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University of Massachusetts student Maddie Bottasso

Maddie Bottasso

I am currently a sophomore communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I'm from a small town in central Massachusetts, with a graduating class of only 95 people, so coming to a college with 23,000 undergraduates was definitely a big change. I am very interested in digital media, video production, and marketing, and am excited to learn more about these topics as an intern at the Undergraduate Admissions Office this semester. 


University of Massachusetts student Rebecca Duffy

Rebecca Duffy

I’m from Chicopee, Massachusetts, and I am a junior at the University of Massachusetts double-majoring in Journalism and Communication. My dream is to work in the broadcast news industry. I am a video reporter for the Amherst Wire, a student-run online magazine, and the social media coordinator for the UMass Irish Dance Club. One fun fact about me is that I transferred to UMass Amherst in the Spring of 2019 and am so happy to call it my new home.


University of Massachusetts student Jessie Harrington

Jessie Harrington

I'm a first-year student here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I'm majoring in Hospitality and Tourism (HTM) and am specifically interested in hotel management. I'm super excited to be a student blogger and share my experiences with everyone as I navigate my way through my first year here at Umass!


University of Massachusetts student Michaela Jampierre

Michaela Jampierre

I'm a junior at UMass and I'm from Connecticut. I study Journalism and Communication, and am a member of the Chi Omega sorority on campus.This semester, I'm most excited to learn about digital communication on a broader scale. This job allows me to pair my love for writing with digital media, and I can't wait to learn more from it!


University of Massachusetts student Aaliyah Quintal

Aaliyah Quintal

I am a junior English and Communication double major here at UMass. I grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, and I love fashion, gaming, red lipstick, and enjoying the sites around Amherst. In my time here at UMass I have been involved in the Koffee Haus Event Series, Women for UMass, the Academic Fellows Program, and I am currently a Peer Advisor for the Communication department. 

University of Massachusetts student Lizette Sta. Maria

Lizette Sta. Maria

Hi everyone! I go by Lizette Sta. Maria! I’m a second year communication and journalism double major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Like all of yours, my life over the past few months has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, making it anything but ordinary. Now I’m back at home in Acton, Mass., where I’ve spent the last six months. Nonetheless, I’m excited to write for Undergraduate Admissions because social distancing doesn’t have to stop us from staying connected!


University of Massachusetts student Avani Shah

Avani Shah

I am a junior transfer student majoring in Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! I am from Massachusetts and have lived here for most of my life. Some of my hobbies include hiking, kayaking, longboarding, and listening to music in my free time! I have a strong passion for photography and other forms of digital media as well. I am excited to be a part of the Admissions team and to share my experience at UMass.