people you should know: rachel brimmer!

Written by summer orientation assistant Rachel Brimmer 14F


My name is Rachel Brimmer and I use she/her pronouns. I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Orientation Assistant for the summer! I will also be an Orientation Coordinator in August, working closely with the Orientation Leaders. My job consists of a lot of organizing and scheduling behind the scenes of orientation as well as answering any questions you may have. I also have the pleasure of sending you the common reading, so know that your books will be packaged with care!

I have loved being a part of the orientation team, first as a two-year Orientation Leader and now I am delighted and honored to be taking on a larger role within the community. Of course, my orientation participation began when I entered Hampshire College! I will never forget when I first visited Hampshire. I had never heard of it before but (thankfully) my mother, being the intuitive woman she is, suggested we check it out on our college road trip and I am forever grateful. Just after one visit, I was certain I would be going to Hampshire. And here I am, 3 years later, passionately working for the college! As an orientee, I was extremely excited to jump in and get started but undoubtedly was super nervous. I didn’t know anyone and my first-year tutorial, Victorian Childhood, wasn’t something I planned on pursuing academically. Despite my fears, my fellow orientees in my tutorial were wonderful and not what I anticipated. I still keep in touch with many of my peers from my tutorial, one of whom I now work with closely through our work as Peer Chaplains and another with whom I collaborate with when they need a dancer to film! My initial assumptions and fears around not being able to connect with folks in my group based on the content of the class have taught me to stay open-minded and non-judgmental. This a lesson I am consistently (re)learning. So my best advice for entering Hampshire is to stay open, be bold, be humble, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Now as I enter into Division III, I hope to stay as open, humble, and bold as possible. During Orientation you can find me riding in a golf cart with my fellow OC’s or wandering campus – please feel free to say hi to me or ask me anything!

During the year, you can find me in Prescott, dancing in the small studio (or literally anywhere on campus, honestly), and with any and every cat I encounter. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! I love making new friends!

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~ Rachel 14F