Best Places to Study On and Off Campus

    You can probably imagine how difficult it can be to find a quiet place to study with about 30,000 students around who are also trying to find a study spot. Here is some insider information on the best study spots on and off campus at UMass Amherst. I usually pick places that have easy access to food because it's more convenient, especially if you're planning on studying for hours. There are a lot of great options for a study space on campus, but in the end, we all have different preferences and it's important that you find what works best for you.

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    A Day in the Life of an Undergraduate Psychology Student at UMass Amherst

    Every day is a little different with different classes and deadlines to keep up with so it is very important to plan ahead. One way to plan ahead is to keep a planner to jot down all the major deadlines and assigning yourself a reasonable amount of work to do each day to finish on time. Personally, I like to keep 3 planners, which may seem a bit excessive but it works well for me; I have one planner that includes the tasks I need to accomplish each day, one for planning my day hour by hour, and my monthly planner is for keeping track of important dates and deadlines. For others, using the calendar app on their phone may be just enough to stay on schedule. Everyone has their own preference and I would encourage everyone to find what works best for them. 

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    Introducing the New Face of the Summer Programs Office

    Today we are introducing a new staff member here at UMass Summer Programs, Winnie Ching. Winnie is working on all things summer, and will be writing a series of new blog posts about student life at UMass Amherst. Below she answers our pressing questions about studying at UMass.


    Hello friends! My name is Winnie and I am a senior at UMass Amherst majoring in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Throughout my years at UMass, my increasing interest in the relationship between brain and behavior and passion for helping others made me realize that I want to pursue medical school in the near future. I am also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, which allowed me to work more closely with my professors and to conduct my honors thesis.

    Within psychology, I am conducting my own research project in visual cognition to answer questions on the effects of verbal encoding on visual search tasks. In order to answer these questions, I track eye movements to better understand how often participants fixate on particular search items.

    During the school year, I also peer advise in the Psychological and Brain Sciences advising office and have the wonderful opportunity to get to know my peers and talk about our goals and aspirations. I am also the Treasurer for Nu Rho Psi, a national neuroscience society where we educate students more on the brain and also building connections with people who share the similar interests.

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