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| I'm telling everyone right now, because I remember as an incoming freshman I would check this website, college for you is not going to be what other people write. These are people's experiences and in order for you to truly know what college is going to be like, you need to take the initiative to go to the school and see for yourself. |
I remember when I was a senior in highschool I knew I wanted to be a psychologist. However, my heart was completely set on University of Connecticut because of the great reviews I heard about it and how much fun it is. I went to go visit it after I paid $70 to apply, I hated it. It was not the school I thought it was going to be and I did not want to be in the middle of nowhere surrounding by a ton of people who really just go there for the sports but that doesn't mean every single person hates it. A lot of people love it and love being in a huge school with a ton of other people.
My guidance counselor told me about UMass and previously I did not hear much about it, I went and visited it and I knew in my heart it was the college I wanted to go to. The area is very nice (if you like mountain areas with a lot of greenery and a small town about a mile away), every person I have met has been extremely friendly and there is so many opportunities to do things rather just party. I will completely agree that pre-gaming and the frat parties are very fun on the weekends but that's not all that's there. They have endless amounts of clubs and sports that you can do (even if you're not good!) I play volleyball with my friends and I suck at it. The campus is very convenient because the campus is not too big and there's always the buses that can drop you off anywhere you need to go.Basically, college is what you make of it and you need to go and see it for yourselves before deciding or reviewing these websites. If you like a friendly, average college that's not too easy nor too hard to get into, meet some of the best friends you will ever have, and definitely get your money's worth for this school, than I recommend UMass. If not, keep looking for somewhere that's what you like!
|Oct 08 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Umass Amherst was a mixed bag for me. There were many good aspects of this school but as always, with the good comes the bad. I took civil and environmental engineering so my review does not apply to the prospective students looking to major in communications or liberal arts. For those people I can say this: be prepared to have a lot of free time for extra-cirricular activites. My roomate of two years was a business major and he could skip classes left and right, never had assigned homework that was mandatory, and still graduated with a B average (he is not the most bright person either). |
I on the other hand had hours of homework a night. Freshman and sophmore year sucked, plain and simple. The pre-requisites for my major consisted of physics and chemistry lectures and labs that were near impossible to get into. Gen. Ed. requirements sucked ass. I wanted to be an engineer, why oh why did I have to take Chinese Mythology? When people say to register for classes the day you are able to, they are not lying. Be prepared to skip classes if you are scheduled to register during the middle of the day. If you are even fifteen minutes late from your opening time, all classes WILL be filled.
This school is rather large, both in the student numbers as well as the campus size. By the end of your freshmen year your student ID will be engraned in your head. Have a problem and need to talk to administrations? They could care less about your name, it is always "OK, what is your student ID?" Maybe not the worst but to me that shows a weakness in the school. I lived in southwest freshmen and sophmore year and my engineering classes were at the far other end of the campus. I like walking so this was not a downfall but I had to load up and prepare for a minimum 15 minute walk to get there on time. To each their own......
The engineering classes are tough. Theory driven with lab reports that can make the stongest man crumble. Do not think that just because it is a party school that you can just cake walk through a tough major. I turned down countless invitations to party because I had homework and lab reports due in over a week. If you do not manage your time well and keep on top of assignments, either learn to adapt or be prepared to fail.
Another big downfall of this school would be the students and some professors themselves. My engineering professors were strictly business but some Gen. Ed. professors are quite left leaning. If you are against the current president or do not have a liberal agenda under your belt, you better keep that to yourself. Otherwise everyone will try and jam their ideas down your throat. Even the professors have been known to not teach anything and just preach about socialism and how capitalism is an evil. Just a forewarning.The majority of students are good people. But with the large school population comes a few bad eggs. Jocks and frat boys who get drunk and puke all over everything, break stuff, get into fights, and unfortunately rape women attend there too. Either accept this or move on. The food is pretty decent, library is useless for studying unless you travel to the higher up floors and find a quiet corner.
|Sep 21 2011|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Umass is what you make of it. I didn't really expect to come here but it was easily the best decision of my life. You just need to be proactive but overall it really does do a good job of helping you balance strong academics and an awesome social life. The worst part is it's "zoomass" reputation but in my experience it doesn't really matter at a professional level. If employers and graduate schools see that you have done well during your 4 years here, you will be able to go anywhere you really want. As a result many of my friends are going to Cornell,UC berkely and harvard medical school where all of their classmates payed a lot more money to end up in the same place. |
|Sep 13 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2013 |