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Tori is a senior accounting major at UMass with a flare for creativity and shenanigans. In her free time, she teaches Broga® and works at a career center on-campus. After graduation she will be joining PwC in Boston as a tax associate. 

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Looking Back Fondly at UMass

Eating by the pond at University of Massachusetts

As it turns out, everyone was right. Time at UMass flies by. I never thought I’d be writing my last blog post during my final days on this campus. It seems like yesterday that I was moving into a dorm and nervous about meeting my roommate. Looking back at UMass, particular memories are so important and special to me. However, I never realized it at the time. Therefore, as a parting senior, I would love to share some of these beautiful moments in the hopes that an underclassman will be able to appreciate them in the time they have.

Summer Vacation: Keeping in Touch

University of Massachusetts students sitting around a picnic table

One of the best aspects of college is that you get to see your friends every day. However, it can be tricky to keep in touch with everyone when you are no longer living right next to them! During summer break, everyone retreats back to their hometowns, and it can be strange to no longer see your best friends all the time. For this reason, it is important to have a reunion at some point over the summer. The cause? A surprise party! Odds are, somebody in your friend group has a summer birthday, and there's no better excuse to see everyone than a secret birthday-palooza! 

Living Off Campus at UMass Amherst

Students holding UMass pennants

Your living arrangements in college can have a massive impact on your overall experience. I personally loved living on campus, as I had easy access to the dining halls, and my classes were only a few minutes away. However, as the years went on more and more of my friends started to live off campus. Upperclassmen can live on or off campus, but my friends and I were determined to have our own house senior year.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Unusual Clubs at UMass

Dubois library at UMass Amherst

On any tour of UMass Amherst you will hear the guide rattle off some incredibly bizarre sounding clubs that are offered on campus. The tour group will laugh, students reflect on how cool UMass must be, and then the tour will move on to a more in-depth discussion on housing availability for freshmen. However, how many UMass undergrads have actually experienced these bizarre clubs?

New to Isenberg? Here Are Some Things to Know

Students in front of Isenberg school of management

Whether you are a freshman or an on-campus transfer (also known as an "internal transfer"), being new to the Isenberg School of Management at UMass is an exciting experience. I switched into Isenberg my sophomore year and was baffled by how different the business school was from other colleges on campus. Below, I’m going to delineate some of the must-know things about Isenberg for any student considering business.

Must-Take Classes at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst in the winter

Amidst all the delightfully difficult classes you will take in college, sometimes you will stumble upon an incredibly fun one! Whether you’re trying to check off gen-ed requirements or just want to get credit for having fun, UMass Amherst gives students the opportunity to make some incredible memories. Below are five of my top recommendations for must-take classes that are guaranteed to broaden your horizons.

Keeping the Door Open

Hanging in the Quad with Friends at the University of Massachusetts

As a freshman, you will repeatedly hear people telling you to keep your dorm room door open to make friends. Of course, as a young and totally cool college student you may be tempted to ignore this advice. However, I swear it is not just some tall tale they tell freshmen to convince them that making friends is easy. I have personally found that keeping the door open, both literally and conceptually, has helped me make friends in college.

How to Beat Homesickness at UMass

UMass students and a snowman

My first semester of college was rough, I can't lie. While I made great friends and took intresting classes, I couldn’t shake the constant feeling of loneliness and homesickness. For me, the feeling of homesickness was like having a constant knot in my stomach and feeling perpetually stressed out. I missed the way things were in high school; I missed my close friends, the team pasta parties, the monotonous class schedule, and the comfortable feeling of knowing exactly what to expect.