36 Questions I Have For UMass Amherst

36 Questions I Have For UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, we're all behind you.

With it being early days of a new year, it is a good time to do some reflection. Thinking about my life, where I go to school -- the University Of Massachusetts, Amherst -- popped into my head quite a bit, and well, I have a lot of questions that I would like answered, just like students at other universities do.

Don't get me wrong, UMass. I love our campus and all, but I am afraid there are still a few unanswered questions I've had since becoming a student here.

Such as...

1. Was the floor plan of Morrill Science Center created by Satan himself?

2. Why is the food in Southwest significantly better than the food in Central and Northeast? Don't get me wrong, dining overall is truly #1 in the nation, but why the disparity between cafeteria locations?

3. How does Eduroam always manage to crash at the exact moment I'm doing my online math homework?

4. Has anyone ever considered installing a built-in slide on Orchard Hill?

5. Did W.E.B. du Bois personally approve of the exterior design of the library? It could be a lot more aesthetically pleasing.

6. Why is our winter break longer than other schools'? I've been ready to go back for two weeks now.

7. What is the point of having overly specific course registration periods?

8. What's up with the random wind tunnels everywhere?

9. Why isn't Blue Wall open for Late Night?

10. Who thought of the idea of placing Newman Catholic Center directly next to Theta Chi? I've always wondered about that as I walk past a church, then a frat.

11. Considering the fact that half the UMass population claims to be from Boston (which I actually am, by the way), why isn't there an on-campus Dunkies?

12. Why doesn't my "smart" TV work in the dorms? I'd just like to stream Netflix on a bigger screen than my MacBook.

13. Who thought of the idea of adding 'a tobacco-free campus' to the welcome signs? For whatever reason, a lot of people get a kick out of that.

14. Why aren't there duck food dispensers next to the pond so we can feed the duckies?

15. Why aren't "maroon Mondays" enforced better?

16. What is the hourly rate for someone who dresses up as Sam the Minuteman on a hot summer's day?

17. Why can't there be air conditioning in every dorm?

18. Why isn't there a playground of some sort on Haigis Mall?

19. Why aren't there elevators in every dorm for move-in day purposes?

20. Why is the Rec Center such a hike from some dorms? Shouldn't that be made more accessible for the cold winter mornings or rainy nights?

21. Who thought to build the underground tunnel between the Student Union and Campus Center? Why wasn't the library included in that plan?

22. How do large tour groups always manage to block access to the library elevators during the afternoon, one of the busiest times to study?

23. Why can't students ice skate on the pond?

24. Why is the footbridge near the pond built for one-way traffic?

25. Why can't the Conservatory be open 24/7?

26. Why can't the other academic buildings become even remotely as nice as Isenberg, the ILC, and Life Sciences building?

27. Why are the radiators overly aggressive during the winter? Why can't students adjust the heat in their rooms to their likings?

28. Why is University Health Services not in a more central location?

29. Has anyone ever wondered as to why the fire alarms go off multiple times a week in certain dorms? Just a thought.

30. Why are therapy dogs only available to play with during midterms and finals weeks? This needs to be year-round.

31. Why does campus always seem to flood a little bit during a rain storm?

32. Why aren't there more than five washers and dryers in some dorms?

33. Why aren't there sleds available to rent for snow days? Treys only go so fast.

34. Why are the sunsets always so picture-perfect?

35. Why am I so eager to go back to school during a relaxing break? It wasn't but a month ago I would give anything to leave you. I can't quit you, UMass.

And finally...

36. How did we all end up with such an amazing school to be proud of?

If anyone-- admin, the student body, random bystander-- can answer any or all of these questions, it would be greatly appreciated.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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5 Ways To Make The Most Of Each Day

Don't wait until tomorrow to start


Checking off everything on your to-do list is easier said than done. It requires commitment, but above all, it requires creating healthy habits. It does not matter if you are a student, in the workforce, or even a stay at home parent. Who doesn't want to be productive and make the most of their day? It takes practice and you can't change overnight. I put together the top 5 tips to be the best version of yourself each and every day.

1. Morning time = YOUR time.

Each morning you wake up, focus on what you want to accomplish that day. Don't just open Instagram and mindlessly scroll through all the pictures of the people that you probably barely like. As soon as you wake up, drink a huge glass of water, take your personal time to wake up and think about how you want to tackle your day. Even if your goal is to watch as much Netflix as possible, at least you have a goal with a plan. This also is where it pays off to have a calendar to keep track of your future plans.

2. Don't try to do so much at once.

Stop trying to do a million things at once. This inevitably raises your stress and counteracts the whole concept of being productive because you're just too overwhelmed. It is much more efficient to take on one task at a time and finish it with the most effort you can give. You will feel like you have accomplished more when everything isn't half-assed.

3. Pray.

You can't do this thing called life on your own... We aren't meant too. Look to him when you need that boost in your day. God will bring good things your way.

4. Get a good sweat sesh in.

It is proven over and over again that a daily habit of exercising increases your health, happiness, and overall being. Exercise can actually give you more energy, as crazy as that sounds. When you sit around all day, don't you feel more tired? Maybe even sore? Go to the gym for even 30 minutes and you can change your entire mindset throughout the day.

5. Be present with other.

I know I put this last, but this is an example of saving the best for last. I can not stress enough how important it is to be present with the people around you, in public and private. Put away down things that distract you. There is a big world out there. Engage in conversations with others around you. People will remember how you make them feel, positive or negative.

Your life is simply days following days. It is up to you to decide if you enjoy those days or barely survive those days. In the end, the life we choose to live is determined by the choices that we make each and every day. Begin each day by doing something different, big or small, and watch your life change.

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