March 29, 2011 Congratulations to the Class of 2015!!!!
Undoubtedly you probably have a difficult decision to make about where to spend the next four years of your life (unless of course you have already decided). It’s a tough choice…I ended up flipping a coin. But then the coin said that I should go to a different school, and I said no thank you, I would rather go to Hamilton.
So here I am. This of course was after a multitude of pro-con lists, t-charts, and conversations with students at each school. I never visited Hamilton before I moved in. Probably not the best plan, but it worked out wonderfully for me. So come visit us here on the Hill! And visit the other schools that you’re choosing from. A visit can make all the difference in the world.
As my uncle told my mother when I was going through this whole deal, “If she decides against a school because she doesn’t like a brick, just go with it.” So come see if you like all of the bricks here on the Hill. Either you’ll fall in love with the school (I really can’t see why this wouldn’t happen), or you’ll never want to come here again (and that’s totally fine too). Either way, visiting schools is one way to make the decision a bit easier.
So for those of you who end up deciding to come to Hamilton (yay!), I would strongly suggest signing up for Adirondack Adventure or Outreach Adventure for pre-orientation. Yes, you have to come to school in the middle of August, which means saying "adios" to friends and family a couple weeks before everyone else. But it’s totally worth it. I mean, you have to leave them eventually, and you’ll see them again over Thanksgiving or winter break. You might as well bite the bullet and get it over with.
So what are these two adventure pre-orientation things? Well, if you sign up of Adirondack Adventure (AA) you’ll spend the first few days of the program on a camping trip in the Adirondacks, either canoeing, hiking, kayaking, or a combination of the three. Some trips are more intense than others, and you can rank your preference when you register. Outreach Adventure (OA) is the other pre-orientation program that you can choose. For this program you spend the first few days doing community service trips. Trips range from working with kids to volunteering in soup kitchens. Then, both programs join for the second portion of pre-orientation at a ropes course for the days before actual orientation begins.
Either program is a fantastic way to be introduced to the school and meet some of your fellow classmates. Plus, it’s just a phenomenally fun time. Congratulations again, and best of luck with your decision.
Major: Environmental Studies
Activities: Hamilton Outing Club, Glen House Equipment Room Manager, Hamilton Community Farm Volunteer, Hamilton Marathon Canoe Race Team, Intramural Sports
Favorite Pastimes: Trivia Night, drinking hot chocolate in the Glen House, runs in the Glen, watching The West Wing reruns, a cappella concerts, CAB Acoustic Coffeehouse concerts, climbing mountains, naps (especially in the Glen House hammocks)
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
High School: Palo Alto Senior High School