As the semester wraps up and I reflect upon the year, I think of all the friends I made, the professors who taught me, and all the opportunities I’ve had. My classes this year have been informative and I’m so happy to have such a close group of friends.
This year, I got a two-room double on the 4th floor of Stearns (down the hall from Victoria!). Stearns is one of two mirror image dorms fondly called Jearns by students (James and Stearns). These dorms are outside the MEAD art museum and are very nice as they were built in 2005. While you cannot request your dorm, you can request a roommate if you know someone going into Amherst. I didn’t know anyone, so I went for a random assignment (like many people do). My roommate and I both happen to be Meiklejohn fellows which is very nice because we bond over our shared identity. She is from NYC, so it can be pretty cool to get her perspective about living in a city. Hopefully sometime we’re at college I can teach her how to drive!
In the mornings, I tend to get up first. Usually around 7:45am or sometimes as late 9:30am. I quietly go out, brush my teeth, and get ready for the day. Luckily, people on my hall are very quiet and respectful, so it’s never too loud in the morning or when I try to go to bed early.
This semester I had chemistry at 9 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then 8am chemistry lab on Tuesday morning. Thursdays, I slept in until 9:30 then got up to do work; however, I didn’t have class until 11:30am on Thursdays. Monday mornings my chemistry professors would hold breakfast in Val (the dining hall) before lecture and it was a great opportunity to get to know them better and for them to get to know me.
In between classes, I would often go to Frost to study. I am definitely the type of person who finds specific spots they like and stick to it. While Frost has 6 levels, I tend to stick to the main floor or go up to the third depend on how much quiet I need. The floors get progressively more quiet the further up or down you go from the main level, so you can choose what you need at that specific time. I like the main and third levels because they have nice windows with natural light as well as a pretty view.
After classes, I usually have a mix of things going on. Sometimes there are specific events that I like to go to, like bonding for FLI students. Other times, I head to frisbee practice and get some tossing in. Afterwards, we go to Val for dinner as a team which is always nice. It’s a good time to grab some food and fuel up while also becoming closer as a team.
Later in the evenings, usually around 8pm, my clubs will meet and we will discuss upcoming events or learn more things particular to that group.
Sometimes there are spontaneous days where I do things with friends I wasn’t expecting. For example, on the snow day earlier this month, I had lots of fun with my friends building snowmen and sledding. Other times, we might walk into town and do work in a coffee shop. This week we went to UMass Amherst to try one of their dining halls. Lets just say there’s a reason they are the number one ranked dining hall in the country. We filled many plates haha.
While daily life has changed a lot, I have found that I love the variety rather than the rigid schedule I had in high school. If you ever have questions about daily life at Amherst College, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!