What is agency? It's about taking control of your academic journey, understanding the power of your choices, and being intentional with how you invest your time and energy. Here's why it matters:

  • Charting Your Course: College isn't a one-size-fits-all experience. By taking ownership of your education, you can explore your interests, discover hidden talents, and shape your academic path based on your goals.

  • Building a Strong Skillset: College isn't just about grades. It's about developing the skills employers seek. Be intentional! Look for opportunities beyond the classroom to hone critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills – all essential for future success.

  • Owning Your Success (and Challenges): Taking responsibility for your choices empowers you to navigate challenges and celebrate victories. You'll build resilience and confidence, key ingredients for lifelong success.

So, how do you start flexing your agency muscles?

  • Explore: Don't be afraid to try new classes, attend guest lectures, or participate in research projects. This exploration helps you discover your academic passions and strengths.

  • Get Involved: Join clubs, volunteer, or seek internship opportunities. These experiences not only build your resume but also help you develop valuable skills and connect with like-minded individuals.

  • Seek Guidance: Talk to professors, advisors, and career counselors. They're there to support you and help you navigate the vast resources available at UMass Amherst.

Remember, your college experience is, in part, what you make it. By embracing your agency, you become the architect of your success story. UMass Amherst is here to empower you on your journey. Take charge, explore your options, and make the most of every opportunity!

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