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Hello, my name is Jonathan Lang! I am a senior here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst double majoring in Operation and Information Management and Economics; I am also minoring in Biology. In my free time I enjoy golfing, going to the Recreation Center, and working on personal entrepreneurial projects. My first two years as a UMass undergraduate I lived in the Northeast and Southwest areas on campus, but for these last two years I have lived off campus in a house. If I were to describe my experience at UMass in one word, it would be engaging, because there are always opportunities social, academically, and professionally. 

Why did you choose your major?

I actually started as a Biology major my first two years and decided to transfer into Isenberg. The reason I did this was because the experiences I have gained the first couple of years were more applicable to the business school rather than Biology. Going through this process made me realize that there is plenty of time in your four years at UMass to exactly decide what you want to do. 

I chose Operation and Information Management because it had the most similar way of thinking as Biology. For example, the thing that attracted me to Biology the most was human anatomy and the idea of diagnosing conditions and problems with it. Operation and Information Management, or OIM for short, is a major that encompasses this mindset in the business world. By focusing on supply chain, information system, and data analytics, issues and problems and be identifying and resovlved through OIM.

What's something that most people don't know or wrongly assume about your major?

In terms of my secondary major, Economics, a lot of people consider it to be an easier version of being a student in Isenberg, however this is completely false. Some of the most challenging, yet rewarding, classes I have taken have been for the Economics major. After talking to professors and advisors within the school, I learned that the major itself is very broad and this is beneficial for many professional opportunites. 

What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the Newman Center cafe which is located next to Isenberg. The cafe itself has a delicious breakfast and lunch menu where you can use your dining dollars. On top of this, there is an abundant amount of sitting space to study and do homework. The Newman Center also has its own Wifi Connection if you feel the main campus one to feel a bit slow. Lastly, there are ping pong tables that are free to use if you and your friends ever want to play.

That's a little bit about me but if you have questions feel free to shoot me an email and I will be more than happy to respond. 


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Meet the Major: Economics

University of Massachusetts economics major Laura poses at a historic place

A freshman economics major, Laura Balinski decided to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst because she loved the campus and community atmosphere when she toured as a high school student. Walking around campus, Laura enjoyed seeing other students and how friendly they were, and she also really liked the layout of campus. After her tour of campus, Laura immediately knew she wanted to go to UMass Amherst, and was accepted as an economics major.

Meet the Major: Marketing and Political Science

University of Massachusetts student Lara poses with a friend inside of an over-sized frame that looks like and Instagram post

Lara Pereira is a freshman marketing and political science double major here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. One of the biggest reasons why she decided to attend UMass Amherst was because of the abundance of opportunities and resources the school has to offer. She knew in high school that she wanted to attend a big university that had a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and her previous visits to campus only reinforced the strengths of the UMass Amherst experien

Changing Majors at the University of Massachusetts

Images of business students and biology students at the University of Massachusetts, with the text "Changing Majors at UMass"

Overall, changing majors is an important decision that takes time to fully flesh out. The two challenges are learning more about it and being totally convinced you want to make the switch, and being sure you won’t fall behind if you do switch. However, UMass Amherst does a fantastic job when it comes to ensuring all their students end up in the place they are most happy with.

Intramural Sports at UMass Amherst

Students play soccer on an athletics field at the University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts incredible amount of extracurricular activities is a great attribute for any student who wants to get more involved, make new friends, or just to have fun. Intramural sports is an excellent activity to participate in, especially if you love to exercise or a bit of friendly competition. Here are some things you need to know about intramural sports at UMass Amherst!

Taking Notes in Large Lectures at UMass Amherst

Photo of classroom at the University of Massachusetts with text: Seating Location is Important, Use Online Resources, Ask Questions

For me, one of the biggest changes transitioning from high school to the University of Massachusetts Amherst was the sheer size of the lectures. Freshman year, I was in lectures that had hundreds of students in them; when only a handful of months ago I was used to classrooms of twenty people. When it comes to note taking in a large lecture, it can be challenging at first, but if you follow these tips, excelling in these classes becomes easier! 

Going to Office Hours!

A professor at the University of Massachusetts sits at a desk in an office

One of the best things about going to the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the fact that even though the campus is so big, it’s very easy to make it feel small when you need to. The size of the university gives students a wide array of events, activities, and more, but sometimes there are moments when you want it to feel more personal. I know for me, this was apparent during the classes that were in lecture halls with over 200 students! The best tool that some underclass students don’t utilize enough are office hours. Here are some tips and information all about going!

