Message from Dean López:
Welcome to Amherst College. I look forward to getting to know you as you embark on four years of self-discovery and intellectual growth. I am excited to help guide you as you explore your own interests, and as you discover what your distinctive mark will be on our shared community and upon the world.
As Dean of New Students, I am responsible for your orientation to the College and for helping to guide you through your first year at Amherst College. Whether you are starting college for the first time or are an incoming transfer student, you can turn to me for any help you might need with academic or other issues. I hope to get to know as many of you as I can, and encourage you to email me over the next few weeks if you have questions (email@example.com
When not in the Office of Student Affairs, I am a professor in History and in Environmental Studies. I grew up on the US-Mexican border and came to Amherst College in 1989 as a first-year student, just as you are now. After graduating from Amherst College in 1993 I worked in the museum field, then as a professional archaeologist, and then as a middle school teacher, before entering Yale graduate school to earn my PhD in Latin American history. I eventually had the good fortune to return to teach at Amherst College in 2002. Since that time I have published a book and a number of articles on indigenous ethnicity, international modernism, and nation formation after the Mexican revolution of 1910. My current book project on environmental history seeks to understand how nineteenth-century Mexican nationalists’ views of nature and landscape impacted their efforts to transform their diverse population into a modern nation.
As I look back upon my four years as a student at Amherst College, I appreciate how transformative that time was upon my life. I explored existing interests and delved into new passions inside and outside the classroom. Through lively debate with peers and roommates and through close collaboration with faculty I became versed in previously unfamiliar ways of thinking and I came to see the world, and myself, in novel ways. Most of all, I learned who I am as a writer, as a scholar, as an educator, and as a person. When you arrive at Amherst College this fall, you will embark on your own path of discovery, accompanied by new friends and supportive mentors eager to support you along that journey.
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Arrival at Amherst: New students are expected to arrive at the College on Sunday, August 24, 2014. When you arrive, stop by Converse Hall, where you will get a rousing welcome and receive information about Orientation, your key, and your student ID card.
Registering for Classes: Your academic advisor will be assigned to you over the summer. When you arrive on campus, you will need to meet with your advisor to finalize your fall pre-registration, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.