• 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
  • It’s weird to think that we can stay connected with people over thousands of miles.As I’ve mentioned before, my father sends me occasional emails, just chatting and telling me about life back home. Even though I haven’t seen him in months and the two hundred miles between us might as well be two thousand, it still feels like I can be connected with him and my mother just because we can chat like this. Honestly, to me it feels like an even deeper, truer connection than what chatting over the phone or FaceTime grants. Maybe it’s because my father and I are better at... Read More
  • Transitioning to adulthood seems to kind-of-maybe suck. At least at first blush.I happened to mention that I was doing my taxes the other day, and he shared his condolences, saying that there were more to come from here on out.“Well,” I said. “Adulthood sucks.”“There are compensatory advantages.”I cocked an eyebrow. “Such as?”“Autonomy,” he replied. “With that, everything becomes possible. Not free, but possible. Without it, only other people’s wishes and plans come to pass.”I’d like to think that’s true. Not having enough experience in the matter yet, it’s hard for me to... Read More
  • Over break, I met a taxi driver who is licensed to work as a pharmacist. A taxi driver… Licensed as a pharmacist. Does that make sense to anyone? A grown man with a degree was working as an Uber driver in Florida. Why? Because every job he applied to in the state required that he already have at least a year of work experience in a pharmacy. How was he supposed to get that experience? Through an internship program which, like 90 percent of all internships, was not paid or paid less than minimum wage. He was supposed to have done this during college, however he and his... Read More
  • I attended UMass’s Career Blast this week. For those of you unfamiliar, this is where the school brings to campus droves of employers who are looking to snap up eager, intelligent college students for jobs and, occasionally, internships. The result is a mob of stressed, excited, nervous, and/or overwhelmed kids swarming a hundred or so booths and their attendants. What also tends to happen is that there are a lot of people looking for STEM majors and little else. Still, I did my homework the night before and knew which companies were looking for humanities folks such as... Read More
  • 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
  • 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

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