Easily the most common question I get on tours is “Spencer, are students here able to balance the rigorous academic course load while still maintaining a slightly outdated but quality nonetheless YouTube channel?” Parents in particular usually follow with “Is it true that you have a YouTube channel with 12 subscribers and 654 channel views?” Just to clear up any confusion, yes, I do have such a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/spencerr12) and it features (for now exclusively) an 11 song Andrew McMahon medley.
Now that we’ve established that I’m probably the funniest kid you know, I can list a few of the reasons why I chose to come to Amherst. Actually, I’m only going to list one in this post so check back for more. Here is part 1 of a new weekly installment I call: Why Did Spencer Choose Amherst?
1) We are one out of only a handful of schools in the country that offers students a truly open-curriculum. What this means for me, is that I can take the classes I want to take, regardless of what discipline they are in, without worrying about fulfilling a distribution requirement. Since I didn’t know what I wanted to study in college, having the option to experiment with different fields helped me discover that I’m interested in Psychology. Furthermore, since I still had a lot of free classes to take outside of that major, I kept experimenting with different subjects, and realized sophomore year that I’m also interested in music. Therefore, along with another third of the school, I am going to graduate as a double major.
That said, I would like to say something else: French Toast.
That said, I would like to reflect on last week’s prediction that I would go RVing up and down the east coast this coming weekend with a mediocre group of friends. I lied. Sadly, at this point it looks like I will be going to Maine instead (awww man,) and my company will be but just one mediocre friend- Chris Morrison. If you know Chris, you could see why this would be a bit unsettling. (See Chris Below)
I have a new prediction though: Netherlands over Spain 1-1 in penalty kicks. For those doubting my credentials, after rearranging my tour schedule to watch many of the World Cup games thus far, I am on a three match winning streak, after successfully picking the Netherlands over Brazil and Uruguay, and Spain over Germany. Look for the Netherlands to strike first and Spain to counter later in the second half. If I am wrong about any part of that prediction, I’ll admit that Chris Morrison is cooler than me (rofl).
Now, onto part 2 of Campus Visit Etiquette: do not walk ahead of your tour guide. Even if you are familiar with the school, which you are most likely not, it is both awkward and weird (awkweird) to have someone who is not me leading one of my tours. A) It is hard to talk to people on either side of me, and B) you don’t know where the tour is going. So, I kindly ask you to be on time, and to walk in such a manner that you are always facing the tour guide.
That may have been too harsh again, but seriously, don’t be that kid (or parent (hint.))
I promised in my introduction blog that I would be short and to the point, because people don’t want to read long blogs. I changed my mind. People do want to read my long blog.
In closing, and in reference to the weather of late: "…It''s so hot up in dis club, dat I ain’t got no shoes on.” -Hurricane Chris.