My name is David James and I'm a junior Communication major here at UMass. I'm from North Attleborough Massachusetts, which is about two hours away from UMass, the perfect distance for feeling the freedom of leaving the nest for the first time, while also being able to bring laundry when I miss my dog too much and need to make a quick trip home. My favorite part about UMass is that there's always something going on to keep me busy. With watching division one athletic games, working out in our state of the art Campus Rec Center, enjoying a screening of a movie, making friends in intramural sports, attending lectures or events to boost my professional career, and literally hundreds of other options available to me (all for free) every week, I've found that I've bettered myself, while enjoying myself, more than I ever have before during my time at UMass. Or as I now call it, home.