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The Stonewall Center: Past, Present, and Future

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October is LGBTQ+ History Month, and to celebrate, I thought I would look into the history of LGBTQ+ people at the University of Massachusetts! In recent history, UMass Amherst was recognized in October 2020 as one of the top 40 LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the country. While this is our 10th consecutive year with such a distinction, efforts towards progress and inclusivity actually began at the university in the 1980s. Let’s take a look at how it all started and the dynamic work that continues to this day. 

Senior Year, Remotely: My Fall 2020 Classes

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The moment that seemed so far away for such a long time is finally here- it’s my senior year! These past three years have flown by and I can’t believe I’m in my last year at UMass Amherst. Because I am a senior this fall, I wanted to take fun and interesting courses that would challenge me one last time before I graduate. I am loving all of my Fall 2020 classes so far, and I want other University of Massachusetts students to learn more about these incredible courses too! Read on about the classes I am taking this semester.

You Got This: Transferring While Remote

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Transferring is both an exciting and challenging time for students. This year has called for many adjustments and shifts in our lifestyles in response to the pandemic, which make transferring seem like an even more daunting process when it has to be done remotely. However, the University of Massachusetts offers its transfer students many opportunities to gain support and build a community — even from a distance. If you are a student interested in transferring, keep reading for some advice from transfer admissions counselor Amanda Haskins!

From One Senior to Another: Kolby Silva (Psychology)

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Meet Kolby Silva, a senior here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in psychology with a minor in education and a certificate in social work. Here at the UMass Amherst campus, she is a tour guide, a residential assistant, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. 

With so many lasting memories made here at the UMass Amherst campus, Kolby’s time here is quickly coming to an end. Senior year, for both high school and college students alike, is a time of change and reflection. To help make this transition a bit more clear and hopefully less stressful, here is Kolby’s advice for high school seniors preparing to embark on their college journeys, from one senior to another.

From Acton to Amherst: My Journey to UMass

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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.

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