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Andrew Knox '16

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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  aknox16@amherst.edu

Can you say SPRING?

Spring is finally here! I don't think I've been this excited for spring since...well last spring! I don't know about anyone else, but I have gotten a little bored with the cold and the prospect of warm weather the rest of the school year is beyond exciting.

 

Sorry I haven't blogged in a little while, but we just got back from spring break and I have been absolutely swamped with with work! It really is the home stretch. I can't believe that we have six weeks of school left. It seems like just the other day I arrived on campus in August for RC training and now its all coming to a close. Its a pretty scary thought becasue before I know it my time at Amherst will be done and I will be gone. Some words of advice: cherish every day here! 

 

Although I am very excited to be back on campus, spring break provided a much needed respite from school work. I went back home to Southern California and brought some friends home with me who had never been to Los Angeles before. We had a blast! We basked in the sun all week and loved the 70 degree weather anticipating how lovely spring time at Amherst is going to be. 

 

We did a ton of really fun things too. We went to the Clippers vs. Cavaliers basketball game one night (I felt like I was betraying my Lakers, but two of my friends are from Cleveland), went to the Book of Mormon (absolutely hilarious) and did a number of other touristy things.

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Here is a picture of the four of us before we went to the basketball game 

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This is from when we went to the Book of Mormon

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Picture of breakfast from Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles

 

The other exciting part of spring is spring formal season and getting to share it with your friends. I went to formals with two friends of mine over the weekend and was able to share the experience with my girlfriend. I have always found that these events are always a ton of fun and a great way to have fun with friends who you may not see as often.

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As I am sitting writing this entry all I can think about is a research paper that I have to write for one of my classes. Anyone an expert on habeas corpus? Please send me an email and give me some pointers. I will let you know how it goes this weekend! 20 pages to go!

 

As always, please email me if you have any questions! Have a great rest of your week.

 

48 HOURS

Hi All! How is everyone’s week going? I hope it is going as well as mine is! I will be at the airport headed back to Los Angeles in 48 hours, so life can’t get much better. I was talking with my family the other day and they said that it was going to be 80 degrees this weekend. It is going to be so nice to finally be able to wear shorts! 

I kind of feel badly that everyone has so much work right before the break and that I don’t have a lot. I have a couple of friends that have multiple papers and midterms this week, and I only have one paper. I’ve got to say though, having a lot of work due after the break is even worse. One of my professors assigned somewhat of a major assignment due the Monday we get back to school and I have a couple of other major assignments due that week as well.

I am still not sure when I am going to do it all! A couple of my friends are coming to my house for the week and we are going to have a great time together, but I won’t be able to do any work while I am at work.

We are going to go to the Clippers vs. Cavs game on Sunday night because two of my friends are from Cleveland and enjoy watching their hometown team getting destroyed.

I am most excited to go see The Book of Mormom while I’m home. Everyone has said that it is unbelievably funny and that it’s a fantastic play.

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great week! Anyone that is about to go on spring break have a great time. I know that I will!!

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.

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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?

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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.

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I hope everyone has a great week off! Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions!

Snow Day!

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. 

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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!

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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. 

Finals Week!

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: 

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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!

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