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It's a really pretty campus, even though the architecture isn't all that great. There are a lot of open grassy spaces and tre...
It's a really pretty campus, even though the architecture isn't all that great. There are a lot of open grassy spaces and trees, and it smells nice in the spring. There are a lot of really nice people, but there are also some pretentious douchebags; you just need to avoid them. There's isn't a ton to do on campus outside of partying, since there's no town center you can walk to, but Northampton and Amherst center are both bus-accessible. Hampshire is definitely a "hippie school", for better and for worse. It's probably hard to be a republican, right-wing Christian conservative on campus. But on the bright side, you meet a lot of people who are really passionate about what they study.
Most people at Hampshire are hippies or hipsters, so there are a lot of dreadlocks and green hair. But if someone looks traditional in whatever way, they aren't judged or excluded or anything like that. People are pretty laid back about appearances. There's a serious lack of racial diversity, because Hampshire doesn't have a ton of money to recruit minorities; but there's a huge LGBT community. Almost everyone assumes that they'll live in a cardboard box someday.
Sometimes; it depends on who you talk to. There are definitely people who fit the stereotype, but plenty of people who don't.
Hampshire students have plenty of intellectual conversations outside class. It can be hard sometimes, because there aren't a ton of professors available for any given concentration. Luckily there's the five college consortium, though. Literature people should definitely take a class with Polina Barskova. Hampshire classes are very discussion-based, for the most part, although lectures play a role as well.
That we smoke pot all the time while complaining about The Man.
The best thing about Hampshire is the classes- they are small, personal and directed towards topics that really interest me. ...
The best thing about Hampshire is the classes- they are small, personal and directed towards topics that really interest me. I would change the organization here. All the campus offices are disorganized and everyone is on a different page, students are virtually on their own to figure out their schedule, education and ciriculum, if you dont pay attention you could kiss key things that will really screw you over later. The school is the perfect size for me, I always see the same people everywhere, easy to make friends. When I tell people I go to Hampshire, they say, "oh, reefer madness school,eh?" I spend most of my time in my room, in the art barn, in the airport lounge and in the dining hall. Northampton and Amherst are close but not very entertaining. School pride is non-exsistent. Students most often complain about being confused and alone in their academic pursuits.
I am queer and am part of the QCA, and this is good, but not great. There could be a lot more LBGTQ events, but I think Hampshire is very good compared to most schools. I am also at the very low end of the class spectrum here, most kids have parents who can fly them to exotic countries for vacations and send them money to buy hard drugs, but being a fairly lower class student, I do not even feel left out or picked on for it, just sometimes out of place.
Hampshire is inspiring for those who want to be inspired, and it provides a drug full lazy zone for people who want to be lazy and do drugs. You get what you want to get here, you will learn how much you want to and have as much fun as you want to. you need to be self-motivated to come here! There are many other tempting events and stuff going on at all hours and all days. You have to be disiplined!
No. Many people do smoke week and do many other drugs all the time, but there is also a small subfree or partially subfree community. Many people do drop out after one, but they are usually the ones who didn't want to come to college in the first place anyhow. At Hampshire, you get what you give. People here are much more accepting than most other places, but there is still discrimination against minorities.
All my professors know my name. My favorite classes are art and writing class because I actually get to do tons of art and writing. I hate the occasional lecture class, that is why I came to Hampshire! Students are very laid back...too laid back, you can get away with murder here. My major is Studio art and Creative Writing, the requirments for the creative writing department are take whatever the hell you want, the requirements for the art department are take only art classes...therefore i am a creative writing concentor taking half and half.
There are a lot of groups and organizations, but they have a lot of the same people in all of them. Many other people dont really ever leave their room. People stay up very late, most of the campus is up until 2am on weeknights and 4am on weekends and you can count on the dorms being noisy for all of those hours. Last weekend I went to six parties and I drank, there arent many people who dont drink or do drugs to be honest, but if you are subfree there is no pressure to be sub-full, but there arent many events that are subfree.
We all smoke tons of weed, we don't do work or go to class, we all drop out after the first year, are all politically correct and activists, we all respect everyone else no matter of race, sexuality, gender or class.
Hampshire is small in the scheme of things (especially since it's literally down the street-a few miles-from the University o...
Hampshire is small in the scheme of things (especially since it's literally down the street-a few miles-from the University of Massachusetts). It's small in the sense that after a few years you're able to recognize most of the professors' names and most of the students' faces. It's small in the sense that generally you know all of the buildings, where they are, and what's in them. It's small in the sense that it can be very insular. It can be a bubble. A lot of people forget there is an outside world, but there are surrounding communities with a lot to offer.
Hampshire students like to hide and/or ignore their privilege. With a lot of students, this means they pretend like they don't come from money and comfort. With a lot of students, this means they think racism or sexism don't exist at Hampshire. There are a lot of students, however, who try to hold themselves accountable and the institution accountable and try to initiate dialog and create a culture of accountability.
Sometimes professors who you've never talked to know your name.
Two of the best/greatest/most popular events at Hampshire involve gender-fucking: Drag Ball and the Mustachio Bachio. By far the greatest event is Easter Keg Hunt, which admittedly involves alcohol. Is looked at with ill-feelings by the administration. Is completely student-run, student-initiated, and in some ways a coalescing of secret meetings. But when else do you find young folks out in the woods, hanging out together, in the hundreds at 10 o'clock in the morning?
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