people you should know: rachel brimmer!

Written by summer orientation assistant Rachel Brimmer 14F

Hello!

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!

You can email me at rbb14@hampshire.edu.

~ Rachel 14F

welcome to the newtohamp blog!

On behalf of the office of new student programs at Hampshire College, we’d like to welcome you to the newtohamp blog. Here you’ll find updates on academic requirements, events sponsored by the office of new student programs, tips from current students on navigating your first year at Hampshire, and posts by guest bloggers on all things new students. We don’t want you to miss a thing!

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Are you ready? It’s time for today’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. TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this today’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Good!

If you could share a meal with anyone from any period in history, with whom would you dine?

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Are you ready? It’s time for today’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. tonight to be included in the drawing for today’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Good!

What would you love to find at a yard sale?

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Happy Tuesday, friends. It’s time for today’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. TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. We hope you win!

If you were only allowed to eat one vegetable for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

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Hey, friends! It’s time for today’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. TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Most excellent!

If you had to choose the worst song ever written, which one would you pick?

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Happy Friday! 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. SUNDAY 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 morning. We hope you win!

If you were to win any existing public award, which would it be?

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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. SUNDAY 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 morning. Ready? Okay!

If you could have the world’s largest collection of one thing, what would it be?

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people you should know: claire saboe!

Written by program assistant Claire Saboe 16F

img_5191Hi! My name is Claire and I use she/her/hers pronouns and am currently a Div I student. My interests consist of philosophy, ethics, and the role that sexism plays in how sexual education is taught, especially in grade-school. For now, I’m writing to you as the new New Student Programs Program Assistant! This job consists of helping Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs, compile data, organize, work on the blog, and general administration duties. New to the school, and part of a really awesome set of friends, I’ve become such a Hampshire cheerleader!

Yet, originally coming to Hampshire, from Northern California (so far away ah!), applying so many months before actually going, and moving across the country, I was scared and fascinated about what my Hampshire life would end up looking like. However, throughout my nearly three month stay, I’ve been able to participate in many of the New Student Programs and orientation events, such as kayaking on the pool, and through these events I’ve found such a wonderful outlet. I’ve also been able to watch environmental documentaries in FPH, listen to lectures on racism in the U.S., color multiple times at coloring night, and sit in awe as many other students perform at open mic. With these events, I’ve met new friends and opened my eyes to the wonders that Hampshire has to offer.

Thus, now being able to actually working with Jessica, I’m extremely excited to be able to be part of a program that functions to benefit students (like myself) that are fresh to Hampshire and help get the word out about!

Want to meet Claire? Stop by New Student Programs drop-in hours on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. Either Claire or Jessica will be on hand during this time to answer questions, share information about upcoming programs, and hear how things are going. We hope to see you soon!