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I wish that I had gone somewhere else for college. This place seems like a dream to a high school student who wants to wish a...
I wish that I had gone somewhere else for college. This place seems like a dream to a high school student who wants to wish about self-exploration etc. but, in the end, all of the self-directed dogma is really a load of crap. When I look at my peers who matriculated from "real" universities with degrees that matter, I feel jealous that I went here. The only thing that I am prepared for is graduate school. I honestly could have attended just about anywhere else and read a bunch of books, smoked pot, and talked politics with my friends without that becoming my major...and my identity. To people considering this place, please do yourself a favor and enroll in a real college,
They burned the American Flag on Veterans day and now see it as a symbol of hate and choose not to fly it at all. http://www....
They burned the American Flag on Veterans day and now see it as a symbol of hate and choose not to fly it at all. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/hampshire_college_stops_flying.html#incart_2box Send your child anywhere else. This "school" uses freedom of speech in an abominably perverse manner.
Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and pol...
Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through: a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place.
Imagine going to school in a densely populated Occupy protestors' camp: the smells of unwashed bodies and clothes, the sights...
Imagine going to school in a densely populated Occupy protestors' camp: the smells of unwashed bodies and clothes, the sights of hairy, unwashed people, the sounds of drums beating and dogs barking throughout the camp; at night, the deep groanings of souls in distress and mental torment; the sense of there being no right, no wrong, no up or down, no east or west, no adults, just angst-soaked middle schoolers in an alternate universe with nothing to do--just grey, bloody senseless clawing at the earth and eachother for something that spoke of life and meaning, goodness and justice, love, mercy, purity--just for a moment.. Each day you would wake up and see, smell, and hear the same cold, overbearing, self-righteous, and incoherent child-people complaining, cursing the cosmos, cursing God, cursing one another, babbling, accomplishing nothing. This gives some idea of what it's like to attend Hampshire. Now place the same camp near some woods and hills that are quite pretty at certain times of year, and you have the whole picture. I attended Hampshire for four years. This wasn't typical--most students took far longer. I had come from a demanding public school, so I was self-disciplined. Most students were not; they were generally rich and lazy, extremely depressed, incoherent, and belligerent. Sadly, I saw many students become deeply and permanently scarred by their experience there. For example, one student became notorious for practicing bizarre, revolting antics on campus closed-circuit cable TV (e.g., beheading animals, performing sexual acts with himself). He invited his brother on the show and promoted it as a time when his brother would commit suicide. Many students were watching. His brother took a cup full of orange liquid, drank it, and collapsed. The host tried to rouse him, and was apparently surprised; it was not intended, but was a stunt. But, in fact, the student's brother committed suicide live on campus TV. This was not particularly extraordinary for Hampshire. The demographics of the school were generally upper income East Coast students who had attended private or alternative high schools. My experience was that my peers were generally very poorly prepared for a rigorous college educational experience. They did not know the basics of math, history, humanities-- hence, the long lag in graduation times. I am now a teacher, and this group would have been more qualified for remedial adult education, such as GED instruction. I also worked in health care, and observed many of the same behaviors here that I saw in inpatient psychiatric units. Classes were not rigorous, compared to others I attended at the local universities with which Hampshire has co-op arrangements; in fact, my high school AP classes were far more demanding than Hampshire's. Sadly, most faculty did not raise the bar for these underprepared students, and the classes generally devolved into the same, tired screeds about race, gender, sexuality, etc--even if the class content had nothing to do with it. This was so often the case that it became pointless to attend class, as the class was not really run by the professor, but by the students, who had nothing new to say, but certainly demanded to say it again anyway. As compared with the campuses I visited and attended classes at nearby, Hampshire was the most intolerant , elitist, hostile, and socially toxic. Drug use, sales, and abuse was rampant; the school had the reputation for being