orientation throwback — interest day photo collages!

Can you believe orientation ended two weeks ago?! We had such a great time getting to know you and witnessing your enthusiasm and creativity throughout the program.

Speaking of creativity — orientation leaders Amanda Major and Sarina Miller led an orientation interest day group called Snap a Shot: Discovering Hampshire From Behind the Camera, and shared some photo collages from the activity with us. Group members were asked to pair up and take photos throughout campus using the following prompts:

Take a picture of a spot with nice natural lighting.
Take a picture of a place you think will be your favorite.
Find a boring place and take a picture that makes it look interesting.
Take a picture of someone taking a picture.
Take a picture of something that surprises you.
Take a picture of something through a window.
Take a picture of something upside down.
Take a picture of nature.
Take a picture of something that’s been written on.
Take a picture of an eye.
Take a picture of your favorite color.
Take a picture of YOU!

Here’s what they came up with!

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Have questions? Need something? Email us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’re happy to help!

people you should know: elora pindell!

Written by summer program assistant Jon Butler 11F

EloraSometimes, you have to share a room. About 75% of new student rooms at Hampshire are singles. But sharing can be fun, and if you knew Elora Pindell 08F, you’d wish you were in the 25% of doubles with me, sharing space with an awesome coworker.

Elora and I share an office in the Merrill Student Life Center, and we’re basically partners in crime. Together, we fight mayhem and confusion to bring you the best possible new student experience, day in and day out. She’s the summer orientation assistant (read: orientation logistics expert) and definitely someone you should know.

Elora was “born and raised on the playground,” in Philadelphia, PA. She is a brilliant writer, and came to Hampshire through the James Baldwin Scholars program. After her first year, she was impressed with the supportive community she found in her friends and classmates, and became a peer mentor for a first-year Baldwin Scholar. She did her Div. III in creative writing and Africana studies, writing a collection of short stories addressing the intersection of race and gender. The Writing Center was her second home; she worked there as a Writing Intern, helping other students craft and edit their literary endeavors. She also took classes there, and claims it is one of the best spaces on campus, closely contested by the quiet patios behind the Yiddish Book Center.

Elora’s pro-tip for incoming students is to plan a semester to study abroad. It’s a “once in a lifetime experience, just fill out the applications and go!” The cultural perspective is invaluable, and she notes that it’s probably cheaper to go while you’re in school (ask the Global Education Office about grants and scholarships!). She also got involved with the student group Excalibur, which screens sci-fi movies and TV shows with a large projector on Saturday nights. She didn’t expect to join the group, but after going to a screening and loving it, she was hooked. They always have amazing food from area restaurants, and that certainly doesn’t hurt. Elora recommends dropping in on lots of student groups, because they just might surprise you. And even if you don’t like it, most groups have food at their meetings, so at the very least you’ll get some free snacks out of it!

If you want more Elora (which you should), check out this short video describing how Divisions work at Hampshire, she’s the narrator: http://goo.gl/aqffR

That’s all for now, keep asking questions! I’m putting together ideas for videos, so stay tuned for fresh content in the coming weeks.

Your SSIOETDWH,

JB

the top ten reasons to be an orientation leader

Thinking of applying to be an orientation leader, but feeling unsure about making the commitment? Have you already applied, but get so excited every time you think about orientation that you can’t keep your mind on anything else? Great news:

You’ve come to the right place!

We asked current and past orientation leaders to compile a top ten list to describe the experiences they’ve had with the new student orientation program, to give you a better idea of what you can expect as a member of the orientation staff. They think you should apply to be a leader, and so do we! Here’s why:

10. Campus resources! As an Orientation Leader, you’ll likely learn more about the Hampshire campus and campus resources than you have in your first year at Hampshire. A big part of orientation training is learning about these resources so that you can be more informed when working with new first year and transfer students. The information you receive preparing for orientation will undoubtedly benefit you as you continue to navigate your Hampshire experience, and you’ll be super helpful to your orientees.

9. Skills! The skills you’ll learn in orientation training will be useful to you beyond orientation. The leadership skills that you’ll acquire through being an orientation leader will help you to make a positive impact in your community, on and off campus. You’ll also gain facilitation skills by working with your co-leader, you orientation group, and by leading an interest day activity. You’ll build your resume while making a difference in the lives of new students. Sounds good to us!

8. Learning from your peers! As an orientation leader, you’ll be in training sessions with students from all different divisions and backgrounds. Listening to the opinions and experiences of other students when discussing their time at Hampshire can be a great learning experience, and can further expand your understanding of the Hampshire community on the whole.

7. Positive change! Didn’t enjoy your own orientation group experience? As an orientation leader, you’ll have the opportunity to create positive change and help us to improve the new student orientation program. Take what didn’t work for you when you were a first year and make it better for the new students — they’ll thank you!

6. Repeat performances! Can’t get enough Micia Mosely? Love the welcome ceremony? Want to help introduce students to the climbing wall? Looking forward to a new common reading discussion? You can do it all again, and help us to make it even better!

5. Relationship building! You’ll make a lot of new friends during orientation, both with your fellow leaders and the new students coming in. The people you meet could become lifelong friends, all because of the bond you made during the orientation program. (This happens ALL the time!) As an orientation leader, you’ll also become a part of a unique community of orientation staff, a bond that you can carry with you throughout your time at Hampshire.

Golf Cart4. Perks! As an orientation leader, you’ll get to return to campus early, be fed by the orientation program, wear a fancy orientation leader t-shirt, AND receive a $300 stipend. Starting out the year with $300 is a great thing. Who knows, you may even get a chance to take a ride on the orientation golf cart with Josiah Litant and Jessica Ortiz. What’s not to love?

3. Representing Hampshire! Orientation leaders are chosen to be representatives of Hampshire during one of the most important times of the year. As an orientation leader, you’ll represent Hampshire to the community of new students and families, and will have the opportunity to share your experiences with these individuals. It’s an honor to be chosen to represent Hampshire at this crucial time, and something that our leaders are very proud of!

2. It’s fun! Orientation is such a fun time of year, and the positive energy on campus is palpable. It’s warm, it’s sunny, you’re outside, and you’re at Hampshire! Sounds good to us.

1. You know you want to! Seriously, you know you want to, so what are you waiting for? Start your application today by visiting the shared application website. Learn more about what’s required, the selection timeline, and more! Don’t wait — applications are due on Wednesday, March 7!

Still have questions? Come to an information session to learn more about the orientation leader position. Sessions will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 4PM and Friday, March 2 at 2:30PM, both in the Merrill Living Room. Meet Josiah and Jessica and get your questions answered. We can’t wait to meet you!

In the meantime, feel free to e-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu for more information.