You’ve probably heard half a million singers and poets say that they’d die for their significant other. Thing is, with some rare exceptions, there’s almost never a need to catch a grenade for someone or otherwise jeopardize your safety, no matter what Bruno Mars says. Between watching my parents and analyzing my own failings in my short-lived relationships, I’ve finally realized that love and romance in general aren’t about big, life-changing moments. There aren’t going to be many times when your boyfriend loses... Read More
Kate, Since later today I’ll be attending a networking event, I figure it's an appropriate enough topic for this letter. Let’s be honest here, networking is wildly intimidating and downright hard. You, a lowly undergraduate, are expected to make connections with professionals living out your dream career. Framed that way, yeah, it seems nearly impossible. But it doesn't have to be. In my time at UMass I’ve found that this school does an incredible job of providing ample networking opportunities to its students.... Read More
If you haven’t noticed, my father’s kind of a history geek. Must be where I get it from. Anyhow, we were talking about how much of a circus this presidential election is and he mentioned a concept that a man named Joseph Goebbels came up with in the ‘30s.

Pretty much the idea is that if you lie copiously and vary the lies every time, then the fact-checkers can’t keep up.

Something we might’ve noticed from climate change deniers and rumors about My Chemical Romance getting back together is... Read More
Co-authored by Hannah Depin and Marie MacCune. 1.   Crowded dining halls. Good luck finding a table or waiting in the omelette line this weekend. 2.   Traffic. Everywhere.  3.   The campus bookstore? Totally sold out.  4.  Lots of staring. Why do tours bring people to the gym? Seeing me run on a treadmill is deterrence enough from applying.  5.   You become every family's personal photographer. 
(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... Read More
One of the things that my father has drilled into my head is that life is pretty bland without two things: Curiosity and bravery.

Of course, he doesn’t say it that way for fear of sounding corny like me, but that’s the gist of it. However, he always seems to emphasize the curiosity, whether he realizes it or not.

He’s even ended one of his letters with “Be well.  Be interested.  Be open to wonder.  Be wildered.”

Quirkiness aside, he’s made it clear to me that without... 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... 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... Read More
I’m psyched about participating the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference - it’s really the best opportunity on campus to get out and share your work. And I love making (scripted) public presentations, so this was an event I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Honestly, the best advice I can give re: oral presentations is from McSweeney’s “The Snake-Fighting Portion of Your Thesis Defense.” TL;DR: Everyone fights the snake. Not everyone’s snake is the same. The best way to prepare for the snake... Read More
Kate,   I think it’s time that we talked about UMass’ other name…the Zoo. You’d think that in the eight hours we spent alone in a car together this weekend it would have come up but no – so I guess it’s time to talk about it now.   As I’m sure you’ve noticed in your 7 months on campus, UMass is pretty average when it comes to its social life. You’ve visited friends at other schools and I’m sure you, like I was, were surprised to find that if anything, some schools are even wilder. Whoever penned the term “ZooMass... Read More

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