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Thoughts from a UMass Parent

Selfie of a Umass student with her mother. Text: "Thoughts from a UMass Parent"

When applying to college, my mom encouraged me to attend a school where I thought I’d be happiest. Of course, she wanted me to choose a major that would supply me with job security, but she wanted me to enjoy my four years wherever I decided to go to. Due to my own lack of career direction, she guided me to consider what I knew I liked. For example, when thinking of what I wanted to major in, she encouraged that I do something that entailed working with people, because she knows the sociable side of me. Ultimately, I am now a communication and journalism student, and I attribute the success of my college journey to my mother. 

Meet the Major: Nursing

UMass nursing students. Text: "Meet the Major: Nursing"

Few careers give people the ability to not only provide medical aid but bring happiness to individuals and their families, and comfort to those in need. Nurses are the backbone of the medical field and often provide unique attention to their patients that extend beyond medical care. Nursing is a highly popular and competitive major here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for just that reason.

My College Journey

W.E.B. DuBois Library with text: My College Journey

Westport, Connecticut, where I grew up, is a quaint and affluent town on the New York border, facing the Long Island Sound. There, going to college wasn’t a privilege but rather an expectation. Competition across the student body was fierce, and the pool of schools that we were encouraged to apply to was minimal.