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Hester TittmannName: Hester Tittmann
Preferred Pronouns:
Cambridge, MA
Division: III

My areas of concentration are urban design and critical theory. This means I think about oppression and identity (especially in the U.S.) and draw a lot of ideas, buildings, and cities (especially in the U.S.). 

The reason I came to Hampshire was a gut decision. It just felt like a place I could shape my own path, both socially and academically. The past four years have proven that my gut, at least this time, was pretty spot-on. I'm in my final year now, and working on finishing up my Division III (final year thesis project). I researched and participated in two design projects last semester in San Francisco and Oakland, and I'm writing a really long paper that interweaves critical analysis with my personal experiences. I'm particularly focusing on how marginalized individuals and communities are systematically excluded from this kind of urban design. Luckily I'm not alone, and my two advisors, Professor Thom Long (Architecture & Design) and professor Susana Loza (Media Culture) have guided and helped me along the way.

Favorite stress buster: To re-energize after long days of writing and designing, I might read the next chapter of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, upload some cool photos to instagram, go on a run, a bike ride, or hit the gym. Post-graduation I hope to go back to the West coast and get a job doing something urban and/or design related.

Favorite book: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. The author is a raging homophobe, but I still love Ender, Bean, Alai, and Petra to death.

Thing you’ve done in life that you’re most proud of:
I biked across the country. It was the hardest 4,000 miles of my life.

Favorite class:
Border Culture with Lorne Falk and Immigration Nation with Susana Loza; both courses busted open my brain cells and threw them all over the place. I learned so much about my own queerness, whiteness, and everythingness in this classes.

Favorite project:
I'm working the Barn Project, a student-led initiative to design and build a new space for Mixed Nuts (a student-run food co-op on campus) and a group gathering space. If you want in on this project too, check out

Favorite Quote:
"You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive." -- Martha Graham


Lucas Ospina

Name: Lucas Ospina
Preferred pronouns: He/him
Hometown: Louisville, CO
Division: II
Area of Concentration: Film, Creative Writing
Email address:

      I came to Hampshire after going on a tour by chance. Hampshire was the most welcoming and accessible school I visited during my search, and was very transparent about a student’s experience in the field that I’m working in. Hampshire was also the school that best allowed for a self-designed study plan to combine the liberal arts and a film production education in a holistic, dialectical way. Hampshire, despite having the smallest endowment of any school I visited, offered me the most financial aid, which wasn’t essential to my selection process but indicated the interest of the school in having me as a student (and certainly made my parents happy). After doing an overnight stay and meeting current students, seeing student projects, exploring campus and getting a sense my program of study, I had made up my mind.

Favorite book: ‘Requiem’ by Curtis White

Favorite class taken: Experimental Approaches to 16mm Filmmaking

Favorite project:
A film preservation plan for the ‘The Bats’ by Jim Trainor

Favorite stress buster:
Listening to ‘Laughing Stock’ by Talk Talk.

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t ever lie."

Favorite places to hang out in Amherst/Northampton:
Sunset Farm, in Amherst Center.


Sage Campbell

Name: Sage Campbell
Preferred pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Newburyport, MA
Division: II
Area of Concentration: Adult Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Email address:

      I came to Hampshire because I went to a public Montessori Charter school until eighth grade where there was less emphasis on grades, and more on critical thinking, learning by doing, and making connections with peers and teachers. This was a system that I had found really worked for me. After this, I graduated and went to a traditional public school where I found that, for me, a system of grades, ranks, and competition was not a healthy system of learning and evaluation. For me, Hampshire was very much a return to home, a return to normalcy, a return to a system under which I felt more likely to thrive and feel comfortable.

Favorite stress buster: Circus! Doing it, watching it, whatever!

Dream job: Something where at least part of my job is teaching, that gives me the opportunity to travel, and lets me live in a place with good food, music, and people.


Daniel JoslynName: Daniel Joslyn
Preferred Pronouns: He/him
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Division: II
Areas of Concentration: Reconciliation and Forgiveness in post-conflict societies; History; Peace Studies

I came to Hampshire to find and explore my passions, and to shape my education, in a loving, open community.

My passions include peace- and community-building, historical memory, forgiveness, 19th century American history, and Theravada Buddhism. Primarily, I am currently focusing on reconstruction and redemption in the post Civil War period, as well as the town of Embilipitiya Sri Lanka. I am enamored with the Five College Consortium and I try to use it to its fullest.

