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:

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.



people you should know: jon butler!

Written by super secret insider/“summer program assistant” Jon Butler 11F

Jon ButlerHope everyone is enjoying their summer! My name is Jon Butler, I’m your new Super Secret Insider on Everything to Do With Hampshire. They tell me my job title is “Summer Program Assistant,” but that’s just a cover. Armed with video equipment, a bicycle, killer sunglasses, and an extremely attractive squishy foam robot, I will voyage across campus to bring you into the world that is Hampshire College. It’s a beautiful world, and there is so much to know! I’m here to help answer your questions, make sure you are comfortable and confident, and generally run around campus asking questions, having fun, and making videos for you! I am a current Hampshire student, going into my final year (Div. III!), so I have plenty of ideas for things to show you. However, I want to highlight the things YOU want to see, so hit me up on the We Got In! Facebook page with your questions and ideas. Your wish is my command!

I am a transfer student; I came to Hampshire from Connecticut College in 2011, and I never looked back. Hampshire is an incredible place, and every year I find more reasons to say so! If you are anything like I was when I graduated high school, you’re hoping that college will be a bit different. Tired of having to learn things the same old way, sitting in rows and listening to teachers talk about the same old ideas, copying them down so you can study for the same old tests? That is not Hampshire. As a transfer student, I can talk about Hampshire not only from my own experience here, but also comparatively, from the perspective of someone who has attended a more traditional liberal arts college. Get at me with your questions!

I study Marine Ecology, and love everything to do with the ocean. I’m captain of the Men’s Soccer team, and spend lots of time with Hampshire’s outdoors program, OPRA. Want to try kayaking? Rock climbing? Maybe restorative yoga or aikido? OPRA offers tons of (free) programs that are super fun, get you out meeting awesome new people, and oftentimes take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the Pioneer Valley. If you log onto TheHub, click “Search for Courses” and search for classes under the Subject “Outdoor and Rec Athletics,” you can see the offerings for next year. I’m taking Restorative Yoga, because what better way to start your Wednesday morning?

It’s going to be a great summer, and I’m almost as excited to start making videos as I am to meet you all in the fall. Get stoked!

Your Super Secret Insider on Everything to Do With Hampshire,


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