Honors InSight: a CHC student blog
For many students research can mean many different things and can cause many different emotions. So what’s my relationship with research? Let’s just say it’s complicated.
I first grew to love research during my junior year of high school when I was required to submit a project to our school’s History Fair. I formed a group with two other students and we created a documentary entitled, “Innovations in Sanitation: A History of Chicago’s Sewer System.” I know what you are thinking… a documentary about sewers? Yes, I made a movie documenting the amazing innovations Chicago... Read More
This January, I started an internship with the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, supporting the 21st Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is called “Reality Narratives.” The theme is particularly exciting for me because of my Honors Project in narrative non-fiction. Each film features a story that exemplifies the intersection between creativity and reality, exploring the “blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction,” from the stationary camera-guided tour of Peru (Kimi Takesue’s Looking for Adventure), to a 60-minute... Read More
Last spring, I had an idea for a story that would be my most ambitious creative writing project to date. It started with a few characters I had developed for various roleplaying games. With a little reimagination, and some inspiration from sources like Dungeons & Dragons, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and The Avengers, The 9 to 5 Adventurer Project was born.
What is the 9 to 5 Adventurer Project? It’s a creative writing experiment that combines the YA medieval “fantasy” genre with the episodic structure of TV shows, comics, and 19th century literature. I write... Read More
Research. What is it? Is it typing a question into Google? Is it pouring over books in the library, chugging Red Bull the night before your paper’s due? Is it peering into a microscope for hours upon hours until you finally find that connection you’re looking for? Research is a big concept, one that’s thrown around a lot within CHC, especially in areas like the Honors Thesis and the Undergraduate Research Conference. So what actually counts as research?
By the broadest definition, research is a discovery, investigation, and growing relationship with a certain subject. It... Read More
When I got my letter from UMass in December of my senior year of high school, I remember reading the first sentence that said I was accepted, and then not reading any further. I was just so glad I had gotten in that I had failed to notice, in the next paragraph of that letter, that I had also been accepted into the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC).
It wasn’t even until the next day that my mom pointed it out to me. I was so excited and proud that my application had stood out enough that I had not only been accepted to the university, but to its prestigious honors... Read More
Valley Gives is an annual event that was established to help support western Massachusetts non-profit organizations. For 24 hours, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties come together for special events and an online campaign to make gifts to their favorite local charities. Every gift that is made has a significant impact because all the participating non-profits are eligible to win cash awards based on how much money they can raise.
Last year, more than 6,000 individuals donated over $1 million through this campaign. You can check out a complete list of large and... Read More
Taking Action: On November 19, 2013, over 50 students traveled to the Massachusetts State House to hold a lobby day to show their support for a bill that would increase the voting power of the students on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. Students were able to visit various legislators and their legislative aides as well as hear from some of the bill's sponsors to advocate for this legislation to pass.
Before my internship this past summer with Representative Ellen Story’s office I was not really aware of this issue. While I did know of the Board of... Read More
I am very fortunate to be a Peer Ambassador at Commonwealth Honors College. In this job I get to meet with incoming students and explain to them the benefits of both UMass Amherst and Commonwealth Honors College. I really enjoy this job because it allows me to share my great appreciation for UMass and the Honors College with others, and it also grants me the opportunity to meet some of the up and coming young scholars of UMass. It is a cool feeling knowing that a discussion I have with a prospective student could propel them to enroll here and take part in some of the same... Read More
I always knew I wanted to help people find their voice. So naturally, I entered college as a Communication Disorders major so I could eventually become a speech therapist, and literally help people find their voice. It seemed like the only logical option at the time.
I remember taking classes in departments like education, kinesiology, psychology, writing, theatre, social justice and gender studies and I loved them! Two years passed, and I realized that my personal goal to help people find their voice was simplified by my major at the time.
As tempting as it was to... Read More
It is official: enrollment for spring classes is approaching. Signing up for classes is absolutely my favorite time of year. It makes me more excited than Christmas or birthdays and the best part is that it even comes twice a year. The excitement I get is a little strange, okay very strange, but there is just something remarkable about getting to start fresh in the new semester with new professors and classes.
It always seems strange to have to plan out your schedule for January when we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving break yet, but I have found it to be worth the... Read More