, Hampshire can also help you to plan and organize your Study Abroad experiences (you can study abroad and have an internship at the same time, by the way). Whether you’re interested in learning a new language, exploring a new place, doing independent research, or taking part in a service-learning project, the Global Education Office can guide you to the right study abroad program for you.

Learn more about GEO: https://www.hampshire.edu/geo/global-education-office-geo
Learn more about CORC: https://www.hampshire.edu/corc/career-options-resource-center
Learn more about CPSC: https://www.hampshire.edu/cpsc/community-partnerships-for-social-change

 

the top ten things about div I — number six!

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, #8, and #7 and are continuing on to #7!

#6: Meeting New People From All Over The World

Did you know that students from all over the world come to be a part of the Hampshire College community? With students hailing from all over the United States and over 30 countries as well, there’s no doubt that you’ll make new friends from many different places! This is one of the most exciting things about being in a college setting — you get to be in an environment full of different life experiences and unique personal narratives. Each person you meet may offer you a fresh perspective, so don’t be afraid to start up a conversation. You might meet some of these potential new peers on your hall, in class, in a student group meeting, or even on the bus coming from a Five College class!

Since Hampshire is a part of the Five College Consortium, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the other four colleges in the area and meet even more new friendly faces. It might seem nerve-wracking at first, but introducing yourself to others could end up in long lasting friendships or insightful conversations! I promise, branching out is a good thing.

During my four years at Hampshire, I was always amazed at how all of the folks I’d meet on a daily basis had such diverse backgrounds. There were, of course, things that we shared in common, but what I appreciated more than having things in common with one another was having experiences that made us uniquely us, and being able to bond over those differences. I’m glad to have made friends with folks from near and far who offered me new ways of seeing the world.

Want to learn more about the Five College Consortium? Visit http://www.fivecolleges.edu!