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5 Places to Study That Aren't the Library

John Olver Design Building rooftop garden

Although UMass is fortunate to be home to the tallest research library on any college campus, if you’re anything like me, you can only study in a library for a minimal amount of time before getting distracted. Luckily, I've scoped out five underrated places on campus that are equally as great for studying... or just relaxing and spending time with your friends!

UMass Radio Station!

Student DJ at WMUA, the UMass radio station

Tired of listening to the same three songs most radio stations play? Looking for more variety in your music listening tastes? Well, look no further! If you didn’t already know, UMass has its own radio station located in the basement of the Campus Center. Tucked deep in the corner adjacent to the lower level auditorium lies UMass’s epicenter for up-and-coming music. The station features a number of student DJs who curate playlists and play their own taste in music on their self-hosted shows!

A Picky Eater's Guide to UMass Dining

Eating at Blue Wall in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center

As a life-long picky eater, one of the things that concerned me most about the transition from high school to college life was the campus food. From personal experience, it can be intimidating enough trying to figure out where everything is located in the dining halls, so factoring in searching for something you're actually willing to eat can make the learning curve slightly harder during your first few weeks.

Looking Back Fondly at UMass

Eating by the pond at University of Massachusetts

As it turns out, everyone was right. Time at UMass flies by. I never thought I’d be writing my last blog post during my final days on this campus. It seems like yesterday that I was moving into a dorm and nervous about meeting my roommate. Looking back at UMass, particular memories are so important and special to me. However, I never realized it at the time. Therefore, as a parting senior, I would love to share some of these beautiful moments in the hopes that an underclassman will be able to appreciate them in the time they have.

Free Stuff? Yes, Please!

University of Massachusetts students with free popcorn

As students, we pay a lot of money for our education. We also get a lot of stuff for free or thoroughly discounted, and who doesn’t love free stuff? Taking advantage of all of the free things that we get as a student has become somewhat of a hobby for my friend group. At a school as big as UMass, there are always events that are either free or give out free things!