(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... Read More
The question every non-college student loves to ask and the one question everyone who still in college loves to avoid.  I cannot count the number of times I have been asked this question whether it is by inquisitive grandparents, aunts, and uncles at family holiday get-together’s, by curious co-workers and supervisors at my workplaces and internships, or even by the dental hygienist at my annual cleaning. I just cannot seem to escape it.   Even though I have a pretty good idea of my next step after I have to say... Read More
If someone asked me back in my freshman year what I would be doing for my Honors Thesis, I would’ve laughed and said, “I have no idea.” If someone had asked me last year, I would’ve said, “The 9 to 5 Adventurer Project.” It’s true that the Honors Thesis is a four-year journey, but the hardest part of that journey is figuring out where to start.   As it turns out, my Honors Project is not what I would’ve expected. I came by it while frantically searching for a seminar I could take to fill the requirement, since my... Read More
For the past three years, I’ve been working at the UMass Writing Center, located in the Learning Commons on the lower level of the DuBois Library. I first heard about the job at my New Students Orientation back in 2010. When I told my advisor that I like to write, he suggested I apply. My mom used to joke that it was the perfect job for me because I liked to correct people all the time. So I applied at the end of my freshman year, and I was hired as a tutor intern.   When I started my training, I quickly learned... Read More
I spent this past Sunday in New York City, but not for the reasons you’d think. I didn’t go to see Time Square or the Empire State Building. I didn’t see much at all, apart from Penn Station and Pearl Studios.  I was there as part of my application process for the Disney College Program. For about six hours, I crowded into mirrored rooms with nearly four hundred other people, waiting to figure out whether I had what it takes to be a Disney performer. I won’t know for another month what the results of the audition... 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... Read More
I began working at MotherWoman as my service placement for the Citizen Scholars Program in the fall of 2012. Interning at this organization has opened up many opportunities and academic interests that I never knew were available to me and enabled me to make a difference in people's lives. It is through the community I have found at MotherWoman that I have fostered the inspiration for my honors thesis and found my passion for women’s mental health.   MotherWoman, a nonprofit organization located in Hadley, MA,... Read More
Public health is one of the fastest growing majors on campus, but one of the most frequently asked questions I receive when I say I am a public health major is: So what is public health?   According to the ‘What is Public Health’ website developed by the Association of Schools of Public Health, public health is "the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health helps to improve... Read More
BDIC is why I came to UMass.    I am surprised that most students do not know about BDIC, which stands for Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration. It is a program which allows you to make your own major. I knew before I even came to UMass that this was exactly what I needed.   In high school, I became interested in the field of Demography. Simply out of curiosity, I would read articles about the changing family structure and dating culture in America. I noticed that all of these articles... Read More
How did you choose your major?   I think this experience is different for everyone.  There are some people who come to college with a strong sense of what they will major in (some people even know what they want to do for their career? What? Excuse me?), others come in with one idea and end up changing their mind once or several times, and others come undeclared and do a little exploration before settling in.   For me it was some combination of all of these things, and in my final semester here at UMass I can... Read More

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