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.