win this week’s care package!

Care Package Front

Happy Friday, 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 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen via random number generator from all of the respondents Monday morning. Ready…Set…Go!

If you had to pick the best meal you’ve ever eaten, what would it be?

how to approach faculty

Written by program assistant Cat Guzman 10F

FacultyWelcome, 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:

  • 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.
  • 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 email 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.
  • Teaching Assistants (or TAs) are continuing Division II or Division III students who help professors throughout the semester. They’re great conduits between you and faculty, so use them well!
  • 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 413.559.5498.
  • As with all campus communication, please make sure to check your Hampshire email regularly. Faculty, staff, community members, and other students will use this email address to reach you, and you are expected to follow up on email 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 start of the semester!

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

win this week’s care package!

Care Package Front

Happy Friday, 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 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents Monday 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?

win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontHappy Friday, 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 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents on Monday. Ready? Okay!

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

the top ten things about div I — number one!

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!

#1: ORIENTATION!

IMG_1624We’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!