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Semester Recap: An Overview of my Fall 2019

A group of UMass student walking with the text, Semester Recap: An Overview of my Fall 2019

As I am writing this, I am happy to say that I am officially done with the semester. It is crazy to think that I have already wrapped up the fall semester of my junior year. With the semester concluded, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on it. Truthfully, this was one of my favorite semesters here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. All my classes were really enjoyable and I had a lot of exciting new opportunities on campus, like this job with the admissions office! With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to recap my semester and the courses I took to hopefully give you all not only a glimpse of what a typical semester is like here at UMass, but some courses to look into during your time here. 

Taking Notes in Large Lectures at UMass Amherst

Photo of classroom at the University of Massachusetts with text: Seating Location is Important, Use Online Resources, Ask Questions

For me, one of the biggest changes transitioning from high school to the University of Massachusetts Amherst was the sheer size of the lectures. Freshman year, I was in lectures that had hundreds of students in them; when only a handful of months ago I was used to classrooms of twenty people. When it comes to note taking in a large lecture, it can be challenging at first, but if you follow these tips, excelling in these classes becomes easier! 

My Transition to CHC

My Transition to UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College As a Third Year Student

Fall 2019 was a particularly exciting semester for me -- I began working two jobs on campus, I joined a sorority, and I became a member of the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For the first time, my time on campus was not merely allocated to my studies, but rather a ton of different things. I was the busiest I had been, but this helped improve my time management skills tremendously. As my collegiate career continues, I am constantly learning new things about myself and about UMass Amherst.

Aplicar a la Universidad como estudiante internacional

Universidad de Massachusetts estudiantes con Sam, la mascota de universidad.

Aplicar a la Universidad en Estados Unidos es un proceso de varios pasos que a veces puede ser complicado. Y, si estás aplicando como estudiante internacional, el proceso requiere un par de pasos extra que pueden dar miedo de navegar. ¡Pero, no te preocupes! Sigue estos tips y te verás cómo el proceso es mucho más fácil de lo que crees.

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

A group of UMass students with the text, five things you can do with your time now that you have applied to college

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.

Five Winter Activities Near Amherst

Snow covers the scenery on the University of Massachusetts campus

There is a chill in the air, there are mounds of snow on the ground, and the campus pond is frozen over — it’s officially winter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! Winter can be a stressful time of the year, because it means finals are right around the corner. You may spend a lot of time studying for exams, or working on a big class project. However, don’t forget to take a break and have some fun! There are many things to do during the winter time around Amherst.

Letter to my past self

University of Massachusetts blogger Xenia Arinez in her freshman year (at left), and her senior year (at right)

Dear freshman Xenia,

Our college journey is coming to an end pretty soon, can you believe it? At the risk of sounding like an old lady, I have to wonder where time went. These past four years have flown by, and it’s almost time we leave our safety net and begin the next part of our lives. But, am I truly me if I don’t go all sappy and retrospective about our time in college? (The answer is no, you know this, I know this, every person who’s ever known us knows this).  

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