Family Interviews

We are offering incoming students the opportunity to audio record an interview with family members during the first day of orientation. This is a moment set aside for you to mark the important transition to college by sharing meaningful memories of the past and expectations for the future. Choose a person you'd like to do the interview with: a parent (or two), grandparent, sibling, or anyone important in your life who is bringing you to college. Interviews are being held on Tuesday September 1st between 9 AM and 1 PM and between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. There are no required orientation events during these times. To sign up for a time slot and interview location, students click here.

On the day of your interview, come to your chosen location and a facilitator will meet you. The facilitators are Amherst College students working under the supervision of Professor Amy Demorest. The facilitator will discuss with you the interview process, will go over some paperwork, and will address any questions you have. S/he will have a list of questions to guide your interview, but you will be free to skip any questions you don't resonate with and to add any questions you'd like to add. The introductory activities will take about 5 minutes and the interview itself will take about 40 minutes. In the following days, we will send you a digital audio recording of your interview to keep. We will also ask your permission to use your interview in research and publications but only after it has been edited for anonymity, and you are free to decline this and still do the interview. The facilitators are bound by the college's Institutional Review Board to keep the interviews confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Amy Demorest.