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A Final Goodbye to our Senior Admissions Interns

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An image of Angela McNamara, Xenia Arinez, Jonathan Lang, and Eric Rybicki, with the text  A Final Goodbye to our Senior Admissions Interns.

It is hard to believe that the spring 2020 semester has officially concluded. Though the semester has had its highs and lows, every student deserves a warm congratulations for pushing through such an unprecedented semester, especially to the graduating seniors. Here on the UMass Amherst Admissions marketing communications team, we have four seniors who are graduating today. Angela McNamara, Xenia Arinez, Jonathan Lang, and Eric Rybicki have been valuable  members of our team and have worked tirelessly to provide engaging content for prospective students. 

To celebrate our graduating team members, we asked them about their time at UMass Amherst and their advice for the incoming class of 2024. 

Angela McNamara 

Major: Communication and Studio Arts

What is your most treasured memory of your time at UMass?

There are really almost too many to count. UMass has been my home for the last (almost) four years, and every day was something new and special. I would say one of my favorite memories is the Junior/Senior show last year. Every year the Art Department has a juried show that juniors and seniors can enter; I was absolutely blown away when two of my pieces were not only accepted into the show but honored with Best in Show awards from the visiting judges. It was one of the first moments that I really felt validated in choosing art as a degree path, and it was amazing to be surrounded by my friends while accepting an award like this. Though they were unable to have the show this year, it will remain one of my most treasured memories of my time at UMass. 

What advice do you have for freshmen about making the most of their college experience?

Join that club! Even if you end up not liking it, the experience of being part of something (a club, a sports team, a Defined Residential Community) is part of the college experience. Part of what made me love UMass so much was the sheer amount of opportunities to do things. I joined clubs, intramural sports teams, even Greek Life during my time here, and I absolutely loved every second of it! It can seem really scary to go to something new for the first time, but it made my college experience amazing and varied. 

Xenia Arinez 

Major: Journalism 

What is your most treasured memory of your time at UMass?  

My most treasured memory at UMass has to be the French class I took the first semester after I transferred to UMass. The class was pretty small, so we all kind of talked to each other. I actually met two of my best friends in that class, and I even moved off campus with one of them. For our final project, we had to do a presentation, and we could make it as creative as we wanted to. So I teamed up with those two friends, and we did a talk show. One of them sang, we made up a story about her being pregnant with Enrique Iglesias' son and them getting married, and we even played a game with everyone in the class. I think that class really showed me what UMass had in store for me.

What advice do you have for freshmen about making the most of their college experience?  

Being afraid is completely normal, but do not let that prevent you from having the best experience you can have. Ask that classmate to go to lunch, join that club, ask all the questions you need, and reach out if you need help. Your college has all the tools, resources, and opportunities waiting for you; all you need to is dare to use them.

Jonathan Lang 

Major: Operation and Information Management and Economics 

What is your most treasured memory of your time at UMass?

My most treasured memory of UMass was the first week of freshman year because I met all of my friends that would be there for the rest of my college experience. The first week of college there are a lot of events and things to do to get freshmen adjusted to the environment, so in participating in them, I was able to meet a lot of people and make friendships that would last a lifetime. In addition, I also am really fond of the memory of moving into my college dorm because it was the first time I lived away from home. 

What advice do you have for freshmen about making the most of their college experience?

My biggest advice for a freshman to make the most out of their college experience is that you have a lot more time than you think. Everyone always says that college goes by fast, and it does, but while you are experiencing it, you have tons of time to enjoy friends, the campus, and more. There is adequate time to do or participate in anything you want to do at UMass. Be sure to cherish every moment you have and capitalize on the fact there is enough time to get the most out of your college experience any way you want. 

Eric Rybicki

Major: Communication and Journalism 

What is your most treasured memory of your time at UMass?

My most treasured memory at UMass is being initiated into Theta Chi fraternity. That is how I met my best friends in college that I know I will have for life, making the experience a truly memorable one. 

What advice do you have for freshmen about making the most of their college experience?

My advice for freshmen is to get involved. Find something you are interested in besides studying and class, and you will make great memories and friends. 

Once more, congratulations to the UMass Amherst class of 2020! Your strength, diligence, and perseverance is unmatched; you are all destined for amazing and wonderful things. To my wonderful team members here at Admissions, your incredible skills and talents will guide you far in your future; do not underestimate yourself. To the class of 2020, may your futures be bright, happy, fulfilling, and above all, healthy. And remember, GO UMASS! 


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