• 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
  • 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
  • In my first year, I came into UMass as an undeclared student, but I did have some notion that I wanted to help people in some way in my future. This was a lofty goal and I was pretty much clueless in how I wanted to achieve it.   I joined the Social Justice and Activism RAP without really knowing what this whole ‘social justice thing’ was about. RAP's are residential academic programs that are located in first year halls. When you sign up for a RAP you are agreeing to take a specific academic course, usually taught in your building or cluster, and to live on the same floor... Read More
  • Public health is one of the fastest growing majors on campus, but one of the most frequently asked questions I receive when I say I am a public health major is: So what is public health?   According to the ‘What is Public Health’ website developed by the Association of Schools of Public Health, public health is "the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health helps to improve the health and wellbeing of people in local communities and... Read More
  • My name is Avery Hennigar, and I am a Public Health and Psychology double major graduating in 2015. I am also a member of the Citizen Scholars Program, a Spinning instructor at the Rec Center, and a new Commonwealth Honors College Communications Assistant.   Since coming to UMass Amherst, I know I have had times where my head is full of questions about my major, my requirements, and the best way to get involved on campus. If you are a first year student, or even in your third year at UMass like me, you may still not know the best place to get your questions answered—UMass... Read More
  • I’ll be honest, the end of the semester is hard.     Meeting with advisors, trying to finalize a schedule for the next semester, crossing my fingers and hoping that I get into the classes I want, writing papers, studying for exams, finishing up group projects - suddenly it seems like my to-do list is miles and miles long.  Being a student is, frankly, exhausting sometimes.   Being a student is like having a couple full-time jobs.  The average student takes 15 credits every semester, which amounts to about 15 hours of class time.  Professors recommend that students... Read More
  • I have some exciting news!  I recently joined the Delta Lambda chapter (a.k.a. the UMass Amherst chapter) of Pi Sigma Alpha. I will be attending my second meeting on Wednesday night! Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ or PSA), the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States.  The first chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas at Austin, and the society has grown over the years to about 700 chapters.   This semester I was finally eligble to apply because I... Read More

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