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Summer Weekend Getaway: 2020 Edition

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During these unusual times, I’ve been looking for ways to get out of the house while following social distancing guidelines and adjusting to the “new normal” we’ve been creating these last few months. I’ve been longing for a new, and safe, excursion. Lucky for me, I was able to satisfy my travel itch over the fourth of July weekend when I headed up north with my boyfriend and his family to Maine for a relaxing weekend getaway.

Living at UMass: How to Pick a Roommate

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Now that you have officially enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Amherst (congratulations to the class of 2024!) it is the perfect time to start thinking about your living situation for the 2020-2021 school year. While you may have the perfect residential area in mind, finding a roommate for the first time can be stressful for many incoming students. How do you go about finding the perfect roommate for your freshman year of college? 

As someone who has lived on campus all four years and had my fair share of amazing roommates, here are three tips on how to pick the best roommate for you!

Meet La Unidad Latina: The first Latinx fraternity at UMass Amherst

Four brothers in La Unidad Latina at the University of Massachusetts stand in a classroom wearing yellow fraternity hoodies and making a gesture for the Greek letter Lambda

Greek life can be a quintessential part of the American college experience. At least for me, all I knew about American colleges was the existence of sororities and fraternities. Although I never partook in anything Greek life related, there was always a little part of me that wondered what it would've been like to rush and be part of a sorority.

My experience at UMass Amherst with a Disability

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Growing up with a bilateral hearing loss, I struggled to feel like I fit in with my peers while still making sure I was receiving the academic accommodations I needed. Over the yearsI have used a number of different resources, such as FMs (a type of assistive hearing device) and assigned seating, and found out which accommodations do, and do not, work well for me.

Club Spotlight:UMass Dynamics

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Here at the University of Massachusetts we have lots of opportunities to shine for those with musical talent. For students who love to sing, one of the many ways you can get involved here on campus is through joining one of our nine a cappella groups. UMass Dynamics is one of the oldest co-ed a cappella groups here on campus, founded back in 2005. The group tries to keep a fairly diverse setlist, however their current songs have a strong emphasis on R&B music.

Meet the Majors: Microbiology and Portuguese

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Choosing a major is not easy. There’s a lot of factors playing into your choice, from personal preference to career options, choosing a major can be a very personal decision. Here at the University of Massachusetts, we believe it’s important to open your mind and explore multiple options that will allow you to tailor your education to fit you perfectly. Take a look at what Joshua Badal-Rodrigues, a freshman microbiology and Portuguese double major, who hopes to use both his language and future medical skills to help increase medical accessibility to Portuguese-speaking communities, had to say.

Advice for the UMass Class of 2024

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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Massachusetts, class of 2024! You are about to experience four amazing years at UMass Amherst. Entering freshman year of college is an exciting time- it's the beginning of an incredible academic and professional journey. If you're feeling a little nervous to enter college, that's okay! Many incoming freshmen share the same concerns when entering college. I shared these concerns with current students who want to reassure you that choosing UMass was a great decision. 

Meet the Major: Exploratory Track in Natural Sciences

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Like many other first-year students, Matthew Bird wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life when he came to college. He knew he had a strong passion for science, and that he wanted to be able to explore the options within the field, making the exploratory track in natural sciences a perfect match. The exploratory tracks are designed for students coming into UMass Amherst who are exploring options before choosing a major.

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