The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Search Google Appliance

Links

Recent Student Posts

Changing Majors at the University of Massachusetts

Images of business students and biology students at the University of Massachusetts, with the text "Changing Majors at UMass"

Overall, changing majors is an important decision that takes time to fully flesh out. The two challenges are learning more about it and being totally convinced you want to make the switch, and being sure you won’t fall behind if you do switch. However, UMass Amherst does a fantastic job when it comes to ensuring all their students end up in the place they are most happy with.

Meet the Major: English

A photo of South College with the text, Meet the Major: English

I applied to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an English major back in 2017. Throughout the entirety of my schooling, I have always been fascinated by literature. I was a textbook book worm. I always had my nose in a book and I was constantly on the hunt for the next piece of literature I could get my hands on. When I was in high school, my love for English flourished. I took Advanced Placement Literature and the course challenged me to explore the depth of the discipline, and left me hungry for more. Back in high school I also had the most compassionate and vibrant English teacher, and her passion for the subject led in part to my decision to pursue a career in English. Despite adding a secondary major in communication, my love for English is still as strong as ever. 

My year in review

University of Massachusetts student Xenia posing and smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower

2019 was probably one of the hardest years of my life.  

The year started with my mom passing away after a five-year battle with cancer. As is the usual with illnesses, we’d known the hardest was on its way, but that didn’t make it any less devastating.

Things I learned at UMass outside of class

A photo of the UMass campus with the text, Things I learned at UMass outside of class.

College is a pivotal time of learning in a student’s life. While you will without a doubt be learning in the classroom, I think a lot of people underestimate how much students grow outside of it as well. Looking back at who I was in high school, I cannot believe how different I am and how much I have grown. My time in college has taught me crucial skills and has given me experiences that I will hold with me for the rest of my life. So, what have I learned outside of the classroom? Let’s take a look at three of the things that I have learned at the University of Massachusetts Amherst outside of the classroom.

My Proudest Project

Picture of a laptop screen opened to a Wix website with the title “My Proudest Project"

With every major comes major requirements — classes you must take in order to receive credit towards the degree. These classes can be held at different times and taught by various professors in the department, but every student will ultimately complete them as requirements to graduate. To be a journalism major, one must pass a series of multimedia journalism classes to further enhance his or her ability to use digital media, as the industry grows to be heavily reliant on it for the spread of breaking news. This requirement is what led me to Journalism 333: Visual Storytelling. My expectations entering this class were that I wouldn’t end up with that great of a grade, as my picture taking ability is not up to par in comparison to my much more aesthetically-focus peers. However, this class ended up being by far the most rewarding one I’ve taken in my time at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Diversity at UMass Amherst

Four UMass students in traditional Indian clothing at the UMass Garbanghra. Text: Diversity at UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a wide range of diversity present on campus, with an undergraduate student body of more than 23,000 students. This allows for all students to be included and take part in learning about students from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. Whether it is going to campus wide events, joining an organization, or simply making new friends, UMass has something to offer to everyone. 

College Cooking

A photo of UMass Dining workers with the text, College Cooking.

As much as I love food, especially the number one campus dining offered here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I am an awful cook. I do not even think that I am capable of cooking a simple dish at the moment, that is how awful I am. Given that I am moving away on my own this summer for work, I am scrambling to learn how to cook before I starve to death or run solely on carry out. Thankfully, my wonderful friends that live off-campus treat me to their phenomenal cooking whenever I come over. Over this semester, I have been shadowing each meal preparation so that I can to finally teach myself how to cook.

Pages