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Business in Italy: Winter Study Abroad

Powerpoint slide: Business in Italy Information Session

Next winter break, I will hopefully be participating in the Business in Italy program, hosted by Isenberg. The 12-day study abroad experience that accompanies the course takes you to fives cities in Italy during the winter break session. Classes for the course are on Tuesday evenings beginning in late October. You earn three credits toward Isenberg's upper-level business elective requirements. Not enrolled in an ISOM major? This experience is open to students of any major! The course focuses on learning about the business culture in Italy and the processes of various Italian companies, many of which you will get to visit on the trip.

Rate My Professors: Your New Best Friend

Screenshot of Rate My Professor

If you haven't heard of Rate My Professors yet, you will definitely want to familiarize yourself with it soon. Rate My Professors is a website that allows students to publish reviews of professors they've had, enabling others to see how positive or negative their experience was. Users can search for UMass or a specific professor and read the reviews to determine whether or not you'd like to take that professor's class. This site has been extremely beneficial for me when I am choosing classes outside of my major, because I am much less familiar with professors from other departments. 

UMass Financial Aid 101

Let’s face it. College is expensive. However, there are several ways to cut down on expenses, whether it be via scholarships, loans, or working. Luckily, UMass understands the challenges families sometimes face and provides plenty of resources on campus to help students cover these costs.

My #1 Tip for College

Exterior of Isenberg School of Management in winter. Text: "My #1 Tip for College"

Your first year at college can be a very intimidating experience because it might be the first time you are totally responsible for yourself. That’s how it was for me. After being at UMass for three years so far, I would like to say that I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and have become a better student, friend, and person. Out of my entire time being here, my number one tip throughout college is to step out of your comfort zone. I know this may sound awkward and a bit confusing, but being uncomfortable throughout college made the entire experience that much more rewarding and memorable. To be a little more organized in my life, I make sure to be uncomfortable academically, socially, and personally.

Pros of Living in Southwest

Southwest residential towers at night

Choosing where to live when you come to UMass is an important decision, because it will be where you spend the majority of your time freshman year. I already wrote a post about what it was like to live in the northeast area of campus, because that is where I lived freshman year. So if you are interested in that, check it out. In this case, I am going to write about southwest, because during my sophomore year at UMass I lived in Patterson Hall, which is located in the southwest region.

See You in May, UMass!

I haven’t forgotten abut you, UMass.

One of my best friends is graduating a year early and will be walking in this year's graduation. Of course, I plan on being there to watch her walk (jet-lagged, but proud). As an added bonus, I will be getting paid to do it!