Ryan’s Question: How does it feel to be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi?
Amberly’s Answer: It feels kind of weird—but a neat kind of weird—to be perfectly honest.
(For those who don’t know what Phi Kappa Phi is, it’s an honor society that you can find out more about here. I was inducted into the society last Sunday, March 31.)
I’m not used to a big deal being made of my academic achievements. I do my assignments, I try my best on them, I turn them in, and then I get a grade. Sometimes, a couple of months after the... Read More
Ryan’s Question: Would you say that you ever feel inspired to do random things that you previously had no interest in? If so, has this occurred more once you attended college?
Amberly’s Answer: Well, you know me, Ryan. I am not typically inspired to do random things. I am a thoughtful, cautious person. My brain tends to map out all of the possible effects of my decision, even as I’ve just made it. It maps out all of the possible ways it can go wrong, all of the possible ways it can go right. If I’ve chosen to do... Read More
Ryan's Question: What do you think the role of technology plays on a college campus?
Amberly's Answer: To be frank, I think it would be easier to ask what part of campus and college at large isn't affected by technology. Everywhere you look, you will see a laptop or a phone out, ready to connect with the internet and the world. The lobbies (at least in the Honors College) have a TV screen, ready to play the Superbowl or the latest episode of American Horror Story. In classrooms,... Read More
Ryan’s Question: What’s the role politics play on campus? Are there ever situations where it becomes a taboo topic, or is it always something that people are expressive about?
Amberly’s Answer: Colleges do appear to be the most political sphere in our society, don’t they? With protests scattered throughout the week and speakers frequently coming to campus to give lectures on all sorts of topics, college provides numerous attitudes for one to “get political.”
That being said, I... Read More
Well, that’s it.
Fifty-three blog entries later and I’ll now be out of your hair.
I have been at UMass for four years now and, now that I am gone, I truly do feel like I deserve the title “senior.” Not because of rank or anything, but because I’m no longer going to be considered a student and the real world is about to slap me in the face with one of the biggest wake-up calls of my life.
I love UMass, and I wish with all my heart that it was not time for me to go.
However, it is. I’ve had my... Read More
It’s weird to think that we can stay connected with people over thousands of miles.As I’ve mentioned before, my father sends me occasional emails, just chatting and telling me about life back home. Even though I haven’t seen him in months and the two hundred miles between us might as well be two thousand, it still feels like I can be connected with him and my mother just because we can chat like this. Honestly, to me it feels like an even deeper, truer connection than what chatting over the phone or FaceTime... Read More
Transitioning to adulthood seems to kind-of-maybe suck. At least at first blush.I happened to mention that I was doing my taxes the other day, and he shared his condolences, saying that there were more to come from here on out.“Well,” I said. “Adulthood sucks.”“There are compensatory advantages.”I cocked an eyebrow. “Such as?”“Autonomy,” he replied. “With that, everything becomes possible. Not free, but possible. Without it, only other people’s wishes and plans come to pass.”I’d like to think that’s true. Not... Read More
Over break, I met a taxi driver who is licensed to work as a pharmacist.
A taxi driver… Licensed as a pharmacist.
Does that make sense to anyone?
A grown man with a degree was working as an Uber driver in Florida. Why? Because every job he applied to in the state required that he already have at least a year of work experience in a pharmacy. How was he supposed to get that experience? Through an internship program which, like 90 percent of all internships, was not paid or paid less than minimum wage. He was... Read More
I attended UMass’s Career Blast this week. For those of you unfamiliar, this is where the school brings to campus droves of employers who are looking to snap up eager, intelligent college students for jobs and, occasionally, internships.
The result is a mob of stressed, excited, nervous, and/or overwhelmed kids swarming a hundred or so booths and their attendants.
What also tends to happen is that there are a lot of people looking for STEM majors and little else. Still, I did my homework the night before and... Read More
Ryan’s Question: Do you ever get tired of people on such a populated campus like UMass?
Amberly’s Answer: My initial answer to this was no, I don’t. A big reason I came to UMass, after all, instead of a small liberal arts college such as Amherst College or Smith, was because it was so populated.
Not to say that there’s anything bad about Amherst College or Smith — both are great schools! But after growing up in a small town, I wanted something different. As I followed the tour guide around the UMass campus, it... Read More