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Andrew Knox '16
Greetings! My name is Andrew Knox. I am a sophomore 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 year 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 email@example.com
Pindar Field Dinner
Hi All! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I know that I did! In fact, I think it was one of the most fun weekends that I’ve had in a long time.
Amherst started this dinner series called the Pindar Dinner Field Series that students are invited to where everyone dresses up nicely and eats a fancy dinner. Our dinner was at The Lord Jeff Inn, which is a very nice hotel in town.
Friday night I went to one of the dinners and it was a ton of fun! You are placed at a table with a group of people that are from different class years and different majors, and you get to know a whole new group of people.
Here is picture of my friend Greg and me at the dinner.
Professor Umphrey, who heads the LJST department, spoke to us at the dinner about her experience gutting salmon while she was in college. It was an incredible story about self-discovery and adventure. I really wish I had the courage to do something like that!
She left her home in Michigan with a couple hundred dollars and travelled to Alaska with only the idea of making some money. She had no idea where she would go or who she would work for, but took a leap of faith and it really paid off.
I also got the chance to watch the men’s basketball team win their third straight NESCAC championship this weekend against Williams (we really aren’t big fans of Williams, so whenever we beat them, which is quite often, we really enjoy it!) Amherst was actually down by one point going into halftime, before they really picked up the intensity in the second half and ended up beating Williams 93-82. Amherst is the first team in NESCAC history to win three straight NESCAC championships and did so in pretty convincing fashion. It will be a lot of fun to see how far they make it in the NCAA tourney!
I hope everyone has a great week! Please feel free to email me with any questions.
Spring Break Countdown!
I hope everyone had a nice weekend! For those of you that had the entire week off last week, like my little brother (not biological little brother, but little brother from Big Brothers/ Big Sisters) Kaleb, I am beyond jealous. But spring break is just 17 days away! (Not that I’m counting or anything)
I thought that spring was coming early this year, but my hopes were dashed. It was almost 50 degrees over the weekend and I wore shorts for the first time since October. It was a great feeling. I absolutely loved it. Coming from Southern California I would have never thought how much I would appreciate wearing shorts, but not that I have gone to school at Amherst I relish the opportunity to wear shorts. I was hoping that the weather would just keep on warming up more and more and that I would be able to ditch my winter coat soon, but I think I jinxed it. It really cooled down the past two days, and we are awaiting another snow storm that is supposed to hit in the next 24 hours.
I have some exciting news to share with everyone! I have finally decided what I am going to be doing this summer. The winter and spring is a very stressful time on campus because everyone is scrambling to figure out what they are going to do this summer. Last summer I worked at Mattel, the toy company that makes Barbies and Hot Wheels among other things. I loved the experience and it was very interesting working at a very large multi national company, but I wanted a different kind of experience this summer. I figured that this may be one of the last summers for me to do something fun and something I am truly passionate about, so I followed my heart and applied to a number of jobs and internships that I wouldn’t have otherwise applied to. I found them through one of the career center’s resources called Quest. Quest has listings of internships that Amherst students can apply for, along with an alumni database.
I ended up applying for a job with a company called Overland that leads hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting trips all over the world. I interviewed last Tuesday and I guess I impressed the people I interviewed with because they offered me a job on Friday! I accepted the job today and I am going to be leading three two-week backpacking trips in Southern Vermont and the Adirondacks in New York. It is going to be absolutely incredible. We are going to be hiking the Green Mountains, biking along Lake Champlain, rafting down the Hudson River Gorge and kayaking the Battenkill River just to name a couple of highlights. I can’t believe that I am getting paid to spend six weeks doing things that I love in a beautiful setting! I am beyond excited for the summer.
I hope everyone is having a great week! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
House of Work
Hi! I hope everyone had a great Presidents Day Weekend! We didn’t have the day off of school today, but I had one of my classes cancelled Friday so I got to enjoy the weekend just a little bit longer!
The weekend is always a great time to unwind and have fun, but this weekend was one of the weekends that just seemed like it would never end! It just seemed like there was so much work to do and such little time to do it. And to make things even more complicated, my favorite show came back this Friday. Can anyone guess what it is?
House of Cards! For those of you that haven’t seen it before, it is the best show on TV. I worked in Washington D.C. over winter break and I talked with my boss about the show, and he said that the show, although it does embellish some things, is representative of what goes on in the capital.
For those of you that are on February break I am very jealous. It must be so nice to have the week off to do whatever you want. I still have to write two papers, take a calculus midterm, drive to Williams for an interview at 6:30am tomorrow and take a corporate finance test on Friday. So if anyone wants to switch weeks with me, let me know! That would be much appreciated.
Saturday was a really nice night with friends. All of my friends on the football team went to their formal and I got the pleasure of driving them around all night (not sure if you can sense the sarcasm). Here are my friends Cole, Reid, Greg and I before they left.
I hope everyone has a great week off! Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions!
