Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Lily Cigale

    Hi pals! My name is Lil and I am a BDIC (Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration) major here at UMass Amherst. My concentration is in social justice and holistic herbal healing and I'm really interested in the ways that earth-based healing practices and spirituality can be used to disrupt oppressive narratives and systems. I am from Westchester, New York but Western Massachusetts has become my home over the past few years.

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    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Brock Parent

    Hey friends!! My name is Brock and I am one of the two Program Coordinators for Jump! 2016. Last summer, myself and my amazing partner Lily were the only two undergraduate staff members working on the Jump! program, but this year we are beyond excited to continue organizing the program with the help of our 8 new Program Assistants to provide you all with a dynamic, fun summer that grounds you in our community and eases your transition into college life. 

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    Jump! 2016: Introducing Sean (Hoatian) Gao

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    Hello! I’m Sean and I will be a Sophomore student next semester. I’m an Economics major and will also major in Architecture & Design this fall. I am a one hundred percent Chinese, so English is definitely my second language. In most times, I’m back and forth between my dorm room and my classrooms, but this semester I started to work in Worcester Dining Commons during my spare time. I am an art person, indeed my life fills with arts. One thing I prefer about UMass more than any other universities is that the material offering is wonderful. You can explore numerous places in the Fine Art Center and the Du Bois Library. I believe this summer will be one of the most unforgettable summers I have ever experienced, since it will offer lots of opportunities for me to know new friends and share my experience with them. Moreover I believe the activities held by this program will absolutely provide each of the participants a wonderful summer.

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    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Yanni Lan


     
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    Hi all, my name is Yanni and I’m a rising Sophomore Economics major, and maybe I'll be a business major in the future. I was a participant last year in the Jump! program just like you guys, I can definitely tell you, what you get is more than just classes! I am from China, and I came to the U.S. for college. I love travelling and trying new things, maybe that’s one of the reasons I chose to study abroad. Finding good food is always my priority. Looking for good restaurants around our school? Ask me! One of best things about UMASS is the New Student Orientation. Don’t miss it. It is a huge event that helps you get involved with our school and make new friends though various activities! UMASS’s food is very good, too. Each Dining Common has its own special dishes, you should try them all. I am here to help you have an amazing summer experience, and get ready for the first year of UMASS!
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    Jump 2016 Staff: Introducing Manan Vakta


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    Hii!!!! My name's Manan and I will be a senior starting fall 2016. I am a transfer student from India and have just completed my first year of schooling in America. I am a computer science major and I want to get into game development after graduation. I am a member of a sex education theater troupe called The Not Ready For Bedtime Players, and a Hindi - English acapella group ( I love acting and singing if that wasn't obvious). I have thoroughly enjoyed being at UMass, the endless stream of activities that happen everywhere on campus keeps things fresh and are always fun. BTW did I mention I love gaming above all other things !!! I'm an avid gamer and play games like DoTA 2, CS GO, WOW, etc etc. I'm looking forward to having a warm and enjoyable summer :D. 

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    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Nicky Ozorowski

     

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    Hey everyone! My name is Nicky and I’m a rising junior at UMass studying Anthropology and Decolonial Studies (a self-constructed BDIC area of study.) When i’m not in class or writing what seems to be an endless number of papers, you can find me on the track or on the trails as the Vice President of UMass Club Running - our university’s club Cross Country and Track & Field program. Additionally, I’m a Student Ambassador for the Commonwealth Honors College were I inform prospective UMass students about CHC and the UMass system writ-large.  

     

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    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Symone Green

     

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    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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    Jump! 2016 Staff: Introducing Graham Sahagian

     
     
     
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    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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