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Where to Go Apple Picking

Apple picking in Amherst

Since enrolling at UMass I have always wanted to go apple picking, but never knew where to go. My friend was visiting for the long Columbus Day weekend and I was determined to find us an orchard. As I was mindlessly scrolling on my phone, I found my answer. Funnily enough, it was in the form of an Instagram post from our page @umassadmissions. In the post, I was introduced to the UMass Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown, Mass. When I saw it was less than a 25-minute drive from campus I knew I had discovered my new apple picking spot. 

Challenges of Living Alone for the First Time

UMass library

One of the hardest parts of college is learning to live on your own. It was daunting at first (realizing how many things I would have to conquer on my own). Making new friends, having fun, and juggling classwork were all issues constantly floating around my mind. No longer would I have my mother and father to constantly rely on whenever I needed them; it seemed I was completely on my own. To help you out, using my experience, I have compiled a list of important things to remember to do when first living by yourself!

What to Expect When Living in a Southwest Tower

View of the Pioneer Valley from the Southwest Towers at UMass Amherst

I lived in Southwest Residential Area towers my first two years of college (Kennedy Tower my freshman year and Washington Tower my sophomore year). When I first toured UMass, I remember feeling as if these giant, concrete buildings were looming over me. From one of the high floors, someone yelled “PICK UMASS!” At the time, I was slightly intimidated by the aggressively enthusiastic Southwest population. However after two years, I have come to love this corner of campus.

8 Tips for a Busy College Student

Dily journal and takeout coffee cup, with sunflowers, seen from above

This semester, I am taking six courses versus my usual five. I’m in a combination of upper-level journalism and communications classes. My Tuesdays and Thursdays are jam-packed with four classes in a row, going from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Each subject gives a good amount of homework, too. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when Monday rolls around every week, but these are my tips for keeping on top my work while staying relatively stress free. 

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