Current Students

From Falmouth to Ghana, Sadoff Discusses her Adventure

When Kerri Sadoff ’12 (social thought and political economy) left Falmouth High School, her dream was to put as much distance as she could between herself and Falmouth, Mass. “I had assumed going as far away from home as I could was what I needed... UMass is only three hours from Falmouth, yet I have found it to be an entire, wonderful world away.”

Undergraduate Plays Key Role in Family Research Study

Typically, hot flashes are thought to result from dropping estrogen levels associated with menopause. As part of her student assistantship in Family Research, Amanda Otto ’12 (anthropology) is examining the link between post-partum and menopausal hot flashes.

Sports Enthusiast Aims for Broadcast Journalism Career

Take a good look at this face and remember it. Then, someday in the not-so-distant future, when you see Michael Counos ’13 (journalism) giving the daily sports wrap-up on a major television station, you’ll remember seeing him here first! “I dream of getting a job at a big sports network after graduation,” Counos says, noting that he intends to make that happen by using all of the contacts he’s made while at UMass and continuing to hone his skills both in the classroom and through internships.

Energized by Economics

“I knew if I went to the University of Rhode Island, I would hang out with my friends from high school,” says Laura Molyneaux ’12 (economics) of North Kingstown, RI. “I wanted to meet new people and experience new things. Visiting UMass Amherst the first time, I got the vibe that it was right for me. As it turns out, I was correct."

Cultural Immersion Satisfies Student Leader

“UMass is a big place, and it’s true you can get lost in the crowd,” says Abel Ortiz ’11 (anthropology/Spanish), who will be graduating after the fall semester. “But as soon as you find that balance between classes and extracurricular activities, that’s when you really love being on campus.

Improving Lives, One Puppy at a Time

Animal lover Emily White ’12 (sociology) of Upton, MA, has been on the prowl for a career path that involves animals and makes a difference in people’s lives. “I’ve seen how relationships between people and dogs can be mutually beneficial,” she says, “and it occurred to me that the service dog field might be what I’m looking for.

Photojournalist, GI Bill Student Reflects on War Experience

“People often ask for advice on how to become a ‘war photographer,"” says Ben Brody ’12 (journalism), who has been embedded in the Middle East several times and is attending UMass on the GI Bill. “There’s no good answer, everyone has a unique story—no standardized career path will lead you to the heart of darkness.”

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Lays Groundwork for Future Work

Before coming to UMass, Sean Donovan ’11 (social thought and political economy) attended Hampshire College, pursuing a self-designed major in political theory and architecture. Through the Five College Consortium he became involved in a joint activist and academic program at UMass and discovered several innovative programs, like STPEC.

Scholarships Allow Access to Undergraduate Opportunities

“UMass wasn’t my first choice when I began the college application process,” Claire Bronchuk ’12 (political science/business management) admits. “But, after weighing all of my options, UMass was the best fit, especially because several private schools I was considering didn’t offer adequate financial aid. In the end, I chose UMass for its diverse range of academic departments, as well as the extracurricular activities, including Marching Band.

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