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Opportunities in Sports at the McCormack Department of Sport Management Career Fair

UMass McCormack Sports & Management job fair

In my first blog on this site I wrote about the perks of going to the university with the top public business school in New England. I was amazed by some of the companies in attendance at Isenberg’s career fair. Dell, IBM, Toyota, PepsiCo, Liberty Mutual, Raytheon, TJX, Bose, and some of “The Big Four” accounting firms — just to name a few — came looking to hire UMass students back in September.

Mock Interviews

UMass student doing a mock interview

It’s fairly common now to see high school students with a job. Retail, food, maintenance — whatever that first job was, you probably had to interview for it. In my case, it was working for a local dollar store. I figured that would be simple enough and that I wouldn’t need to treat the interview as anything more than signing my work papers. But when asked questions like why I wanted to work there and what skills I brought to the table, I was completely caught off-guard. In fact, I responded, “Just to have some money for gas, and I’m good at math … so, being a cashier should be easy.”

The UMass Comedy League

UMass Comedy League

One of the best ways to spend your weekend nights on campus is to attend one of the UMass Comedy League’s improv shows. My roommate is a member of one of the improv troupes, so I attend somewhat frequently. I’ve never come out disappointed. These shows are hilarious! It’s pretty impressive to watch performers come up with funny scenes on the spot with absolutely no preparation.

Maneuvering Around Amherst Without a Car

UMass Amherst bus app screenshot

I don’t own a car. No matter how many times I’ve asked my parents for one, the answer is always no. All my friends have cars, and I can use my parents' cars when they’re not, so driving has technically never been a problem for me. Yet, I still don’t have the convenience or satisfaction of calling a car my own. Currently, I’m waiting until I save enough money for one.

Why I Went Greek

UMass Amherst National Panhellenic seal

When I came back to UMass for my sophomore year, I was determined to make this school year even better than my first. I had a pretty successful freshman year, and I made friends and did well in school. However, I wanted UMass to feel more like home. I took the summer to compare what was different between the life I lead in college versus the life I had in high school. What it all boiled down to is that in high school, I was way more involved and busy all the time. My first year of college was filled with a lot of down time that I struggled to fill with activity.