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My Experience with Intramural Sports

Basketball courts at the UMass Rec Center

Yesterday was my first time ever competing in an intramural basketball game at UMass. Actually, it was my first time competing in any basketball game since I was 8 years old. I joined solely because my friends were in need of another girl to fulfill the mandatory 3:2 girl-to-guy ratio necessary to play in their co-ed league. They thought it was a good idea to make me captain of this team, which I still don’t understand because I lack any ability to play sports. However, being the good friend that I am, I gave basketball a chance (of course by prefracing that I would be no asset to their team).

UMass Resources: The Writing Center

Pen, highlighter and notebook

The UMass Writing Center, located in the lower commons of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, is a great place to go if you need proof-reading of any paper you have for a class! You can bring a finished draft, or even a simple outline, and one of the many tutors at the Writing Center can give you pointers, offer advice, and walk you through your writing to keep you on track with the criteria for whatever assignment you may have. If you can’t make it to an in-person session, they also offer online tutoring appointments.

Alumni Networking

UMass alumni networking event

My father has always told me, “It’s all about who you know, and who knows you.” When choosing the right university for me, I weighed that into my decision heavily. I cared a lot about having a big alumni network, and one that’s strong. There are a lot of qualified graduates competing for entry-level jobs just out of college, and sometimes the difference can be having a connection with the employers. Going to a school with a strong alumni network sets you up to make more connections with adults in hiring positions that could be the difference in that competition.

Going to College with High School Friends

Falmouth high school graduates jumping in the air

If you’re from Massachusetts and your high school experience was anything like mine, the majority of your graduating class applied to UMass. Even for the kids that wanted to attend a small college across the country, UMass was still on their list of places they were sending an application. I applied not really knowing if it was a serious option for me, but when May of my senior year came around, it was clear that UMass was the best choice. It had the best program for what I wanted to do (architecture) and wasn’t too far from home.

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