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Kallan Angus


Hi! My name is Kallan and I am a sophomore Marketing major here at UMass! I grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, about an hour and 45 minutes from Amherst, and am the daughter of a VERY proud UMass alumna. It's safe to say that I've been bleeding maroon and white since birth. On campus, I am a member of the Women in Business Club and the Isenberg Marketing Club, and am a member of IMC's community service committee. I am also part of the SophoMORE "Innovations and Entrepreneurship" community in MacKimmie Hall, following my participation in the Isenberg Fellows RAP in Pierpont Hall last year.

My Content

Isenberg is Interactive!

Students in a class at the University of Massachusetts face lecturers in a modern brightly-lit space

When you picture what business school classes might be like on a college campus, you might picture a large lecture hall with a professor at the front droning on about corporate finance and maybe scribbling a few numbers on the board. What I love about UMass, and specifically the Isenberg School of Management, is that is certainly not the case! To help show you what I mean, here are some examples of some interactive and interesting assignments that I've had this semester:

In-State in Case of Emergency

Students spelling out UMass on the football field

One of the things I love most about UMass is the location in terms of proximity to my hometown of Framingham, which is about an hour and forty-five minutes away from campus on average. Being in-state offers the security of knowing I am not a multi-hour plane ride away and am always close enough to go home if there is any kind of emergency regarding myself or a family member.

Hiking Mount Holyoke

View of Connecticut River from Mount Holyoke

Located in the Pioneer Valley, UMass is lucky to be surrounded by many beautiful hiking spots for students to enjoy in their free time. This weekend, my boyfriend and I took advantage of the extremely nice weather (65 degrees!) and hiked at two spots only about 15-20 minutes away from campus. 

Business in Italy: Winter Study Abroad

Powerpoint slide: Business in Italy Information Session

Next winter break, I will hopefully be participating in the Business in Italy program, hosted by Isenberg. The 12-day study abroad experience that accompanies the course takes you to fives cities in Italy during the winter break session. Classes for the course are on Tuesday evenings beginning in late October. You earn three credits toward Isenberg's upper-level business elective requirements. Not enrolled in an ISOM major? This experience is open to students of any major! The course focuses on learning about the business culture in Italy and the processes of various Italian companies, many of which you will get to visit on the trip.

Rate My Professors: Your New Best Friend

Screenshot of Rate My Professor

If you haven't heard of Rate My Professors yet, you will definitely want to familiarize yourself with it soon. Rate My Professors is a website that allows students to publish reviews of professors they've had, enabling others to see how positive or negative their experience was. Users can search for UMass or a specific professor and read the reviews to determine whether or not you'd like to take that professor's class. This site has been extremely beneficial for me when I am choosing classes outside of my major, because I am much less familiar with professors from other departments. 

New Majors Meetings

Writing in a notebook

Whether you're a freshman and simply new to UMass, or you recently switched into a new academic department, chances are that you will be required to attend a new majors meeting. This past fall, I attended the new majors meeting for the marketing department after switching from hospitality and tourism management. Although mandatory, new majors meetings can be incredibly informative for understanding what resources and opportunities are available to you in your department. 

Spending Spring Break at Home

Snowy field. Text: spring break? Idk her

After months of complaining about being a broke college student, many students still end up lounging on the beach in Florida or Mexico come mid-March, leaving me to ask what gives!? It can certainly put a damper on your spring break excitment when you're sitting at home with nothing to do but vicariously live the tropical life through social media posts. Friends of mine were posting vacation stories of the weather being 80 degrees, meanwhile I got excited about it hitting 50 the other day. 

Find a Gym Buddy!

UMass Amherst gym buddies

After years of being on sports teams right through high school, I knew it would be a big change when I came to UMass and no longer had that team aspect when it came to working out. Admittedly, I definitely did not go to the gym as much as I probably should have during my first semester. This was partially due to feeling overwhelmed and lost within the Rec Center, but mostly because I struggled to motivate myself to go consistently. 

Ethics Speaker Series: "Zucked" Author Roger McNamee

Author Roger McNamee speaking at UMass

As part of the management department's Ethics Speaker Series, Isenberg recently hosted Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. It was hosted in the newly-opened Business Innovation Hub and was open to students, faculty, and the general public at no cost. McNamee spoke for about an hour then answered several questions from the audience. The event ended with a reception that included light refreshments and gave attendees the ability to mingle and purchase a signed copy of the book. 

