Is the World Your Oyster?

oysterConventional wisdom tells us the world will be your oyster after you complete your BA. And while that sounds lovely, it may feel more like the world is filled with oysters. How on earth are you supposed to figure out which ones hold a pearl?

In other words, when and how do you begin to map out your first steps beyond Hampshire?

Contemplating this transition can be daunting when you’re deep into your Div III. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be an either/or. Whether your Div III is research-based, experiential, analytical, or creative, the skills you’re developing and using during your final semesters at Hampshire are all applicable to preparing for life after graduation.

For instance, we’re guessing your Div III process requires you to…

  • Identify where to find needed information, materials, or resources
  • Ask questions and discover answers
  • Trust that every finished product is the result of many, many drafts or iterations
  • Create a plan while remaining flexible and receptive to feedback
  • Stay organized and on-task amidst competing responsibilities and priorities
  • Take care of yourself, especially when you’re stressed or overwhelmed
  • Reach out for advice, guidance, ideas, connections, and encouragement

Like working on your Div III, determining your post-Hampshire direction requires time, creativity, and support. You already have the necessary skills — and we hope you’ll also turn to CORC for help putting them to work for you.

Come on up to the third floor of the library for a workshop, schedule an appointment with Carin, Jena, Sharón, or Carrie, or just stop by to browse our library, check out our gallery, and have some tea.

And in the meantime, check out the Especially for Div IIIs page on the CORC website, a collection of resources you can explore on your own time and at your own pace. The world is your oyster. Let CORC help you crack it open.

Div III Titles

Are you finishing Div III this semester? Look back at your Div III proposal. It should have a title that you are happy with. The title does show up on the first page of your transcript. So make sure the title helps future employers and graduate schools understand what you have studied and done! Talk to your committee if you want feedback on your title.


sitesblogsFriday Nov. 14 12 p.m. in the library, 3rd floor

Learn how to use WordPress at Hampshire ( to create and publish a research process blog, document your final project, and share it with the world! We’ll share tips for setting up your blog, navigating the WordPress interface, and share examples of Div III and other student project blogs. This workshop is for all levels of WordPress users

Div III Night at the Tavern 11/13

Join us for DIV III NIGHT in the Prescott Tavern November 13, 8-10 p.m. Sponsored by the Graduate Gift Challenge!

Food, beer, wine (proper ID required), and soft drinks available. Help us kick off this year’s Graduate Gift Challenge, ALL DIV III’S ARE WELCOME!

THE CHALLENGE: In honor of the 60 students set to complete their Division III’s this December, Jonathan and Ellie Lash have offered a challenge to the graduating class. If 50 members of the class make a gift by December 31, 2014, they will donate $10,000 to Hampshire College!

Sponsored by the Graduate Gift Challenge (GGC) and Hampshire Fund.


guiltFeeling guilty about how much (little?) work you got done this week? Guilt is rarely a productive emotion. We can spend a fair amount of time and energy feeling guilty and thinking we just need to “do more.” Doesn’t sound particularly motivating, does it? It is more productive to try to change the future than fret about the past.

Of course it helps to know what did not go well this week. Think about what interfered with getting work done and then move forward in concrete ways to minimize that issue.

So, instead of giving guilt much power, make a plan. A plan for the coming week is important. It works best if it is a specific plan – not just “do more” but do some specific tasks/develop helpful routines. Map out your week. You might set specific goals for how much time you will work each day, where and when. If you meet your time goal, you don’t have to feel guilty about how much writing or production you did. And clearly, scheduling more time will eventually lead to getting more product as well.