Maggie Kwong
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Being a student in such a large university, it can be quite a challenge when it comes to making friends and getting to know people  who can offer you advice on what classes to take, or how to get into a research lab. One key thing that I did in my first year at UMass was  joining the Biochemistry Club. Being involved in this organization gave me the opportunity to not only meet other BMB students and faculty, but it also gave me the opportunity to learn more about the BMB major and what career options are available within this field. The club also offers many informational workshops on resume-writing and networking skills, as well as research presentations by BMB students. It is a wonderful way to stay connected with the BMB Department, as well as a great resource to have for help later on. What I also like about the BMB major is the diversity in courses that BMB majors are allowed to take. I can take a course in just about any department, like math or psychology, and it will count toward my major. I really like this aspect about the BMB major because I can take all the courses that I am interested in and they will count toward my major.  In addition, the BMB department is small enough that I can really get to know the professors and learn about what research they are doing on campus.