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Leaving home or any type of previous lifestyle in order to pursue an academic
career is a singular step in most of our lives There IS really no other experience
it can be compared to it s not like going away to get married or start a new
job its not as disciplined in many ways as entering the service it is not like
traveling across the country seeking dreams and new ideals It IS an experience
fraught with anxiety and indecision for many even before the actual process of
education at the university or college level begins The exams the applications
the recomendattons the fmanctal worries the haunting question of Did I make
the right decision after all'7
Alright so you ve decided to join the ranks at the University of Massachusetts
along with thousands of other students You have come armed with your favorite
books stationary three pillows your stereo and popcorn popper And you are
ready to handle any battle Whitmore or OSCAR are likely to challenge you
to even straightening out your schedule and getting at least one of the courses
you want You will soon learn that a fine education may be acquired at UMass
but it will take some battles and a lot of effort on your part as a student There
IS so much here so many people that sorting out interests and priorities as well
as sifting through all the information available as well as all the red tape could
easily become a full time job A first year student here has a great deal of
adjusting to do in the first few weeks of the semester One of the first and most
anxiety ridden battles to handle is finding out where he she will be requlred to
live and with whom the prlvllege of having a room on campus IS to be shared
at least until there IS enough time to fmd out if there IS compat1b1l1ty Or not
Then there will be other types of battles things like trying to get an elevator
from the 22nd floor of a tower at 7 55 a m trying to get a washing machine
and trying to sleep at night are some of the aggravatlons of campus life and
there are many others. These make up the spice of university life. These are the
hassles which one gives little serious thought or action to while the others are
the UMass Administrative Hassles the closest thing the university has to real-
life. Fighting such battles provides an education in itself. There is not sufficent
space here in which to accurately outline these situations however if you ve been
at UMass long enough to receive an INDEX then surely you have experienced
at least one such painful encounter.
Getting adjusted to UMass after the first weeks of trauma can actually be a
pleasant affair. The students for the most part exude friendship and warmth
and are quite used to giving directions to Marshall Hall and other obscure
locations on campus. Autumn is beautiful Cexcept for the torrential rainsj and
there is really no better area in which to enjoy an outdoor hike football or
soccer, or a color photo session.
There are many discoveries to be made at UMass, many fine people to meet,
and learn from, and be friends with. There are many good experiences to be had.
Once you have gotten the feel of the campus, and have evaluated the situation,
you will be on your way to enjoying the learning life at UMass. If you have been
here for a few years, you will find yourself wondering where all the time has
gone, and did you really live through it all? And you will promise yourself that
you will savor your last crisp, colorful fall here, and you'll buy the program at
the Homecoming game, and find yourself getting sentimental over your Pub mug
- for these are the times, corny as it sounds - which have helped shape the rest
of your adult life. You have been through the breakaway years, developed your
own style, and lived that special kind of life. And now it is time to seek a new
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