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Meet the Major: Political Science and Public Health

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Savannah Gillis is a political science major with a secondary major in public health. Given her lifelong interest in history, politics, and government affairs, she always knew she would want to study something related to the topic. It wasn’t until her first year at UMass, when she enrolled in The Science of Health Inequality, that she became interested in public health as well. 

Opinion: Remote learning in the eyes of a parent

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An inevitable sense of disappointment stays with us as thousands of students transition from their once in-person classes to remote learning at home following the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as disappointing as it may be, administrations across the country continue to make these decisions for the greater good of each campus’s student body and faculty. After returning home to my small southwestern Connecticut home, I wondered how parents perceive the effects of the outbreak, including students coming home to finish their semester. So, I asked my mom how she felt about UMass's new remote, online learning.

Transitioning to Online Learning

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Truthfully, I came into online learning rather skeptical. I have very little experience with Zoom, the online video platform UMass students are using to attend class, and could not imagine how this would function normally. I am so used to physically attending class. How could I possibly focus, or even have the drive, to attend class remotely? I had my doubts about how seamless this transition would be. 

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