UMass Amherst Student Panel
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About this livestream
Ask current UMass Amherst students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!
Meet the panelists: Julia, Nyindu, Zaymee, and Kehla
Julia is a senior from Wrentham, Massachusetts in the College of Natural Sciences. She is pursuing a double major in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. Julia is a member of UMass EMS, provides academic support as an SI leader, does research in a bone tissue engineering lab, and volunteers at Amherst Survival Center. Outside of school Julia works as an EMT and enjoys running, traveling, and playing with her pet rabbit.
Nyindu is a senior from Framingham, MA in the Isenberg school of Management. He is pursuing a dual degree in Operations & Information Management and Sport Management. Nyindu is an active leader and member of Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time playing basketball, valleybiking, watching sunsets, and chilling at campus pond.
Zaymee is a senior from Plainville, Massachusetts in the College of Natural Sciences. She is on the pre-med track, pursuing a Bachelor's in Microbiology and a certificate in Spanish and Health. Zaymee is a peer advisor for her major's department, a group leader for BioSci club, in a lab researching COVID-19, and is writing her honors thesis. Outside of school, Zaymee likes to volunteer at a farm near Amherst, experiment with new recipes, and go hiking!
Kehla is a senior from Canton, Massachusetts in the Commonwealth Honors College. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Biology and English. Kehla is Captain of the Women’s Club Rugby team and was previously the Public Relations Representative. She is active in philanthropy, often volunteering in a local soup kitchen or in a variety of workshops. Kehla works in Group Fitness at Campus Recreation where she teaches classes including HIIT, Abs and Glutes, Boot Camp, and Cardio Sport. Outside of school she enjoys both summer and winter sports such as waterskiing and snowboarding.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '16
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.
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