Outside of the classroom, I am working on starting a Five College Undergraduate Research Journal, an exchange program to Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka, and am involved in the Amherst College Glee Club. I am also working with on two different professor’s research projects at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among other things. I also love the community in the Pioneer Valley and take joy in doing internships around the Valley, having, so far worked in Congressman Jim McGovern’s office in Northampton, and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office in Springfield. 

Louisa LebwohlName: Louisa Lebwohl
Preferred Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Madison, NJ
Division: III
Areas of Concentration: Collective Memories of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

I came to Hampshire because I wanted to figure out my academic path for myself in an engaging environment, and was excited by the possibilities contained within the Five College consortium.

Favorite movie: Adaptation starring Nic Cage

Favorite class taken: The Past Recaptured with Michael Lesy

Dream job: Curator at the Tenement Museum in New York City

Favorite places to hang out in Amherst/Northampton: Public libraries, Rao’s in Amherst, the Roost in Northampton

Googie DanielsName: Googie Daniels
Preferred pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
Division: II
Areas of Concentration: Interpersonal Relations (Mediums of Human Communication)

I came to Hampshire because I was frustrated with the standard A, B, C grading system. And have you seen the surrounding area? It's gorgeous.

Most proud of: Greg Farley calling me by far and away his favorite young person.

Favorite book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Favorite class: White water kayaking with Earl.

Favorite project: working with the American Sign Language Collective and various offices on and off campus in an effort to get more ASL classes and programming for the Five Colleges.

Favorite quote: "You got types?" "Only you, darling. Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws." -- The Thin Man

Dream job: Getting paid by the hour to annoy John Marty.

Favorite spots in Amherst/Northampton: Faces in Northampton, Rao's in Amherst.

Sal MigliaccioName: Sal Migliaccio
Preferred Pronouns: He/him
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Division: Div II
Areas of Concentration: Disaster Policy & Emergency Management

Honestly, my decision to come to Hampshire was a risky one--but I haven’t regretted it for a second. When I was applying to schools, I had no idea what I was looking for. Small schools, big schools, public or private, East coast or West all seemed feasible. The first time I heard about Hampshire was on the Colleges That Change Lives website ( I was immediately intrigued by Hampshire’s unique academic program which enables students to answer questions they are passionate about. After visiting, applying, and getting accepted, I came back to campus to check things out. This gave me a great image about what life would be like as a Hampshire student. This, in combination with receiving an extremely generous financial aid package, made my decision on Hampshire very clear. 

Living within this close-knit, constantly questioning community of people for the past three years has been incredible. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.

Favorite book: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. I try to read it, or at least sections of it, once a year.

Favorite class taken: ‘Climate Law and Policy’ has altered my understanding of the world and the topics I study more than any other class in my time at Hampshire. Because the course has a somewhat bland title, I entered the first class with some skepticism. However, I knew almost immediately that this course would a significant impact on my concentration. It was invaluable to have this course taught by Melissa Hoffer, who is the Chief of Environmental Protection Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (and a Hampshire alum!). There were only eight students in the class, and it was incredible to work so closely with a prominent environmental lawyer. In addition, we had a number of guest lectures speak to our class. Being able to hear real life stories about Mass v. EPA and other landmark environmental cases from the very lawyers arguing them gave brought life to the legal documents we were working with.

Favorite project: For the first half of Division III, I will be interning with in New Orleans. This is the only NGO tasked to coordinating and organizing hurricane preparedness in the city, especially the logistics of New Orleans’s mandatory evacuations. Much of my concentration is grounded in understanding and remedying the nonexistent response to Hurricane Katrina. When I found this organization, I spoke with my advising committee, proposed a project idea, and did it! Diving right into the field of your concentration is the norm at Hampshire.

Favorite stress buster: Probably cooking myself an elaborate meal. There is nothing like stopping everything you’re doing in the middle of finals to treat yourself with something delicious.

Favorite quote:“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” -- Winston Churchill

Dream job: It would be awesome to work for FEMA someday. If the bureaucracy proves to be too immobilizing, I’d love to work in the nonprofit sector. Working on coordinating disaster preparedness and response in any capacity would be my ideal career path.

Favorite places to hang out in Amherst/Northampton: I always like to describe Amherst as the place you’d want to study, and Northampton as the place you’d want to hang out. Rao’s Coffee in Amherst is constantly filled with students who are meeting with professors, collaborating with their peers, or just finishing up a paper. Oh, and their coffee is as strong as rocket fuel! Northampton has an unbelievable amount of great music every night of the week. As the big tour stop between NYC and Boston, you’re sure to find one of your favorites in Northampton. Of all the venues, the Iron Horse is the smallest and definitely my favorite.

