Hi everyone! Here at Amherst we are all experiencing the Thanksgiving countdown. We are reaching the end of the semester and after lots of midterms, we are all very ready to get our much deserved week off. This week was pretty calm with not a whole lot going on so I thought I’d tell you guys about my experience with the Keefe Campus Center.
When I first toured Amherst I wasn’t sure what exactly Keefe did on a daily basis for students. I knew it housed a bunch of resource centers that students could hangout in, but that was about it. One of my first experiences when I realized one of the many things Keefe provides to the students happened during my first semester here.
I walked into Keefe to grab some food from grab-n-go or pick up a package, and happened upon a table that was surrounded by students. As I walked up to it, I realized there were piles of sage, lavender, rosemary, and other herbs. A few students were showing others how they could tie these herbs in a bundle, dry them out, and then burn them later. I immediately knew my mom would love to know that I did this. She always loves to cleanse the house whether it be with sage or holy water, and knowing that I did this for my dorm room would make her very happy. I stepped up to the table and asked some questions about how to start my bundle and as I looked around I realized I was surrounded by a bunch latinx students! I made a joke about latina moms and always cleansing everything and they laughed and we began making conversation while we made our bundles. I finished making my bundle, thanked the students who were helping, and continued going about my day. Later, when I called my mom and told her about the bundle of herbs I had made, I realized just how cool it was that I had gotten to meet other latinx students in a public space that wasn’t specifically directed to latinos, but attracted them nonetheless. Just by chance, I got to see how some of the more simple and fun things that the Keefe Campus Center provides can be a nice way to be reminded that there are pockets of students on campus that share similar cultural backgrounds as me. It felt like just by walking through campus I was given a little piece of home I could share with students I had just met, and this, especially during freshman year, meant a lot.
So there ya go, just a quick story about my personal experience in Keefe, and how meaningful even a small event can be. Let me know if you want more stories about certain spaces on campus!
See ya next time!