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Is it a warm friendly atmosphere at Amherst?


Replies to: Is it a warm friendly atmosphere at Amherst?

  • unregisteredunregistered Registered User Posts: 1,180 Senior Member
    It promotes learning. Everyone is in your class because they are interested in it, which makes everything ten times better.

    My freshman advisor encouraged me to take a wider variety of classes and I listened, though. It's a nurturing environment. You won't **** up so horribly.
  • isa087isa087 Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    so do you have to make a hard decision on what to learn every year?
    there are so many interesting classes but limited time to learn, right?
  • ejr1ejr1 Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    There are still requirements in the major content area. However, what D found was that she could take classes that interested her, that she would never have had a chance to take otherwise. She has dabbled in many areas and has found things that really interest her so she pklans on expanding her knowledge int hose areas.
  • unregisteredunregistered Registered User Posts: 1,180 Senior Member
    There's a shopping period to make it easier, so no, it's not so bad.
  • tommybilltommybill - Posts: 849 Junior Member
    I'd tell you, but I can't afford to give you information that could potentially be used to usurp my position at Amherst.

    If you really want to go to a quality college like Amherst it is important to chose the words you use with care. In the above quote, the word forestall would be more appropriate to use than the word usurp.
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Registered User Posts: 13,330 Senior Member
    Re: open curriculum, My S graduated Amherst in 2005 and said the academic advisers gently encourage you to balance out your program, take some areas you'd never tried before and so on. It's just not required, but he took classes in every area of interest. He also discovered new interests and fit in a double major comfortably. Students I met from his friendship circles were all kind, smart, thoughtful, kind, fun, not snobby, kind. There was an authenticity I enjoyed, and a chill kind of wry humor but that might have just been his particular friends as that describes him. Very open an friendly.

    My impression when I visited was that the athletes are noisy but don't rule the school. They are just a very identifiable crowd. S and his friends did not play any sports, but did a lot of courses and Ec's related to theater and music.
  • EmpressLeoEmpressLeo Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I often hear about how warm and friendly students are at various liberal arts schools and can't help but wonder if minority students would comment on the same. I don't know that I come across many on college message boards, but then again, I can't see anyone's faces so, yeah. I'm considering Amherst as well, I'm a black female from Los Angeles and one of my major concerns is the attitude of mostly mainstream students (middle to upper middle class whites) towards low income minorities like myself. I'm currently at a community college and my grades are probably just okay.
  • ejr1ejr1 Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    When D was considering Amherst (after being accepted) I was thrilled, then reality set in - I was concerned that even though white, that being poor and from an underrepresented state she would not be accepted there. I posted my query on this site, and a black female who was an RA responded (we met her later - she was D's RA her freshman year) that if she could fit in anyone could! Her words calmed my fears - and D has made many friends from diverse backgrounds. BTW, last year the newspaper printed articles written by a black male while at Study Abroad in Japan. Obviously no one thought he didn't fit in. The response to his articles led me to believe that he was very popular. My understanding was that he was a Financial Aid student, and no one cared.
  • mythmommythmom Registered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    This is about Williams, but I think it would be true at Amherst, too. S has met some very rich kids with household names. I asked him if this made him uncomfortable, and he said that no one really spends money so he can't really tell, and the divisions are much less pronounced in high school where he could see who was rich and who wasn't. D has had same experience at Barnard if she ignores the Marc Jacobs bags, haha. They all socialize and get along.
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