4 Steps for Writing a Great College Admission Essay

The University of Massachusetts suggests ideas for essays on the Common Application website

Your college essay is something that you should not only be proud of, but also something that you genuinely want to showcase to college admissions offices. The writing piece itself should display your character, goals, and accomplishments. When I was going through the process of writing mine, I struggled because I didn’t think I had a story good enough to tell. However, after really thinking it over, I finally curated a body of words that I am extremely proud of. Here is how I wrote my college essay. 

Looking for a New Study Spot?

UMass Engineering Hub

Are you the kind of person who does most of their schoolwork in the library, ISB or anywhere else on campus? Regardless of where you choose to work, one thing is for certain — you are tired of going to the same exact study spot day after day! As for most students, and especially with finals coming up, everyone is dreading studying. Although I can’t help you with studying for finals, I can surely help you with one thing… Finding a new study spot!

Cheap Ways to Golf in Western Mass

Golf in Belchertown, Massachusetts

As we all know, golfing can be extremely expensive, with most courses charging more than $25 to walk nine holes. However, if you enjoy golfing like I do, and can’t see yourself walking for nine or eighteen holes, a cart and some cheap rates could make your weekends a little more fun. Here are some tips and tricks on how to golf with a cart for around $20.

Summer Housing

A rainy day at UMass

Sometimes students decide to stay at UMass in the summer, whether it is to take summer classes or maybe they got a job or internship in the area. I have numerous friends that have done this in the past and one of the most difficult things is deciding where to live and finding summer housing. Here are some ways to find summer housing, depending on your preferences.

Finals Week: Spring Semester

UMass Campus

Spring semester finals week is approaching and in my opinion it is one of the most stressful and antsy times of the year. One one hand you are so close to summer and total academic freedom, but on the other there are tons of exams and assignments you need to complete. In a situation like this, it can be easy to stress out and befuddle oneself. But this definitely can be avoided so long as you prepare and take care of yourself. Here are somethings I have learned about spring semester finals week from my three years here at UMass.

How to Deal With Hot Days

UMass campus

As the warm weather approaches, one of the worst experience I had freshman year was trying to survive in the dorms when the temperature outside was well above eighty. Although the dorms are nice, truth be told, the weather can make it quite uncomfortable. Here are some tips on how to deal with the spring heat, both in the dorms and around campus.

UMass Students should use Upwork

Screenshot of the Upwork website

Let’s face it, going through college without any source of income isn’t fun. Sure, you can get an on-campus job or find a job off campus, but both require you to have free time in your schedule on a consistent basis and sometimes that isn’t feasible, especially if you are overwhelmed with academics. I was in a similar situation but began to use Upwork, which is a freelancing website that I recommend to any student looking to earn money on their own time. Here are some of the reasons why you should be using Upwork!

The NEW Worcester DC

Exterior of Worcester Dining Commons at UMass Amherst

Freshman year I was in Worcester dining hall every day because I lived right there. So this year when I had learned that they are making a brand new Worcester dining hall, it was bittersweet. The facility had been the spot where I had strengthened many of my freshman-year friendships, or was the place I went when I needed to study for a big exam but was hungry at the same time. However, after I read about what the new Worcester Dining Commons is going to have, I was excited and jealous of the students who are going to experience it because I will have graduated before it opens. Here are some things you need to know about the new Worcester Dining Commons!

Dorm room essentials!

Black fan

Living in a dorm is a brand new experience for most people. It can be daunting and a bit overwhelming at times, but for the most part it is a very valuable and important part of the college lifestyle. With that being said, it is vital that your dorm room is the most comfortable it can be. After two years of living in a dorm, here are some of my tips to make your room as comfortable as possible.

My #1 Tip for College

Exterior of Isenberg School of Management in winter. Text: "My #1 Tip for College"

Your first year at college can be a very intimidating experience because it might be the first time you are totally responsible for yourself. That’s how it was for me. After being at UMass for three years so far, I would like to say that I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and have become a better student, friend, and person. Out of my entire time being here, my number one tip throughout college is to step out of your comfort zone. I know this may sound awkward and a bit confusing, but being uncomfortable throughout college made the entire experience that much more rewarding and memorable. To be a little more organized in my life, I make sure to be uncomfortable academically, socially, and personally.

