First-Year Experience Programs and Events

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First-Year Experience provides a wide variety of social, educational and academic programs that are tailored to first year students. The first-year student category means all first-year students, including first-year transfer and exchange students.

Many programs have awesome giveaways, food and raffle items that you could win!


Spring 2018 FYE Programs and Events

If you have accessibility or accommodations requests, please contact First-Year Experience at firstyearexperience@amherst.edu.

January

First Year Black Light Glow Party
January 27th • 9-11pm • O’Connor Commons
Come to O'Connor Commons for a Black Light Glow Party with food and dancing! Invitations can be found in your campus mailbox!
Presented by: First-Year Experience Team

You’re not new here anymore! Reflections on Writing at Amherst
January 30th • 6:30-8pm • Merrill 300A (Keefe Science Library)
This workshop provides an opportunity for you to reflect on and share your insights about writing in college, now that you’ve spent a semester as an Amherst College writer: How is writing in college different from writing in high school?  How have you developed as a writer? How would you like your writing to improve? What might make your process more productive? There will be time for creative individual reflection and goal-setting, as well as for lively discussion with your peers. Please RSVP on The Hub event; the first 15 students who RSVP and then attend the workshop will receive a copy of Peter Elbow’s Writing with Power. Whole Foods Desserts will be served! There will be a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader at this program- attendance enters you into the raffle!
Presented by: The Writing Center

February

Relax While Engaging your Mind: Leisure Reading Afternoons
February 3rd • 2:00-4:00pm • James Residence First Floor Hall Common Room
Start the new calendar year on a reading note and join the Office of Residential Life in afternoons of leisure reading. This space is meant to encourage students to find pleasure and joy in reading and to view reading beyond assignments. The sessions will feature occasional handouts on the benefits of leisure reading, tips on how to read meaningfully, and reading suggestions for students to diversify their reading material. Come relax by the fireplace with any form and genre of reading material, enjoy some tea, coffee, and cookies, and make new friends. You are free to come and leave whenever. Attendance at four of the six leisure reading afternoons enters you into a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
Facilitated by: Caryce Tirop, Residential Life Program Coordinator

Don’t Fear the Application Essay! Tips to Help You Get a Head Start on Internship and Job Applications
February 6th • 6:30-8pm • Merrill 300A (Keefe Science Library)
Most writers seem to dread application writing; it’s hard to write about yourself without feeling like you’re boasting. But you could look at application writing instead as an opportunity to share your story—which is unique to you—and to demonstrate what excites you, why, and what you most want to do about it. It could be fun! This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about and practice strategies for writing about yourself, your experiences, and your goals in ways that will engage and interest your readers. Please RSVP on The Hub event; the first 15 students who RSVP and then attend the workshop will receive a Padfolio. Insomnia Cookies will be served! There will be a raffle to win a Wacom Smartpad Digital Notebook at this program- attendance enters you into the raffle!
Presented by: The Writing Center

International First Year Students Luncheon
February 8th • 12:00-1:30pm • McCaffrey Room
Calling all first-year international students!  Let’s kick off your second semester at Amherst College with a relaxed luncheon just for you. Join us to reconnect with fellow international students, swap winter break stories, and reflect back on your first semester while thinking ahead to Spring.  Lunch from Amanouz Café (Moroccan and Mediterranean Cuisine) will be served.
Presented by: Center for International Student Engagement

How to use your Professor
February 12th • 7-8pm • Friedmann Room
Do your professors expect to see you in office hours? If so, what should you be talking to them about? How often should you see them? How do you get past any potential awkwardness? Can your professors help connect you with opportunities? Come learn the answers to these questions from older students and the Dean of New Students. Glazed Donuts will be provided! The first 15 people get a $10 Amherst Share Coffee gift card! There will be a raffle to win a Keurig K-Mini and Keurig Reusable Coffee Filter at this program- attendance enters you into the raffle!
Presented by: Dean Lopez, Professor of History and Dean of New Students, and a few Senior students

Relax While Engaging your Mind: Leisure Reading Afternoons
February 17th • 2:00-4:00pm • James Residence First Floor Hall Common Room
Start the new calendar year on a reading note and join the Office of Residential Life in afternoons of leisure reading. This space is meant to encourage students to find pleasure and joy in reading and to view reading beyond assignments. The sessions will feature occasional handouts on the benefits of leisure reading, tips on how to read meaningfully, and reading suggestions for students to diversify their reading material. Come relax by the fireplace with any form and genre of reading material, enjoy some tea, coffee, and cookies, and make new friends. You are free to come and leave whenever. Attendance at four of the six leisure reading afternoons enters you into a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
Facilitated by: Caryce Tirop, Residential Life Program Coordinator

