Some good to share

Our school-wide “Fill-a-Truck” food drive (proceeds of which go to the Amherst Survival Center) is coming to an end this Wednesday. It’s part of President Obama’s “Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” that Amherst has taken on. Thinking about and taking part in the drive (my teammates and I recently cleaned out a local Big-Y of it’s tomato sauce) made me 1) want to tell any Amherst kids who haven’t already donated peanut butter or canned chicken to do so ASAP and 2) to appreciate that students still help out the community even when there isn’t a 20 hour requirement to be fulfilled, like in high school.

Photo by Elodie Reed (Modeling by Super Hawt Teammates)

I’ve seen the collection sites all around campus – there’s a pretty good stock of canned goods at each one, and I continue to walk past people putting in their donations each day. It’s pretty awesome.

Should have known

So about three or four months ago I posted about Photojojo, a website/company I’m seriously in love with. Well…sitting in Val dining hall the other day – after giving up on the fairly inedible food – I was reading through the stack of table tents in front of me  (do other schools advertise for events that way too? It makes for a great I’m-eating-alone-and-need-something-to-do activity) and saw one about an Amherst alum, Amit Gupta, who turns out to have started Photojojo! Bomb! He also started the DailyJoltJelly, (a casual-work-together-planner), and likes dinosaurs. What a man.

All Photojojo purchases come with a little companion... (Photo by Elodie Reed)

A ‘Cac Perspective

If you’re anyone, you watched Arthur as a kid. It was my favorite. I always liked the brother-sister relationship between him and D.W. (Dora Winifred – who names their kid that anyway?) probably because I always wanted a sibling. (You know you want to watch that video).

Well guess what. It’s never too late. During my first year at Amherst, my parents decided to become foster parents. They’re fairly generous, helpful people, and they also wanted to get licensed, (like, legit), since they’ve done things like this in the past for some of my childhood friends and younger family members.  Every break since, I’ve come home to several little brothers – two high-school aged ones my freshman year, then only one of those two last year, and then one younger boy this year, though I only met him once before he left. I just learned during Thanksgiving break I would be having an eleven-year-old foster sister for the rest of the year.  Our state has fairly few resources for their foster care program, so my parents are often called up for help in giving these kids a place to stay, if only temporarily.

I’m not gonna lie – sometimes it’s pretty hard, for my parents obviously, but also for me on my trips home. These kids come from pretty horrible situations, and it takes them awhile to adjust – to trust, to function, to feel comfortable in our house. And I feel like I have to go through the same sort of process when I go home; it’s different when your house, your spaces, are changed by a new person living there. You have to adjust your pattern, even during a week-long visit home for the holidays. But you get used to it.  I’m getting used to it.

And now I really like it. I wish I were actually home to get to know these kids and to have a chance to play the big-sister role (it has come out occasionally – I had a blast taking my little foster bro to see Harry Potter last year), but I still appreciate what my parents are doing all the same. More than anything, I’m so much more aware of the difference between having good and bad parents – the results of the bad ones are often under my roof, and I have heard many of my mom’s horror stories about their struggles to function.

This is important – it took me several years to realize that. A lot of people don’t know much about foster care and what it’s like to experience it, and it shows. It needs more funds, more support, more willing families, and more attention. Which is why I wanted to put this out there to all of you in the ‘Cac. After all – we are a community of many, many things, but most importantly, of education.

A very, very quick roundup of the ‘Cac at NCAAs

Men’s soccer:

Amherst beats Husson 4-0 and Eastern Connecticut St. 4-2 to advance to the third round. Herst will host Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday.

Trinity defeated St. Josephs (ME) in round one before falling to Babson on penalty kicks. Wesleyan beat Misericordia in the first round before falling to Rutgers-Camden in the second round. You guys serious?

Women’s soccer:

Amherst, Middlebury and Williams all advanced to the third round. Amherst plays Johns Hopkins in a battle of the unbeatens; Middlebury plays William Smith; Williams plays Emory.

Field hockey:  

Top-seeded Bowdoin has yet to be scored on as they’ve compiled nine goals in wins over Endicott, Keene State and MIT. Amherst and Middlebury met in the quarterfinals with the Panthers the 1-0 victors. Middlebury and Amherst face off in the semifinals. ‘Cac fight. WORLD STARRR


Tough loss for Middlebury in the third round against SUNY Cortland. Bowdoin and Tufts… I’ll spare you.