Pulse Cafe

Pulse Cafe

A vegetarian and vegan heaven, Pulse cafe and market is located right down the road from UMass in Hadley and is 100% plant-based. While slightly pricey, the menu has a variety of healthy and sustainable breakfast and lunch options. It also has a fresh cold-pressed juice bar and doubles as a market where you can buy items like soy chicken, dairy-free ice cream, and kombucha.

Women of Isenberg Conference 2019

Women of Isenberg projected on a wall

The Women of Isenberg Conference is an annual event that was founded six years ago by the Isenberg Women in Business Club. Its purpose is to connect students, faculty, alumnae, and industry professionals. It is a day to discuss the struggles women continue to face in the business sector. While it is tailored toward business, I have had the opportunity to attend for the past two years and have been greatly inspired by the conference's mission and goals. 

UMass Amherst Supplemental Essay Prompts

WEB Dubois library against the blue sky. Text: UMass Amherst Supplemental Essays

UMass Amherst has started to require two supplemental essays as part of its application, which is submitted through the Common App. Like many universities, UMass holistically reviews the applications it receives to judge the applicant on more than just GPA and test scores. This means that, while supplemental essays are certainly not the primary factor in your admissions decision, strong essays can definitely help boost your chances, especially if your application is slightly lacking in another area.

HackHer413: My Hackathon Experience

Blakc helium balloons spelling "HACKHER"

HackHer413 is the first all-women and non-binary students' hackathon in western Massachusetts, and I had the opportunity to attend its innaugural event this past weekend. The goals are to inspire women interested in the tech industry, help build connections, and teach new skills to everyone involved. The completely free to attend event was held nonstop over the course of two days in UMass' beautiful Integrative Learning Center, due to the 24-hour nature of hackathons.

The Importance of Leadership Experience

University of Massachusetts 'UMass' logo on a background with the university seal

Having leadership experience in college is a fantastic resume booster, no matter what field you are going into. Whether you are involved with student government, the captain of a club or intramural sports team, or on an executive board for one of University of Massachusetts' many Registered Student Organizations—holding a leadership position is great for proving that you are responsible, driven, and organized. Recruiters are sure to ask you about your extracurricular activities, and saying that you hold an actual title within an organization is much more impressive, and interesting to discuss, than simply being a member of something. 

Marketing Career Networking Night

UMass students at a networking event. Text: 10 Days MCNN 2019

Marketing Career Networking Night is an annual networking event organized and hosted by the Isenberg Marketing Club. While it is hosted by IMC, you do not need to be a member of the club or even a marketing major to attend. MCNN has a more casual, cocktail party feel compared to most other networking events you may attend as a result of not requiring resumes. Instead, only business cards are allowed, and resumes are sent to all of the recruiters in attendance prior to the event in the form of a giant resume book. This takes a lot of the pressure off and allows for more natural conversation between students and recruiters during the event.

Isenberg's New Business Innovation Hub

Courtyard of the Isenberg business hub at UMass Amherst, in winter.

While the grand opening celebration will not be until April, the greatly-anticipated Isenberg Business Innovation Hub is fully completed and open to students as of the start of the Spring 2019 semester. The 70,000-square feet and $62 million extension project features new classrooms, expansive study areas, new facilities for Isenberg's Chase Career Center, conference, meeting, and interview rooms, and even a cafe!

Learning to Live with a Stranger

View of UMass Amherst in winter from Southwest residential tower

For me, one of the parts of freshman year that I was most nervous about was living with a roommate. Growing up, I never had to share a room with my younger brothers and was unsure of what it would be like to share such a small space with another person. Luckily enough, my roommate and I ended up getting along great, and my fears were quickly dissuaded.

Information Technology: The Best Minor at UMass

Screenshot of the UMass IT minor web page

UMass offers an interdisciplinary Information Technology minor that is open to all majors on campus. Graduating with the IT minor degree requires the successful completion of six courses out of a current set of 106 options to choose from (though I will warn that not all 106 are offered each semester). The requirements for the minor are as follows: (1) foundation course, (2) technical courses, (1) broadened Inquiry course, and (2) elective courses. Overall, this minor does not take up that much time and is a very feasible addition to any degree at UMass!

