• Ryan’s Question: Would you change anything about how you prepared for college, anything from the college application process to orientation to expectations you had in your head? Amberly’s Answer: A lot of tours have been passing through South College lately, as high school juniors (like you, of course…) start to consider colleges and high school seniors start to narrow down to their final college decision, so I figured now was a more appropriate time than ever to answer this question. The short answer to this question is yes, I would. I would change a lot of the things I... Read More
  • Whether you’re a freshman transitioning from high school to college, or a transfer student like me trying out a different school, these tips can help you find your way here at UMass Amherst! 1. Get involved! -There are dozens of organizations on campus you can get involved with to spice up your time here at UMass. The Student Activities and Involvement page lists all the different ways you can get involved. -Joining a campus organization is a great way to meet new people and make friends, because you’ll be able to find people you connect and share interests with. Also,... Read More
  • Kate, It’s my last day of undergraduate classes and I’m just as terrified as I was on the first one. I guess that while a whole lot of things have changed, not everything has. A little over four years ago I didn't want to go to UMass at all. It was too big and rural and full of concrete. I look back at high school me and shake my head at the girl who thought she knew exactly what she wanted. Coming to UMass and being a part of CHC has been the best decision I’ve made thus far. I truly believe this school has helped me to become a better person. I think UMass has that... Read More
  • When my mom and I first visited UMass in February of my senior year of high school, we were...less than impressed.  It was the last two days of our February break and we were returning from a family trip to New Hampshire. After driving back to Cape Cod from New Hampshire, we got out of the car just long enough to change, turned around and got back in the car, and drove three and a half hours in another direction out to Amherst. It was a miserable, cold night and the roads were slushy. Neither of us were at all familiar with the Western part of the state, so we were pretty... Read More
  • You know how some people just seem to be born leaders? They always make the right call, people follow them without question, and when things get hot they keep their cool. I’ve been around a few of them. I’m sure most of us have. And to be totally honest, I wanted to be like that. I wanted to be accepted and looked up to and, more than anything, I wanted to be right. Well, I got the accepted part and some amount of respect, but there came a point when every decision I made was the wrong one. If I chose to go left, I should’ve stayed right. If I made a plan, it fell apart... Read More
  • Co-authored by Hannah Depin and Marie MacCune. 1.   Crowded dining halls. Good luck finding a table or waiting in the omelette line this weekend. 2.   Traffic. Everywhere.  3.   The campus bookstore? Totally sold out.  4.  Lots of staring. Why do tours bring people to the gym? Seeing me run on a treadmill is deterrence enough from applying.  5.   You become every family's personal photographer. 
  • Kate, So you got into the Honors College – remember when you said you wanted to walk down an entirely different path than me? Just kidding, nursing is an entire world apart from political science and legal studies. Besides, I can’t blame you for wanting a chance at the beautiful honors dorms and to write a thesis. In all honesty, I’m very excited for you and very proud. Once again, you’ve done good kid.   What’s next? You’ve already texted me this morning asking where the CHC Events Hall is, so I’m guessing you have an information/orientation meeting of sorts coming up?... Read More
  • Kate,   Como estas? Te encanta Madrid? El Pais Vasco?   I am so excited for you to be on the trip of a lifetime in Spain (and it looks like you're pretty excited to be there too)! You will learn so much about the language, the world, yourself – the exchange is a truly excellent way to end your high school career and to build the foundation for the next four years in college.  Don’t forget to snap chat your big sister or update Instagram every once in a while so all of us back home can live the adventure vicariously through you … kidding (sort of)!   In case you haven’t... Read More
  • 7 Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a College   1. The quality of your specific program. Who cares if the school is 10th in the country if your program doesn't rank at all?     2. The food. You’ll be eating everyday, three times a day, for four years. Enough said.     3. The distance from home. No, you won’t want to be there every weekend, but at some point you will. Make sure you can afford the time and money it’ll take to get back home when you have and want to.       4. Money. It’s the hard truth that college is expensive, so attending a school that is... Read More
  • Kate, I’ve never been good in the homestretch. You know how some people can pull it together in the last few weeks of the semester and really kick it into gear? Yeah, well I am definitely not one of them. In fact, I’m the opposite. I start off each semester all bright-eyed and focused and by the end I’m barely hanging on to my motivation/sanity. Remember those carefree days at Quackers Pre-School? It's crazy how far we've come.  Last week I had two exams, this week I have two papers...and then there’s the stories I have for the paper, the internship decisions I need to... Read More

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