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Guys & Girls: People here are studious, though there are a lot of people who are very outgoing. However, both guys and girls complain about the lack of good-looking members of the opposite sex.

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Guys & Girls: A lot of guys complain about the shortage of hot women at Amherst. I think they're mostly right. This place can be a little slim. However, when you turn your eyes to the five-college area, you'll find some cool and hot women.

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Transportation: The PVTA provides service for Amherst students. It is part of the Five-College program and allows students who take classes at one of the other colleges to get to their classes for free.

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Transportation: The bus system we have here is great. It's free to every student and gets you to each of the five colleges and to the major malls.

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Transportation: One can walk around town and to and from the school. The buses are good for getting you to other towns and to different schools but are much slower than driving, taking three to four times as long. The later it gets, the greater chance the bus will be late.

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Transportation: The PVTA is not amazingly efficient and is time consuming, but it is free to all students. However, the campus is tiny, and the town is well within walking distance. The bus is only for trips to the mall, or to one of the other five colleges.

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Transportation: The public transportation is very convenient, and it's free for college students!

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Transportation: Buses run at night as well as during the day, and they are usually very reliable. This way, we have an opportunity to attend cultural and social events at other colleges, and not only classes.

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Transportation: The PVTA bus line will get you wherever you want to go in Amherst and Northampton and in between. I don't know much about other local bus lines, because I've never had the need to use anything but PVTA.

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Transportation: Around these parts, your best and most convenient bet is the PVTA. If you want to get to New York, Boston, or anywhere farther than 30 minutes from Amherst College, you'll have to use Peter Pan.

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Transportation: I think that the bus system is great, because it's free, and the schedule is such that buses come quite often. Commuting to Holyoke takes roughly 25 minutes, and to Smith about the same time. UMass is about five minutes away, and the Big Y is about 15.

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Transportation: It's helpful that buses come at night, since a lot of students here travel to the other colleges for events and parties, and vice versa. Usually, though, it's more helpful for kids from the other colleges, because they come to Amherst parties a lot.

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Off-Campus Housing: I bet a lot of Amherst students don't even think of living off campus in all of their college years. The campus is too vibrant and alive to leave, and the town is too boring to live in.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't know a lot about living off campus, but I don't think it is worth it. If you want, you can choose to live in dorms that are ten minutes away from central campus. These dorms are basically in the town.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is not worth it, unless you absolutely hate the dining hall, or love to cook for yourself.

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Off-Campus Housing: There aren't many people living off campus. I don't know much about it.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus can be a good experience, especially in terms of feeling independent. Financially, it's definitely not worth it, but I can understand people who want a break from Amherst campus life. Life here can be suffocating sometimes.

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Off-Campus Housing: Amherst dorms are the best. The apartments off campus are supposed to be alright. A lot of UMass students occupy them, because some UMass dorms are just horrendous. However, Amherst students don't have to worry about that problem, because Amherst dorms are the best!

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't know anyone who is currently living off campus. It's funny that the people who live in the worst dorms (freshmen) are not allowed to live off campus. Once you're an upperclassman, the dorms become much better, so there's less incentive to move out.

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Off-Campus Housing: The apartments for rent in town are actually nice, but most students just prefer to live on campus. It's just not worth it, in terms of the longer walks or drives to classes, and especially missing the stuff that goes on on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Hardly anyone lives off campus. One actually needs permission to do so. It's definitely not worth it, because one misses out on most of the benefits of a small college if one does live off campus.

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Athletics: There are 1,600 students, and a little over half of them play a sport. We are Division III in varsity sports. The IMs have about 20 to 40 people per team.

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Athletics: The majority of people play some sport: club, varsity, whatever. The culture is more athletic than some comparable schools.

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Athletics: Though we're not Division I, we have our teams. With a large percentage of the student body involved in sports, we are all a part of it. IM sports happen here every once in a while.

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Athletics: At first it may seem strange that players in such a small, and presumably insignificant, school work so hard to win. But I guess this is how most Amherst students take on challenges. I like going to games when I have time, and I wish more people would go.

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Students usually don’t choose Amherst because of its academic reputation, although a sound reputation is a must when the competing schools are Harvard and Williams. Rather, students come here because of the promise of experiencing an eclectic array of stimulating peers, professors, classes, and activities. Some become disillusioned, not finding their niche within the abundance of opportunities and freedom. Some succeed in familiarizing themselves with the ways of this place, find that they’re having the time of their life midway through college and become depressed that this whole thing is going to end soon. Chronologically speaking and with clear generalization, freshman year can go by in a rush, with everyone immersed in the whole college experience with their freshmen friends and classmates. Sophomore year can be the most challenging, since a lot of people go through “sophomore slump”—a state of mild or not-so-mild depression caused by the sad fact that all their freshman friends suddenly are not living in the same dorm but are now in far corners of campus. Also, many sophomore students are conflicted by the sudden need to decide on a major and to get serious about their lives. Junior and senior years are usually better and calmer, since most students have settled into a chosen major and formed a group of close friends across distant campus dorms. Upperclassmen, then, can be free to concentrate on studying and having fun.

The key to living here is perhaps keeping yourself open and receptive to new and unfamiliar experiences, opinions, and values. You’ll gain a lot more if you communicate openly with that odd-looking and opinionated girl from Dallas or that too-cool-for-school-looking guy from Philly, rather than choosing to be repulsed by Amherst’s oddities. A place like Amherst, with so many accomplished and bright people threading its grounds, is bound to have more oddities than the average university. Even though few people come to Amherst College for the sole purpose of meeting new people, learning from everyone, exploring themselves and so on, most students do admit, however reluctantly, that Amherst is both fun and a unique learning and growing experience that can be found nowhere else.

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