Pros of Living in Southwest

Southwest residential towers at night

Choosing where to live when you come to UMass is an important decision, because it will be where you spend the majority of your time freshman year. I already wrote a post about what it was like to live in the northeast area of campus, because that is where I lived freshman year. So if you are interested in that, check it out. In this case, I am going to write about southwest, because during my sophomore year at UMass I lived in Patterson Hall, which is located in the southwest region.

Things you HAVE to do as a Freshman!

UMass students walking on campus, with leaves in the foreground. Text: "Things you have to do as a freshman"

Freshman year at UMass is one of the most memorable because you are experiencing everything about campus and the school for the first time. I vividly remember numerous moments from freshman year that I consider to be some of the best highlights of college thus far. There are tons of things everyone should experience their freshman year at UMass Amherst, and here are a handful of those things.

The ISB: A Perfect Place to Study!

Exterior of UMass Integrated Science Building, with melting piles of snow

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has an enormous campus that will definitely take more than one day to explore. Although the library is the hottest spot to study and get homework done, there are tons of other places scattered throughout campus that are just as good, maybe even better, for those long study sessions. One of my favorite places to go is the Integrated Science Building, located in the northeast area of campus. Here are some of the reasons why the ISB is an excellent place to get stuff done:

Choosing a Roommate for Freshman Year

Two UMass students at homecoming. Text: "Who Will I Live With? - Tips for finding the perfect roommate"
Having a roommate freshman year is part of the UMass experience, and it’ll be the first time a lot of students are away from home and are living with someone who isn’t their family. I was quite nervous about what I was going to do for a roommate but ultimately decided to room with a childhood friend. There are many ways to find potential roommates, and you shouldn’t be nervous or anxious when finally living with one. Here are some those ways and the benefits of each.

Common Mistakes Freshmen Should Avoid

UMass Amherst students walking in winter. Text: "Freshman Follies - Mistakes to avoid during your first year of college

Starting college is one of the most exciting times of any student’s life because it is the beginning of a brand new chapter. You're finally off on your own without your parents to tell you what to do, and your success is entirely dependent on you. It may seem intimidating at first, but it’s an unforgettable experience that will allow any individual to mature and grow. With that being said, here are some common mistakes all UMass freshmen should avoid.

My Personal Hobby at UMass

Computer screen with iMovie open

One of my absolute favorite things to do at UMass is to film funny and memorable moments I have with my friends. A lot of people say that your four years in college are some of the best ones of your life. Now that I am more than halfway through them, I can say that they've been the best years of my life thus far. The reason why I like to film the funny moments I have at UMass is because then they are forever solidified.

3-Day Weekends At UMass!

Cars in parking lot, with UMass Southwest towers in the distance

Sometimes during the school year, you just need a break, and that’s what three-day weekends are perfect for. Throughout the academic year, there are a handful of Mondays everyone gets off because of various holidays, and they are an excellent way to get your bearings after going nonstop with tons of school work. Here are some ways to take advantage of those three-day weekends.

MullinsLive! 2019

MullinsLive promotional graphic

This year UMass will hold the 5th-annual MullinsLive! concert, and many students, myself included, are very excited to attend the event. The university manages to get top performers to come to the Mullins Center. This year is no exception. Future, Ty Dolla $ign and Gunna are set to arrive on March 2nd. In addition, the school’s very own DJ KaiKai will keep the music going each time the sets change between performers.

How to Make Friends at UMass: Second Semester

WEB Dubois Library and Old Chapel in winter, against a bright blue sky

The second semester at UMass is the perfect time to accomplish all that you wanted that you didn’t get around to the first semester. By already knowing the ins and outs of UMass and being comfortable in the environment, it’s a lot easier to try new things. Freshman year first semester,I wish I had made more friends and reached outside of my already established friend group. Going into my second semester, I made this my social goal and accomplished it above and beyond! Here are some ways to make friends during the second semester.

Getting an On-Campus Job!

Isenberg School of Management building on a sunny winter day

If you are low on cash or need a source of income throughout the school year, getting an on-campus job is definitely on your to-do list. Whether you have a work study or not, getting an on-campus job is possible, and positions can be found throughout the entire campus. Here are some steps to follow, if you are looking for a job at UMass, and the perks to having one!

