UMass Amherst Student Panel

Recorded Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00 AM

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School information

University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA

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.

School information

University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA
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Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
10:23@anonymous:what is amherst center
11:14@Arion:How is the pre-med program like there?
11:19@anonymous:What do classes as a bio major look like?
14:12@cutelittledumpling:Is it easy to change or switch majors?
16:55@anonymous:How does honors classes differ from regular classes? What is the environment at the Commonwealth Honors College?
18:28@anonymous:How easy is it to double major and still graduate in 4 years?
20:53@anonymous:Being an undergraduate in a large university, how do you get advice about what classes to take, etc.?
24:13@anonymous:Do you feel that UMass is an inclusive environment? What is your experience as a POC?
26:15@alexweinstein3:Is Greek life big there?
28:03@AmelieC:What is something unique to UMass that pleasantly surprised you?
31:04@anonymous:Kehla, what's like to be an athlete in UMASS? How hard it is to divide your time?
34:05@alexweinstein3:Is sports culture important, being you guys are a D1 school?
35:42@anonymous:How's the English program?
38:25@anonymous:how is the business program?
40:18@anonymous:What are dorms like? Is it better to live on or off campus?
43:19@anonymous:Julia, would you recommend working as an EMT if your interested in working in the medical field? How has the job impacted you personally?
44:44@anonymous:Have any of you personally taken classes through the 5 College Consortium? If so, how has your experience been with the 5CC?
47:00@anonymous:What's your favorite location on campus?


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