Written by program assistant Cat Guzman 10F
Before break, I visited PARC for the first time. Never heard of this particular name among the many acronyms at Hampshire? The Peer Academic Resource Center has a presence on campus that is actually a few years old, but this year is its first in a public location. Where can you find it? You’ve probably already walked by it a few times! PARC can be found at the end of the library Infobar.
So, what is it?
PARC is a space run by students, for students, and supported by the Center for Academic Support and Advising. Most notably, it houses a comprehensive library of resources that can be incredibly helpful to students trying to navigate the Hampshire divisional process—this means you! During a visit, you can browse through example self-evals; Div I and II portfolios; Div II retrospectives, Div III abstracts and portfolios, and academic tip sheets and guides in their collection, among other things. I know it can be difficult to visualize what the end product of a divisional portfolio should look like—I remember wishing for examples to turn to when I was wrapping up my Div I. PARC is definitely the place to find them!
Additionally, PARC can offer information on CEL-I/II requirements, peer support and advice, and monitored study sessions. The students who work at PARC are returning, more experienced Hampshire students who have been specifically trained to help you understand and navigate your Div I/II/III’s and CEL I/II processes. It was built by students on a simple philosophy: “We’ve been there!” The fundamental idea is that students can help you understand and manage Hampshire in a successful way that advisors, parents, or professors cannot, because they haven’t actually done it before. This is an important truth to recognize as you find yourself asking more questions about Hampshire.
There really can be something to learn and see there for everyone, but the unfortunate truth is that they’re a barely used resource on campus! When talking with a student worker, she told me how they consider themselves lucky to work with one student per day. Why? It seems like not many people know about PARC, especially given it’s new location. Consider this post an effort to spread the word, and I highly encourage you to stop by and visit them!
So, when’s it open?
PARC hours are:
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, 2–8 p.m.
Thursday, 12-8 p.m.
Friday, 12-6 p.m.
They also have a pretty sweet Facebook page with frequent updates—make sure to check it out!
As always, e-mail us with any questions, comments or concerns you have at firstname.lastname@example.org!