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Why I Went Greek

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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.

Networking Throughout College

Networking throughout college

During your years in college, you are going to meet a lot of people. Some of these people will end up being your friends for life, while others may just remain acquaintances, partners for a lab or project, teachers, teammates, coaches etc. Each one of these people, however, is a connection — someone you can network with down the line.


SBS in DC: Summer Internship

SBS in DC summer internship

The College of Social Behavioral Sciences has an amazing program that connects current UMass students with UMass alumni working in Washington, D.C., for an unforgettable summer internship. This year, "SBS in DC" students can land an internship in a congressional office, lobbying firm, or a non-profit advocacy organization. This program really hooks it up. SBS in D.C. covers housing costs at the Washington Intern Student Housing on Capitol Hill, and also offers one academic credit. Additional funding to cover transportation, food, metro card, and other expenses are available based on financial need.

Take AP Exams Seriously!

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If your school offers AP classes and you've challenged yourself by enrolling in one or more during your senior year of high school, congratulations! You're doing exactly what you should be doing! That being said, it can be easy to fall into a "senior slump" and lose motivation to study for AP exams during your final weeks of high school. I know the feeling, trust me, but it is important to push through and make sure you do well regardless of how bad a case of "senioritis" you've come down with.