With most University of Massachusetts classes happening remotely this semester, there are undoubtedly numerous students missing the liveliness and energy of campus life, I know I am! As a final semester senior, I am acutely missing life on campus. With the semester already in full swing, I found myself feeling a bit detached from the semester in my new remote work environment. This had me thinking; how can I bring the energy and spirit of UMass to my new found off-campus workspace?
Find yourself missing life at UMass Amherst like myself? Here are four ways that you can keep your UMass spirit alive while you are away from campus.
Watch Recaps of Your Favorite UMass Sports Teams
One of my favorite activities on campus is cheering on our UMass sports teams — the hockey games being one of my favorites to attend. Each season, I looked forward to heading to the Mullins Center with a bunch of my good friends, decked out head to toe in UMass gear, ready to cheer on one of our favorite teams while making such wonderful memories. Eating the amazing food at the Mullins Center (I highly recommend the ice cream) always made watching the games even sweeter.
While we are unfortunately unable to cheer on our favorite UMass teams in person, that should not stop you from supporting them virtually! Whether it is watching recaps of your favorite games over at UMass Athletics’ social media pages, supporting our athletes on their social media pages, or, hopefully, watching our UMass teams this season on TV! Just because we are unable to watch our UMass sports teams in person, what is stopping you from making more memories with your friends supporting our teams virtually? Join in on the fun!
Follow UMass Dining on Instagram for Cooking Livestreams
If you love food as much as I do, you are probably missing the number one campus dining at UMass Amherst. While you might not have access to the amazing dining hall food this semester, why not head over to the UMass Dining Instagram page and learn how to make your favorite UMass recipes yourself?
UMass Dining often shares nutrition tips, images and videos of yummy food, and even live streams of some of your favorite UMass chiefs sharing recipes! If you are missing campus, especially the food, keeping in touch with UMass Dining is a great way to bring the taste of UMass to wherever you may be.
Wear Your Favorite UMass Gear
If you are like me, you probably have a drawer full of various UMass apparel. One of my absolute favorite pieces of UMass apparel is a sweater I bought during my freshman year on campus. It is worn, cozy, and holds a lot of dear memories for me. Whenever I find myself missing campus, I throw on some of my favorite UMass apparel and I instantly feel closer to campus. I especially love it when I am going on walks or running errands wearing some of my UMass apparel. It makes me feel as though I am bringing a piece of campus wherever I go. If you find yourself missing campus as I do, throw on your favorite comfy UMass sweater and hop on a Zoom call with your UMass friends!
Decorate Your Space with Some of Your Favorite UMass Memories
Decorating your space can make a huge difference in not only your overall productivity but your happiness as well. When I found out that I would be working remotely for the semester, the first thing I did was make my room feel a bit more like UMass. I printed out some of my favorite photos I took over my years on campus, placed them all over my walls, and pulled out my handy UMass water bottle to keep on my desk while I work. When I find myself missing campus, I look up at all my favorite memories of my time at UMass and feel instantly happy. If you are missing campus or your friends, why not try this out yourself? It will make a huge difference!
While it is easy to feel detached from campus when so many students are living away, bringing a piece of UMass with you wherever you may be will make a huge difference. I find myself being much more productive and happier when I have a piece of UMass with me while I am working remotely. I hope that these tips help make your remote learning experience a bit brighter!