Hi All! As someone who is from Southern California the whole concept of a snow day is very foreign to me, but I got my first snow day ever last Wednesday morning. It was actually the greatest thing ever invented. I got up at 7:30 am to go to my class at Mount Holyoke and got the email that Mount Holyoke was closed and an email from my professor who cancelled my calculus class. Turning off my alarm was an amazing feeling!
We got 18in of snow overnight, which was unbelievable. I have never seen such a big snowstorm at once! I ended up using the day in a terribly unproductive way. I don’t know if anyone has seen It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but it is the funniest show I’ve ever seen. I watched at least a season and a half that day. Below is a picture of the outside of one of my classrooms.
It was an interesting weekend for me as my sister, who is a junior in high school, won formal princess at her winter formal. People always ask about what my sister is like and I always say that she is the cooler, smarter, more attractive version of me. The girl kills it. I can’t wait until she comes out to Amherst in a month to visit!
I don’t know who else is excited about Friday, but I know that I am! And no I am not necessarily talking about Valentines Day. Friday marks the return of House of Cards! Below is the trailer for the second season. I highly recommend watching it!
Have a great rest of your week! Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions!!
First Weeks Back!
Hi everyone! I know that I haven’t posted in a while but its been crazy getting back onto campus after interterm! I am still trying to get into the swing of things in the new semester, but I am really enjoying the classes that I am taking.
Interterm was a much needed break from school, but I actually wasn’t home very much! It was a huge ordeal trying to leave school, but after one of my flights was cancelled and I missed a second flight, I was able to make it to my family in Colorado. I was able to see a bunch of friends from high school and enjoy the slopes for a couple of days.
After I got home from Aspen, I spent a week at home before I headed off to Washington D.C. to work at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. They are a regulator that oversees Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. All told, they regulate over $5 trillion in assets. I worked on presentations to translate some very complicated jargon about secondary mortgage finance into English and also on market analysis on private companies that package mortgages into securities for swaps or sales. I worked really hard over the couple of weeks that I was there, and I didn’t exactly get the rest that I wanted over interterm. However, I was able to see some friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time while I was there and I was able to return to a city that I really like.
But I came back to school, somewhat surprisingly, excited to start classes again.
This semester I decided to take Math 106, Corporate Finance at Mount Holyoke, a research seminar on Guantanamo Bay and Legal Theory.
Math 106 is the second semester of the intro to calculus class that I started last semester. I am definitely not the best math person, but I absolutely love my professor. She is the sweetest lady and really knows how to teach math! I actually just finished a problem set a couple of minutes ago, but I am still hoping that I don’t have to turn it in tomorrow because of (hopefully) a snow day! I can’t even tell you how excited I would be if class was cancelled.
That would mean a number of things, including not having to get up at 7:30 tomorrow morning to go my class at Mount Holyoke. Corporate Finance has been really interesting thus far, and it has been even more interesting to take a class at an all female institution. It is a very different classroom dynamic. A couple of friends of mine are also taking the class with me so I am not the only guy in the class, but it is still strange being one of five or six guys in a room of thirty people.
My research seminar is probably my favorite class this semester. Although I have never sat in a class for two and a half hours (who makes a class that long), the subject matter is unbelievably interesting. I am still not exactly sure what I am going to write my paper on, which is very worrying to me, but there are so many interesting topics that I really can’t go wrong.
Legal Theory is going to be the most difficult class that I am taking this semester. Professor Sitze is brilliant and a very engaging lecturer, but is very demanding and is teaching subject matter that is very difficult to comprehend. I am behind in the reading already (shhhh don’t tell anyone), but I think I will use the snow day to catch up.
I hope everyone is having a great week! Feel free to reach out and ask me any questions that you may have.
I can’t believe its already finals week! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
It is unbelievable how quickly time has passed this year. All that stands between me and finishing the semester is a math final tomorrow morning, four pages due Tuesday and a Chinese final on Wednesday afternoon.
Although finals are a huge downer, we had a huge snowstorm this weekend. I woke up this morning with almost a foot of new snow on the ground. It always surprises me how I can go to sleep at night with very little snow on the ground and wake up in a winter wonderland. I guess it may not be as special for someone who is from the Northeast, but being from Southern California makes this somewhat of a rare occurrence for me.
Below is a picture from the freshman quad:
Once I finish Wednesday I won’t really have anything to do until I leave on Sunday morning to meet my family in Colorado, so I am planning on spending a lot of time watching Netflix! However Friday night should be a lot of fun. Friday night is the RC formal. Everyone gets dressed up and goes out to dinner and then we have a big dance party. It should be a lot of fun! I have heard a lot of very good things.
Anyways, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Have a great week!
Last week of Class
Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the cold as much as I am! (kind of a joke) It is amazing how quickly this semester has flown by! It feels like barely any time has passed since I got back to school, and now it is the last week of classes. Now I just have to get through three tests and four papers before I get to leave!
