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From One Senior to Another: Kolby Silva (Psychology)

An image of Kolby and her sorority sisters with the text, From One Senior to Another: Kolby Silva (Psychology).

Meet Kolby Silva, a senior here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in psychology with a minor in education and a certificate in social work. Here at the UMass Amherst campus, she is a tour guide, a residential assistant, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. 

With so many lasting memories made here at the UMass Amherst campus, Kolby’s time here is quickly coming to an end. Senior year, for both high school and college students alike, is a time of change and reflection. To help make this transition a bit more clear and hopefully less stressful, here is Kolby’s advice for high school seniors preparing to embark on their college journeys, from one senior to another.

From Acton to Amherst: My Journey to UMass

Image of student blogger Anne Lizette Sta. Maria and her three friends pose in downtown Amherst while wearing University of Massachusetts sweatshirts and lanyards, with text reading: From Acton to Amherst: My Journey to UMass

I first began thinking about college vaguely during my sophomore year of high school in Acton, and my eyes were drawn to small liberal arts schools located out of state—very different from a large state school like the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mindsets and circumstances changed throughout the years, and ultimately my college search journey led me here: to a place where I’ve made some amazing memories, and a campus I can’t wait to go back to after remote learning ends.

Meet the Blogger: Sophia George

UMass Amherst communications intern

Hi! I’m a first year student at UMass Amherst, living in Melrose, Ma. I’m majoring in legal studies and am planning my own BDIC course. I’m part of the ESports community, and I am a Social Event Coordinator for the University Programming Council (UPC). Being very fond of digital media and enjoying writing as a hobby and lifelong passion, I’m excited to bring interesting stories and new perspectives to the Student Blog!

Being an Education Major at UMass Amherst

Graphic with text reading: Being an education major at UMass Amherst, and two photos of early childhood education major Julia outdoors on sunny days

“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.

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