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Succeeding in College Chemistry

Building molecules in a UMass chemistry class

In high school, chemistry was the bane of my very existence. I would sit there as my teacher mindlessly droned on and on. Each word he spoke went in one ear and out the other. My focus was always on the clock, never on the material. I realize in hindsight that the problem was in fact me and my lack of attention, not the teacher. So, I decided that in college I would start taking some personal responsibility and pay attention in lectures. I expected that this would allow me to succeed in the class, but not necessarily enjoy the material. Surprisingly, I was wrong.

A Hidden Gem: The Quarters in Hadley

The Quarters video game parlor

UMass Amherst’s location is perfect for college students because there is so much to do around the area. Between nearby Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst itself, there are dozens of places to eat and shop. However, you might want to do something else with your friends sometimes. One of the hidden gems that not many students know about is The Quarters, which is located roughly 10-15 minutes from campus in nearby Hadley.

Apple Picking in Northampton

UMass students apple picking

There’s no better place to be living in the Fall than in Amherst. From the colorful leaves to the cool air, you’ll get the authentic seasonal experience. Now it is possible to find all of this on campus, but I recommend stepping out once in a while to see what the surrounding towns have to offer. That’s exactly what I did last weekend.

Why I've Lived in Central for Two Years

Central residence halls at UMass Amherst

If you ask people around campus where they live, a majority of them will probably tell you Southwest. Being the home of several 20+ floor towers, along with low-rise halls, it makes sense that a majority of people would reside there. Southwest accounts for 5,500 students on campus, making it by far the largest residential area at UMass. However, it is often misconstrued that being the biggest living area on campus makes it more social, and therefore the best. The “best” residential area, though it may sound cliché, is really wherever you best fit.