Like many in-state students whose parents grew up in Massachusetts, I am a UMass legacy! The photo above is me posing in front of John Quincy Adams (JQA) 1614, the exact room my mom lived in during her first year at UMass! She graduated in 1993 with a degree in English and is extremely proud to be a UMass alumna.
I will be the first to admit that during the beginning of my college search, I was not immediately interested in going to UMass. Eighteen years of being repeatedly told how great it is had somewhat had the opposite effect than my mom intended. Instead of following in her footsteps, I had dreams of going out of state to somewhere new and therefore more exciting. In the end, however, UMass had exactly what I was looking for in terms of size, price, and reputation, and I am so happy that I did make the choice to become a second generation Minuteman!
What does it really mean to be a UMass legacy though? In my experience, the best part of being a legacy is that it means my mom understands exactly what it's like to be a UMass student. She still remembers the ins and outs of the campus from her college days, and it's fun to have her know exactly what I'm talking about when I say I'm walking into Bartlett or Whitmore. One day last spring, I sent her a picture from one of the quiet floors of the library to show her the view, and she could tell just from the one picture alone that I was on the seventeenth floor! I even tried it again a week later with the thirteenth floor, and she still got it right! Being a legacy also means that she's just as excited about UMass sports as us students are, to the point where she was the one sending ME updates about the UMass men's hockey team's incredible championship run!
While I may have been hesitant at first, I am proud to attend my mom's alma mater. In just a short two years, UMass has helped me grow and develop into a significantly more confident, professional, and educated individual, and I am now just as proud as she is to call myself a Minuteman! And who knows, maybe I'll pass along my UMass pride to my own children some day!