Campus Visit Etiquette
Why Spencer Chose Amherst
Family and friends agree: my blog is the greatest thing of all time.
"Your blog is kind of a big deal" –My sister
"Just what my rainy Thursday needed! Thanks again, Turkey!"* -My sister’s friend
"I'm now craving French toast. Thx a lot.” –My sister’s friend like two hours later.
"How did you know I was looking forward to some Turkey Time?!”** –My sister’s other friend
And from real live (and soon to be real live) Amherst students:
"I love your blog. So much"
"HAHA you're hilarious."
"I agree, you were wrong; I absolutely prefer your blog longer"
"I guess it was better than the last one."
Want to see your comments in my blog? Email me at SRussell12@amherst.edu or respond to my facebook stat. Stat is slang for status. I mean, noone says it yet. But I'm making it happen.
Now onto the good stuff.
I bought some sunglasses last week in Northampton for $7.95. They look really, really good and the frames are clear so they match any outfit.
Also, I met five tour guides from Fairfield University this past weekend. They were cool people, and addition to racking up a few new facebook friends, I took the opportunity to learn some new tour guide jokes. For example, when passing the mailboxes in the student center, I can break this one out "These are the mailboxes where all Amherst students receive their mail. [Pause.] And since mom never sends me anything, you can feel free to forward any gifts or care packages to Keefe Campus Center Box #1718, AmherstCollege, AmherstMA, 01002."***
Now for part 3 of Campus Visit Etiquette: Research the school beforehand. Tours are growing increasingly obsolete. You can find out almost anything about a school from its website. If the site is difficult to navigate, use the search bar to find whatever it is that you would like to know. If you want to get a very basic picture of what the school looks like, take a virtual tour, and, if you’re interested in Amherst, an audio tour. Take the time to contact the coaches if you’re an athlete, or to research the Theatre department if you’re an actress. US News and World Report is fun and dandy, but that should not be the only site you check before visiting the college.
Why do I say all of this? It makes my job much easier if I am answering well-educated questions that are relevant to Amherst. The advantages of taking a tour in person are two fold. First off, you can get a sense of how you feel on the campus, and secondly, you can interact with a current student. However, briefing yourself on the school beforehand will help a) determine whether or not you are interested in a particular school (for the school and not the rating,) b) prevent many questions from being asked that need not be asked, c) direct the questions you do ask to a relevant aspect of the school or student experience, and d) make me a much happier tour-guide. That said, I will smile and answer your questions fully and honestly regardless. But, I’ll be bleeding a little on the inside.
So the Netherlands lost 1-0. In related news, Bert van Marwijk’s mullet won 3-2. I don’t have much else to say to that besides the fact that Chris Morrison is much cooler than me and I loved spending the weekend with him. Newest prediction: Lakers over the Heat in the 2010-2011 NBA Finals. Kobe will win his 3rd Finals MVP award, and there will be no discussion as to who the king really is.
BIG Shouts to Dapper Dan!
Above: Dapper Dan
Why Spencer Chose Amherst Part 2:
In addition to the open curriculum (see last entry,) I was attracted to Amherst’s beauty. There are no statistics on how a school looks, or how you feel on campus, but I cannot overstate the importance of physical appearance in my college search. Shallow? Perhaps, but I wanted to attend a school with red brick buildings and green quads, with white pillars and a definite and unified sense of campus boundaries. I am in no way saying that this was the biggest factor in my decision, but a legitimate one nonetheless. I think if you are going to spend four years somewhere, it should be somewhere comfortable and cozy.
In closing, I would like to say a few things. Today, I had a terrific tour. I met two lovely families whom I hope will apply. On a scale from 1-Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet, they were a Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet.
In addition, as has been the tradition of late, I will conclude with some borrowed words:
"They would not find me changed from him they knew
Only more sure of all I thought was true."
-"Into my own" by robert Frost
One blog wasn’t enough? Check this one out: Pat's Blog
**Turkey Time= Spencer Time
***Seriously. Mom actually doesn’t send me stuff. And I would appreciate mail to this address.