Current Students

Selection as Student Commencement Speaker Fulfills Himmelman's Goal

It’s no secret that many of this year’s graduates will be facing difficult challenges in the coming months. When Isaac Himmelman ’12 (political science) addressed the Class of 2012 at Commencement on Friday, May 11, his message to them put their futures in perspective.

Urban Design Project in Rome Brings Insights and Recognition

Garrett Stone ’12 (landscape architecture) spent three years as an owner and operator of a small café in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his father before enrolling at UMass Amherst. Admitting that he “kind of fell into the food service industry,” Stone discovered landscape architecture one day walking through the student design gallery at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Ambition Drives Student to Success

A lot has changed for Cameron Jesse Cox ’12 (sociology) since he matriculated in 2008. Cox began his stint at UMass undeclared but was considering a career in business through the Isenberg School of Management. Four years later, his career interests have become the antipode of that now distant memory.

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.”