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Rate My Professors: Your New Best Friend

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If you haven't heard of Rate My Professors yet, you will definitely want to familiarize yourself with it soon. Rate My Professors is a website that allows students to publish reviews of professors they've had, enabling others to see how positive or negative their experience was. Users can search for UMass or a specific professor and read the reviews to determine whether or not you'd like to take that professor's class. This site has been extremely beneficial for me when I am choosing classes outside of my major, because I am much less familiar with professors from other departments. 

UMass Financial Aid 101

Let’s face it. College is expensive. However, there are several ways to cut down on expenses, whether it be via scholarships, loans, or working. Luckily, UMass understands the challenges families sometimes face and provides plenty of resources on campus to help students cover these costs.

My #1 Tip for College

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Your first year at college can be a very intimidating experience because it might be the first time you are totally responsible for yourself. That’s how it was for me. After being at UMass for three years so far, I would like to say that I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and have become a better student, friend, and person. Out of my entire time being here, my number one tip throughout college is to step out of your comfort zone. I know this may sound awkward and a bit confusing, but being uncomfortable throughout college made the entire experience that much more rewarding and memorable. To be a little more organized in my life, I make sure to be uncomfortable academically, socially, and personally.

Pros of Living in Southwest

Southwest residential towers at night

Choosing where to live when you come to UMass is an important decision, because it will be where you spend the majority of your time freshman year. I already wrote a post about what it was like to live in the northeast area of campus, because that is where I lived freshman year. So if you are interested in that, check it out. In this case, I am going to write about southwest, because during my sophomore year at UMass I lived in Patterson Hall, which is located in the southwest region.

See You in May, UMass!

I haven’t forgotten abut you, UMass.

One of my best friends is graduating a year early and will be walking in this year's graduation. Of course, I plan on being there to watch her walk (jet-lagged, but proud). As an added bonus, I will be getting paid to do it!

New Majors Meetings

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Whether you're a freshman and simply new to UMass, or you recently switched into a new academic department, chances are that you will be required to attend a new majors meeting. This past fall, I attended the new majors meeting for the marketing department after switching from hospitality and tourism management. Although mandatory, new majors meetings can be incredibly informative for understanding what resources and opportunities are available to you in your department. 

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