Since passing Div III, I’ve been reflecting on my experience—and there are a lot of things I wish I’d understood from the beginning. If you have not started Div III yet, here are three things you should know:
One unique aspect of the Hampshire College experience is that students get to work closely with a faculty committee of their choosing. A student’s four years at Hampshire are separated into three Divisions, and the committee is an essential part of Divisions II and III. During Division II, students design a concentration based on their areas of interest. In Division III, students complete a major independent project.
As Hampshire students, we’re never alone in our endeavors throughout our years on campus. With more than 40 different offices to aid us in our interests, passions, problems, and questions, it’s easy to feel comforted by the level of support all around us.
As a student intern for Hampshire College’s Admissions office, a big question I often get is: Why Hampshire? Why choose to attend a small, experimental liberal arts school in Western Massachusetts? Why, if you are so interested in complex political sciences and larger social change, choose to go to this rural, apparently isolated college?
Ira Fay, assistant professor of computer science and game design, is also the CEO of Fay Games, a game development studio primarily focused on games for educational impact, as well as a published board game designer. We sat down and asked him a few questions about games, game design, and why we’ve been consistently ranking as one of the best colleges for studying game design.
I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling. I wanted to understand the society I was living in, read everything I could find, and when I had the chance to see other volunteers we sat up late arguing about democracy, justice, and development theory. The experience shaped my lif