Honors InSight: Everyday Life

  • Ryan’s Question: How does it feel to be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi? Amberly’s Answer: It feels kind of weird—but a neat kind of weird—to be perfectly honest. (For those who don’t know what Phi Kappa Phi is, it’s an honor society that you can find out more about here. I was inducted into the society last Sunday, March 31.) I’m not used to a big deal being made of my academic achievements. I do my assignments, I try my best on them, I turn them in, and then I get a grade. Sometimes, a couple of months after the semester is over, I get an email from UMass telling me I... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: Would you say that you ever feel inspired to do random things that you previously had no interest in? If so, has this occurred more once you attended college? Amberly’s Answer: Well, you know me, Ryan. I am not typically inspired to do random things. I am a thoughtful, cautious person. My brain tends to map out all of the possible effects of my decision, even as I’ve just made it. It maps out all of the possible ways it can go wrong, all of the possible ways it can go right. If I’ve chosen to do something “randomly,” it’s likely I quietly did some... Read More
  • Ryan's Question: What do you think the role of technology plays on a college campus? Amberly's Answer: To be frank, I think it would be easier to ask what part of campus and college at large isn't affected by technology. Everywhere you look, you will see a laptop or a phone out, ready to connect with the internet and the world. The lobbies (at least in the Honors College) have a TV screen, ready to play the Superbowl or the latest episode of American Horror Story. In classrooms, we have an increasing number of projectors and smart screens. We use sites like Moodle and... Read More
  • The news since Election Day has been dominated by musings about what kind of outcomes the Midterms could lead to. It’s been hard to address this question when two races still haven’t been called (for governors in Georgia and Florida), but even with the uncertainty, there's a lot of material to spectate off of.  There was a lot of cool action on campus leading up to the election. The #Yeson3 campaign was holding phone banks and campaigning around campus. Christine Hallquist and Danica Roem visited to talk at a transgender rights protection rally. The UMass Democrats... Read More
  • At face value my horoscope should everything the celestial bodies have in store for me. I checked mine today. It prophesized the following: “You may have recently inherited either some money or some free time. This is a real gift, and if invested wisely, it could lead to some important self-discoveries”. Now I’ll say that both today and recently I neither have money or time by virtue of this celestial “inheritance” or from work, or from any Mars in retrograde or what have you. This is not the objection I draw. Mine is that by making such bold assertions and in such... Read More
  • Alarming new information was released regarding climate change and the planet’s future in a UN report. This report said that “there is no documented historical precedent for the scale of change required,” and that the world may have just over a decade to get climate change under control. Here are things students (or anyone) can do:   Do your research: Take an Enviro class Reduce emissions in your travel: Take public transit Ride a bike Car-share Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle Fly... Read More
  • My first blog post will be more about who I am and less about what I have to say. The posts afterward will be the opposite. I’m dedicating the content of my blog not to personal pontification, but to showcasing the accessibility and diversity of the knowledge and wisdom in the community. This could be from faculty, classes, or a conversation on the street. Wherever it comes from, I want to present not what to think, but ways of thinking, arguments, stories — all to show you my journey in learning how to think. Critically. I welcome comments and hope that, at the very... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: What’s the role politics play on campus? Are there ever situations where it becomes a taboo topic, or is it always something that people are expressive about? Amberly’s Answer: Colleges do appear to be the most political sphere in our society, don’t they? With protests scattered throughout the week and speakers frequently coming to campus to give lectures on all sorts of topics, college provides numerous attitudes for one to “get political.” That being said, I have to say that everything is political. Politics affect everything from our views of the... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: Has college changed the way you look at your future? If so, in what ways? Amberly’s Answer: -cue nervous laughter- Oh boy. The short answer is this: yes. The long answer, though, is this: When I first came to UMass, I had a pretty strong sense of self. I knew who I, Amberly Lerner, was, and I knew exactly who I was going to be in life. I was an English major and I was going to go into creative writing. And then while I was at it, I was going to become a lawyer. Not just any lawyer, though! A lawyer that fought for social justice; a miniature, more... Read More
  • Well, that’s it. I’ve graduated. Fifty-three blog entries later and I’ll now be out of your hair. I have been at UMass for four years now and, now that I am gone, I truly do feel like I deserve the title “senior.” Not because of rank or anything, but because I’m no longer going to be considered a student and the real world is about to slap me in the face with one of the biggest wake-up calls of my life. I love UMass, and I wish with all my heart that it was not time for me to go. However, it is. I’ve had my chance to enjoy what this amazing school had to offer me, and... Read More


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