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Five Things You Can Do with Your Time Now That You Have Applied to College

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For prospective college students, the process of applying to colleges can be very lengthy and time consuming. From narrowing down your applications, writing your college essay, touring colleges, and much more, your college application process can span over a period of a year or even more. Having applied to college more than three years ago, I still vividly remember how much time and effort went into my applications. I wanted everything to be perfect, and this was the only chance I had to make a good impression on these colleges. While admittedly I was pretty stressed out during the majority of the process, I still remember how freeing it was to finally hit the submit button on the Common Application.

Favorite and Scariest Parts of The Application Process

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Applying to college is one of the most stressful and important times in your life. It’s filled with researching colleges, essays, waiting and excitement! As a junior at UMass Amherst, I asked some of my friends who are also members of the class of 2022 at UMass to look back at their time as seniors in high school applying to college. These are some of my closest friends who are now my roommates and my boyfriend, and I’m so grateful UMass has brought me so close to them. We hope we are able to ease some stress about the application process and get everyone excited about applying to UMass!

Life in Amherst as a Remote College Student

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For all UMass Amherst students - from freshmen to seniors, this semester has looked very different than we all imagined it would. As a junior this year, I never would have thought that I would be taking my five business and communication courses completely remote from my off-campus apartment. Although this year and this semester have brought many challenges to all students across the world, UMass helped us get through it and I have learned a lot about myself as a student and person. 

Break Blog: Five of my Favorite Ways to Unwind

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The college decision process can be super stressful, and just two years ago I was feeling the same mix of emotions you’re probably feeling right now. Especially when combined with the excitement of the holiday season, it can be hard to find times to take a break, but it’s even more important now to do so! I’m going to share some of my five favorite ways to unwind, and hope to inspire you with these ideas. 

Student Vs. Counselor: Writing the Common Application Essay

Umass Old Chapel with graphic: Writing the Common Application Essay

Approaching the Common Application first-year essay can be a daunting task. I've been there. Sitting and staring at the laptop for hours feeling lost about where to start. However, writing this essay does not have to be a stressful experience; it can be fun! Stay tuned to learn more tips about writing this essay from Juan Martinez-Muñoz, a recent graduate and an assistant director of admissions at the University of Massachusetts. 

A Look Back on Finals

Photo of the University of Massachusetts Amherst from a top floor at W.E.B Du Bois Library with the text reading: “Taking finals remotely, from a UMass senior."

As I finish a very unusual first half of my senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I reflect on what it’s been like taking classes remotely — more specifically, what it was like taking fully remote finals. I will admit that without a teacher reminding me in-person, I quickly grew to be overwhelmed by all that I had due, and I was scared going into it that I’d miss all my due dates. However, with all the help of my teachers via Zoom office hours, and the power of sticking to a schedule, I feel very confident that I did well on them.

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