We are offering incoming students the opportunity to record an interview with family members on move-in day. 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 will provide a facilitator with audiorecording equipment for a 40 minute interview; afterwards we will send you a digital recording of the interview. Previous participants have written:
“It was a great time to reflect and share with my mom, who was with me during it and also enjoyed it tremendously. It's still one of the most valuable experiences I've had during orientation.” (A student)
“Due to the skillful facilitating and the open-endedness of the questions, the interview became a very valuable and rich discussion for our family. I am grateful that you provided this opportunity to capture a moment that can't be recreated.” (A parent)
How It Works
Interviews are being held on Tuesday August 30th between 8:45 AM and 12:30 PM and between 5:50 PM and 7:20 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 will have a list of questions to guide your interview, but you will 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 will send you a recording of your interview to keep. We will also ask your permission to use your interview for research after it has been edited for anonymity, but you are 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 Prof. Amy Demorest.