• Happy Veteran’s Day! For those of us with friends or family who’ve been in the armed forces, this is a wonderful day to reflect upon their noble sacrifices and the politics that sometimes forced them to make those sacrifices needlessly. For just about everyone else though, it’s an excuse to relax. Hey, everyone needs a break, so I’m not about to judge. I just hope that the people I’m seeing with the bags under their eyes aren’t feeling their hangovers too acutely. It’s college, so when you hear you’ve got the next day off, most people take it as an opportunity to drink. To... Read More
  • Ever had a sense of déjà vu? You know, when you’ve got the feeling that you’ve experienced something already, though you’re sure you haven’t? They can certainly be entertaining, but more often than not I find them alarming. They usually recall some memory from years ago and I’m struck by how much time has passed and by how vivid the memory is still. My old man talks about when he gets those moments except that, instead of the fifth anniversary of my first breakup, he’s talking about the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination! If a five year old memory hits me... Read More
  • Welcome to the second half of the semester, or as we should call it, the best time of year to have an unlimited meal plan. Halloween may be over, but it was just the kickoff to the holiday eating season.   My weekend started Friday, when my roommates and I opened up our Halloween pinata filled with Reese’s, M&M's, and Milky Ways. We didn’t have it in us to hit him with the bat, but we had no problem eating all the candy inside.  Saturday morning, my aunt and uncle drove out here to see me, all the way from Cape Cod! We walked around campus, wandered into the Emily... Read More
  • Grace Perry Gracing Through Campus People's Market
    Grace Perry takes a visit to People's Market, a student run business at UMass Amherst in her first blog post ever! As a student in the Commonwealth Honors College, Grace has started "Gracing Through Campus" to discuss student life and her experiences on campus. People's Market is located inside of the Student Union and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.      
  • Welcome to my blog! In general, this will be about how my father’s advice and bad jokes have helped me to thrive in college and get through life. Maybe they’ll help you too! You might see things in here that are not typically school sanctioned, but I try to be honest about UMass because you readers deserve to know what you’re getting into. That includes both the bad and the beautiful.   Also, at the end of each blog, I'll post a "Song of the Week" with a link to YouTube included. Enjoy the wisdom of my old man and my bizarre music tastes! -Matt Hlady   Enter The Goat   My... Read More
  • Kate, Every day UMass proves to me how lucky I am to have come here considering all the things I didn’t take into consideration when choosing where to go to college. When I was a senior in high school I was too bitter about not getting money from what I thought was my number one school, or fulfilling everyone’s expectation to think about the aspects of college life that actually matter. I was too worried about name recognition, and campus aesthetics to consider the important things – like food. You read that right, food is crucial to consider in your college decision and I... Read More
  • Kate,   Due to unavoidable scheduling issues, I now have to wake up before the sun in order to get to the gym. I get it, high school students and full time workers do it every day, it’s just getting my college student internal clock to readjust has been rough to say the least.   It’s only 10 a.m. as I’m writing this and I’m already ready for a nap, but before I run for coffee I have an important point for you: as you decide where you want to end up next year (highly) consider going somewhere with a nice gym.   Staying healthy is so important in college not just so you look... Read More
  •   (Co-authored by Avery Hennigar, Emily King, Zac Bears, and Marie MacCune) 1. When Mom misses your old friends more than you do: Mom: Why hasn’t (insert name of high school friend you haven’t spoken to since move-in day freshman year) been over lately? You: Um… we’ve just been really busy, you know. Mom: Well, you should invite her over with the rest of the old gang for a slumber party. You: Sure, I’ll text them right now (You say as you delete the contact so she can’t call them herself). 2. When global warming isn't real: Uncle: Global warming isn’t a thing; it's... Read More
  • I always knew I wanted to help people find their voice. So naturally, I entered college as a Communication Disorders major so I could eventually become a speech therapist, and literally help people find their voice. It seemed like the only logical option at the time.   I remember taking classes in departments like education, kinesiology, psychology, writing, theatre, social justice and gender studies and I loved them! Two years passed, and I realized that my personal goal to help people find their voice was simplified by my major at the time.   As tempting as it was to... Read More
  • In May of 2012, I finally discovered the cause for the stomach aches that had haunted me for the past five years. I was gluten intolerant. I finally put the pieces together after reading the book, “Wheat Belly,” and after eliminating gluten from my diet, I felt like a new person. While I was thrilled that I now knew a way that I could stop my stomach from hurting after every meal, I was also overwhelmed in how I was supposed to take on the challenge of eating entirely gluten-free.   The diagnoses of gluten intolerances and Celiac’s disease have become far more common in... Read More

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