the drug capital of the East Coast- a notoriety that was extraordinary considering its >1000 student size and hefty price tag. Abortions were as common as eggs for breakfast, as were treated or untreated mental illnesses. Students came to class without literally any clothes and no one said boo--just sat there with in class, sitting on overstuffed chair with their stuff hanging (and smelling). Most students I knew were engaged in some form of dark art--witchcraft, seances, wicca, black/white magic, past life regression, talking with deceased spirits. I can think of only student of I knew who could even begin to construct a coherent worldview, have a decent discussion, or form a healthy relationship. (She was a very nice girl from the Queens borough of NYC; blue collar, worked her way through school, hard working. No angst, just a nice hardworking student who was a true friend) I would encourage anyone considering attending Hampshire to factor in not only the 45,000/year tuition, but about 12,000 /year in psychiatric services + a 1,000/year in meds you may need to spend for many years thereafter. There is no way to estimate the cost to your life of the damage this school will cause. I say this with all sincerity and hope that you will consider this as a real warning. I attended Hampshire because I had never visited it; I was told that I was accepted over the phone and attended sight unseen. Had I known these truths about Hampshire and had others looked into it with me, I would never, ever have attended here. I say this with an awareness of others' reviews here; as a whole, they sound much like what I would have written when I attended. In other words, not so bad. But the damage that was being done to many students took years to be revealed. Like termites, or exposure to radiation the damage was done and continuing, but would not be manifested until years later.
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The stereotype of our college is that we're a bunch of hippie stoners, which to some extent is mostly true. I can't generalize the entire school, but there are a lot of liberals, people who don't wear shoes even in New England's unforgiving temperatures, and a bunch of belief-promoting on bumper stickers of cars. There are also some city people, who don't conform to fall under these categories at all, so we're an eclectic bunch.
70-80% OF DORMS ARE SINGLES AYE !!!!1
A person who should go to Hampshire should definitely care about social justice and be a selfless person, in my opinion. A lot of the classes have some form of involvement of social justice issues like women's right's, black power, queer movements, etc, in some way or another. In some classes social justice is big and in others they aren't. But it is always encouraged to be a selfless person who considers others in their work, who wants to do better not only for themselves but for the better of their community.
Hampshire is very secluded. Its lacks diversity and are very few international students or people of color. Academics is good...
Hampshire is very secluded. Its lacks diversity and are very few international students or people of color. Academics is good but the red tape is extremely ridiculous. The social/party life is almost non existent( by that i mean parties and organised events). Everybody has their small click. Some professors are excellent take a class with Aaron Berman for example.
Do not go to this school! Apparently the professors really hate when you miss class, even if you tell them that you had to go...
Do not go to this school! Apparently the professors really hate when you miss class, even if you tell them that you had to go to the hospital. Two of them failed me because of it, and another gave me 24 hours to resubmit a brand new 25 page final paper or I'd fail that class too, resulting in withdrawal. When I contacted the administration to complain about how ridiculous that is, they accused me of "plagiarism" and kicked me out anyway. At Hampshire, what the professors say goes. And if you protest, they make something up as an excuse.
The stereotype is that we're all potheads. Pretty accurate, but not entirely.
Circus club is pretty cool, as is Anime club.
The students are ok.
They're bullshit. You learn next to nothing in your classes, and if the professor doesn't like you they can do whatever they want.
Hampshire College doesn't have lettered or numbered grades. So, really, there no grades at Hampshire. Instead, a students per...
Hampshire College doesn't have lettered or numbered grades. So, really, there no grades at Hampshire. Instead, a students performance is recorded with a Narrative Evaluation. A Narrative Evalution is a document your professor gives you after the course has ended, and it is a through written work describing how the prefessor believes you performed in their class. Narrative Evaluations aren't always good, and they're not always long. To fail a course at Hampshire, is not receive an Evaluation. I chose Hampshire because I believed my work is better reflected in words than a number.
