I have currently just started back for my second semester here at UMass after a nice, relaxing break at home. This has given me plenty of time to amass many, many reasons to choose the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as the place to spend your study abroad year. Instead of rambling on at you, I’ll just give you five reasons:
- The food:
This might seem a weird thing to put as one of the top five reasons to come to UMass, but bear with me. UMass is #1 for dining in the country. If you’re going to live the catered lifestyle, especially after getting used to cooking for yourself, then UMass is the place to do it. There is a huge variety of choices all across campus, and so far none of what I have experienced is bad. It was people raving about the food that helped convince me to come here, so now I’m doing the same. You won’t regret it.
- The location:
Amherst itself is a small college town; it’s a lovely little place with a unique history of its own. The university campus itself is huge allowing you get the best of both worlds. Also, Amherst is only approximately 3 hours away from Boston, and approximately 6 hours from New York, by bus. These are both great places to visit themselves, but they also provide many more travelling options to other parts of the country, as well as to Canada. This is something I plan to take advantage of, and you should to!
- The campus:
More specifically, the UMass campus is amazing. Once you get your bearings and find the shortcuts, you’ll get from place to place in no time. Alongside the classrooms and lecture halls, the campus holds: a Recreational Centre, housing a gym and other sports facilities, all free for students; the second tallest library in the world, for all your academic needs; and, as mentioned above, plenty of eating options; as well as many other facilities. Come check it out!
- The academics:
Studying Psychology in Leeds didn’t allow for much flexibility in getting to choose my classes during First and Second Year. The opportunity to study abroad, however, has provided me with the ability to choose Psychology classes that interest me, as well as the option to study a few non-Psychology subjects if I wish to. UMass offers a wealth of classes in different disciplines, allowing you the chance to study something interesting, unique, and so forth. Also, being part of what is known as the Five College Interchange also gives you the option of taking classes at four other colleges in the area, broadening the variety even more!
- The opportunity:
One final reason to study abroad anywhere (although I am biased towards UMass) is simply the opportunity it affords you. You’ll have experiences and make memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. I didn’t hesitate and you shouldn’t either!
Written by Isabelle Currie – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA