Four HFA Students Featured in UMass Amherst Senior Series
Four graduating seniors from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts were featured in the 2023 UMass Amherst Senior Series, which celebrates students who achieved their goals, inspired others, and make the UMass community proud. The series began in 2018 as a way to highlight graduating students and share their stories.
Julia Derocher '23
Italian Studies Major
If I could talk to freshman Julia I would give her a hug and tell her to trust her heart because no one knows what she needs better than she does.
Emma Holtz '23
History of Art and Architecture Major
My professors in the Art History department inspire me every day to be the best person I can be. I am extremely fortunate to be part of a smaller department where I know my professors personally and know they want to see me excel. When it comes to both my studies here at UMass and my life after graduation, they are always ready with advice, recommendations, and support. I would not be where I am today without their guidance!
Chelsea Staub '23
Art History Major
I'm most proud of my accomplishment in returning to school and finishing my undergraduate degree here at UMass. After dropping out of college in 2009, I never thought I'd have the opportunity or skillset to continue with my education. Overcoming these beliefs and applying to UMass allowed me to embark on a new path and unlock my potential. My success in achieving my academic goals stems from the constant support and guidance from my professors and advisors whose kindness, wisdom, and trust have empowered me, helping me to step into the best version of myself.
Chloe Ostiguy '23
I'm so happy to have chosen linguistics as my major—with UMass's linguistics department being one of the best in the world. I love learning about language (and dialects in particular). We all have some sort of experience with linguistics, whether we know it or not, and it's so interesting to be able to validate people's experiences with language using scientific research.