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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!

How to Make the Most of Study Abroad

Louvre courtyard

Studying abroad is an amazing experience (and was definitely my peak). This time last year I was living in Amsterdam and studying at Vrije Universiteit. I lived in an apartment complex with a look and feel much like Southwest Residential Area at UMass. My apartment housed twelve people, a mix of international undergrads studying abroad and masters students. We all shared one kitchen, living room, and bathroom. It was an experience unlike any other. 

Summer Vacation: Keeping in Touch

University of Massachusetts students sitting around a picnic table

One of the best aspects of college is that you get to see your friends every day. However, it can be tricky to keep in touch with everyone when you are no longer living right next to them! During summer break, everyone retreats back to their hometowns, and it can be strange to no longer see your best friends all the time. For this reason, it is important to have a reunion at some point over the summer. The cause? A surprise party! Odds are, somebody in your friend group has a summer birthday, and there's no better excuse to see everyone than a secret birthday-palooza! 

What To Do When It Is Way Too Nice Out To Study…

UMass Amherst students having fun outside

Currently, as I write this blog post, it is way too nice out to study. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the sky is an incredible shade of blue. How am I supposed to stay inside and continue my homework and job applications when it’s 65 degrees out? With final exams and presentations quickly approaching, I am at a crossroads with my head and my heart. One says do your work and the other says frolic in the sunshine!

Living Off Campus at UMass Amherst

Students holding UMass pennants

Your living arrangements in college can have a massive impact on your overall experience. I personally loved living on campus, as I had easy access to the dining halls, and my classes were only a few minutes away. However, as the years went on more and more of my friends started to live off campus. Upperclassmen can live on or off campus, but my friends and I were determined to have our own house senior year.

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