Two weekends ago Atlas: DIY took our CAMPers (College Access for Migrant People) to explore colleges in Western Massachusetts and New London, CT. You can read an article about our trip here (with some inaccuracies about immigration law but generally good, just don’t read the crazy comments!). Here is the whole group below with Lauren’s grandparents and wonderful neighbors who hosted us in an All-American backyard BBQ!
In the upcoming weeks Atlas will share perspectives from our awesome CAMPers about their time in Western, MA. Today we’re hearing from Prisma who is entering her Junior Year of High School. Special shout out to Bede Sheppard who not only was our incredible driver but took these great photos of our trip!
What I liked in Massachusetts was going to all those different colleges. They were all very
different than being in the city. There were different exposures. We first went to Hampshire College. That college was very different because people are able to make up their own major and are very independent since there are no requirements or core classes to take. The campus was very big and green which was a different exposure than being in the city. The second college we went to was UMass. When we went there I instantly saw how huge the campus and the college were. Hampshire and UMass were similar because they both offered to design your own major and are both part of the 5 college consortium. That means that Hampshire and UMass along with Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Amherst’s students could take classes at the different colleges, use the transportation and even go to the events that the other colleges had. I really liked the fact that all the college that we visited in Massachusetts was really big and showed the feel of a green and lush campus. When we visited Connecticut College it was also very big but if you wanted to go out you needed a car since there isn’t a lot within walking distance. All of the college we visited offered great study abroad programs with 2 of them offering to be able to go to Cuba. All of them had various food options including vegan, vegetarian, and anything else you could think of. Hampshire College even has its own farm on campus with cows, chickens, and pigs! All of them are near little towns while also being close to the city. All the people were very friendly there and there is a lot to do on the weekends on campus. All of them have a bunch of different clubs and activities to do. I really enjoyed going to visit all those colleges and it really changed my perspective and see what kind of college I want to go to.