My name is Abby and I use they/them/theirs pronouns and am a proud plant parent. I am a recent graduate of Hampshire College and so excited to be the Orientation Assistant this summer. That title means I get to help assist with all the incredible things the New Student Programs does to make such a welcoming and exciting orientation! As a proud Virgo, it also means I get to organize and file A LOT of things, some of which you will get in the mail like the common reading! I can still vividly remember pulling into Hampshire for the first time, driving past all the farms and what have become some of my favorite local hiking spots, and being greeted by some of the friendliest faces. Hampshire quickly became my home and brought me some of my favorite people! In fact, I was randomly placed in a double and my roommate became my best friend!!
Coming to Hampshire was a really scary transition for me! Not only leaving the familiar people and places I had come to know so well but transitioning into a completely different academic system was very intimidating. Four years later I am a proud alum of Hampshire College. The interdisciplinary system of Hampshire allowed me to study education, youth programing, and photography in a fluid way no other college would let me. It was challenging and invigorating and led me to a three part Division III project I felt so deeply connected to. I had no clue I had such a passion for learning until I had the opportunity to learn on my own terms and was provided the support and guidance to do so. My best advice as you enter Hampshire is to keep an open mind about everything, to leave yourself room to adjust, and that it is always okay to ask for help.
Now that I’ve graduated you will probably find me hiking, biking, befriending any dog that will give me the time of day, hanging with my plants, Instagraming and hopefully answering any questions you may have about any aspect of the Hampshire experience. To know is not enough and that is certainly true with the next few months leading up to your arrival here at Hampshire College. Don’t be hesitant to reach out, I am here for you!
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find me instagramming plants and animals @abbyhanus
~ Abby 12F