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Maddie Bottasso

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Hi, my name is Maddie Bottasso and I am currently a sophomore Marketing and Communication double major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I'm from a small town in central Massachusetts with a graduating class of only 95 people, so coming to a college with 23,000 undergraduates was definitely a big change! I am very interested in marketing through digital and social media, and photography and video. I am super excited to learn more and share my story as an intern with the Undergraduate Admissions Office this year. 

Where do you live on campus?

I live in the Southwest residential area on campus in a double room. Southwest is sometimes referred to as the "city" within our campus because of the five tall high-rise towers and the large amount of students that are housed in this one compact area. I love living in Southwest because two of the dining halls, Berkshire (my favorite dining hall) and Hampshire, are located right here in Southwest right next to my dorm. It is also just a quick walk to class, the library, and the rec center, which is very convenient. There is a sense of independent I get from living on my own in my residence area, but at the same time a sense of community and respect for everyone living around me.

What's the most interesting class you've taken at UMass and why?

Two very interesting classes I have taken at UMass so far have been Communication 121 and Statistics 240.  I took Communication 121: Intro to Media and Culture first semester of my freshman year, and it really helped to give me clarity on what I would like to study for the next four years. I found it very interesting to learn about different types of digital media and how these types of media affect the society that we live in. From radio and TV, to social media, each form of digital media impacts us in every aspect of our lives, sometimes in ways we don't even realize. I took Statistics 240: Into to Statistics first semester my sophomore year and it has been one of the most informative and beneficial classes I have taken here. I learned a lot about data analysis and the different methods of conducting data research. I think these will be very helpful skills for whatever career I have in the future.

My Content

UMass Then and Now

University of Massachusetts student and her parents (both UMass alums) standing outside with the Old Chapel and the library in the background. Text: UMass Then and Now

If I took a time machine back about 30 years I would recognize some very familiar faces walking the same streets of UMass that I walk today. Two of these being my own parents! Both of my parents were undergraduates at UMass Amherst in the early '90s, where they met and graduated with degrees in education and engineering. 

Life in a RAP!

Southwest Towers at UMass Amherst. Text: Life in a RAP (Residential Acadenic Program)

When I attended New Student Orientation the summer before my freshman year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst I heard people talking about being in a RAP (no not the genre of music). A RAP at UMass stands for a Residential Academic Program, and it is a popular program for freshman. A RAP allows you to choose the exact building you will live in your first year on campus and take one class first semester with a group of people who live on your floor who have the same major or similar interests as you.

Club Culture: UMass Dance Company

UMass Dance Company Performing at UFest

UMass Dance Company

The UMass Dance Company is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) on campus dedicated to bringing together experienced dancers who are looking for something fun and easygoing, but also willing to put in time and commitment to work hard on their dances. The UMass Dance Company is completely student run, showcasing all student-made choreography. We spoke to Olivia, a sophomore member of the company, about why she's so happy to be a part of such an amazing group of dancers and people.