Starring: YOU! How to show up authentically every time you speak
February 27th • 7-8pm • Friedmann Room
Rather than imitating other presenters, great speakers show up as themselves when they present. As a result, the audience perceives them as highly credible, authentic speakers. This interactive workshop helps students identify their unique qualities and teaches them how to use those strengths to present confidently and authentically every time they speak. Insomnia Cookies will be provided! The first 15 people to arrive will receive The Me Journal: A Questionnaire Keepsake. There will be a raffle to win an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet at this program- attendance enters you into the raffle!
Presented by: Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking

March

Relax While Engaging your Mind: Leisure Reading Afternoons
March 3rd • 2:00-4:00pm • James Residence First Floor Hall Common Room
Start the new calendar year on a reading note and join the Office of Residential Life in afternoons of leisure reading. This space is meant to encourage students to find pleasure and joy in reading and to view reading beyond assignments. The sessions will feature occasional handouts on the benefits of leisure reading, tips on how to read meaningfully, and reading suggestions for students to diversify their reading material. Come relax by the fireplace with any form and genre of reading material, enjoy some tea, coffee, and cookies, and make new friends. You are free to come and leave whenever. Attendance at four of the six leisure reading afternoons enters you into a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
Facilitated by: Caryce Tirop, Residential Life Program Coordinator

First Year Queer and Trans Students Luncheon
March 6th • 12:00-1:30pm • Queer Resource Center
Looking for some quality time with your friendly neighborhood queer and trans folks on campus? Take a break, and come mingle with your fellow LGBTQ+ first year students in the QRC! Featuring lovely treats from La Florentina Bakery and Fresh Side. Spread the word, bring a friend!
Presented by: Queer Resource Center

Relax While Engaging your Mind: Leisure Reading Afternoons
March 24th • 2:00-4:00pm • James Residence First Floor Hall Common Room
Start the new calendar year on a reading note and join the Office of Residential Life in afternoons of leisure reading. This space is meant to encourage students to find pleasure and joy in reading and to view reading beyond assignments. The sessions will feature occasional handouts on the benefits of leisure reading, tips on how to read meaningfully, and reading suggestions for students to diversify their reading material. Come relax by the fireplace with any form and genre of reading material, enjoy some tea, coffee, and cookies, and make new friends. You are free to come and leave whenever. Attendance at four of the six leisure reading afternoons enters you into a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
Facilitated by: Caryce Tirop, Residential Life Program Coordinator

First Year Feminists Brunch
March 25th • 11:00am-12:30pm • Women’s and Gender Center
Join the Women’s and Gender Center for the First Year Feminists brunch! We will be having a conversation about what it means to be a “feminist”, and different ways that you can get involved in WGC. Students of all gender identities are welcome. Brunch food will be provided!
Presented by: Women’s and Gender Center

Preparing for Sophomore Year- This event is postponed! We apologize for any inconvenience.
March 29th • 7:00-8:00pm • McCaffrey Room
Come hear from a panel of folks including Sophomore students and Dean Clotfelter to discuss the transition from the first year to second year of college. Tea rolls will be provided! The first 30 people get bubble tea from LimeRed!
Presented by: Dean Lopez, Professor of History and Dean of New Students

Relax While Engaging your Mind: Leisure Reading Afternoons
March 31st • 2:00-4:00pm • James Residence First Floor Hall Common Room
Start the new calendar year on a reading note and join the Office of Residential Life in afternoons of leisure reading. This space is meant to encourage students to find pleasure and joy in reading and to view reading beyond assignments. The sessions will feature occasional handouts on the benefits of leisure reading, tips on how to read meaningfully, and reading suggestions for students to diversify their reading material. Come relax by the fireplace with any form and genre of reading material, enjoy some tea, coffee, and cookies, and make new friends. You are free to come and leave whenever. Attendance at four of the six leisure reading afternoons enters you into a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
Facilitated by: Caryce Tirop, Residential Life Program Coordinator

April

Relax While Engaging your Mind: Leisure Reading Afternoons
April 14th• 2:00-4:00pm • James Residence First Floor Hall Common Room
Start the new calendar year on a reading note and join the Office of Residential Life in afternoons of leisure reading. This space is meant to encourage students to find pleasure and joy in reading and to view reading beyond assignments. The sessions will feature occasional handouts on the benefits of leisure reading, tips on how to read meaningfully, and reading suggestions for students to diversify their reading material. Come relax by the fireplace with any form and genre of reading material, enjoy some tea, coffee, and cookies, and make new friends. You are free to come and leave whenever. Attendance at four of the six leisure reading afternoons enters you into a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
Facilitated by: Caryce Tirop, Residential Life Program Coordinator