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Advice for the UMass Class of 2024

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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Massachusetts, class of 2024! You are about to experience four amazing years at UMass Amherst. Entering freshman year of college is an exciting time- it's the beginning of an incredible academic and professional journey. If you're feeling a little nervous to enter college, that's okay! Many incoming freshmen share the same concerns when entering college. I shared these concerns with current students who want to reassure you that choosing UMass was a great decision. 

Meet the Major: Exploratory Track in Natural Sciences

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Like many other first-year students, Matthew Bird wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life when he came to college. He knew he had a strong passion for science, and that he wanted to be able to explore the options within the field, making the exploratory track in natural sciences a perfect match. The exploratory tracks are designed for students coming into UMass Amherst who are exploring options before choosing a major.

A Final Goodbye to our Senior Admissions Interns

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It is hard to believe that the spring 2020 semester has officially concluded. Though it's had its highs and lows, every student deserves a warm congratulations for pushing through such an unprecedented semester, especially to the graduating seniors. Here on the UMass Amherst Admissions marketing communications team, we have four seniors who are graduating today. Angela McNamara, Xenia Arinez, Jonathan Lang, and Eric Rybicki have been valuable  members of our team and have worked tirelessly to provide engaging content for prospective students. 

To celebrate our graduating team members, here is what the graduating interns here at admissions have to say about their time at UMass Amherst and their advice for the incoming class of 2024. 

Conoce El Barrio: La nueva comunidad residencial definida latinx de UMass

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Mudarme a los Estados Unidos desde Bolivia fue una aventura para mí. Lo único—además de mi familia y amigos—que me ponía triste dejar atrás era mi comunidad latinx. En Bolivia, claro, no pensaba en comunidad con latinx. En realidad, no fue hasta que vine aquí que me di cuenta de que muchas cosas intrínsecas para mi (el idioma en gran parte), también eran intrínsecas en la cultura latinx. Y así, empecé a extraña pequeñas cosas como saludar a la gente con un beso en la mejilla o escuchar una canción de reggaetón donde sea que vaya (gracias a Blue Wall por poner reggaetón una que otra vez).

My First Visit to UMass

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The first time I ever set foot on to the University of Massachusetts campus was in the spring of my junior year of high school. Amidst an array of college tours, SAT practice tests, and AP exam studying, I can’t honestly say I took the time to appreciate the little beauties UMass Amherst had to offer-- rather, I worried that my application would not be up to par. Questions ran through my head the entire time I was there, as they would any stressed out high school junior: “What if my extracurriculars aren’t good enough?” “Have I taken enough AP classes?” “What if I’m not accepted?”

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