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Student Co-Ops

Earthfoods Cafe at UMass. Text: "We're in Business! Successful student run co-ops right here at UMass

At UMass, students are encouraged to explore their interests and passions. Part of this means students can create their own businesses (as long as they follow certain criteria). There are several student run co-ops, such as restaurants and shops, that get a ton of customers and provide valuable work experience to their employees.

Information Technology: The Best Minor at UMass

Screenshot of the UMass IT minor web page

UMass offers an interdisciplinary Information Technology minor that is open to all majors on campus. Graduating with the IT minor degree requires the successful completion of six courses out of a current set of 106 options to choose from (though I will warn that not all 106 are offered each semester). The requirements for the minor are as follows: (1) foundation course, (2) technical courses, (1) broadened Inquiry course, and (2) elective courses. Overall, this minor does not take up that much time and is a very feasible addition to any degree at UMass!

My Off-Campus Housing Search

Exterior of a light green house in Amherst Massachusetts

Many UMass upperclassmen make the move from dorm to apartment or house during their junior and senior years. I will be a junior next fall, so my friends and I decided we wanted to move on from dorm life and find a place of our own. After a very long process, we finally settled on a house to be shared by five girls, and I couldn't be more excited!

Utilizing Your Career Centers

Isenberg Chase Career Center

Along with the general Career Center at UMass, many academic colleges have a “career center,” such as the Chase Career Center (pictured above) that represents the Isenberg School of ManagementAs stated on their website, the mission of the Chase Career Center is “to help Isenberg students discover and build a well-thought-out career plan that will allow them to develop the essential skills and insights to launching their optimal career path.” Regular events hosted or set up by career centers include career fairs, networking events with alumni, employer presentations, and a full year of on campus recruiting activity. They also serve to help students with internships, résumés, cover letters and interview skills.

Group Projects 101

Group Projects 101

With less than two weeks left in the semester, it’s the perfect time to start focusing your energy on preparing for the end of the semester. This year I lucked out and don’t have any tests to take during finals week. However, I do have papers and group projects that will count for a major part of my grade. Sometimes tests are nice because you take them and then you're done and never have to think about them ever again. I think projects require a bit more time and care. One of my projects is a group paper that’s due on the last day of class. 

Applying to Medical School

Morrill Science Center

This week, an admissions officer from UMass Medical School came to visit and talk about medical school and the application process. Being a pre-med student, I attended, and I'm glad I did. The information was invaluable, and it let me know exactly what kind of things can make me stand out as an applicant. Getting into medical school is extremely competitive, so it’s important to take certain steps to strengthen your application. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the meeting in terms of what you can do as an undergraduate student to stand out.


Newman Center: The Perfect Place to Study

Newman Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst has tons of places to study, but an overlooked place that not every student knows about is the Newman Center, which is located right next to the Isenberg School of Management. I wish that I had known about this facility as a freshman because now I go there to study and get work done on a weekly basis. Here are some of the reasons why the Newman Center is the perfect location to study.