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The Academic Fellows Program at UMass Amherst

AFP Fellows at an alternative spring break in Washington D.C.

The Academic Fellows Program (AFP) provides opportunities and programs for students who are BIPOC, first-generation, and other historically-underrepresented students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I talked with AFP Diversity Fellows Kristal Yee and Jasleen Maldonado to hear more about their experiences with the program.

Admissions PSA: Early Action Decisions

Image of vibrant fall foliage colors frame the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts with text reading - Admissions PSA:  Updates for First Year Applicants, and Mike Drish - Director of First-Year Admissions

Yesterday afternoon, December 11, UMass Amherst released our first batch of Early Action admission decisions for first-year admission to the Class of 2025. The decisions released yesterday, over 7,600, include both international and domestic students from the record 21,153 Early Action applications we received. If you have not applied, there is still time to do so as the Regular Decision deadline is January 15, 2021.

Things I'll Do When I Return To Campus

Jessie and two friends sit in the stands at the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts

This fall, the University of Massachusetts campus looked very different from it’s normal busy and bustling state. The campus, often thought of as it’s own mini city, hosted approximately 1,000 students on campus this fall. While life on campus may have been much quieter than normal this semester, we all look forward to a day soon when we can return to campus. Here are just a few of the things that I look forward to experiencing when I'm back at UMass! 

Final Thoughts From A UMass Senior

Aaliyah and her friends outdoors wearing face coverings with the text,  Final Thoughts From A UMass Senior.

As I am writing this, December 4th, 2020, it is officially the last day of finals here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the fall 2020 semester. For myself, this marks my final day as an undergraduate student here at UMass Amherst. After three and a half years, I can hardly believe that this lovely chapter is coming to a close. While this may not be the way I envisioned the ending of my time here to look like, I feel incredibly happy with the time I had and all the wonderful memories that I was able to create.  

With my time at UMass Amherst coming to a close, here are my final thoughts and advice as I close this chapter. 

Remote Classes at UMass

UMass Chapel is pictured with graphic: "Remote Classes at UMass"

Like many of us, coming into college I never thought I would be taking classes from my childhood bedroom. I have been looking forward to getting started with my marketing classes since I started college, and this was my first semester doing so! The remote semester has been a difficult adjustment to make, but it has offered me so much space for growth especially within my academics. Remote classes at the University of Massachusetts have a slightly different structure to them, which I've found beneficial!

Virtual Internship Experience: Internal Communications at General Motors

University of Massachusetts student Aaliyah pictured on a video call with the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, and text reading Virtual Internship Experience: Internal Communications Intern at General Motors

Back in November 2019, I accepted a summer 2020 internship with General Motors. I fully anticipated that I would be moving to Detroit for the summer and working in person at the Renaissance Center, one of GM’s many corporate buildings. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I ended up working completely virtually from my childhood bedroom in Massachusetts. While I was very intimidated and nervous about conducting such an important internship from a completely different state, now that I have completed my summer with GM, I am incredibly thankful for the virtual experience. 

Here is how my virtual internship experience with General Motors went this summer. 

What I would do if I were back on campus

Graphic is displayed "UMass Memories" with photographs of a University of Massachusetts sunset, greenhouse, and the Mullins Center

I often reflect on my memories from my time at the University of Massachusetts, and have a rush of positive feelings hanging onto the hope that we can be back as soon as it is safe! I got to live on campus for the majority of my sophomore year, and since March have been staying in my hometown. I wanted to share some of my most memorable and favorite experiences as a UMass student and what I would do if I could be back on campus with you!