Welcome, potential Amherstites!
My name is Tanika Vigil and I am a member of the class of 2010 here at Amherst College. The harsh truth of that fact is that the upcoming academic year will be my last as an undergraduate student as my fellow seniors and I begin to prepare for the realities of life after graduation next May (i.e. jobs, rent, commutes longer than a five minute walk...etc). However, until that time actually comes around (and I am still in denial that it ever will)I am hoping to soak up all that this school has left to offer and thus, have decided to stay on campus this summer as an Intern at the Office of Admissions. The vibe here during the summer is completely different from the regular school year. There is no bustle at our dining hall, although apparently it will be taken over by young summer campers soon. There are no students lounging on Memorial Hill seemingly preparing for finals but probably just looking for an excuse to enjoy the new-found sun. There are no sporting events to attend and no decisions to be made between seeing Anthony Lake speak at Johnson Chapel or going to the study group for your Intro to Geology mid term. Instead, the campus is spotted with students who are working as summer research assistants, are preparing for their upcoming thesis, or are doing volunteer work in the Pioneer Valley through our Center for Community Engagement.
The vibe here right now is slow and steady and has presented me with an ideal environment to simultaneously prepare for my endeavors post-Amherst and to reflect upon all that I have done here over the past several years. So, in light of that reflection, some brief tid bits about myself...I am originally from Boulder, Colorado where I attended a large public school before shifting gears to the Northeast. Here at Amherst I am a Political Science and Spanish double major and I studied abroad in Granada, Spain last fall. I am writing a senior thesis for my Spanish major this upcoming year and will be exploring how Michele Foucault's theory on the microphysics of power has intersected with women's rights movements, specifically the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, in Argentina over the past four decades. Part of my plan for this summer is to complete my request to the college for thesis funds so that I can travel to Argentina in January and do first-person interviews. Last year a friend of mine got $2,500 and spent 10 days in Spain between semesters doing research for his History thesis. Hopefully I will be so lucky...
In general, this blog is intended to provide some insight into one of the many different paths that can be taken here at Amherst. Please feel free to shoot me comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aside from that I will simply continue to ramble...I hope to hear from you soon!