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My First Visit to UMass

Picture of McGuirk Stadium with the caption: “My First Visit to UMass"

The first time I ever set foot on to the University of Massachusetts campus was in the spring of my junior year of high school. Amidst an array of college tours, SAT practice tests, and AP exam studying, I can’t honestly say I took the time to appreciate the little beauties UMass Amherst had to offer-- rather, I worried that my application would not be up to par. Questions ran through my head the entire time I was there, as they would any stressed out high school junior: “What if my extracurriculars aren’t good enough?” “Have I taken enough AP classes?” “What if I’m not accepted?”

Meet the Major: Economics

University of Massachusetts economics major Laura poses at a historic place

A freshman economics major, Laura Balinski decided to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst because she loved the campus and community atmosphere when she toured as a high school student. Walking around campus, Laura enjoyed seeing other students and how friendly they were, and she also really liked the layout of campus. After her tour of campus, Laura immediately knew she wanted to go to UMass Amherst, and was accepted as an economics major.

El Barrio: The brand new Latinx defined residential community at UMass Amherst

Image of Southwest Residential Area with text reading El Barrio: The brand new Latinx defined residential community at UMass

Moving to the U.S. from Bolivia was an adventure for me. The one thing—besides my friends and family—I was sad to be leaving behind, was my Latinx community. Over in Bolivia, of course, I didn’t think of it as a Latinx community. In fact, it wasn’t until I came here that I realized that a lot of things intrinsic to me (not the least of them was language), were also an intrinsic part of Latinx culture. And so, I started to miss little things like greeting people with a kiss on the cheek or hearing a reggaeton song wherever I went (shout out to Blue Wall for playing reggaeton every once in a while).

Meet the Major: Marketing and Political Science

University of Massachusetts student Lara poses with a friend

Lara Pereira is a freshman marketing and political science double major here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. One of the biggest reasons why she decided to attend UMass Amherst was because of the abundance of opportunities and resources the school has to offer. She knew in high school that she wanted to attend a big university that had a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and her previous visits to campus only reinforced the strengths of the UMass Amherst experien

Semester Recap: An Overview of my Spring 2020

A view from Washington hall in Southwest with the text, Semester Recap: An Overview of my Spring 2020.

Spring 2020 will be a semester I will remember for the rest of my life. From leaving the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, shifting to remote learning, not being able to see my friends, to making my childhood room my new workspace, this semester has been a journey. I am so happy that it is almost over; it almost does not even feel real. 

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