• 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
  • Mental health issues — anxiety, depression — are huge problems around the country. This is something that a lot of college students can testify to firsthand.   The pressure put on college students is overwhelming. Stress levels at colleges has been increasingly rising (the American Health Association reported this recently), which could be due to rising financial costs among a whole host of things. A lot of people are talking about this because recently a new course at Yale, called “Happiness,” became the most popular course in the history of that school. (UMass does have... Read More
  • I have a theory that on any given day, somewhere on this campus, you can find free pizza. Whether it's a Pizza Prof right here in CHC, a special event, or a weekly meeting of a campus club, there is almost always pizza to be found. Check out the Events Calendar and Campus Pulse to see for yourself! In college, you'll find pizza everywhere, but on Friday, my friends and I decided to make our own from scratch! We all hung out in my kitchen as we rolled out the dough, chopped up veggies, and grated cheeses. We played Italian music on Spotify, just for fun, until we switched... Read More
  • I love coming back to school, yet here I am, feeling overwhelmed after two days. You wouldn’t think that was possible, right? Well, I am the walking embodiment of biting off more than you can chew. Heck, even my own parents have been begging for two years that I take fewer classes and just enjoy college! You know it’s bad when your folks are telling you to work LESS. And then there’s my girlfriend, who is the epitome of low self-esteem; that she is somehow inadequate. She thinks that she doesn’t have the brains to pass a class. She doesn’t feel worthy of compliments. She... Read More
  • It's the first day of my last semester, and I keep thinking of everything as the "last-first." Like, it's my last First Day of New Classes! My last First Meal Back on Campus! Hopefully, I break out of this habit or it could be a long thirteen weeks.  I'm really looking forward to this final semester of college and soaking up everything CHC and UMass have to offer. I'm especially excited to take some food and cooking-related classes, like the course Food, History and Cultural Identity in Italy, and an Honors seminar called Exploring Chinese Culture Through Tea. On such a... Read More
  •   Since arriving at college, I have gradually slipped into a daily routine that makes me as grumpy as Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Every morning, after bargaining with my alarm for as long as possible, I read the news and aimlessly rant about it to my friends--before heading to class, where I vent about it some more. I’ve been told that I’m not the best in the morning (the actual words my roommate used were “terrifying” and “mean”), and this probably has as much to do with the news as it does with the fact that I firmly believe that “morning” is anytime before 1... Read More

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