We're offering incoming students the opportunity to record an interview with family members on move-in day. (This is not a required orientation activity.) This is a moment set aside for you to mark the transition to college by sharing meaningful memories of the past and expectations for the future. You can do the interview with one or more people: parents, grandparents, siblings, or anyone who is bringing you to college. We'll provide a facilitator with audiorecording equipment for a 40 minute interview; afterwards we'll send you a digital recording of the interview. See the video below for remarks by previous participants:

Family Interviews

August 2, 2017

Professor Amy Demorest, psychology and environmental studies, and past participants talk about the Family Interview program.

How It Works

Interviews are being held on Tuesday August 28th between 8:45 AM and 12:30 PM and between 5:45 PM and 7:30 PM. There are no required orientation events during these times. To sign up for a time slot, students click here.  At the time of your interview, your facilitator (Professor Amy Demorest or an Amherst student under her supervision) will outline the interview process and address any questions you have. S/he'll have a list of questions to guide your interview, but you'll be free to skip or add any questions. Introductory activities will take about 5 minutes and the interview itself will take about 40 minutes. In the following days, we'll send you a recording of your interview to keep. We'll also ask your permission to use your interview for research after it has been edited for anonymity, but you're welcome to decline. The facilitators are bound by the College’s Institutional Review Board to keep the interviews confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Demorest.