Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well. Classes have officially resumed after our spring break last week. The professors are being extremely accommodating and making sure that we put our well-being before our studies during this very difficult time. Today, I am answering quick questions about Amherst. Since I tried to keep these response short, feel free to send me an email if you would like more information.
Also, I would like to say congratulations to all of the Admitted Students of the Class of 2024! PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ETC. ABOUT AMHERST! This goes for everyone reading this post! Due to COVID-19, our Admitted Students Day had to be cancelled, but the Admissions Office is hosting a ton of online panels, Q&As, etc. I love Amherst and would love to tell you all about this place, so please do not hesitate to reach out!
Let’s dive right in to this lightning round of questions! All photo captions are at the bottom.
Name: Victoria Foley
Class Year: 2023
Prospective Major(s): All are currently undeclared and undecided, but I think maybe Spanish and/or American Studies and/or Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (LJST)
Freshman Dorm: Stearns Hall
First Year Seminar: Keywords in American Culture
Favorite Spot to Study: Hard question. Probably the third floor of Frost Library.
Favorite Club: Impossible to pick! I’m active in the Amherst Christian Fellowship, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled— a club that builds community with adults with developmental disabilities— and the Latinx club on campus called La Causa. I was also in the orchestra my first semester.
If I’m touring campus, what should I not miss?
The Science Center. I don’t even take science but I think that it’s just so incredibly modern. It’s also a great place to study!
What made you say yes to Amherst?
The Open Curriculum and the small classes that let you get to know your professors. I have loved my professors here and they have helped me improve my writing and further academic abilities tremendously.
Be honest. What’s a possible downside of Amherst?
As someone who does not favor the cold, I would say the near chilling weather. It already starts snowing in November.
Would you choose Amherst again if you had the chance?
Yes! Without a doubt.
Do you feel like there is a supportive community on campus?
Yes! In terms of mental health, there is a free counseling center that lets you go as many times as you would like. There are also multiple resource centers in our Keefe Campus Center. In terms of friends, I have met some of the most wonderful, amazing, and encouraging people here who I know will be life-long friends even after our time at Amherst. Now that I'm at home, I've already FaceTimed many of them!
When you are not in class, you are...
Aside from studying, I'll be in club meetings, checking out the latest speakers coming to campus, grabbing a meal with my friends, and spending no more than 20 minutes at the gym. Sometimes, I go to Zumba class, too.
What’s it like having only one dining hall?
You will definitely get to see all your friends in the cafeteria, sometimes at once if you go to dinner between 6 and 6:30 on week nights. You will also become good friends with the workers there, too. Every now and then, I also see my professors getting their food, and every once and while, I’ll sit with them with a few of my other classmates.
What’s an overlooked aspect of Amherst?
The Loeb Center, our career and job advising building. It’s amazing, and they have helped me with my resume, cover letters, interviews, internships, and so much more!
How are classes going online?
Good! Some of my mine are done through Zoom.
Any funny Zoom or video chat moments?
This week, one of my professors kept having their cat interrupt the video! It wanted to be pet and then it jumped onto the window and it fell! Pretty funny to watch the cat’s tail appear randomly in the video, too.
What would you say to a rising freshman who said yes to Amherst?
Nice job making a great decision. In the coming months leading up to your arrival on campus, Amherst will send you a lot of emails preparing you to sign up for your first year seminar, packing, filling out your residential form, etc. Stay on top of it! Make sure to set some reminders on your phone about when you turn in your medical forms and other stuff like that. On the day of my graduation party, I didn’t realize that I had to fill out my residential life form for a roommate, and I scrambled to do it right before I had to host my own party. Luckily, the form was short, but it was stressful. Moral of the story: read your emails!
Thank you all so much for reading! I hope this gave you a quick glimpse into life at Amherst. Like I said above, feel free to reach out!
Have a wonderful week, and best of luck with online classes!
Photo captions, top to bottom: Snowy Memorial Hill; the view outside of my window of my freshman dorm; a 3D adult and I at a club meeting; me grabbing bubble tea with my Spanish class!
March 24th, 2020