My Off-Campus Housing Search

Exterior of a light green house in Amherst Massachusetts

Many UMass upperclassmen make the move from dorm to apartment or house during their junior and senior years. I will be a junior next fall, so my friends and I decided we wanted to move on from dorm life and find a place of our own. After a very long process, we finally settled on a house to be shared by five girls, and I couldn't be more excited!

Is the DC Basic Meal Plan Right for You?

DC Basic Meal Plan from UMass Dining

Like most incoming freshman, I was on the unlimited meal plan for my first semester on campus. Second semester, however, I decided to go with the cheaper option: the DC basic meal plan. In short summary, the DC basic plan gives you 224 swipes per semester and is currently $288 cheaper than the Unlimited. This is largely due to the fact that it does not include the $250 dining dollars that the unlimited plan comes with. This is obviously not a huge price difference, but it never hurts to save where you can! 

Free Dorm Snacks!

Caramel rice crisps and a Granny Smith apple

Dorm snacks are an essential part of living on campus. They're perfect for when you aren't hungry enough to have a full meal at the dining hall and just need a little blood sugar pick-me-up, and they help make you a great host when inviting new friends over during the first few weeks of freshman year!

Take AP Exams Seriously!

New York City skyline

If your school offers AP classes and you've challenged yourself by enrolling in one or more during your senior year of high school, congratulations! You're doing exactly what you should be doing! That being said, it can be easy to fall into a "senior slump" and lose motivation to study for AP exams during your final weeks of high school. I know the feeling, trust me, but it is important to push through and make sure you do well regardless of how bad a case of "senioritis" you've come down with.

It's Okay to Still See High School Friends at UMass

High school friends at UMass

If you're an in-state student, there is an extremely, extremely high chance that you will not be the only one coming to UMass from your high school. At my high school in Framingham, Mass., there were people who looked down on and actually refused to apply to UMass simply because of how popular of an option it is. Coming from a class of more than 500 students, I was among 40+ students leaving my high school to come to UMass. I will admit that it's a rare occasion for me to go an entire weekday without seeing at least one person from my high school while walking to or from classes, but I'd like to break the stigma that this is a bad thing!

Gen-Ed's I Recommend: Sociology 222 "The Family"

University of Massachusetts students discussing their course

"The Family" is a 4-credit class that meets the College of Social & Behavioral Science (SBS) and United States Diversity (U/DU) requirements. While it is a 200-level class, there are no pre-requisites so you do not need to have taken a previous sociology class to enroll. Don't let the 200-level scare you, though! It is actually a significantly less demanding course than the 100-level sociology class I took to meet my requirements last year. There are only three non-cumulative exams, and they are strictly in multiple choice and true/false format. To make it even easier, the professor provides a detailed study guide so you know exactly what to expect on the exam! The other portion of your grade is made up by six one-page reading reflections. Eight are assigned, but only the top six grades are input into your final score, so you can choose to do only six or you have two buffer assignments to help make up for a grade you were'nt happy with. 

How to Feel Festive at UMass: Halloween Edition

Decorated pumpkins

It might be cold enough to trick (or treat, ba dum tss) us into thinking it's already December, but it's only mid-October, which means Halloween is right around the corner! I've never been super into Halloween personally, but I'll jump at any chance to decorate, which means I've had festive Halloween-themed decorations in my dorm for weeks now. Here are some of the fun, easy things you can do at UMass to get in the Halloween spirit:

We Have a Target. Enough Said.

UMass students in target

Like many college students, I unapologetically love Target. Luckily, there is a Target located a mere 2 miles from campus so UMass students never have to live without it! If you're lucky enough to have made friends with someone who owns a car, it's a five-minute drive, but you can just as easily get there using the PVTA bus system. 

Why I Chose UMass

Umass Amherst students walking on campus in the fall. Text: "Why I Chose UMass - Finding a place to call home

As an in-state student, it is pretty easy to guess some of the reasons why I chose to join the UMass family. Amherst is within driving distance from home; I was already comfortable and familiar with western Massachusetts since I have family out here; and, of course, nothing beats in-state tuition. However, as nice as it would have been, my college application process was not as straightforward as immediately knowing I wanted to go to UMass after my first visit.

A Picky Eater's Guide to UMass Dining

Eating at Blue Wall in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center

As a life-long picky eater, one of the things that concerned me most about the transition from high school to college life was the campus food. From personal experience, it can be intimidating enough trying to figure out where everything is located in the dining halls, so factoring in searching for something you're actually willing to eat can make the learning curve slightly harder during your first few weeks.