8:15am: Good morning!
Location: Greenway Dormitory Complexes
Good morning, and welcome back to my blog! Today, I’ll be blogging throughout the day to give you guys an idea of what it’s like to be an Admissions Visitor Relations intern on campus in the summer. The weather app says that it will be 84 degrees today, with rain in the morning and a high chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, though it looks quite nice outside right now. I’ll keep you guys updated on how things proceed; our tours and information sessions will be cancelled if there is lightning.
Location: Valentine Dining Hall
Before I head to work, I usually stop by our only and best dining hall, Valentine Dining Hall (aka Val). Even though we only have one dining hall, Val has a lot of variety, and I can always find something to eat there. This morning, Val has cage-fried eggs, bacon, French toast, red grapes, and chocolate muffins, along with the usual yogurt bar, cereal options, bread and bagels, fruit, and beverages. I also have a cup of my favorite citrus peach juice from one of the juice machines in the back of Val.
9:00am: Morning check-in
Every morning, all of the Admissions Summer Interns and our supervisors meet over Zoom to go over the schedule for the day, bring up any questions or concerns, and go over any updates or reminders.
Location: Garman House
My first work task today is reception in the tent in front of Garman House, which is where our tours are based out of this summer since there is more outdoor space for visitors to wait. Working at reception includes tasks like checking visitors in for tours, answering questions, directing visitors to the waiting area, and letting them into the buildings to use the bathroom.
We have a tour/information session from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm every single weekday. We are currently capped at 75 registrants per session, but we are increasing capacity to 110 registrants per session this coming week. There are usually between four and five tour groups that go out for each time slot, with each group accommodating up to 25 people starting next week. Sign up for a visit here, and check us out on Instagram at meetamherst!
11:00am: Office project time
Location: Science Center
I have office project time for the next two hours, so I decided to move to the Science Center to get some work done. I typically spend office project time working on my blog (that’s what I’m doing right now!), compiling information for the Slate database, and brainstorming for my assigned office project (assisting with fall virtual programming for prospective students — more on that later!); some other office projects that my fellow interns are working on include managing our Instagram page, updating the tour guide manual, and adding tags to past blogs.
Location: Valentine Dining Hall
Lunch time! Today’s main entree is a maple ham and smoked gouda sandwich; other available foods include smoked gouda and maple tofu grilled cheese sandwiches, roasted potatoes and other vegetables, grilled chicken, and the usual salad and dessert bars. As you can see, I also have a side salad with tortellini, Lays’ BBQ chips, and Silk Chocolate Soy Milk. Val makes it easy to create well-balanced meals!
Location: Amherst College
Since there’s no thunder or lightning, I get to lead my tour, as originally scheduled. It’s warm, and there’s only a slight bit of drizzle. Looking forward to meeting some new people and sharing about my Amherst experience with them!
3:00pm: Fall VR Schedule Planning
Now it’s time for a meeting for my office project; there are four interns and one admissions dean working on virtual programming for prospective students in the fall. Right now, we are looking at the topics, registration numbers, and attendance numbers from the spring theme sessions and brainstorming ideas for new sessions and ways to improve on the spring sessions. Some of the spring sessions covered topics such as FLI, STEM, residential life, and first-year experience. If you have any ideas for fall sessions we could include, please let me know!
3:30pm: End of day check in
On most days, we also all meet as a group at the end of the day to go over what happened that day, discuss areas of improvement, and go over reminders for the next few days.
6:00pm: Dinner/Love Letter
Location: Valentine Dining Hall/Moore Residence Hall
After work, I watched soccer with some friends and waited out the storm before heading to Val for dinner. Today’s main entree is grilled tequila lime chicken, green rice with cilantro, and buttermilk jalapeno slaw. During dinner, my friends and I like to play a card game called Love Letter, which is easy to learn and fun to play. Dinner is one of my favorite parts of the day because I get to see more of my friends and hear about all that they’ve done that day.
9:00pm: Suns vs. Bucks Game 1
Location: Moore Residence Hall
Several of my friends and I are pretty big basketball fans, so of course we couldn’t miss the first game of the NBA finals. I personally am a huge Lakers fan (I am from SoCal, after all), so I don’t have that much stake in this series since the Lakers are no longer in the playoffs, but I’m always down to watch some good basketball.
1:00am: Good night!
Location: Greenway Dormitories Complex
After heading back to my own dorm and having a snack of fresh strawberries, I got ready for bed and went to sleep to prepare for the next busy day. Thank you so much for following along with my day, and see you next week!
July 9, 2021