If you’re like me, the word “capstone” could easily be synonymous with “enigma.”  What is this thing that everyone talks about?  What does it look like? What is it about?  Of course, it’s all very well to talk about a “comprehensive, research-intensive thesis or project of original scholarship,” but what does that mean?  What kind of things should I be thinking about when I get started, who should I be talking to, what kind of things should I write about?     In an effort to begin to demystify the Capstone... Read More
A little before the start of the semester, my friend Maddy Bonnanzio wrote a great post about how college years fly by too fast.     This entry, though humorously written in typical Maddy style, filled me terror.   JUNIOR YEAR IS ALMOST OVER.  I’VE PRACTICALLY GRADUATED.   Right now you’re asking, aren’t you overreacting a little bit?  Spring semester just started, you still have basically three semesters left of college.     To which I reply, yeah, ONLY THREE SEMESTERS.  UNTIL I HAVE TO GET A... Read More
My sister, a senior in high school and a prospective UMass Amherst student, visited me at the University over Homecoming Weekend.  As I got off the elevator on the 23rd floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois library to show her the incredible view of campus it offers, I was reminded of the many informational sessions I hosted over the summer for prospective students.
  This past summer, I worked as a Peer Ambassador for Commonwealth Honors College.  In addition to performing reception duties, I met with prospective... Read More
  This week one of my classes welcomed a guest presenter from the UMass Amherst International Programs Office to discuss various study abroad options and study abroad scholarships.  They enthusiastically help students determine what study abroad program is a good fit and help them apply for scholarships, like the Boren Award for International Study, the various scholarships their office provides, and plenty of others!  I promise you they are incredibly friendly and dedicated :) I work for that office in the summer... Read More
This past Monday in the Student Union Ballroom, Commonwealth Honors College hosted the second installment of this semester’s Faculty Lecture Series.  Lynn Margulis, a professor in the geoscience department here at UMass, was the speaker, and her talk was about symbiogenesis and the big blobs that grow at Puffer’s Pond in the summer (you can find a more in depth summary of the lecture here).  Definitely intriguing, but, for me, probably not as immediately intriguing as, say, a lecture about the complete works of... Read More


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