• 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
  • When my mom and I first visited UMass in February of my senior year of high school, we were...less than impressed.  It was the last two days of our February break and we were returning from a family trip to New Hampshire. After driving back to Cape Cod from New Hampshire, we got out of the car just long enough to change, turned around and got back in the car, and drove three and a half hours in another direction out to Amherst. It was a miserable, cold night and the roads were slushy. Neither of us were at all familiar with the Western part of the state, so we were pretty... 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
  • (Co-authored by Marie MacCune and Hannah Depin) It’s autumn, baby. Time to do all things fall! Here are eight things you don't want to miss this fall at UMass.  1. Tailgate. We may have (one of) the worst teams in the division but our tailgates are nothing to shrug at. Pro tip: invite your parents for excess amounts of free food. 2. Apple picking, duh.   3. A haunted UMass Tour. It’s part of Family Weekend programming Friday, Oct. 21! 4. Visit a pumpkin patch. Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst lets you pick your perfect pumpkin for jackolantern making. 5. Take a hike up... Read More
  • It's starting to feel like fall here at UMass and I couldn't be more excited. It's a great season no matter where you are, but I feel especially lucky to experience it in western Massachusetts. There are a ton of events happening around here in the fall, and better yet, many of them are food related. I don't want to miss a thing, so I have a new weekend ritual: waking up early on Saturdays and Sundays to get homework done. I know, it's no fun, but it does pay off. Last weekend I got work done early and had plenty of time to check out two local food festivals! On Saturday,... 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
  • Perhaps it’s the end of semester stress, or just coincidence, but this blog is quickly becoming all about dessert! Although I’ve already written about doughnuts, chocolate chip bars, ice cream (twice) and Sweets and More, I couldn’t miss writing a blog post about La Fiorentina bakery in Northampton. Northampton is an easy bus ride away from campus and a fun place to spend time on the weekend. My friends and I have loved the Smith Botanic Garden, Spare Time bowling, and Broadside Bookshop. One day after parking in the parking garage we finally noticed La Fiorentina. There's... Read More
  • Kate, Last weekend was sunny and I’d had a (somewhat) productive week so I thought I’d explore Western Mass - not pictured to the right. Yes, I’ve gone to school here for the past three years but admittedly, I’ve gotten trapped in the Amherst bubble. There is so much more to explore. It’s one of the reasons I’m excited to be out here for the summer! First stop was the New England Peace Pagoda. Had I known it involved a considerable uphill walk, I would have waited for my ankle to heal a little longer – you win some you lose some. The Peace Pagoda is a really stunning... Read More
  • My friend Alicia is pretty much a genius. She just always seems to have the best suggestions. Tired from a cold, windy day walking around Boston? Stop in at Shake Shack for something to eat.  Falling behind with your homework? Go to the Elm classrooms in CHC, where you'll be able to work without distractions. Just finished a game of bowling at Spare Time in Northampton? Stop by Herrell's for milkshakes on the way home!   Last week was my first visit to Herrell's Ice Cream in Northampton but definitely not my last. I walked up to the shop and was shocked to see that the... Read More
  • Last weekend, my friends and I took on an impossible challenge. We set out for Amherst in search of a restuarant that would seat eight people in under an hour, with no reservation, at 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday night.   Spur of the moment dinner plans are tough with a large group. We could have cut down on the wait times if we agreed to split up into two groups of four, but the eight of us were eager to catch up after a busy week, when the only meals we ate together were grab-and-go breakfasts from Roots. After turning down an hour-plus wait at one restaurant and passing by... Read More

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