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Being an Education Major at UMass Amherst

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“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

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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

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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

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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.

How to find the right college for you

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Choosing the right college for you is one of the most important decisions of your life. Whatever college you choose, it’s where you’ll spend most of the next four years of your life, where you’ll get your professional formation, and where you’ll meet what could potentially be people you’ll know and remember for the rest of your life. This is why it’s important you make the right decision for you.

Student perspective: How to start looking for colleges?

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When I was applying to colleges, I remember spending the summer going into my senior year of high school working on my college applications. I already had my SAT scores (this was before UMass went test optional), my personal statement written (thanks to my wonderful AP Literature teacher), and a list of colleges I wanted to apply to. Having already gone through the process of applying to colleges, read on for my two major tips for students looking to start their college application process.

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