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, #3, #2 and are SO PUMPED for #1!
We’ve made it all the way to #1 on this list, so you can guess what that means – orientation is just days away!! While you’re likely filled with quite a mix of emotions at this point in time, I can promise you that the anxiety and nervousness you’re feeling now will soon dissipate as you get more familiar with Hampshire’s community. Orientation is designed to give you time to become acclimated in a brand new space without the stress of papers or group meetings; all you have to focus on is enjoying meeting new people and experiencing new things!
Though everything may seem a little chaotic when you first arrive, this will change as the days go on. I still remember my first day at Hampshire as if it were yesterday: searching for J105, not wanting my mother to leave, spending as much time as I could rearranging my posters, lending out thumb tacks to hallmates who would later become my closest friends, and at the end of the day, saying goodbye to my mom and feeling like it would completely be alright.
I encourage you to say “yes” to as much as you feel comfortable saying yes to during orientation. Whether it’s trying out a new skill for the first time, like kayaking in the Robert Crown Center pool, to simply taking a walk through the woods with some new friends, these are the moments you’ll still remember four years down the line as you walk across the Commencement stage – they’re unforgettable!
If you have any questions before you arrive, feel free to check out the New Student Orientation Program page here: https://www.hampshire.edu/new-student-programs/new-student-orientation-program. We can’t wait to see you on Thursday!