In the Rear-View Mirror

It has been over a week since students left the summer programs and the campus definitely feels different without them. Last week I reached out to a couple of students for some testimonials about the time they had.

I’m about to share what Juan David Figueroa (Bogota, Colombia), Erica Dirk (Tewksbury, MA), Ted Johnston (Amherst, MA) and Sarah Gold (Warwick, RI) had to say about their Summer College experience. Continue reading In the Rear-View Mirror

Best of Luck

Hello one last time!

Yesterday the Research Intensives students left after engaging in six weeks of research. They were the first group to arrive and the last to leave, they saw two full sessions come and go, and spent as much time at UMass this summer as I did. Continue reading Best of Luck

It’s All About the Little Things

I am from a very small country; you can go from one coast to another in about three hours. Population size falls just short of 5 million, and my graduating class was 50 students. I never understood how being from a small environment made me feel a deeper connection to everything around me until I came here. I say this because having a smaller group of students for this session made me remember that. Continue reading It’s All About the Little Things

A Whale of a Tale

Ahoy! Hope your weekend was great.

At Summer College we enjoyed an activity-packed weekend including a trip to Six Flags New England on Saturday and a visit to Boston on Sunday. This time I took part in the latter. Continue reading A Whale of a Tale

In The Making

Hello again, everyone! As promised, I’m writing before the week ends.

I’ve tried to spread myself out this week to cover as much ground as possible to keep you updated. I spent most of my time creating a social media report, but still managed to visit and keep track of some of the activities the students were doing. Speaking of the social media report, thanks for being such an awesome audience. The number of views throughout all of our social media has been incredible! Continue reading In The Making

Third and Ten

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t been here in a while but the past few days were abnormally busier than usual. Feeling are mixed here at Summer College; on the one hand we’re thrilled to have received our Session C students yesterday, but on the other we were sorry to see the Session B students go on Saturday. Continue reading Third and Ten

Field Trip Weekend

Hello! Hope everyone’s weekend went well.

As promised, I’ll tell you about the two field trips the students went on this weekend. Saturday consisted of an adrenaline-packed visit to Six Flags New England, located in Agawam. On Sunday the students toured Boston. Continue reading Field Trip Weekend

Where Did The Week Go?

Hello everyone!

I’ve mostly been in the office every day, trying to learn some basic code to optimize the website. Because of this I haven’t been able to keep track of the student’s daily activities but I see them at dinner sometimes and I’ve played soccer with them as well.

Last post, the Session B students (who have only been here a week) were just experiencing their first day, but at this point they’re almost done with their first academic week! The session A students feel more than at home and I feel like I’ve known them forever. Continue reading Where Did The Week Go?

Second and Ten

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last wrote!

The Session A students have been here for a full week, while Session B students just arrived yesterday. Two things I really liked about yesterday: first, seeing how comfortable the Session A students feel here after only one week, and how both groups are already getting to know each other. Continue reading Second and Ten


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