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From Acton to Amherst: My Journey to UMass

Image of student blogger Anne Lizette Sta. Maria and her three friends pose in downtown Amherst while wearing University of Massachusetts sweatshirts and lanyards, with text reading: From Acton to Amherst: My Journey to UMass

I first began thinking about college vaguely during my sophomore year of high school in Acton, and my eyes were drawn to small liberal arts schools located out of state—very different from a large state school like the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mindsets and circumstances changed throughout the years, and ultimately my college search journey led me here: to a place where I’ve made some amazing memories, and a campus I can’t wait to go back to after remote learning ends.

Meet the Blogger: Sophia George

UMass Amherst communications intern

Hi! I’m a first year student at UMass Amherst, living in Melrose, Ma. I’m majoring in legal studies and am planning my own BDIC course. I’m part of the ESports community, and I am a Social Event Coordinator for the University Programming Council (UPC). Being very fond of digital media and enjoying writing as a hobby and lifelong passion, I’m excited to bring interesting stories and new perspectives to the Student Blog!

Being an Education Major at UMass Amherst

Graphic with text reading: Being an education major at UMass Amherst, and two photos of early childhood education major Julia outdoors on sunny days

“I am an early childhood education major and it is something that I have known I have wanted to do all my life,” Julia says. She tells me about how she has worked at the after school program at the elementary school in her town since the beginning of high school, has babysat since she was 13 and nannied for 3 young girls this past summer. “Working with kids is one of the most rewarding things for me and I absolutely love it and I can’t wait to have a classroom of my own one day,” Julia adds.

History 247 at UMass Amherst: How It Feels to Finally Learn About Your Own History

Blogger, facing away from camera, wearing high school graduation cap decorated with the Filipino flag and reads "one dream" in Tagalog

I first learned about the American Revolution in third grade. It was reintroduced to the curriculum in fifth grade, and again in seventh. By the time we covered the same concept in tenth grade U.S. History, I learned that the saying was, quite literally, true: history does indeed repeat itself. During my whole academic career, I hadn't yet had a course, or even one class session that I could relate to my identity as a Filipino American.

Meet the Blogger: Anne Lizette Sta. Maria

headshot of blogger, smiling at the Northeast Residential Area of the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hi everyone! I go by Lizette Sta. Maria! I’m a second year communication and journalism double major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Like all of yours, my life over the past few months has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, making it anything but ordinary. Now I’m back at home in Acton, Mass, where I’ve spent the last six months. Nonetheless, I’m excited to write for Undergraduate Admissions because social distancing doesn’t have to stop us from staying connected! 

How to Successfully Work Remotely

A picture of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library with the text, How to Successfully Work Remotely.

For many of us here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, this is our first entirely remote semester, which could be a significant adjustment for students who are accustomed to traditional face to face learning. You may not have been prepared to turn your living space into your workspace for this entire semester. Suddenly your bedroom, dining room, or even your kitchen has turned into your new classroom and workspace, which can be a rough adjustment especially if you are living with other people who have completely different schedules.

To help make this new normal a bit more manageable, here are four tips for working remotely that will make your experience this semester less stressful and more productive.

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