Everything you think about college life is all wrong, yet right at the same time. Yes, people love to party. No, you will not able to drown it out with a fan and sleep through it. Yes, there is a lot of work in college. No, you are not going to be up until 3am every night. Only some nights. Yes, the Freshman 15 is real! No, unfortunately, you will not escape it. I know all that I've said sounds kinda scary, but it's really not. You'll get used to the noise. If not, be the brave person in your hall that tells people to be quiet. People will love and hate you for this. For work, just make sure you do all the readings and finals are a piece of cake. And the weight gain... please, just eat less pizza. It's not as good of an idea as you think. But what makes all these annoying and scary things worth it, are your friends. Be more social than you normally would be. Remember to keep putting your neck out, and talk to people. Because those sleepless nights are worthless without your friends doing the same.
The best thing about Hampshire College is the ability to pursue whatever you want. There are no majors or curriculums set out for you; you create your own academic path. You have a committee of teachers that work with you, to help you create your education no matter what it might be. Also, because Hampshire is part of the Five-College Consortium, I can take classes at any of the five colleges to fulfill my academic needs, even if they are grad-level courses. Hampshire is a place for individuals who want individualised education.
A school where students are encouraged to wander to the edges of their conscious mind, sometimes even into the unconscious, t...
A school where students are encouraged to wander to the edges of their conscious mind, sometimes even into the unconscious, to discover their true selves and what they desire to learn without the input of any outside forces.
Hampshire is best known for the fact that students can create their own major and study whatever they want. It is also known for its student body's drug use, which I think has decreased over the years.
Miranda, Three words (you may have heard them before) : It Gets Better. Trust me, honey, it does. You are trapped in a downward spiral, funneling you towards chaos. But that is not your way! That whirlwind tunneling down, down, is for the ignorant, stubborn, weak-minded idiots that surround you - do not let them take you along! Theirs is a future filled with disillusionment and disappointment; they will constantly be living between weekends, working boring, laborious jobs with a family chosen in high school that they will come to realize they do not love. Yours is a future filled with wonder, awe, love, and inpirational people; you will change the world, one student at a time. Your dream is to teach and inspire - you will do it! Just hang in there a little bit longer! As soon as you exit the premises of that rat-hole you've called home, the world will expand before you. Never forget who you are, and never let others attempt to tell you who that is. I love you, you'll do great things. Love, Miranda
Best Things About Hampshire - The open curriculum, accessible professors, The Lemelson Center for Design, narrative evaluatio...
Best Things About Hampshire - The open curriculum, accessible professors, The Lemelson Center for Design, narrative evaluations Worst Things - Food (SAGA is terrible, but you only have to put up with it for a year or two), ugly buildings Amherst and Northampton are both close by, so when campus gets boring, or you need to eat something other than SAGA food, they're just a short bus ride away. Professors and the administration are easily accessible. Most professors are happy to talk after class or during office hours and students are encouraged to regularly check in with their advisors. The president of Hampshire holds regular meetings with the students, including a weekly breakfast and other scheduled events. The Lemelson Center is great for developing real-world skills. With a variety of machine tools, experienced instructors, and innovative classes, students are given a chance to make things, from swords to electric cars. As an industrial design concentrator, I spend a lot of time here, between classes and student groups, which include the Design Conspiracy and the Blacksmiths' Guild. People (especially parents) tend to worry about Hampshire's lack of grades and majors. Instead of grades, students are given narrative evaluations, which seem to work out pretty well. They allow professors to explain exactly what students did in their courses and to explain the quality of the student's work. Instead of majors, Hampshire has concentrations and contracts, drawn up with a panel of advisors. After Division I (first year), students select an advisory committee for their Division II (second and third years), during which they pursue their selected concentration. After Division II, students start their Division III, which is a yearlong project that represents the capstone of their academic work. This all adds up to a strong educational program that gives students a path to do what they care about and a way to measure their progress towards that goal.
The most common stereotype that I heard while applying was that Hampshire students were all pot-smoking hippie slackers. While there are definitely stoners, slackers, and hippies around campus, we're not all like that. Most of us are incredibly passionate about what we do and we work hard in our classes and activities. Without tests or grades, we are judged on essays and class participation, so in order to succeed, all students are expected to speak in class and to learn to write effectively. Some students come in without these skills, but I have seen many of my classmates rise to the occasion and produce great work.
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