Why Watching the Super Bowl at UMass is Great!

Close up of New England Patriots logo on a grey T-shirt
UMass Amherst is one of the biggest schools in Massachusetts, so when the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl, it’s no surprise that excitement buzzes throughout the winter air in anticipation for the big game. Being at school while the popular event takes place has its advantages, even for those who aren’t head-over-heels about football. Here are some of the reasons why watching the Super Bowl at UMass is great.

Newman Center: The Perfect Place to Study

Newman Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst has tons of places to study, but an overlooked place that not every student knows about is the Newman Center, which is located right next to the Isenberg School of Management. I wish that I had known about this facility as a freshman because now I go there to study and get work done on a weekly basis. Here are some of the reasons why the Newman Center is the perfect location to study.

How to Deal With Winter Weather at UMass

Winter at UMass Amherst

We're moving into that time of year now when snow becomes fairly common. When I first came to UMass, I didn’t realize how unprepared I was to face the snowstorms that we can experience here in Amherst. Even though I am from the area, my winter gear was still back home. Having experienced the best and worst firsthand, I'm here to offer some helpful tips to make it through those UMass snow days.

Thanksgiving Break: The Perfect Time to Reset

Colorful fall foliage

To me, being a student at UMass is a full-time job. Between balancing my academics, social life, a healthy lifestyle, and focusing on getting an internship, there is rarely time for complete relaxation and aloneness. The days go by so fast, and the weeks even faster. It seems like only yesterday where I was attending my first lecture and going over the syllabus. With Thanksgiving break coming up, it is the perfect time for students to hit that reset button and relax. Here are some of the things all students should do during their week off of school (I know I will be!).

How to Succeed in Large Lectures

UMass lecture hall with a class in session. Text: "How to succeed in large lectures."

Going into freshman year, I knew that the introductory lectures were going to be big, but actually attending them was an entirely different story. Coming from a rather small high school, the 400 to 500 students paying attention to one professor was a bit overwhelming. There is definitely a learning curve on how to get the most out of these lectures, and here are some tips that will help you do exactly that.

Hidden Gem: The Digital Media Lab

Looking up at the UMass library

What I love about UMass is that it offers a ton of free academic resources on campus for every student. If you can think of it, there’s likely a place on campus you can find it. One of my favorite places and resources to use is the Digital Media Lab. In my classes, there are often projects or extra credit opportunities to create a video. Sometimes I just want to use some high-end equipment and create my own videos. Regardless, the Digital Media Lab is the perfect place for this. Conveniently located on the third floor of the library, the Digital Media Lab has awesome equipment you can use for free.

A Hidden Gem: The Quarters in Hadley

The Quarters video game parlor

UMass Amherst’s location is perfect for college students because there is so much to do around the area. Between nearby Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst itself, there are dozens of places to eat and shop. However, you might want to do something else with your friends sometimes. One of the hidden gems that not many students know about is The Quarters, which is located roughly 10-15 minutes from campus in nearby Hadley.

Should You Minor in Something at UMass?

Umass student standing at a whiteboard. Text: "Minor Considerations - Find a new passion and gain a new skill

The University of Massachusetts is known for its wide array of majors and academic programs. While UMass has more than 100 majors, it also has a variety of minors. But should you add a minor to your major? To me, the answer is easy. Minoring in an area of study can actually be a invigorating and wholesome experience. Here are a few of the reasons why you should also pursue a minor at UMass Amherst.

How to Get An Internship At UMass: Isenberg Edition!

Exterior of the Isenberg School of Management

Getting an internship as a business student can be one of the most valuable things to do during your time at college. Not only do you get to gain real world experience in what it is you are interested in, but you also get to network and learn even more about yourself and the field you are studying. Some internships can certainly be selective, but luckily, there are dozens of resources you can use to help you get that summer gig you have always wanted!

No Idea What You Want to Study? No Worries!

Isenberg Undergraduate Student Services at the University of Massachusetts

Are you unsure what you want to study at the University of Massachusetts? If so, you just joined probably a quarter of incoming students every year at UMass Amherst (or any institution). Plenty of students freak out when not knowing what they want to do, and in some cases those fears only grow more intense when the student changes majors after a year or two in college. If you're one of those students, relax! We are fortunate here to have wonderful faculty and staff to assist you in finding your academic passions.