welcome — from an orientation leader!

Orientation starts in just 16 days, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Hampshire College. Once you arrive, you’ll be guided through orientation by a pair of student orientation leaders who have been trained to help ease your transition to Hampshire. There are 66 orientation leaders in all, and they’re so excited to meet you. Want to learn more about what to expect? Here’s a note from Sal Migliaccio 11F, who will be an orientation leader for the second time this fall:

Future classmates/coworkers/friends:Sal

Orientation is just a few weeks away! Awesome, right? While I couldn’t be more excited to see all of you on campus, I’m sure you’re having a mix of emotions at this point in the summer.  Unfortunately, the combination of anxiety and nerves you are feeling won’t go away until you finally arrive and jump into Hampshire full swing. For your first four days at Hampshire, you won’t have to worry about course work or papers or group meetings. Instead, you’ll have time to share with students, new and old, as you navigate your way into college life at Hampshire.

Ironically, your first day of orientation may prove to be a bit disorienting. I know I’ll never forget opening the door to Dakin J102 (shout out to its future resident!). A cheery orientation leader helped me lug all my stuff inside. There was an empty bed, desk, a blue chair, and an odd shade of green on the wall. That sight is going to be overwhelming but, in just a matter of days, it will be filled with things and people you love.

I made some of my strongest friendships at random during my orientation week. That same Orientation Leader who helped move my stuff is now my good friend and modmate. So you never know — the group of people you decide to each lunch with might someday make up the residents of a sweet spot in Greenwich (spoiler alert: the rooms are all the same size). You might end up collaborating on a project with that Dining Commons student-worker who cleaned your dishes. That person who gave your campus tour suddenly becomes your coworker at the Admissions Office.

So when you get here at the end of the month, be prepared to have an unforgettable time. Oh, and be sure to check out the orientation schedule before you arrive. Can’t wait to see you all soon!

Don’t forget to breathe,

Sal Migliaccio (11F)

welcome to our 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!

Can’t make it to one of our programs? Check back here for a post-event report with information on what you missed and how to get in touch with presenters. Looking for advice from current students? We’ll have current students posting their best pieces of wisdom from their first year experiences. Have questions, but don’t know who to ask? We’ll cover that too, by introducing the individuals that can help you to make the most of your first year at Hampshire.

Stay tuned!

what is newtohamp?

Great question! We’re glad you asked.

newtohamp is the tagline for the office of new student programs that connects all of our internet and social media outlets, and makes it easier for you to get the information you need. Trying to find us on Facebook? Add /newtohamp to the Facebook URL. The same is true for Twitter, our Hampshire College website, and our Hampshire blog site. Want to send us an e-mail? Send to newtohamp@hampshire.edu. See? Easy!

So, what is the office of new student programs? The office of new student programs is a super helpful resource for all new first year and transfer students. Our office exists to help ease your transition to life at Hampshire, and we strive to keep you as informed as possible. Our support extends throughout your entire first year at Hampshire, no matter what semester you begin here. Through outreach, programming, and resource sharing, we’ll help you to navigate the transition and make the most of your first year.

If you’re a new student, you’ve probably already encountered some examples of our outreach, but here’s a full list:

  • The New Student News is a monthly newsletter that offers information about important dates and deadlines and helpful hints about campus life. We’ll send it to your inbox when it’s ready, but it’s always available on our website.
  • Our Facebook and Twitter pages give up to date information about special programs and giveaways, and allow you to join in the discussion about life at Hampshire with other new students.
  • Our bulletin boards in Dakin and Merrill Houses highlight important topics to get you thinking about the first year program. Did you see “The Top Ten Things Aboit's fun to be div Iut Division I”? Look out for a new installation about the CEL-1, coming after fall break.
  • It’s Fun to Be Div I buttons are free to all Division I students, courtesy of our office. Because it is!
  • Wondering what we’re up to? Our logo will point you to all of our programming efforts. Look for the newtohamp logo on fliers to see which programs are sponsored by the office of new student programs. Stickers with our logo are available through our office. Want one? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu and we’ll send one your way.

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back often. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs!

welcome to our 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 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!

Can’t make it to one of our programs? Check back here for a post-event report with information on what you missed and how to get in touch with presenters. Looking for advice from current students? We’ll have current students posting their best pieces of wisdom from their first year experiences. Have questions, but don’t know who to ask? We’ll cover that too, by introducing the individuals that can help you to make the most of your first year at Hampshire.

Stay tuned!