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Amherst College Social Scene

ilovecats55ilovecats55 2 replies2 threads New Member
I was just curious about what the social scene is at Amherst College. What do people do on weekends? Is it a big party atmosphere or big on drinking? How has your experience been with joining clubs? Is the atmosphere very competitive? Thanks!
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  • Bionome1Bionome1 4 replies0 threads New Member
    Sounds like Amherst is a great place to study. A few questions for you:
    1) Do students pick classes based on the reputation of the professors and, if so, how do you find out about the reputation as an entering freshman.
    2) I understand that Amherst chooses a faculty adviser for you based on what major you applied under. If you decide you want to major in something else before you start, is it easy to choose a different faculty adviser based on your new interest?
    3) Do freshman take classes in the 5 college consortium (outside of Amherst)?
    Thanks!
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  • ChemAMChemAM 17 replies0 threads Junior Member
    1) In picking classes, people tend to pick classes based on what they are interested in rather than Professor reputations since almost all of them here are excellent, but a really fantastic professor could sway one to join a certain class. More common is students avoiding classes to avoid a very select few professors known to be bad or rude. You can find out about certain professors via Rate My Professor or Rate My Courses (an Amherst College-specific class rating website; need an Amherst College student email to get an account). You could always also use word of mouth.

    2) I believe your first-year advisor is chosen with your major choice taken into account, but it is possible that you could end up with another advisor. I am a chemistry major but I initially got a sociology advisor (I listed sociology as a secondary area of interest). When you declare a major (which you may do as soon as you like) you will be assigned to a professor who teaches classes in that department. However, the first-year advisors provide broad advice in class selection and enjoy talking with you about all your interests. There is not really a way to change advisors other than declaring a major as far as I know, but first-year advisors really are there to talk about all your interests and will help you find answers to other questions if your area of interest is different from their area of expertise.

    3) I don’t know how many other students actually take classes in the Five College Consortium, but I do know that you are allowed to take up to half of your classes each semester at the other colleges in the consortium. You are allowed to use it as a freshman.
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  • Bionome1Bionome1 4 replies0 threads New Member
    Thanks for your helpful comments!
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