Last weekend was one of the most fun weekends I have ever had at Amherst. Friday night I went to the DQ Acappela concert, which was incredible. They performed in the ballroom of one of the upperclassman dorms and it was beyond packed. I was there 15 minutes early and I couldn’t even get a seat. They had decorations up and everyone was dressed up in funny Christmas sweaters. They had hot chocolate and other drinks and for everyone and it was a really relaxing way to spend a Friday night after a long week of school. While they were performing, we got our first snowstorm of the year. It was absolutely perfect timing.
The next day was possibly one of the craziest nights of the year. I spent the day at Smith College watching friends run in their first indoor track meet of the year, which was a lot of fun. It brought me back to my glory days on the track when I would throw up after every practice and every meet. Definitely glad I don’t run anymore!
By the time I got back at 5 it was already pitch black, but had warmed up. Saturday night is the night that is dedicated to Crossett Christmas. It is a very fun party where one of the dorms decorates every room with wrapping paper and turns it into a giant Christmas themed building. Everyone wears Christmas attire, some people dress up like Santa (like I did) or they wear the ugliest Christmas sweater that they can find. It is amazing how ugly they can get!
Normally there are a lot of people at the party, but this year there were literally thousands of Five-College students that came. It was the most people I had every seen at Amherst at once. It was absolutely nuts. Still a lot of fun, but it was weird walking around and not recognizing a single person!
Normally the downside of a fun weekend means that I didn’t do very much homework, and this weekend was no exception. I realized today that I have a paper due tomorrow that I haven’t started, nor read the book for. Never follow that example! It is a recipe for disaster!! Anyways, I definitely have a long day and night ahead of me.
Feel free to email me with any questions! Good luck on finals!
I hope everyone’s week is going well! I know that I am really excited to go home this Friday for Thanksgiving break. I am really excited to head home because that means that I get to see the family. Saturday will be special because it will be the first time I get to see my sister run in a cross country race. It is the regional finals and after she kills it, its on to State!
Anyways, last week was my birthday and it was a lot of fun to be able to spend some quality time with friends. A bunch of my friends went out to dinner with me and we had an awesome time. Below is a picture from the birthday dinner.
My actual birthday probably wasn’t as fun as I would have liked though. I ended up staying up until 3:30 in the morning doing hw and creating the sports section of the newspaper. Below is the link to an article I wrote in the sports section about the risk of head injuries in football.
The end of the week was the highlight for me. I took the bus to Waterville, Maine to see a friend from high school. She had visited last year, so it was only fair that I head up there.
Little did I realize how long it would actually take to get there! I took the bus Thursday afternoon and it took me 10 hours to get there. Apparently, it only takes four hours if you drive straight there. When I finally did arrive there, it was a little chillier than it was back in Amherst.
I had never been to Colby, and even in the darkness I was struck by how beautiful the campus was. I quickly found out though that there was very little to do outside of the campus, which made me feel a little claustrophobic. But I wasn’t there to do things off campus.
This is a picture of the two of us before a concert we went to.
My friend Erin and I went to a concert Saturday night by Group Love, which was a lot of fun. It was her birthday present to me. One of their most well known songs “Ways to Go” is below
Although the weekend was a lot of fun, it was way too short! At least the bus ride Sunday was only eight hours!
I hope everyone is having a great week. As always, let me know if you have any questions!
This weekend was fantastic! After a Halloween consisting of studying for a calc midterm and a Chinese test, it was awesome to have my family visit for the weekend.
Thursday we did trick or treating on the first year quad. All of the first year RCs had buckets of candy to handout along with prizes for best costume.
This is a picture of my friend Victoria and I in our costumes in a friend’s dorm. Im supposed to be a surfer and she is Batman.
My parents got in Friday night and we went out to dinner together. It was the first time I had seen my mom since August 12th when I had to come to school for RC training. It was awful because her birthday was August 13th and I didn’t get to celebrate with her!!
I saw my dad a couple of weeks ago when he was out here on a business trip, but it was still really nice to see him. We talk every day, so it was nice to see him in person again.
My parents and me.
We went to the football game together the next day, which was a ton of fun. A bunch of friends and their parents had tailgates set up and we hung out with them. It was an awesome game to watch as Amherst won 17-16. It was nuts! Trinity drove down and scored with a couple of minutes left in the game, but missed the extra point! Unbelievable. Everyone in the stadium was in shock that they missed such an easy kick.
My friends Carlos, Devin and me.
After the game we went to a great jazz performance. They had two vocalists that performed along side all of the performers. I wish I had video or something to show you of the performance, but you are just going to have to take my word that the performance was great!
We had dinner with my roommate from last year and his family for the second year in a row. It is quickly turning into an annual occurrence! We went to a fantastic restaurant that I have never been to before called the Lumberyard. It was great to be with him and his family and spend a great evening together.
My roommate from last year Sam, Devin and me.
I think the worst part of Parent’s Weekend is how fast it ends! It seemed like just as quickly as my parents got here, they were already headed back to LA. Thank goodness Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
As always email me with any questions! Have a great week!!