Welcome to the second half of the semester, or as we should call it, the best time of year to have an unlimited meal plan. Halloween may be over, but it was just the kickoff to the holiday eating season.   My weekend started Friday, when my roommates and I opened up our Halloween pinata filled with Reese’s, M&M's, and Milky Ways. We didn’t have it in us to hit him with the bat, but we had no problem eating all the candy inside.  Saturday morning, my aunt and uncle drove out here to see me, all the way from... Read More
Approaching the end of my four years at UMass, I look back over my memories searching for lessons to bring into my career and share with the future students of UMass. I already talked about why every student should get involved with a group, club, or other passion while they are here. But that type of involvement only represents one part of “Jumping In.” Jumping in also means taking a journey without knowing your destination.   Four years ago, I was a strong-headed student who knew he wanted to major in political... Read More
Oh the Places You'll Go... My first concert: I'm eight years old, standing alongside my older sister on top of white folding chairs, craning my neck to see above the rows of heads to the stage where Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, is crooning away. My dad’s head bobbing along to the music just below me, laughs as his daughters eagerly soak in the experience of seeing music live for the first time.   Ever since this moment, I have been drawn to see live music and have been... Read More
Kate,   The family Christmas card came in the mail yesterday! I think it came out great, though I heard you’re not a huge fan of the candid on the back. In the spirit of things, I thought I’d include a throwback Christmas picture with today’s letter. You look particularly fantastic (and upset that you have to sit next to me) in it by the way.   I’m writing a feature story for work right now about this super cool band called The Commonwealth. The two kids who started it lived in my building last year and used to... Read More
A cappella music always amazes me. There’s something magical about the blending of voices into sounds and harmonies. I appreciate many types of a cappella music but my favorite is pop music revisited. In my opinion, tired and overplayed pop songs are revived and reinvigorated when remixed and performed by a cappella professionals.   Pentatonix is my favorite a cappella group. They won the third season of the Sing Off on NBC in 2011. Look them up on YouTube if you aren’t familiar with them already--they are... Read More
Every Saturday night, right around 7:30, a crowd starts forming outside of Herter Rm. 231.  Occasionally there are a few parents sprinkled in, but for the most part the group is made up of a wide variety of UMass students milling about, waiting for something.   In the inconspicuous, fluorescently lit hallway of Herter, there is not much to indicate why there’s almost fifty people gathered in an academic building on a weekend evening.  That is of course, until the doors open.  Then there is loud music blasting from... Read More
My experience with Mass Impact, like all good things in life, involved a ton of food.  Literally.   What started with a Facebook post in August, ended with sorting over 2,600 pounds of carrots and beets in September.   Over the summer, I had seen a post by UMass about registering for Mass Impact Day of Service, the University’s annual day of service.  I immediately messaged my friends asking them to register with me.    I love community service but oftentimes find it hard to volunteer while at school.  There are... Read More
Window view from Sycamore Hall located in CHCRC
Hey class of 2018, this blog post is for you! I know moving to a new place and transitioning to a different environment can be difficult at times. However, always remember that you are not alone in starting your college career here; there are thousands of students adjusting to college life with you. Here’s a list of five nifty Honors opportunities to keep in mind as a newly inducted member of the CHC community. We truly look forward to you joining us here! An early welcome to your new home away from home—UMass... 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
One of my favorite things to do on weekends is play board games. Ever since my uncle bought The Order of the Stick Adventure Game, he would invite me and my friends over for game days. Over the years, he’s acquired a huge collection of games, all with cool, nerdy themes like Star Wars, Firefly, Dungeons & Dragons, and Call of Cthulu. We’ll spend hours rolling dice, moving pawns, throwing around fake money, and listening to various Phineas and Ferb soundtracks. I always love days like this because it gives me a... Read More

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