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Hey! My name is Avani Shah, and I am a junior transfer student majoring in Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! I am from Massachusetts and have lived here for most of my life. Some of my hobbies include hiking, kayaking, longboarding, and listening to music in my free time! I have a strong passion for photography and other forms of digital media as well. I am excited to be a part of the Admissions team and to share my experience at UMass.

What's your major?

I am currently declared as a marketing major. I have always had an interest in this field, and in business in general. I knew that I wanted to go into a field that included digital media to some extent. Marketing seemed like a balance that would allow me to learn the tangible skills I need in business, while I could also continue to grow my creative abilities.

Why did you choose UMass Amherst?

I transferred to UMass Amherst in my sophomore year and there were many factors that led me to apply and come here. I was familiar with the campus, as I have an older brother who also attended UMass. I felt like UMass had lots of opportunity within my major to explore. I am excited to get into my upper level Marketing courses, which are more specific and interesting to me. I am still looking to pair marketing with some other field, and I feel like I could explore other areas of interests alongside business at UMass. I also knew that the school allows ample opportunities for students to gain professional growth as well as experience in their field coming out of college. 

How did you meet people when you first got to UMass?

My first week at UMass felt like it flew by before I knew I was back to school. Last year when I got to campus the first people I met were my roommates. It was nice in a sense to know we were all transfers to UMass. With this, I reconnected with friends I made at orientation as well as high school friends who were on campus. I think the best way to meet people is by joining new organizations and attending events on campus. In the few events I have attended I have met other students who have been very helpful in telling me more about the campus and life here at UMass. 

How have you changed since you started at UMass?

With two years of university behind me, one being at UMass I can see many changes in myself. Especially under the circumstances of adjusting to remote learning and quarantine. I have been able to spend more time alone getting together an idea of what I want coming out of my four year experience. It has been a time for personal and professional growth and I am thankful university has allowed me to gain this experience. With joining the Admissions team and other organizations I feel like I have been able to be more vocal and express myself. I feel more focused on my career and am always seeking opportunities to learn and grow in my field.

What's your favorite thing from UMass dining?

I have been missing UMass dining a lot! The first place I will go when I am back on campus is Argo Tea. This is a little cafe located in the Southwest Residential Area. I loved visiting and getting tea with my friends there. I also love how every dining hall at UMass has sushi bars. I never knew how much I loved sushi until I tried it at UMass for one of the first times. I also love Mediterranean food as well and love going to Tavola at Blue Wall and getting the hummus bowl with falafels!

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Student Vs. Counselor: Writing the Common Application Essay

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Approaching the Common Application first-year essay can be a daunting task. I've been there. Sitting and staring at the laptop for hours feeling lost about where to start. However, writing this essay does not have to be a stressful experience; it can be fun! Stay tuned to learn more tips about writing this essay from Juan Martinez-Muñoz, a recent graduate and an assistant director of admissions at the University of Massachusetts. 

Remote Classes at UMass

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Like many of us, coming into college I never thought I would be taking classes from my childhood bedroom. I have been looking forward to getting started with my marketing classes since I started college, and this was my first semester doing so! The remote semester has been a difficult adjustment to make, but it has offered me so much space for growth especially within my academics. Remote classes at the University of Massachusetts have a slightly different structure to them, which I've found beneficial!

What I would do if I were back on campus

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I often reflect on my memories from my time at the University of Massachusetts, and have a rush of positive feelings hanging onto the hope that we can be back as soon as it is safe! I got to live on campus for the majority of my sophomore year, and since March have been staying in my hometown. I wanted to share some of my most memorable and favorite experiences as a UMass student and what I would do if I could be back on campus with you!

You Got This: Transferring While Remote

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Transferring is both an exciting and challenging time for students. This year has called for many adjustments and shifts in our lifestyles in response to the pandemic, which make transferring seem like an even more daunting process when it has to be done remotely. However, the University of Massachusetts offers its transfer students many opportunities to gain support and build a community — even from a distance. If you are a student interested in transferring, keep reading for some advice from transfer admissions counselor Amanda Haskins!

Applying to the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst

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The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts is among the top business schools in the northeast region. It is home to many students who come with aspirations to study business and build their career. Isenberg provides its students with the best support from faculty to ensure the students are prepared for post graduate careers. Whether you are a high school student looking to apply to college, or a transfer applicant, keep reading to learn about ISOM, with a Q & A with Isenberg's Director of Enrollment Management, Meg Smith.

Why I Transferred Colleges: UConn to UMass

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Transferring colleges is a tough decision, but sometimes it can be the change that changes everything. Every college experience starts with adjustment, and transferring allows new experiences and adjustments to be made. After my personal experience transferring from UConn to UMass Amherst in my sophomore year, I can certainly say my decision suited me best. 

Diversity at UMass Amherst

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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. 

Things I Wish I’d Known When I was Applying to College

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College application season is upon us! Whether you are a first year student or transfer, applying to college can be a difficult process. There is a lot to handle — especially in terms of making choices. With this, the process will be a different experience for everyone. 

Here are some helpful tips I wish I knew when I was applying to college: