• Transitioning to adulthood seems to kind-of-maybe suck. At least at first blush.I happened to mention that I was doing my taxes the other day, and he shared his condolences, saying that there were more to come from here on out.“Well,” I said. “Adulthood sucks.”“There are compensatory advantages.”I cocked an eyebrow. “Such as?”“Autonomy,” he replied. “With that, everything becomes possible. Not free, but possible. Without it, only other people’s wishes and plans come to pass.”I’d like to think that’s true. Not having enough experience in the matter yet, it’s hard for me to... Read More
  • Over break, I met a taxi driver who is licensed to work as a pharmacist. A taxi driver… Licensed as a pharmacist. Does that make sense to anyone? A grown man with a degree was working as an Uber driver in Florida. Why? Because every job he applied to in the state required that he already have at least a year of work experience in a pharmacy. How was he supposed to get that experience? Through an internship program which, like 90 percent of all internships, was not paid or paid less than minimum wage. He was supposed to have done this during college, however he and his... Read More
  • As I write this blog, I am wearing a shirt that I bought probably in middle school that sports a design that has been often described to me as “tribal print.” At my middle school, it was very popular, especially in leggings. The phrase “tribal print” didn’t mean anything to me then; it was just a term to describe a certain design my friends found at Target. Now it weighs much heavier on me and evokes a lot of what I have since discovered about cultural appropriation and what the term “tribe” means in America. I don’t remember where I got the shirt--probably Forever 21 or... Read More
  • There’s a big problem with the way my generation spends its money, specifically on clothing and electronics. A lot of people my age spend money on the newest clothing trend or the newest Apple device. Chain stores and obsessive shopping of cheap clothing is constantly promoted in popular culture, movies, magazines, and advertisements. I don’t have a problem with not buying expensive clothing: Buy what you can afford, but don’t buy what you don’t need. The problem is devices and clothing that we purchase aren’t intended to last — cheap clothing and electronics that we... Read More
  • I attended UMass’s Career Blast this week. For those of you unfamiliar, this is where the school brings to campus droves of employers who are looking to snap up eager, intelligent college students for jobs and, occasionally, internships. The result is a mob of stressed, excited, nervous, and/or overwhelmed kids swarming a hundred or so booths and their attendants. What also tends to happen is that there are a lot of people looking for STEM majors and little else. Still, I did my homework the night before and knew which companies were looking for humanities folks such as... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: Do you ever get tired of people on such a populated campus like UMass? Amberly’s Answer: My initial answer to this was no, I don’t. A big reason I came to UMass, after all, instead of a small liberal arts college such as Amherst College or Smith, was because it was so populated. Not to say that there’s anything bad about Amherst College or Smith — both are great schools! But after growing up in a small town, I wanted something different. As I followed the tour guide around the UMass campus, it felt as if I was in a small city, and with that, I made my... Read More
  • After many lectures and an increasing number of vegans popping up in my life, I've been dabbling in veganism. By dabbling, I mean I went vegan for one week at the beginning of the year, and now I try for vegan Wednesdays (but often forget and eat a muffin for breakfast). I don’t know if I’ll go full vegan (because I’m not even a vegetarian now), but I am going to try to eat vegan more days a week while I’m at UMass. This is partially because my roommate and two other friends here are vegan, and it’s hard to listen to them tell me everything that’s wrong with the meat and ... Read More
  • I’ve discovered that it takes trying something to determine whether you truly hate it or not. I have a vast array of interests and the myriad of possibilities (especially in career choices) has nearly rendered me paralyzed. There are so many options that I don’t know where to begin and, when I’m about to pursue something, I wonder if I’m making the wrong choice and should chase something else. For example: I have been toying with the idea of getting involved in the government and public policy for a few years now, and Trump’s election brought the issue to the fore. As... Read More
  • With graduation three months away, my thoughts follow the same pattern just about every day: "What am I going to do after May 11? What am I going to do, what am I going to do, what am I going to do?" I always assumed that after four years of college, I'd have an answer by now. That's the way it's supposed to work, right? But senior year is a time of transition, and I've never been so unsure about my next step. On one hand, it's exciting to think that there are so many opportunities open to me right now. But on the other hand, it's just terrifying.  Luckily, there are... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: Do you feel at “home” at college? Would you say many people feel this way? Amberly’s Answer: The other day during winter break, when I was talking to a friend, I told her that I was “going home” next week. Noticing her confused look I realized I had referred to UMass, not my small hometown of Sherborn, Massachusetts, as home. So I guess, really, that that answers your first question. It took a while before I reached this point, though. As I wrote in my previous blog post, reality hit me this past semester in a way it hadn’t for the others. I came to the... Read More

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