• One of the big advantages of living in the dorms is that you are surrounded by potentially interesting people and perhaps new friends. Thing is, a lot of people are too shy to take advantage of this. They’re too worried that going to a stranger’s door, even if it’s standing open, and saying “Hi” will make them sound desperate for socialization, or too peppy, or that the encounter will be awkward for lack of common interests, or any number of other things. Well, I hate to say it, but that’s all possible. However, you’re not going to discover all the wonderful people around... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: What are the pros and cons of dorm life? Amberly’s Answer: Hi Ryan! So, I’m going to tackle this question for my blog post, simply because I know that while a lot of people have figured out housing already next year, there are still quite a few people leftover who are debating what to do. I fall into the former category. This year, I’ve been living in Sycamore (an Honors freshmen dorm), but next semester I’ll be moving to Southwest – specifically Crampton, which is home to the Nuance DRC. You might be wondering, what is a DRC? Well, a DRC stands not for... 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
  • Happy almost Halloween! We've gotten into the holiday spirit at my apartment, with pumpkins, twinkling ghost lights, and plans to make ghost and bat-shaped cookies this weekend. Although I'm practically counting down the days until the annual steak and lobster dinner, I've also been trying to make some of my favorite fall recipes while I still have the chance. How is it already the end of October?  The semester is flying by and I'm getting closer and closer to leaving for study abroad in Montpellier, France! This week, I've been trying to dedicate time to checking off all... Read More
  • It's the time of year again when everyone on campus is catching a cold! I don't know if it's the close quarters or the lack of sleep, but it seems almost like a fall tradition here.  My freshman year, I caught the cold and stubbornly avoided going to UHS when it got worse. Two weeks later, I went home for a long weekend and found out I had a sinus infection AND ear infection! (How is that even possible?) After that, I've been trying to make time to slow down and rest when I'm not feeling well, easier said than done!  How do you manage when you're coming down with a cold?... Read More
  • Remember how in the Harry Potter books, Harry counts down the days until he can go back to Hogwarts? Returning to UMass feels a little like that for me. Maybe driving down the Mass Pike in my family’s Honda is not as cool as the Hogwarts Express, but I still get excited when I see “Amherst” appearing on the road signs again. Although it’s always a little sad to see the summer go, I love being back on campus because you never know what’s around the corner here--a cool club you haven’t heard of, an internship to apply for, a new friend you’ll run into one day at the dining... Read More
  • Kate, I’m going to be honest. Senior year of college - not as cool as senior year of high school. Way scarier and way higher stakes. But it's fine, I'm fine. One week down and things have yet to crash and burn (well, my apartment did lose WiFi day two of the semester and I've had strep for three weeks now, so...). I’ve officially started my honors thesis endeavor. For what it's worth, as overwhelmed as I am by this project I am excited for it too. Original research is new territory for me and I’ve certainly never written anything on such a large scale. I’ll definitely be... Read More
  • This is always the saddest part of the year for me. I know that most of my peers anticipate the end of classes with bated breath, but the end of school means something different to them. To them it means an end to work and thinking, an end to deadlines and stress for the most part, and an end to social drama and commitments. To me, it means an end to stimulation, an end to motivation and achievement, and an end to friendships. I love the subjects I study and I enjoy the conversations I have with my professors. Yeah, the stress of deadlines can be exhausting and... Read More
  • Can you believe the semester is already halfway over? I'm convinced that this is the fastest year I've ever spent. The end of sophomore year feels sort of like a turning point to me. My roommate of two years will be off to Spain next year. My friends are getting internships and exploring future career paths. I'm nearly halfway done with my time at UMass and just beginning to think about my life post-graduation.    There's so much to look forward to. My friends and I are already talking about living in a house or apartment as juniors and seniors. Juniors and seniors at... Read More
  •  Kate,   I signed a lease for my off-campus apartment last weekend! I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I am to know that I have somewhere to live next year. This process has been a long one. Starting with a ridiculous Google spreadsheet between Diana and I, and ending with the fastest signing of a document I’ve ever seen mom and dad do. Just a heads up, this is going to be a long one.   As I’m sure you’ve realized with the start of the on-campus housing lottery, finding a place to live – at UMass and in the surrounding community – can be stressful. At the end of the... Read More

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