people you should know: rachel brimmer!

Written by summer orientation assistant Rachel Brimmer 14F

Hello!

My name is Rachel Brimmer and I use she/her pronouns. I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Orientation Assistant for the summer! I will also be an Orientation Coordinator in August, working closely with the Orientation Leaders. My job consists of a lot of organizing and scheduling behind the scenes of orientation as well as answering any questions you may have. I also have the pleasure of sending you the common reading, so know that your books will be packaged with care!

I have loved being a part of the orientation team, first as a two-year Orientation Leader and now I am delighted and honored to be taking on a larger role within the community. Of course, my orientation participation began when I entered Hampshire College! I will never forget when I first visited Hampshire. I had never heard of it before but (thankfully) my mother, being the intuitive woman she is, suggested we check it out on our college road trip and I am forever grateful. Just after one visit, I was certain I would be going to Hampshire. And here I am, 3 years later, passionately working for the college! As an orientee, I was extremely excited to jump in and get started but undoubtedly was super nervous. I didn’t know anyone and my first-year tutorial, Victorian Childhood, wasn’t something I planned on pursuing academically. Despite my fears, my fellow orientees in my tutorial were wonderful and not what I anticipated. I still keep in touch with many of my peers from my tutorial, one of whom I now work with closely through our work as Peer Chaplains and another with whom I collaborate with when they need a dancer to film! My initial assumptions and fears around not being able to connect with folks in my group based on the content of the class have taught me to stay open-minded and non-judgmental. This a lesson I am consistently (re)learning. So my best advice for entering Hampshire is to stay open, be bold, be humble, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Now as I enter into Division III, I hope to stay as open, humble, and bold as possible. During Orientation you can find me riding in a golf cart with my fellow OC’s or wandering campus – please feel free to say hi to me or ask me anything!

During the year, you can find me in Prescott, dancing in the small studio (or literally anywhere on campus, honestly), and with any and every cat I encounter. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! I love making new friends!

You can email me at rbb14@hampshire.edu.

~ Rachel 14F

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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!

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win today’s care package!

Are you ready? It’s time for today’s care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this today’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Good!

If you could share a meal with anyone from any period in history, with whom would you dine?

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Are you ready? It’s time for today’s care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. tonight to be included in the drawing for today’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Good!

What would you love to find at a yard sale?

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Happy Tuesday, friends. It’s time for today’s care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. We hope you win!

If you were only allowed to eat one vegetable for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

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Hey, friends! It’s time for today’s care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Most excellent!

If you had to choose the worst song ever written, which one would you pick?

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Happy Friday! It’s time for this week’s care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. SUNDAY to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents on Monday morning. We hope you win!

If you were to win any existing public award, which would it be?

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for this week’s care package giveaway question!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. SUNDAY to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents on Monday morning. Ready? Okay!

If you could have the world’s largest collection of one thing, what would it be?

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Hey, the week is almost over! It must be time for this week’s care package giveaway question.

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents Monday morning. Got it? Great!

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the top ten reasons to be an orientation leader!

Great news! We’ve just extended the deadline for orientation leader applications to Sunday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m.!

Thinking of applying to be an orientation leader, but feeling unsure about making the commitment? Looking forward to starting your application, but getting so excited every time you think about orientation that you can’t keep your mind on anything else? Great news:

You’ve come to the right place!

We asked current and past orientation leaders to compile a top ten list to describe the experiences they’ve had with the new student orientation program, to give you a better idea of what you can expect as a member of the orientation staff. They think you should apply to be a leader, and so do we! Here’s why:

10. Campus resources! As an Orientation Leader, you’ll likely learn more about the Hampshire campus and campus resources than you have thus far. A big part of orientation training is learning about these resources so that you can be more informed when working with new first-year and transfer students. The information you receive preparing for orientation will undoubtedly benefit you as you continue to navigate your Hampshire experience, and you’ll be super helpful to your orientees.

9. Skills! The skills you’ll learn in orientation training will be useful to you beyond orientation. The leadership skills that you’ll acquire through being an orientation leader will help you to make a positive impact in your community, on and off campus. You’ll also gain facilitation skills by working with your co-leader and your orientation group. You’ll build your resume while making a difference in the lives of new students. Sounds good to us!

8. Learning from your peers! As an orientation leader, you’ll be in training sessions with students from all different divisions and backgrounds. Listening to the opinions and experiences of other students when discussing their time at Hampshire can be a great learning experience, and can further expand your understanding of the Hampshire community on the whole.

7. Positive change! Didn’t enjoy your own orientation group experience? As an orientation leader, you’ll have the opportunity to create positive change and help us to improve the new student orientation program. Take what didn’t work for you when you were a first-year and make it better for the new students — they’ll thank you!

6. Repeat performances!  Love the welcome ceremony? Want to help introduce students to the climbing wall or host a meet and greet? You can do it all again, and help us to make it even better!

5. Relationship building! You’ll make a lot of new friends during orientation, both with your fellow leaders and the new students coming in. The people you meet could become lifelong friends, all because of the bond you made during the orientation program. (This happens ALL the time!) As an orientation leader, you’ll also become a part of a unique community of orientation staff, a bond that you can carry with you throughout your time at Hampshire.

4. Perks! As an orientation leader, you’ll get to return to campus early, be fed by the orientation program, wear a fancy orientation leader t-shirt, AND receive a stipend. Who knows, you may even get a chance to take a ride on the orientation golf cart with Jessica Ortiz and Pam Tinto. What’s not to love?

3. Representing Hampshire! Orientation leaders are chosen to be representatives of Hampshire during one of the most important times of the year. As an orientation leader, you’ll represent Hampshire to the community of new students and families, and will have the opportunity to share your experiences with these individuals. It’s an honor to be chosen to represent Hampshire at this crucial time, and something that our leaders are very proud of!

2. It’s fun! Orientation is such a fun time of year, and the positive energy on campus is palpable. It’s warm, it’s sunny, you’re outside, and you’re at Hampshire! Sounds good to us.

1. You know you want to! Seriously, you know you want to, so what are you waiting for? Applications can be accessed by visiting the application website. Learn more about what’s required, the selection timeline, and more! Don’t wait — applications are due on Sunday, March 5!

Still have questions? Feel free to email us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu for more information.