• I am one of those fortunate souls who does not have class on Fridays and thus has a three day weekend every week. Usually it just means that Fridays are quiet and productive (or at least should be), Saturdays are a wild card, and then Sundays are the usual crunch day. So when we had a snow day on Thursday, I thought I could allow myself a little extra time to goof off. Besides, my parents keep telling me to take it easy on occasion, so why not listen to them for once in my life? Well, “a little extra time” turned out to be the whole day and night. I think I read all of... Read More
  • What’s that I hear? The sweet sound of snow falling ever so lightly. It seems like we’re finally starting to get some heavy snow! Some students really appreciate this kind of weather, because they get to have campus wide snowball fights and relax with a day of cancelled classes. But if you’re like me, odds are you’re bed-ridden, watching Netflix, jealous of everyone around you who doesn’t have the flu (except for my roommates, who I got sick). Whatever you’re feeling, make sure you’re prepared! Because if you don’t know by now, New England weather is so unpredictable.  ... Read More
  • Ryan's Question: So, you're starting a blog? Amberly's Answer: Yeah, I am! My boss Shonda told me that as a communications assistant, I could start one. I mainly just needed a theme to center my blog posts around. Now that was the part that got to me. A theme. What got to me was the fact that I wasn't really sure what I wanted that theme to be, if I'll be honest, or if could even think of one. After all, it's the beginning of my second semester and I'm still trying to figure out how this campus works, nevertheless think of a blog theme. And yet, eventually, I managed to... Read More
  • The first time I watched the Super Bowl, my parents and I muted the game and then turned the volume back on whenever the funny commercials returned. The next year we got bored with that and switched to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. Since coming to college, though, I’ve gained an appreciation for sporting events. I still don’t care about the games themselves, really, but these events are a good excuse to meet up with friends and encounter new people. Plus, they provide a great venue for venting pent up energy. I don’t know the rules to hockey nor am I curious. However,... Read More
  • Whether you’re a freshman transitioning from high school to college, or a transfer student like me trying out a different school, these tips can help you find your way here at UMass Amherst! 1. Get involved! -There are dozens of organizations on campus you can get involved with to spice up your time here at UMass. The Student Activities and Involvement page lists all the different ways you can get involved. -Joining a campus organization is a great way to meet new people and make friends, because you’ll be able to find people you connect and share interests with. Also,... Read More
  • You know how 2016 was a royal mess and how some people had hope that 2017 would make up for it? Well, it’s not looking too promising so far. Illness has befallen my family and, now that I’ve noticed it, maladies seem to be spreading throughout the country like a vicious rumor. Everyone in my family has had, or will soon have, surgery and everyone around me seems either to have the flu or be in a cast or sling. The thing is that, just like the flu, three mental states travel as fast as the news can: Fear, ignorance, and hatred. Observe how quickly these things spread and... Read More
  • Hello and welcome back to UMass, folks! Some of you might have returned after reluctant and teary partings with family, some may have sprinted out of their homes to get here. Whatever the circumstances, I hope that you feel relieved and excited to be back. A lot of you will already have found your niches and are eager to return to your friends and activities that make UMass a part of your extended family. For those of you who are taking a bit longer, as I did, never fear! Each semester is like starting all over again. Yeah, you’ve got the same people in your dorm, but... Read More
  • (co-authored by Marie MacCune, Matthew Hlady, and Hannah Depin) It's Finals Week, and that means it's time to start getting serious about papers, presentations and exams. If you've been studying hard all semester, good for you! If not...here are the five deals we'll be making with the devil to try to get through this week.  1. I will name my first-born child after great Aunt Petunia if this 4 page single-spaced paper becomes 15 pages once I click double-space. 2. I will never skip again if my professor cancels the last day of class so that I can prep my project... Read More
  • Is there a better way to wrap up a semester than with lots and lots of dessert? On Friday, my friend Tara and I headed to the UMass Bake Shop for Chocolate 101, a three-hour cooking workshop offered to students free of charge. We'd seen a poster advertising the class in the dining hall way back in October, and decided to give it a try. When we got there, Chef Simon Stevenson led our small group in a discussion about chocolate, explaining where it comes from, how it's made, and its different grades and qualities. We got to sample types ranging from milk chocolate to semi-... Read More
  • Kate, It’s my last day of undergraduate classes and I’m just as terrified as I was on the first one. I guess that while a whole lot of things have changed, not everything has. A little over four years ago I didn't want to go to UMass at all. It was too big and rural and full of concrete. I look back at high school me and shake my head at the girl who thought she knew exactly what she wanted. Coming to UMass and being a part of CHC has been the best decision I’ve made thus far. I truly believe this school has helped me to become a better person. I think UMass has that... Read More

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