One of the best parts about being a student at UMass Amherst is being located in the top college town in the country.  Yes, in 2011, Amherst was ranked number one, beating out Berkeley, Calif., Montreal, Washington, D.C., and Boston by Katherine L. Cohen, founder and CEO of two college counseling firms. Amherst also made the top of the list on U.S. News and World Report “10 Great College Towns.”   It’s no surprise why Amherst ranks so high-- between the Five College Consortium, free transportation from the... Read More
Let me start by saying that this past weekend could have gone better for many sports fans at UMass Amherst.   On Saturday night, I went to the UMass v. Merrimack hockey game, which drew 5,000 spectators to the Mullins Center on campus.  UMass Dining sponsored an impressive white-out and gave out free white UMass T-shirts to the first thousand students to arrive.  It was a close game and a lot of fun to watch.   The Merrimack Warriors were up 1-0 just 3:25 into the game before UMass' Troy Power responded... Read More
It is officially the second week of spring semester!   Last week, nicknamed “syllabus week” is one of my favorite weeks of the semester because of all its excitement!  Although my mom didn’t take a picture of me, backpack in hand, as I readied myself to board the school bus, to mark the first day of school, I experienced similar butterflies.  I have overheard a few professors confess that despite having taught for years, they still feel a nervous excitement before they introduce themselves in their classes.... Read More
I have to confess, with no small amount of shame, that I am a junior here at UMass and (before this weekend) I had never been to Bueno y Sano.     For those of you not familiar with the area, Bueno y Sano is a burrito place on Boltwood Walk in the center of Amherst at which you can find burritos of all shapes and sizes as well as quesadillas, tacos, and salads, all made with fresh, local ingredients for reasonable prices - the food there is, indeed, both good and healthy.  The original Bueno y Sano was opened... Read More
Over Columbus Day weekend, I went for a beautiful, relaxing bike ride using one of the new UMass Bike Share Program bikes with my boyfriend, who helps run the program as Secretary of Sustainability for the Student Government Association (SGA).  We easily connected to the Norwottuck Rail Trail from campus.  The Norwottuck Rail Trail is a level 11-mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst by utilizing the former Boston & Main Railroad right-of-way.     The Bike Share Program is a free bike rental... Read More

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