Hi! My name is Sara Gehrdes and I’m a junior here at Amherst College.
Outside of the “World of Classes” (yes, I just coined that phrase), I keep myself pretty busy doing many activities around campus. First, during Orientation, I’m a First Year Outdoor Orientation Trip (FOOT for short) leader. That means that for three days during Orientation, I get to take first-years out on hikes and white water rafting trips around the Pioneer Valley. It’s great to get to know a few first-years, but it can also be very challenging to climb one of the many nearby mountains in the August/early September heat! Besides being a FOOT leader I’m also the Editor-in Chief of the Olio—which is the yearbook of Amherst College. It has been around since 1855 and it feels pretty neat to be a part of something that has been around for so long. I’m also a DJ for the campus radio station, WAMH 89.3FM. My show is every Tuesday from 2-4 (listen in at http://www3.amherst.edu/~wamh/). I’m also a member of the Green Amherst Project where we work towards getting not only the College, but students to increase their awareness in environmental sustainability and awareness. I play intramural sports when I can on my team “The Flying Lobsters of Doom”—we’re the only intramural team with matching t-shirts AND hats. I was also just recently elected to the Student-Faculty Committee for the Psychology Department which means that this year I will be influential in the hiring of a new tenure-track professor.
I also have several jobs here on campus that help keep me busy. I work in the post office, which is often considered one of the most fun places to work on campus. Every time I go to work I feel like someone should make a reality show about life in the post office—I swear it would probably be even better than the Office (awesome show). I also work in the Emily Dickinson Museum—which is located in her actual home. Many people don’t know that she lived here in Amherst for her entire life. Amherst College owns the museum which is how many Amherst students get the chance to work there. I’m also a tour guide (hope to see some of you readers on my tour!). I also just began doing research with one of the several Copeland Fellows here at Amherst. She and I will be working closely to analyze water hyacinths and their impact on lakes around the world.
Although I’m really busy, I swear I also have time for plenty of fun and sleep.
I’ll be writing this blog all semester long about my busy and exciting life here at Amherst so keep checking back. I love answering and receiving emails so if you have a question or comment please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll think of some catchy sign-off phrase soon!