• 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
  • Kate, I’m sad I wasn’t home for Easter this year. But having been home last weekend and with the long weekend coming up in two weeks­ – let’s just say I had far too much school work to do to avoid putting it off any longer than I already had.  Anyways, I wanted to give you some insight into what I learned this weekend on how to feel like you’re home for a holiday, even when you’re not. While mom was distraught I didn’t have a homemade Easter brunch, I somehow survived off of my Hamp omelet with my suitemates Sunday morning. Remember when I said in college your friends at... Read More
  • Kate,   Welcome to the UMass family! Go class of 2019!   I am so beyond excited that you chose UMass Amherst. Besides the fact that I am obsessed with this school and really wanted you to come, I think you made an excellent choice. The opportunities that the competitive nursing program offers mixed with UMass’s price means coming here is the best decision that you could have made. I have never regretted my decision to come here and I don’t think you will either. Though I do question the university's ability to handle our combined level of enthusiasm (see the above picture... Read More
  • Kate (and Beth),   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!   I was so glad to be home for your birthdays. Kate, you’re 18 – a sort of, kind of, full blown adult. And Beth, you’re 9 which is one of the best ages to be! Only one more year until you’re double-digits, make it count :)     Remember in my first letter I promised you that there’s a light at the end of the very long tunnel that is senior year of high school? Remember how I said you might not be able to see it until March? Can you see it now?   This is when things start getting fun! My advice to you is to make a senior year/senior... Read More
  • Kate,   I can feel myself growing up. I legitimately feel like I’m becoming an adult which I know sounds so weird but bear with me. College changes everyone and I’m getting … old.   Being an adult in college means transferring prescriptions and making doctors’ appointments on your own, it means applying for (and paying for) a new passport. The weird pseudo-adulthood of college means being able to have Girl Scout Cookies for dinner but choosing not to (though they will most definitely be eaten for dessert).   The other day I was going through some study abroad paperwork and... Read More
  • Dear Kate,   Waking up to the weather app telling me it’s -17 degrees out has become part of my morning routine so I thought I’d choose a picture reminiscent of warmer days. Oh, to be back at the Beyoncé concert, in tank tops and shorts with tanned (ok, slightly sunburned) skin. Summer will come eventually – I hope.   As we await summer’s return, I’m actually starting to make plans for the fall. Hopefully, I will be studying in Cork, Ireland next semester!   I have wanted to participate in study abroad since forever. I am so beyond excited for this opportunity. While the... Read More
  • Kate,   It was awesome getting to see you guys last weekend! A full day on the slopes and then family pizza night in Northampton, what more could a girl ask for?    I know it’s a very old saying that home is not necessarily a place but a person – or in our case, a whole lot of people – but it’s only been since coming to college that I’ve realized how true that is.   When I’m getting homesick, it can be as easily remedied by a visit from you guys as it can be by a trip home.  It’s weird, but sometimes at school it can feel like I’m missing out on all the things that are... Read More
  • Kate, Every day UMass proves to me how lucky I am to have come here considering all the things I didn’t take into consideration when choosing where to go to college. When I was a senior in high school I was too bitter about not getting money from what I thought was my number one school, or fulfilling everyone’s expectation to think about the aspects of college life that actually matter. I was too worried about name recognition, and campus aesthetics to consider the important things – like food. You read that right, food is crucial to consider in your college decision and I... Read More
  • Kate,   When is the last time you guys went to school? I swear every time I’ve gone on Facebook I see statuses about another snow day in Scituate. They’re a lot more fun as a senior when you don’t have to make them up at the end of the year, aren’t they?   As I write this I’m checking snowdaycalculator.com for UMass, and the chances aren’t good. We already had Monday off and a delay Tuesday, it’s hard to ask for more.   Anyway, please sing your most obnoxious rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Christine for me! I’m still struggling to grasp the fact that “Teenie” MacCune is... Read More

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