Zach AponyName: Zach Apony
Preferred Pronouns:
Burlington, MA
Areas of Concentration: Dramaturgy of Classical Tragedy

I came to Hampshire for so many reasons. It all started because I wanted to avoid High School Part Two, inasmuch as I didn't want college to be more of the same. Hampshire proved to be quite the antithesis of many of my high school experiences.

My beliefs on education have always been centered around it being an ongoing process of development and growth. Both the system of evaluations and the divisional system bring those concepts out of the realm of ideology into the realm of practice. It is an inquiry-based education that genuinely changes people's lives.

Finally, the Five College consortium. Plenty of non-traditional schools make the claim of offering the freedom and resources for students to study whatever they want, and while some may give that freedom, their resources will always seem lacking to me in comparison to the vast resources of the Five College consortium. In essence, Hampshire is perfect for me, and even though it may not be perfect for everyone, it has the potential to be perfect for anyone.

Emma Opitz

Name: Emma Opitz
Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Helena, MT and Salt Lake City, UT

I originally had no interest in going to college because I was under the impression that college would be a repeat of high school--all about tests, teachers who didn't care, being a number rather than a curious young adult. Then I met a Hampshire alum who introduced me to Hampshire and the larger concept of different educational philosophies. Once I visited Hampshire I knew that it was the only place I could attend college and getting in was one of the biggest achievements of my life.

I study the relationship between music and language from a scientific perspective. Specifically, I am interested in the tonal patterns that lay beneath words and sentences that communicate emotion and I am really interested in how they evolved. This relates to my interest in music as I believe that emotionality in musical melody may have evolved from similar origins as these tonal patterns in speech. To study this I have spent a lot of time taking courses in animal behavior, phonetics, neuroscience/cognition as well as bioacoustics and music psychology. I worked in the field with grey squirrels for quite a while at Hampshire, studying their acoustic vocalizations, and have also done theoretical work and data analysis on my findings.

To be able to do my work I have received grants from the Ray and Lorna Coppinger Fund as well as the Culture, Brain, and Development program that have ranged from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. I have studied abroad in Ireland and had an internship at the department of cognitive biology at the University of Vienna, working for Professor Fitch.

My non-academic life at Hampshire has largely involved working in Student Life, from being an orientation leader and coordinator to helping create our new student government, the Hampshire Student Union. I am a 1st year mentor for incoming students, I participate in the ISIS Bohm Dialogues, am a student member of  the School of Cognitive Science, and have served on 2 search committees.

In my free time I watch a lot of cartoons I never got to watch as a kid, I play with my cat Poppy (I live off campus), and obsessively paint my nails. I am also an expert on where to eat in the valley and can give you food recommendations for hours. I love to paint and drink tea and do DIY home improvement craft projects.

Daniel KrasnerName: Daniel Krasner
Preferred Pronouns: He/him
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Division: II
Area of Concentration: Creative Writing, Media Studies, Pop Culture

I came to Hampshire because I wanted the individualized approach of a smaller school with the resources of larger universities. Check the Five College course catalog in order to see the massive amount of courses a Hampshire student can take each semester! With the assets of the Five Colleges combined with the self-designed divisional program at Hampshire, students can truly study whatever they want. We not only have this amazing freedom, but also the structural support and resources to back it up. At the age of seventeen, it's absurd to ask students what they want to do with the rest of their lives and expect them to have a solid answer. Most people are trying to figure it out their whole lives. I chose to come to Hampshire because I wanted to find what I was interested in and develop the skills along the way to advocate for myself, push myself, and develop myself as both a student and an individual.

Favorite book: Invisible Monsters by Check Palahniuk

Favorite class taken: Media Irony and Cultural Politics with Viveca Green

Favorite stress buster: Colorguard, running, swimming, dancing\

Favorite quote: "Stars should not be seen alone. That's why there are so many. Two people should stand together and look at them. One person alone will surely miss the good ones." -- Augusten Burroughs, Dry. (Burroughs iH also an Amherst/Northampton native whom I got to see in Brookline, MA at the end of my first year at Hampshire. he recently released his latest book This is How. I have this quote tattooed on my back and asked him to sign it for me.)

