Andrew Knox '16
Greetings! My name is Andrew Knox. I am a junior from Palos Verdes Estates, a stones throw away from the beautiful beaches of Southern California. Although I grew up near the beach, I’ve never been much of a surfer, I focused on football instead, and I was lucky enough to be a recruited wide receiver. Although I no longer play football, If I had to go back and make the decision all over again, I would choose Amherst again in a heartbeat.
I am majoring in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. In addition to my studies I am also a Big Brother with the Big Brother Big Sister Program of Hampshire County and a tutor for A Better Chance. I am also the managing editor of the sports section which is a lot of fun! I will be sure to post articles and things every week from the paper. What you will notice very quickly is that I am terrible with technology! I definitely need to work on that!
I thoroughly enjoyed my first two years at Amherst and am looking forward to experiencing the full range of seasons and making memories in Massachusetts. Please email me with any questions, thoughts, or concerns that you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Abroad Milano
I am so sorry that I haven't posted in a little while, but this semester has been an absolute whirlwind. I’ve been in Milan for a little over a month, and I absolutely love it here! Although it was difficult to leave Amherst for the semester, my experience has been a much-needed change of pace.
However, getting here was an absolute nightmare! I was supposed to fly from Los Angeles to Newark to Milan on a Thursday but due to an incredibly long delay in Los Angeles I would have missed my connection in Newark and would have been stranded overnight. So I decided to restart Friday and eventually made it to Milan Saturday morning and met my roommate from Amherst, Reid.
The view of the Alps on my descent into Milan.
We spent the weekend exploring the weekend and acclimating to the city before we started our adventure at IES Milan on Monday.
Reid moved into his incredibly apartment with 5 other IES students and one Italian grad student that lives in all of the IES apartments as a guide and resource. I moved into my homestay not really knowing what to expect. But I can honestly say I would do a homestay again in a heartbeat. If you are thinking about going abroad, you have to live with a family.
My family is made of up eight members: Marco, Caterina, Matteo, Pietro, Davide, Mia, Eva and Rocco. Marco is an equine gynecologist, which I didn’t know existed, and Caterina is in charge of running a household of four boys. Matteo is 18 and is in his final year of high school studying theater. Pietro is 15 and is in his second year of high school studying Latin and Greek. Davide is 11 and has an endless amount of energy! Eva and Mia are the family’s two cats and Rocco is an English Border collie puppy.
Spending time with my Italian host family has been a very interesting view into the life of a typical Italian family, and has added a lot to my overall experience.
As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions!
Homecoming at Amherst is one of the most fun weekends of the year at the College. It’s incredibly fun to see friends that have graduated and have come back to Amherst. I saw a number of friends that I haven’t seen in a while which was a ton of fun!!
This homecoming was especially fun considering ESPNU was on campus shooting a special for their Road Show. They were on hand to experience one of the fiercest rivalries in the nation.
Here is a press release about why they came to Amherst:
This past weekend marked the 129th meeting between Amherst and Williams. Although Williams did not have a very good season and finished 2-6, the game is always incredibly intense.
Amherst entered the game at 7-0, and was looking for their third perfect season in six years. Amherst was outplayed throughout the first half, but ended up pulling out a hard fought win 17-9.
Here are the highlights!
To Study Abroad or to Stay at Amherst: That is the Question
Happy November! The past couple of weeks have been incredibly hectic. Beyond the rigors of school and other extra curricular, I have been bogged down with an incredibly agonizing decision; whether or not to study abroad in the spring.
Maybe study abroad is a decision that you have contemplated, or something that you did in high school, but this decision is much more difficult than the decisions I made during my sophomore and junior years of high school. In the spring of my sophomore year I studied at a high school in Beijing, and my junior year I studied at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) in Washington D.C. I have attached the links for both schools below.
Beijing No. 80 High School: http://www.admissions.cn/bj80/
SEGL was an incredibly transformative experience for me, and I can honestly say that the time I spent there was some of the most meaningful. If any of you are younger readers, you must look into it!!
Anyways, getting back to the decision on whether to study abroad in the spring, I have been incredibly torn about whether to go to Milan or stay at Amherst. There are so many pros and cons to both decisions, and this has been an agonizing and harrowing process.
In the end, I have decided that I can’t pass up on the opportunity to spend the spring in Milan. This truly is an incredibly opportunity to spend an extended period of time in Milan and to explore. I can’t wait to see the sights!
Canals in Milan:
I am really looking forward to the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, which is something I haven’t had the opportunity to do as of yet. If anyone has recommendations or things to do and places to see, please send them along!
There are both positives and negatives about going to school on a different coast than your family. Positives: new culture (yes the East Coast has a different culture than the West Coast), meeting new types of people, seasons, etc. Negatives: being on a different coast than your family, seasons, etc.
This weekend was parents weekend at Amherst, and although my parents coudn't make it, it was still a lot of fun! The weekend was absolutely beautiful even though it had rained heavily the couple of days prior to the game. The weather cleared up and was a lovely 70 degrees. This is a picture of me at the game with my girlfriend Nell:
Plus, the Amherst football team absolutely demolished Tufts 30-3. All seven of my roommates play football, and a couple of them made major impacts. One roommate is the starting center, and another is a starting middle linebacker. This is a picture of three of my roommates from their formal last winter:
The highlights from the game are below:
For those of you interested in journalism, there are ample opportunities to get involved in all aspects of life at Amherst, particularly in athletics. The pictures and highlights from the game were produced and edited by a student at Amherst, who also happens to be the star of the women’s basketball team. If you are more interested in print journalism, you can work with me at the Amherst Student! The Student is a student run, independent, weekly newspaper that covers all facets of student life at Amherst. I co-lead the sports section and I am responsible for four pages of content and a staff of roughly 20 writers. It is a lot of hard work, but also a ton of fun!
As always, please send me an email if you have any questions! Enjoy the rest of your week!!
Fall in New England
Can you believe it's already the middle of October? I know that I can't believe it. This year is flying by! It seems like only yesterday that I moved in as a wide-eyed first-year, and now I am halfway done at Amherst.
I have found myself incredibly busy, this fall as my courses and extracurricular activities have kept me on my toes. This semester I am taking two courses off campus, as well as finishing my last two requirements for my LJST major. I am taking Law’s History with the chair of the LJST department, Martha Umphrey and 20th Century American Legal Theory with Professor Delaney at Amherst College. I am especially excited about the Legal Theory course. Throughout the semester we will examine different iterations of legal theory. We just finished our unit on legal realism and are just starting a unit on legal formalism. Each of the students in the class are responsible for viewing a particular topic through the different lenses of legal theory. I am doing my project on labor and the current drive to unionize major college football.
This semester, I am also taking advantage of the ability to take courses off-campus. When I was looking for courses last spring, Intro to Sports Law at UMass jumped out at me. The professor was widely regarded as one of the premier minds in sports law. He is the outside counsel for the Baltimore Orioles, and has a wide range of experiences in the sports industry. I am also taking a Political Science class with an outstanding lecturer who also teaches at Mount Holyoke.
As you read this, I am currently procrastinating writing a short response paper for my Legal Theory course. Instead of writing the paper, I am reminiscing about yesterday’s Amherst football game. Although I don’t play football anymore, my seven roommates do. I drove down to Middletown, CT. to watch Amherst conquer the Wesleyan Cardinal. It was the most incredible game I have ever seen. Amherst beat Wesleyan 33-30 in overtime to stay perfect on the season. The highlights below will give you a better description of the game than I ever could. Enjoy!
Please be sure to send me any questions you may have! Until next week…