• Tis the season to be stressed and contemplating a career in flipping burgers or manning coffee shops. Most of us have at least one class that looms over us like the angel of death. It’s that one class that we’re convinced will destroy our GPAs and thus our future. That class stares at us like a hungry lion that wants nothing more than to drag us back to their den from which we will never see the light of day or a decent paycheck. Or at least that’s what the world is telling us to think. The fact of the matter is that, while grades are important, especially if you’re... Read More
  • Back in September, my roommates and I made a Google Docs list of places we wanted to go, things we wanted to do, and (of course) food we wanted to eat before the end of the semester. With two years at UMass already gone by, we know that the time flies, and with all that's going on, you have to be intentional if you want to make the most of your weekends. We've managed to check a number of things off our bucket list, like going to a fall festival, checking out the Montague Book Mill, hosting a Clue-themed dinner party, and finding a really good burger, but there's still so... Read More
  • Kate, I went back to the very first Letters to Kate I wrote. It was exactly two years ago Saturday. You, Christine, Beth and I all look like such babies in the picture I included. The dorky tree I added at the bottom? It's all set up in my apartment again, this time off campus. It’s funny I feel ready to write my last letter to you, but not my second to last one. Like I’ve been saying all semester, the end sort of sneaks up on you. With less than 6 days of classes left in my undergraduate career I think it’s time to dole out my last bit of advice on them. I took over 30... Read More
  • Memory's a funny thing. It’s entirely subjective, prone to corruption, and infamous for these failings, yet we depend upon it for, well, everything. Everyone’s had that quarrel with their parents or friend where one party says that Doug leaned on the big red button while the other party says that Maxwell clipped the wrong wire. Either way, things went *boom* and all that’s left is the results and finding who to blame. I mean, look at some of the students here on a Saturday morning! I heard someone say that figuring out what you did the night before while on a bender is... Read More
  • Kate, There are three weeks left in the semester. Do you realize that? Are you hyperventilating too? I swear I sit down to write this letter every week and every week I’m in shock about how few weeks are left and then I get nervous and, well...you’ve been reading these posts for years now, you know the drill. I can get myself quite worked up in under a minute (more like under 30 seconds). But this week it’s going to be different. I’m not going to panic. I’m going to take my stressors and find the positives. There are three weeks left of the semester. That’s great! I’... Read More
  • (co-authored by Marie MacCune and Hannah Depin)  Have you heard the good news? UMass has given us the whole week of Thanksgiving off instead of just two measly days! Can you believe it? Find out how to make the most out of your Thanks-cation...and ignore the fact finals go right up till Christmas. 1. Do your laundry...for free. I know you’ve been wearing those socks since Halloween. 2.   Catch up with friends from home and catch up on all that small town gossip. You know you’re not above it. 3.  Do the homework you promised yourself you’d get done before the break but... Read More
  • It's almost Thanksgiving break, and not a moment too soon! I am so, so ready for a whole week off to sleep in, catch up on everything I've fallen behind in, and eat lots and lots of food.  When I get busy, I tend to get super scattered and absent-minded, so I've had more than a few funny bumps in the road this semester. Last week I was sitting on the couch when a Google Calendar notification popped up on my phone that I'd completely forgotten about. "I'm supposed to be at the Campus Center in five minutes!" I exclaimed, leaping off the couch and running out of my apartment... Read More
  • Kate, Today the property management company that owns my apartment complex is coming to do three different showings of our apartment. Isn’t it crazy there are already people looking to sign over our lease in June? I swear, it was last month that Diana and I were frantically trying to get all the paperwork notarized to secure some housing for this year. As the semester picks up its rapid descent towards Christmas, are you making sure you’re doing things besides just homework? I know, I know. That’s rich coming from me. You’re right, I do like to lock myself away for days... Read More
  • November 4th, 2016- Thought process during the election: 10:00 p.m.: “Wow, a lot of those states are turning red.” 10:30 p.m.: “Okay, this is ridiculous, but Hillary can still catch up.” 11:00 p.m.: “Okay, now it’s a long shot.” 12:00 a.m.: “All hope is lost.” I woke up the next day thinking “Geez that was a weird dream. Better not turn out like that tonight.” Then I looked at my phone and discovered that, no, “tonight” had happened the previous night and that it was no dream. The Donald is going to be our new Commander-in-Chief. If you’ve been paying attention to... Read More
  • Stressful week? I wholeheartedly believe that the best cure is ice cream! After this whirlwind couple of days, I’m hoping to make some time over the long weekend to turn off the TV and Twitter and get off campus to do something fun. I think Flayvors of Cook Farm would be a great place to start! Flayvors is an ice cream shop situated on a dairy farm in Hadley. It’s only a few minutes away from UMass, but the fields and mountains surrounding it feel a world away from campus. All the ice cream is homemade on the dairy farm. There’s an assortment of classic and unusual flavors... Read More

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