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Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Gina Vitale

Posted by Gina Vitale on Apr 13, 2016 3:30:00 AM

 

Bio:

Hello sweet babes! 

I'm Gina and I'm from Shrewsbury, MA. I'm a rising Junior here at UMass Amherst in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS). My major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and I am also pursuing a Chinese language minor. In my free time I participate in the Chinese Conversation Club, Biochem club, and WMUA, the campus radio station, where my roommate and I will hopefully host a weekly show this summer! I also work for the campus sustainability department as a Minute Rider where I ride a bike around campus and pick up compost from various staff rooms. The best part about UMass is that you can use your UCard debit to buy Antonio's. I'm super psyched to spend my summer in Amherst with all of you! My goals are to sunbathe, swim, read, speak Chinese, fish, learn to skateboard and make lots of friends (not limited to humans) :~)
 
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Topics: 2016, Jump!, PAs

Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Symone Green

Posted by Symone Green on Apr 11, 2016 2:49:00 PM

 

Bio:

Hey! I’m Symone and I will be a Sophomore here at UMass this upcoming fall. I’m an English major and a Education/Linguistics minor (I’m not quite sure yet). I do know that I plan on using my degree to teach English as a Second Language. I came to UMass undeclared, but I got involved with ESL instruction through UMass’ wide variety of community service opportunities, and have been in love with it since. I am also a member of the Not Ready for Bedtime Players, a comedy troupe on campus that focuses on sexual health education. My favorite part about Umass is its wide variety of activities. From RSO events to Intramural Sports, there’s always something fun going on to participate in. I’m looking forward to seeing what Amherst/Northampton has to offer this summer, from tea shops to live music and art events that happen right here in Western Mass!

 

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, Jump!, PAs

Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Graham Sahagian

Posted by Graham Sahagian on Apr 9, 2016 2:30:00 PM
 
 
 
Bio:
 
Hey ya'll, My name's Graham and I'm a rising Junior  Finance and (Mandarin) Chinese Language double major.  It's my 4th semester working at  Greeno, one of seven cooperatively run student businesses here at UMass. Did you know UMass Amherst has the most student business of any college in America? One of the best things about UMass is the colours it displays during Autumn, cant. freakin. wait. I also host a radio show each week during the school year on 91.1 WMUA, our college's radio voice. I'm amped to speak some Chinese this summer and for my skin to turn golden brown again. Playing and writing music is something I love doing  so when i'm not outside I'll probably be in my DIY studio. 
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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, Jump!, PAs

Top 8 Places to Eat in Amherst

Posted by Brock Parent on Apr 8, 2016 4:57:02 PM

INTRODUCTION:

Lily's fantastic post about the best sandwiches on campus last week got me thinking - what are all of the other amazing places to eat (sandwich-shops included) that are not on campus but scattered throughout downtown Amherst? Considering we are consistently ranked among the top college towns in the country, with a large portion of that coming from the terrific restaurants in town, an expert's take (mine) on the best places to eat in town seemed warranted for the readers of this blog who will soon be frolicking (and eating) all throughout town. Ranking them will be incredibly difficult, but in the name of your stomach and happiness I would highly recommend checking out each of these local joints!

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Topics: 2016

Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Maddie Stump

Posted by Maddie Stump on Apr 7, 2016 2:52:03 PM

Bio:

I'm currently pursuing a double major in Public Health and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) as well as Five College Certificates in Queer and Sexuality Studies and Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice. On campus I'm currently involved with a student organization called Gender Liberation UMass which is a group of student activists working with and without the university's administration to promote the rights of transgender students on campus. 

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Topics: 2016, summer, Jump!, PAs

7 Things You Absolutely Must Do During Your First Pioneer Valley Summer

Posted by Lily Cigale on Apr 5, 2016 4:18:40 PM

INTRODUCTION:

When I was a senior in High School, the Jump! program for incoming UMass undergraduates didn't exist, so I had to wait until after my Freshman year to experience my first summer in The Valley. Now that the Jump! program is established and growing, there's a chance for UMass students to spend a summer in the area before even starting their freshman year. I have to say, I definitely didn't feel completely comfortable and at home here until I spent the summer. There’s something about being in The Valley when you don’t have classes that really makes you realize: this is my home, this is where I live. I’m so excited for the incoming class of 2020 to be able to feel at home by the time they begin their freshman year! If you’re thinking of spending your summer with us in the Jump! program, here is a list of things you absolutely have to do this summer!

