Amherst, MA
Hampshire College


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catharine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your gut, not what people tell you.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your gut, not what people tell you.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Most everyone here is upper-middle class. Not wealthy. Most of us struggle to make our yearly payments. But because the tuition is quite high, we (the students) assume that everyone here is extremely wealthy. Not so. Most of the kids here come from the middle class. So there's this weird hatred that everyone carries for the "wealthy" students. We're just hating on each other. It's stupid.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone with strong convictions will do just fine here, no matter their politics. This place is extremely liberal. Everyone is "open" to everything...except when something is too "conservative." This is a great place to be if you're not political, because everyone thinks they are political. Rise above the bullshit, and you'll have a blast.

Miriam
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wonderfulm exuberant, creative, nurturing, and glorious - alas quite expensive.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wonderfulm exuberant, creative, nurturing, and glorious - alas quite expensive.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be enthusiastic about the process. Consider taking time off - college is wonderful if you are open, willing and prepared for it. The experience that you will have is the one that you make. Remember that education is an amazing privalege. Be open and honest and remember to take the time to be friendly to everyone. Be aware of what is going on at school, get ivolved with campus sustainability and the farm program (if you have one). Make music, learn about what you love, love what you learn about. Keep in touch with your family. Appreciate your family. Be true to yourself.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

We don't have a campus center beyond our library/artgallery/post office facility. We don't have anough financial aid - especially to students such as myself who are from iddle class homes, that stil can't afford school.

Hilary
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Totally awesome despite the smelly hippies

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Totally awesome despite the smelly hippies

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Your advisor may seem insignificant but they can make or break the academic program you are trying to give your self. If you are assigned to someone who is difficult to work with, unapproachable or doesn't seem to understand your needs or desires, don't feel abashed about switching.

Dashiell
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Fails to deliver on its promises of a well-rounded, personal-interest guided education.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Fails to deliver on its promises of a well-rounded, personal-interest guided education.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Fraught with idealistic trustifarians without futures.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Any college can provide a rich academic experience if you are truly committed to materializing it. If such is the case, and receiving an education is your undivided objective, the best thing you can do in your situation is find a school that is affordable for you, and one with reputable faculty in your fields of interest. For you other 98% of applicants... The truth is that the movies are correct in their portrayals. Most colleges are operationally designed to be four-year summer camps at which to live out your protracted adolescence. Yes, you might read Edward Said's essay on Orientalism, learn about Game Theory, take up the mandolin, or any other such mind-expanding undertaking. But if you are the type to enjoy Orson Welles films or Marcel Proust novels, chances are you will have done so already, or would do so sans college education. So, don't spend more money on your education than the opportunities it will provide (ie the reputation of the school) are worth, and make sure you're going to a school in a place you'll appreciate, because you're going to be living there for the next four years, plus.

Molly
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

There is a very open program here. We are able to develop our own educational system by picking our own classes and eventuall...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

There is a very open program here. We are able to develop our own educational system by picking our own classes and eventually creating our own project that will help us get out into the "real world." We have evaluations that critique our work instead of grades which just give a letter/number.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions. Don't be afraid to talk to students who are not part of the admissions crew and really make sure you get the bare truth. You really don't want to end up some place you hate JUST because it was the first place you picked or because it was the school that gave you the most money. Have fun and learn a lot! <3

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There is frequently poor communication between students and faculty. There have been times in the past where I have missed very important deadlines because someone did not respond to my phone calls in time or gave me incorrect information.

Hannah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to search through the course catalog at the college they are looking at. Be sure that the courses th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to search through the course catalog at the college they are looking at. Be sure that the courses the school offers will match your needs. Also consider the financial aid the school offers and the increase in tuition each year. Finally, carefully look at the facilities the school offers, including dorms, computer labs, library, etc.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about the small class size at Hampshire and the availability that professors offer.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is often difficult to find the classes needed to complete your major. Hampshire is so small that often the courses you need aren't offered or fill up quickly.

Elias-John
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Weed smoking, and other hippy type activitys.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Weed smoking, and other hippy type activitys.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

KNow what you want to study, and take classes off campus, also drugs and partys are nice but dont get to distracted.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The freedom in choicing classes, and the make you own major aproatch oh and no grades, gpas or credits.

Damariscotta
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Follow your passions and don't give up on the place you really want to go to. Also: your first choice might not actually be t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Follow your passions and don't give up on the place you really want to go to. Also: your first choice might not actually be the best place for you, really look into the off-beat places that people recommend to you. If I hadn't taken advice from a close friend, I would have never found Hampshire College. Plus: first impressions are NOT everything. Talk to students, and not just your tour guide. Ask questions OTHER THAN "Is the food good?" (Your kid WILL find SOMETHING to eat) And... walk around the campus without a tour guide too, you can get a good feel of things without someone blabbing in your general direction. Statistics Are NOT everything. Good luck!

Jacob
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Film/video/photography program, neuroscience, visual arts, computer science/animation, creative writing, social sciences.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Film/video/photography program, neuroscience, visual arts, computer science/animation, creative writing, social sciences.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Part of 5-college consortium with Smith, Mt. Holyoke, UMASS, and Amherst colleges. Narrative evaluations in place of letter grades. Non traditional structure, meaning more control over what you study and how you go about it such as courses, etc. Senior year students only take 2 advanced classes, and spend 80-90percent of their time working on a singular project of their own design.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first and most important aspect to consider is how satisfied and happy you will be in your academic studies. This does not neccessarily mean you know exactly what you want to major in or do but you want to be comfortable in your learning environment and with college there is more of an opportunity to really find a place that suits you, unlike with traditional highschools. That said, it is not as simple as pure academic considerations, but also the social environment and location need to be take into account. I do not believe it is possible to have a good experience at college if you absolutely hate the social atmosphere or the location of the college, even if you are quite satisfied academically. So, you need to think about finding a balance there. However, to be certain, academics come first and I would think it rather silly to go to a college based on the social or location alone or above the academics, since in the end, you are not paying large amounts of money to socialize but to learn. The last thing to consider is the money. College is going to cost a lot of money.

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