Favorite places qo hang out in Amherst/Northampton: Bruegger's in Amherst, The Roost in Northampton


Allxie ClearyName: Allxie Cleary
Preferred Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: San Francisco-ish, California
Division: III

I came to Hampshire because I had so many things I wanted to do and never wanted to have to eliminate any of them. Specific topic interests came and went, but I became interested in interdisciplinary problem solving and spent my time at Hampshire looking at problem solving through the lens of lots of fields. My Division III project is living for the year without consuming or receiving any new plastic and writing a handbook on why consumers should avoid plastic and how to do so in a meaningful but non-obtrusive way.

Hobbies I've developed at Hampshire are blacksmithing, hypnosis, and acapella. I spend a lot of time in Hampshire's machine shop, the Center for Design, making swords and knives. I sing with one of Hampshire's official acapella groups, the Gin and Tonics.


Taco CruzName: Rene "Taco" Cruz
Preferred Pronouns:
Hometown: New York City
Division: II
Area of Concentration: Ethnomusicology and Economics

I came to Hampshire for countless reasons. The combination of being able to combine vastly different fields of interest with being in a small college with the resources of five makes Hampshire the right place for me. If I had to pinpoint one reason for why I came to Hampshire it would be because of the endless possibilities that this education offers me. Since I can explore the many different sides of economics (from macro to micro) and music (from composition to improvisation) I never feel like there is something I cannot do. My favorite course, so far, has been Applied Ethnomusicology with Becky Miller. This course offered me the opportunity to do fieldwork in the field I am pursuing (before I even graduate!). Throughout this course, students research a musical community in the Pioneer Valley and come up with a way to give back to that community (with options like organizing a concert or writing for a local newspaper!). My favorite project, although it has yet to begin, is the independent field study that I am planning for fall of 2014. For this field study I will be traveling around the Dominican Republic studying traditional and popular forms of palo in terms of musical structure, religious affiliation, and debates on appropriation. To sum myself up in one final sentence; I love music, economics, food, and talking (or answering questions) about these things so, please feel free to contact me with any questions! 


Ethan KaseffName: Ethan Kaseff
Preferred Pronouns:
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Division: II
Areas of Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Communication

I came to Hampshire because it was the farthest from institutionalized education that I found. I knew that I valued education and I wanted to pursue my interests formally after high school, but the reasons that I was successful in high school, grades, etc...weren't as fulfilling as I wanted them to be. Hampshire was a place that I could thrive, and be incredibly challenged. Hampshire has pushed me beyond what I had ever expected, and I am proud, happy, and nervous to be continuing onto my Div III.

Favorite book:
is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Favorite class taken: The Philosophy and Science of Happiness

Favorite project: A study on business and leadership practices as seen through a Buddhist lens.

Favorite stress buster: Listening to American Beauty

Favorite quote: "A mind is like a parachute, it does not work if it is not open." -- Frank Zappa

Favorite places to hang out in Amherst/Northampton: Rao's, Haymarket, Route 9 Diner, India House, Amherst Cinema


ApplesauceName: Applesauce
Preferred Pronouns:
La Jolla, California

I have devoted my academic pursuits to studying the intersections of critical primate theory, gender identity, and knitting. I am currently in the throes of my Division III research; my working title is Unpacking the Sock Drawer: An Investigation of Sustainable Uses of Alternative Footwear and the Objectification of Primates.

I hail from a family of tube socks in the San Diego area. Actually, I am quite multicultural, as my mother is cotton and my father is polyester; my grandmother was composed of spandex (she’s first-generation Californian and very flexible!). Hampshire students welcomed me to the community and even helped me to form the Sock Monkeys and Allies Collective (SMAC). Since moving to Massachusetts, I have become an avid Red Sox fan.


Sara CoughlinName: Sara Coughlin
Preferred pronouns:
Wilmington, Delaware
Division: II
Area of Concentration: Writing and American Identities

I came to Hampshire because I wanted to pursue my own course of study where my end goal would always be to improve upon my previous work. I was not interested in spending my college career competing with my peers--why fight for that one A in the class when we could benefit from each other's perspectives? I knew that, by attending Hampshire, I'd have the opportunity to develop my own work as a writer with the input of my fellow students and faculty advisors alike!

Favorite book: A Confederate General from Big Sur, Richard Brautigan

Favorite class taken: Americans Abroad: Travel, Empire, and the Literary Imagination, with Michele Hardesty

Favorite quote: "If you're not wearing comfortable shoes, life is just chaos." -- Cliff Clavin, Cheers

Dream job: Fiction Contributor for the New Yorker/American Studies professor/Kate Middleton 


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