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Kate,

Now that it really feels like fall out, I can’t help but think back to where I was a year ago. I can’t even begin to describe how much I miss Cork and studying abroad. It was such an amazing experience and I am really excited for you to get a taste of it this summer while studying in Spain. I’m also really excited to go visit you.

I heard you ran into Dan at the International Programs Office? That boy knows the ins and outs of studying abroad with UMass (he spent a year in Paris and a summer at Oxford)—take every bit of his advice.

Unfortunately, your (our) next international adventure is more than a few months away so we should probably focus on the now. Curious as to what I’ve been up to? Nothing too exciting. Updating my resume was a mini-project for me over the weekend. I had yet to add my summer internship experience so that needed to be dealt with stat. Plus, I like to pass my draft around to at least three people so that they can catch any errors I didn’t and there are plenty of people at home to do that for me.  

My resume advice? Use active, interesting verbs. Don’t fall into just saying you “did” this or that. Show them what you did. Some examples you’ll find on mine include facilitated, conducted, engaged with, and strategized. I have a bad habit of downplaying the skills I gained or projects I worked on at an internship or job which is totally not the way to go. I’m working on breaking it. You’re smart, you work hard, you are a valuable memeber of your team—make sure your future employer knows that!

Note: take this advice with a grain of salt. I’ve yet to secure gainful employment for after graduation. Yikes!

Enjoy the changing leaves and apple cider donuts. This is the best time of year at UMass!

See you around,
Marie

 

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