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University of Massachusetts student Xenia Arinez

Xenia Arinez de la Vega

Hola! I’m a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in journalism and pursuing a certificate in translation and interpreting studies. I’m originally from La Paz, Bolivia, but after a gap year and a lot of thinking, I decided to move to the US to pursue my college degree. If I had to describe my experience here, I would say that it’s been an adventure. There’s always something new and sometimes unexpected around the corner; you never know what awaits behind a door if you dare to open it (my advice: open as many doors as you can).


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 freshman 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 freshman 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 Jonathan Lang

Jonathan Lang

I am a senior here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst double majoring in Operation and Information Management and Economics; I am also minoring in Biology. If I were to describe my experience at UMass in one word, it would be engaging, because there are always opportunities social, academically, and professionally.


University of Massachusetts student Angela McNamara

Angela McNamara

I’m a senior studio arts and communication dual degree student here at UMass! I’m also the marketing director for the University Programming Council, and a Resident Assistant in the Honors College. I have a strong interest in graphic design and public relations, as well as marketing, and I hope to pursue something related to these in the future.


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 Eric Rybicki

Eric Rybicki

I’m from a small town on the north shore of Massachusetts called Newbury. I am a senior studying Communication and Journalism here at UMass Amherst. I’m currently a member of Theta Chi fraternity, as well as the Men’s Club Soccer team, and also frequent the Recreation Center basketball court. 


University of Massachusetts student Avani Shah

Avani Shah

I am a sophomore transfer student majoring in Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! I am from Massachusetts and have lived here for most of my life. My passions include photography and other forms of digital media. I am excited to be a part of the Admissions team and to share my UMass experience.