• As soon as it's October, I hear "mid-semester" everywhere, and it always sneaks up on me. I feel like I only just adjusted to my classes and schedule. I finally figured out which bus to catch in the mornings, and when I can meet up with friends for lunch. I don't want to think that it's halfway done already!  But mid-semester really is approaching, and so are all the midterm assignments. October gets busy with homework, essays, quizzes, and exam review sessions. I have a pretty full couple of weeks ahead, especially since I fell behind this weekend. I went home to spend... Read More
  • "How's your thesis going?"  After three years of asking questions, thinking about, and planning for my thesis, I'm finally in the middle of it. So far, so good! The Honors thesis can certainly feel a little intimidating at times, but it's also exciting to work on a project of my choice after years of Gen Eds and other required classes. Many of my friends have chosen to do an individually-contracted thesis, which means that they created their own proposal for their research, found a faculty member to be their sponsor, and are now accomplishing it on their own, outside of... Read More
  • Was it really three years ago that I moved into my first dorm room? College is funny because it flies by so fast, but at the same time, I think I feel about a hundred years older than the lanyard-carrying freshman from three years ago. My first few days in my dorm in CHC were a blur of excitement and nerves. Was I in the right major? How was I going to find friends, an internship, a job? There's something so fun and scary about that time, when there's so much waiting ahead and you truly don't know what's next. Sometimes I wish I could start it all again, and sometimes I... Read More
  • As a busy college student, it can be quite the challenge to get the proper amount of nourishment one needs throughout the day. We’re always racing from class to class, meeting to meeting, and by the time we get home, we realize we’re hangry (very hungry, and angry at how hungry one is). It’s important to stay healthy and take care of your body, especially with all the stress that college life can bring. Here are some tips to get some food in your belly during your busy day!   1. Go to the Dining Halls There are four amazing dining halls here at UMass that offer so many... Read More
  • My very first weekend abroad, I attended a dinner party with my host family to celebrate the New Year. It was everything I had imagined a French dinner party to be — multiple courses, an assortment of cheeses, flutes of champagne, and slices of fresh bread. Then, at the end of the meal, the host called out: "Okay, everyone get under the table!" What? I watched as the children came running into the dining room and hid underneath the table. As it turns out, the days after the New Year are when the French celebrate with galette des rois, a special cake with its own set of... Read More
  • Studying abroad has definitely challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. After two and a half years at UMass, I know the important things, like what to expect from classes, how to print at the library, and where to find (almost) everything on our huge campus. Now I'm learning how everything works at the French univeristy, and there have definitely been some ups and downs as I adapt. My history class really intimidated me at first, because I'm one of only two Americans in a class full of French students. The professor talks really fast and without using... Read More
  • This week, I'm back in class again after three whole weeks of time off. (Vive la France!) During the break, I met up with one of my best friends from UMass who's studying abroad in Seville, Spain. After touring Seville together, we visited Rome, then Malta (thanks for the suggestion, Marie!) and then Marseille, France. It was truly the opportunity of a lifetime, filled with plenty of sightseeing and more slices of pizza than I'd like to admit. But then, on our second-to-last day of traveling, something strange happened. As my friend and I sat down for dinner at a couscous... 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
  • 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
  • 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

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