My name is Sophia George and I’m a freshman majoring in legal studies with the intent of also creating my own BDIC program! I’m heavily involved in many different areas of interest on campus, including UPC, and other clubs and organizations! Being very fond of digital media and enjoying writing as a hobby and lifelong passion, I’m excited to bring interesting stories and new perspectives to the Student Blog!
Where I’m From:
I’m from Melrose, MA, about 20 minutes north of Boston. It’s a tight-knit and supportive community, which gave me the opportunity to explore many of my interests and pursue my passions.
Where I am on Campus:
I’d love to say I’m on campus, but currently I’m studying remotely. It isn’t as awful as I thought it would be, and I’ve learned a lot about time management and creating a positive studying environment that I hope to share with you all soon.
Unfortunately, I can’t say that I was truly interested in UMass as an option until the night applications were due. I had visited the campus once on a gloomy and quiet day where I wasn’t able to truly envision myself there, partially because there were no students to see or activities to enjoy. Despite that, I’m forever grateful for my mom who forced me to apply anyway, because that decision has changed my life for the better. Since being accepted, I’ve fallen in love with UMass even without being able to visit. I’ve made so many friends and connections through clubs and organizations on campus, and through my roommate, and I never would have had this experience or the same opportunities should I have gone elsewhere.
Additionally, here at UMass Amherst, I have the ability to design my own major through the BDIC program, where at other schools you’re only able to do so through a more expensive and limited honors program. I think this was one of the most important factors that contributed to my current educational path, and really encouraged my decision to enroll.
Why Legal Studies and BDIC?
I originally wanted to come to UMass and study either public health or biology to prepare me for med school, but during quarantine I watched as the world rallied behind BLM and fought for change and equality. It made me reflect on my passions, and my family history, and I began to realize that I could use my passions for writing, advocacy, art, organization of events, and communication with people to help my community, while also being able to further my personal interests. I always had an interest in law, and decided legal studies would be a good fit for me, so that I could further explore the profession and topic before even deciding if law school could be an option.
On the other hand, the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program at UMass is allowing me to create my own concentration to encompass all aspects of my other interests. I’m able to take classes at several different schools, which means I can explore so many different fields and topics away from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am excited to share more about my BDIC journey as it unfolds.
Involvement on Campus:
As I mentioned before, I’m already extremely involved with UMass activities. I wanted to fill my plate so that I could still feel as if I was on campus, even though I’m at home. The first clubs I joined were the UMass Overwatch and TTRPG clubs, where I was able to hang out and play games over the summer as an outlet. Now going into fall 2020, I’m the secretary for UMass Overwatch, and it’s a blast! I’m also a social event coordinator for UPC, and of course, a communications and marketing intern here at Undergraduate Admissions.
Fun Facts About Me!
- This is my first year since first grade that I haven’t played softball!
- I’m a digital and traditional artist.
- I hang out with the TTRPG club and the ESports club often!
- I really like to cut my own hair, no matter how badly it could go.
- I recently built my own PC so I could live my dream as a real gamer.