• How do you get involved at a school with 20,000 undergraduates?  The idea alone seems daunting as a freshman.  After years of being highly involved throughout my middle and high school careers, the thought of free time in college was extremely appealing.  Just as appealing, in fact, as the thought of finding my way in such a large school was intimidating.  So freshman year I allowed myself to take a break.  I spent time forming close and lasting friendships, stayed up late to wander the halls and meet everyone in my building, attended every home hockey game, and explored... Read More
  • Let me start by saying that this past weekend could have gone better for many sports fans at UMass Amherst.   On Saturday night, I went to the UMass v. Merrimack hockey game, which drew 5,000 spectators to the Mullins Center on campus.  UMass Dining sponsored an impressive white-out and gave out free white UMass T-shirts to the first thousand students to arrive.  It was a close game and a lot of fun to watch.   The Merrimack Warriors were up 1-0 just 3:25 into the game before UMass' Troy Power responded nearly a minute later.  Merrimack regained the lead 20... Read More
  • When you enter college, you’re told how exciting it will be; that it will be one of the best times in your life; and that it will fly by before you know it.   (Blah, blah, blah. Can you please just put money on my UCard, Mom?)   Unfortunately, this is yet another case where your parents were totally right.   This December, I finished my undergraduate career here at UMass. Honestly, it’s still a bit of a shock: like finishing your bucket of Halloween candy or finding out that Kim Kardashian got divorced when you wasted four hours of your young life watching her over-the-top... Read More
  • I have to confess, with no small amount of shame, that I am a junior here at UMass and (before this weekend) I had never been to Bueno y Sano.     For those of you not familiar with the area, Bueno y Sano is a burrito place on Boltwood Walk in the center of Amherst at which you can find burritos of all shapes and sizes as well as quesadillas, tacos, and salads, all made with fresh, local ingredients for reasonable prices - the food there is, indeed, both good and healthy.  The original Bueno y Sano was opened in 1995 by UMass Alum, class of 1993, Bob Lowry, right where... Read More
  • I’ll be honest, the end of the semester is hard.     Meeting with advisors, trying to finalize a schedule for the next semester, crossing my fingers and hoping that I get into the classes I want, writing papers, studying for exams, finishing up group projects - suddenly it seems like my to-do list is miles and miles long.  Being a student is, frankly, exhausting sometimes.   Being a student is like having a couple full-time jobs.  The average student takes 15 credits every semester, which amounts to about 15 hours of class time.  Professors recommend that students... Read More
  • November 5th marked the official groundbreaking for the new Honors Residential Complex, which is slated to open in the fall of 2013. I was lucky enough to be on the speakers list at Saturday’s event, where campus leaders like CHC’s own Dean Clarkson and Chancellor Holub other including UMass Trustees, alumni and President Robert Caret spoke about what the new Residential Complex meant to them and to the Honors Community. About 70 others joined in the celebration and watched as we geared up with hard hats and shovels, and broke ground.    Amongst the guests were some of the... Read More
  • My sister, a senior in high school and a prospective UMass Amherst student, visited me at the University over Homecoming Weekend.  As I got off the elevator on the 23rd floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois library to show her the incredible view of campus it offers, I was reminded of the many informational sessions I hosted over the summer for prospective students.   This past summer, I worked as a Peer Ambassador for Commonwealth Honors College.  In addition to performing reception duties, I met with prospective students and their families to provide them with an overview of CHC... Read More
  • I have some exciting news!  I recently joined the Delta Lambda chapter (a.k.a. the UMass Amherst chapter) of Pi Sigma Alpha. I will be attending my second meeting on Wednesday night! Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ or PSA), the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States.  The first chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas at Austin, and the society has grown over the years to about 700 chapters.   This semester I was finally eligble to apply because I... Read More
  •   This week one of my classes welcomed a guest presenter from the UMass Amherst International Programs Office to discuss various study abroad options and study abroad scholarships.  They enthusiastically help students determine what study abroad program is a good fit and help them apply for scholarships, like the Boren Award for International Study, the various scholarships their office provides, and plenty of others!  I promise you they are incredibly friendly and dedicated :) I work for that office in the summer as a staff member for International Student Orientation.... Read More
  • Hello and welcome to Honors InSight, a blog by Commonwealth Honors College students at UMass Amherst for current and prospective students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the college.    We’re your bloggers – Renée and Michelle (learn more about us by clicking our names – they link to our bios – and by checking back for more entries by us!)– and we are both students at UMass Amherst and members of Commonwealth Honors College.  We are passionate about our education and the opportunities offered by CHC and we hope to be able to share with you our experiences... Read More

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