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Topics: UMass Amherst, summer, Jump!

Jump! Local Adventures: Mass MoCA

Posted by Lily Cigale on Mar 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For me, summer is always a time of creativity. You're out of classes and don't have to worry about grades or deadlines, so your brain is free to explore and create. Summer is the time when we love to read big novels, travel to beautiful places, grow colorful flowers, and maybe try our hand at a type of art we haven't tried before.

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Topics: 2015, UMass Amherst, 2016, summer, Jump!

Jump! Academics: Honors 201, Ideas That Change The World

Posted by Brock Parent on Mar 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

One of my favorite courses that I have taken at UMass, and the one that actually led to my job with UMass Summer, is Honors 201: Ideas That Change The World. Honors 201 is an introductory honors requirement that challenges students to think critically about our world and the profound ideas that shaped it. A close connection is maintained in the course between the concept of the historical innovator and the concept of the student as potential creator. All students in the Jump! program for incoming undergraduates will take this course over the summer, so I wanted to articulate my experience in the course, the ways it shaped my personal growth and development, and shed a light on the professors who will actually be teaching the Jump! sections of Honors 201 this summer.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016, Jump!

Top 8 Sandwiches on UMass Amherst's Campus

Posted by Lily Cigale on Mar 24, 2016 2:23:58 PM

INTRODUCTION:

One of the best things about going to UMass Amherst is eating at UMass Amherst. We've been ranked number two nationally for best campus food by the Princeton Review (number one in my heart and belly). When you're a full time student, and busy with work and extracurriculars, it can be hard to find time to sit down and eat a meal, but luckily UMass offers a wide variety of sandwiches for you to scoop up and take on the go! Here are the top sandwiches that I've bitten into during my years at UMass.

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Top 5 Classes I've taken at UMass Amherst (In No Particular Order)

Posted by Lily Cigale on Mar 22, 2016 3:58:16 PM

INTRODUCTION:

I am nearing the end of my Sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and facing the scary truth that I am nearly half done with college, nearly half of the way to graduating. Wow. I can still clearly remember the stress, nervous excitement, and freedom that I was feeling as I applied to schools over two years ago, it really doesn't seem that far away. When I was 17 I could never have imagined the ways that college would shape the person I am becoming, but as I look back on my first couple of years, I can pinpoint specific classes that widened my mind and made me a better learner and person.

I am interested in community health education, understanding and correcting health inequities, and incorporating traditional herbal healing methods into modern medicine. These are interests that I never knew I had, because I was never able to explore them in high school. But UMass gave me the chance to take classes that introduced me to the things I am passionate about and the work I am good at doing. I'm not saying that you will develop these same interests, of course not! What I'm saying is that college will expose you to new things and that you will find new passions and skills that you never even knew you had.

If you choose to participate in the Jump! program for incoming UMass undergraduates or in one of our many pre-college programs for high schoolers, you will get a good idea of what college academics are like. I want to tell you about some of my favorite UMass classes and get you excited for the endless possibilities that you will experience when you come to college, wherever you go!

1. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 187: Gender, Sexuality and Culture with Professor Alexandrina Deschamps

This was one of the first classes I took at UMass and I still think about it all the time. I was lucky enough to enroll in this class when it was taught by Dr. Alexandrina Deschamps, a distinguished faculty member and the Associate Dean of recruitment and diversity for the Commonwealth Honors college. I had been considering myself a feminist for a while at this point but I didn't know exactly what that meant. This class showed me that the experiences that I have as a woman can be turned into theory to form solidarity and build relationships. I realized the power that I had as a woman and as a student. Further, I got the chance to get to know Professor Deschamps on an academic and personal level. Building relationships with your professors is very important, but it's also fun! Professor Deschamps is an amazing resource and friend to have on campus.

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