Meet the Students

Zoe Mervine '15

Hello, my name is Zoe Mervine and I am a sophomore living in a dorm called Brett, in Central. I was born in Warwick, Rhode Island but moved to Conway, Massachusetts at the age of three. My childhood was filled with pizza, Monty Python, and over-celebration of any and all holidays (including un-birthdays). My proudest achievement in life was when I could ride my bike all the way up Baptist-Hill road without stopping to catch my breath.

Now, at UMass, I have a closet full of sweaters, a desk covered with books, and a hilarious roommate named Kelsey. I have three siblings: an older sister, an older brother and a younger sister. My older sister graduated from UMass in 2008, and my younger sister has joined me at UMass this year as a freshman. She lives in Gorman. Say hi to her for me if you meet her. My favorite things to do around campus include: reading on O-Hill, going to see concerts and speakers, working out at the Rec Center, bothering my younger sister, and riding my bike.

Shaina Mishkin '14

My name's Shaina, and I'm a journalism major in my junior year at UMass. I come from the hills of northern New Jersey, about 45 minutes from New York City.

After graduating from high school in '10, I left the tiny suburb of Succasunna for the Pioneer Valley. I spent my first year at UMass wandering the halls of Van Meter residence hall in Central, where I happened upon a group of people who liked to spend time watching campy movies, performing loud covers of David Bowie songs, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the surrounding area just about as much as I did. They were also willing photographic subjects; you can check out a gallery of my  favorite freshman memories if you want.  Since then, I've lived on top of the scenic incline we call Orchard Hill, first in Grayson, and now Field. I'm almost constantly taking, editing, or sharing pictures, and chances are high that you'll wander past me snapping pictures on the hill between classes or editing over green tea and a plate of fries in Franklin Dining Commons.  I spend my free time shooting for the Daily Collegian, singing to myself and anyone who will listen, dyeing and redyeing my hair, yelling at my friends over a game of Super Smash Bros, exploring the Valley, going to shows and concerts, and hiking the occasional mountain or two.

If you want to see more of what I do, you can check out my portfolio or my personal photoblog.