It’s definitely worth visiting if you’re considering college, or if you’re from a smaller or blander place. And it’s a nice place. I wouldn’t necessarily pick this place over a trip to Vermont, or Hawaii, or something, but anyway…
I had visited before I came here, very briefly, but didn’t really get how small the area was, in comparison with my hometown (also a college town, but had a population equal to the entire county), and all the places I’d travelled before that point.
Ten years later this place has a fond place in my memories, but in my early twenties – gah! I ended up spending a lot of time visiting Boston and New York, because I didn’t think a lot about what it would be like to spend 4 years on a rural campus in a small town, and how I would make the most of it. I got to know and do things at the other schools, from classes to dances, but it still seemed a little too small for me. I missed being around a more diverse variety of people – older folks, families, children. Many of my friends also got very antsy by the 2nd year of school. Almost none of us had cars, that was a factor too. My worst memories are returning weekly from an two day internship I did in New York City, and having to hang out with a friend working at the Lord Jeffery Inn all night because no cabs or buses were running. Other drawbacks include the city’s limitations on students renting apartments.
Now, what I would most love to do is hike up the Notch and bask in the qualities Amherst has – the beautiful walking trails, the different campuses, and so on – but it’s easier to do that now that I live in a mega city, to appreciate what’s there.
over 6 years ago
So, if you’re from a city of more than 50,000 or 100,000, or if you really want lots of excitement every night, definitely check this place out and really think about what kind of atmosphere it’s going to be after the first year. You might have the time of your life – or you might find that you’re chafing at the bit.