As for extracurricular activities, I like to stay involved here on campus. I am the Director of Publicity and Promotions, as well as a DJ, at WAMH 89.3 FM, the college radio station. As the Director of P&P, I plan campus events such as parties, concerts, and movie nights. We hold an annual party here on campus called Jock Jams that brings in local performer E603 (if you haven’t heard of him, check out his music on myspace) where everyone dresses up for the sports-themed event. We also hosted an event this past year that brought in New York City-based bands as well as alumni bands from across the country. In addition to being a member of the executive board at WAMH, I’m also a DJ. My co-DJ and I host a weekly radio show that plays a wide range of music – from indie to reggae, old-school rap, and everything in between. We often joke, however, that people tune-in for our witty banter rather than the music. I have to admit, we are quite chatty, but the conversations are great and there are plenty of jokes and laughter. One of the great parts about DJing at WAMH is that in addition to local broadcasting, we have a live audio stream online. That way, we get a wide range of listeners – from local members of the community, to students at the other five colleges within the consortium, and even my parents back home in Pennsylvania and friends studying abroad in France and Spain. It’s a nice way to stay connected to the community as well as friends and family all across the world.
I am also a member of the Amherst College Emergency Medical Service (or ACEMS – you’ll quickly learn that we have tons of acronyms here at Amherst). ACEMS is a student-run and student-staffed volunteer organization composed of trained EMTs and first-responders. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the school year, responding to all medical emergencies on campus, providing both treatment and transportation. I really enjoy being on-call and working for ACEMS. It’s a great way to work in the medical field and participate in community service.
Finally, I am an Admissions Intern in the AmherstCollege Office of Admissions. My job entails giving tours to visitors, assisting Admissions Deans and providing student insight during information sessions, and helping out in the office doing any work that is asked of me. I am really grateful for the opportunity that I have been given this summer, as it gives me the chance to peek into the inner workings of the admissions process here at Amherst as well as interact with all the visitors and potential students that come through the office.
Don’t worry though. Somehow I still find plenty of time to do my work, hang out with friends, take walks in the bird sanctuary, go to Rao’s Coffee (one of my favorite coffee shops in town), and watch my favorite TV shows on Hulu.
I will be blogging throughout the summer, so stayed tuned for future entries. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions. I know a lot about Amherst and love talking about my experiences here. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!