The Game Plan

Story and photos by Katherine Duke '05

As an innocent Amherst first-year in the fall of 2001, I developed an addiction that has a hold on me to this day. I got sucked into a strange world that’s difficult to explain to those who haven’t visited: a world where we know each other by first and middle initials, last name and class year (I’m kdduke05); where “snooping” and “snitching” are not only socially acceptable but appreciated; and where people who have never laid eyes on each other regularly engage in vigorous debates and develop lasting friendships.

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By Katherine Duke ’05

One of the many reasons I chose to attend Amherst College was that it was far away. Or, far enough away.  My parents could do the three-hour drive fairly easily when I wanted them to—but only when I wanted them to. The other serious contender, Vassar, was only an hour from my hometown. I cringed when I realized it got the same radio stations. I have nothing against my family or my high school, but I wanted my college experience to feel separate from them. So Amherst it was.

Alumni Sons and Daughters

The admission office has specially arranged three Deans’ Days to give Amherst alumni and their sons and daughters the opportunity to learn more about Amherst and its admission policies. Deans’ Days include group conversations for Amherst families with students who will be high school seniors in 2008-09.   In addition, there will be a tour of the campus and a light lunch. This year, Deans’ Days have been scheduled for three Fridays: May 30, July 11 and Aug. 22. Pre-registration is required.