This is always the saddest part of the year for me. I know that most of my peers anticipate the end of classes with bated breath, but the end of school means something different to them. To them it means an end to work and thinking, an end to deadlines and stress for the most part, and an end to social drama and commitments.

To me, it means an end to stimulation, an end to motivation and achievement, and an end to friendships. I love the subjects I study and I enjoy the conversations I have with my... Read More
Kate, If I’m going to be totally honest I’ve been avoiding writing this letter by reading the Collegian’s senior columns. They’re a cliche tradition and I’m not entirely sure if anyone other than the staff actually reads them but holy crap I think they’re amazing and they’ve got me thinking about how much I’m going to miss my friends who are graduating. Reading the senior columns, you’ll find a common theme of thankfulness. I feel like that is an appropriate end of the year reflection and so I’m stealing it,... Read More
It took me a little while to discover student run businesses at UMass, but I'm so glad I did. There are seven of them, completely staffed and run by students, ranging from the bike co-op in the student union, to Earth Foods where you can get healthy lunches, to Sweets and More, where you can get ice cream sundaes.  Which student-run business did I try out first? Sweets and More, of course! Sweets and More is a student-run business in Field Hall in the Orchard Hill residential area, open 8 p.m. through midnight,... Read More
My father hasn’t really shown up in this blog lately, so here’s one of his recent observations:

As with any relationship, our chats seem to hark back to certain topics time and again, one of which being my generation’s involvement with social media.

This time, he said that he realized the letters which he wrote to me were sort of like having his own blog “with an intended audience of one.” We recognize that people like to be in the public eye. We’re attention hogs. Why else would we be... Read More
Kate, I very much appreciate you driving me to get xrays this week – even if you stole my headphones in the process. Lesson learned: don’t email and walk, kids. It’s not worth it. A good thing did come out of the most embarrassing fall down a single step to ever take place, I got so much work done. With an ankle out of commission, I was stranded in a chair all day. New study tip? If you need to get work done for 8 hours straight, give yourself a bad sprain. Seriously though, this week I want to chat about staying... Read More
One of the first things that just about anyone learns growing up is that friends come and go. Sooner or later, you also learn that romantic relationships are even more evanescent. Your parents will comfort you through breakups, tell you how to help maintain your bonds, or, in my parents’ case, make jokes at the backstabbing SOB’s expense to help you get over it.

However, there is one thing that, if done right, never goes away. It never fades, never betrays you, and is about as constant as a golden... Read More
(Co-authored by Marie MacCune, Emily Esten, and Hannah Depin)   We all know how spring break is supposed to go...warm sunny beaches, dancing the night away in some tropical club, meeting a dashing stranger who goes to school just one state's all supposed to be very MTV. Truth is, it never ends up that way.   1. Expectation: find a stellar Groupon for that trip to Punta Cana, and all six of your best friends can afford to go.    Reality: A bus ticket to go home for the... Read More
Kate,   The other night in the Collegian office, as four sections of the paper were designed from only three working computers and a slow internet connection, our web managing editor said, “you think you’ve hit rock bottom, then you remember there’s always more bottom.”   I’d say my week this week is representative of that. I messed up the photos on the front page of Monday’s paper (big whoops), I still don’t have a summer internship (big yikes), and at this point, I think I’m 3 weeks behind on LSAT prep (pure... Read More
I discovered a while ago that laughter catches people’s attention. They want to know what the joke is. Even if you’re not actually laughing at anything, people around you will be curious if they hear you.

I was studying with some friends in a random classroom the other night. It was quiet and productive, the silence only punctuated by the occasional joke.

That is, until two girls walked in.

I’d never seen them before in my life, but they came in laughing and I couldn’t keep... 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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