Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly Preview: Monday, November 24 - Friday, November 28

Thanksgiving Break begins after your last class on Wednesday, November 26.
Classes resume a normal schedule on Monday, December 1.
The Academic Advising Link will close at 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 15 and reopen at 4:00pm on Monday, December 1.
Enjoy your time off!

In anticipation of the break, very few things are scheduled this week.  This is a good time to catch your breath, get organized and be ready for the final week of classes!

Before you head out, check your finals schedule!  
Do you have two exams scheduled at the same time, OR three exams scheduled on the same day?  If yes, you MUST go to the Registrar's Office in Whitmore so they can reschedule them for you.  Do not wait until finals week to fix problems!  Knowing your schedule now will help you prepare later. Why add more stress to your life?  Click here to learn more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alex's 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Thanksgiving Break:

Hey UMass, I bet you’re just as excited as I am to head home for the Thanksgiving Break! Whether you plan to spend your break stuffing your face with a delicious home-cooked meal, visiting friends and family, or scoring major Black Friday deals, it's never a bad idea to stay productive! Here are a few tips for making the most of your Thanksgiving Break:

1. Set up an Informational Interview

If you're considering declaring a major or minor but are unsure of how it will connect to different professional fields, scheduling an informational interview is a great option for you. An informational interview is an excellent way to network with professionals currently working within a field in order to gain a better understanding of their careers and occupation. These interviews allow you to talk to a real professional in a field of your interest about what they do, experiences they've had in the field, potential career paths, and any advice they might have for you. In my personal experience, scheduling an informational interview was one of the most helpful steps I took towards declaring my major because it allowed me to explore my interests and connect them with a possible professional setting. Take advantage of your time during this Thanksgiving break to contact supervisors, teachers, coaches, and other professionals in the fields you're interested in to learn more about your options!

2. Check out the Five College Course catalog
scooby doo animated GIF One of the many perks of attending a college in the Pioneer Valley is the Five College Interchange system. UMass students have the amazing opportunity to take courses at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith College. There are so many different courses available to you, so take advantage of this amazing opportunity to step out of your academic comfort zone. Whether you're trying to find a gen-ed, major/minor, or an elective course, visit the Five College Interchange website for detailed registration information here. You can always register for Five College courses during the first two weeks of the semester.

3. Peruse the website for any Majors/Minors that you’re interested in
Did you know that every major and minor at UMass Amherst has its own website? Spending some time reviewing these sites will help you be productive and stay focused on your academic plans.The major/minor websites are awesome resources that provide all kinds of information like how to schedule an appointment with an advisor, what courses the department is offering, whether or not there are information sessions for interested students, and much more. These websites can be found here.

4. Stalk SPIRE for any class you may want to Swap (PSA: always swap, don’t drop)
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On the off chance that you are not 100% satisfied with your schedule for your Spring 2015 semester, please don’t fret. Students can continue to adjust their course schedules until the Add/Drop Deadline (Monday, February 2nd) with no changes to their record using the add, drop, or swap/edit features available with SPIRE. And if you ever need to brush up on SPIRE How To’s, feel free to use the videos on the SPIRE help site (or once you’re back on campus, stop by the Academic Advising Link in the Library from Sunday-Thursday from 4-8pm to have a Peer Advisor assist you). If you’re waiting for that one seat to open up, trying to balance classes and other commitments, or just making some last minute adjustments to your schedule, it is best to be proactive when it comes to course registration. It’s one big game of musical chairs until the Add/Drop deadline so every time you open your browser, check SPIRE because you never know what opportunities might become available.

5. Review your Academic Requirements Report (ARR)
An academic requirements report is the primary way for a UMass Amherst student to check on their academic progress. It allows you to view all of your completed courses and in-progress courses, as well as the courses required for your specific degree program (if you have already declared a major). If anyone remembers that inverted triangle diagram from New Students Orientation that describes the University, College or School, and Major/Minor requirements needed to graduate, that is all of the information included in your ARR. You can find your ARR by signing into SPIRE, clicking on the “Main Menu” tab, then scrolling down to “Academics,” and finally clicking on “Requirements” (Note: it is helpful to “expand all” at the top of the page so you can see every part of your report). Use this break to review your Academic Requirements report to make sure you're on track, and bring any questions you may have about your progress to your advisor once you return to campus.

I hope these tips inspire you to stay productive and make the most of your Thanksgiving Break!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upcoming Isenberg Info Sessions- November 20th!

Interested in the BBA (Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations & Information Management), Hospitality & Tourism Management or Sport Management majors?

Attend an Info Session!
BBA:  Thursday, November 20th  @ 5:30pm in the Bernie Dallas Room (5th floor Goodell)
HTM: Thursday, November 20th  @ 5:30pm   in Isenberg 106.

Sport: Thursday, November 20th  @ 5:30pm   in Isenberg 108.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you plan on attending:
  1. Get there early! To avoid fighting for a seat or worse, interrupting the session, be sure to get there approximately TEN MINUTES PRIOR to the start time. Treat it like a job interview and be professional--you don't have to wear your haute couture, but you do want to make a good impression.
  2. Know which session to attend! Upon arriving, they will direct you to different rooms based on your interests. Make sure you're in the right place! If you have multiple interests in SOM (both BBA and Sports Management, for example), you should attend an info session for BOTH programs.  Students interested in applying to Sport Management or HTM must attend an Information Session.
  3. Be informed! Read their website and be familiar with the program you are interested in, as well as procedures for applying.
  4. Have an Alternate Major in mind! Remember that you will be required to apply in order to gain admission--and that applications, by nature, can be rejected. Have an alternate major in mind just in case. For more information on suitable alternates, you can call (413) 545-2191 and make an appointment to see an advisor in our office

Applications for ISOM majors are due on December 1.  If you miss this deadline you will have to wait until the Spring semester to apply ( May 1st).

Resource Economics- Info Session Thursday November 20th!

In order to declare Resource Economics you must attend an Info Session. So, if this is a major on your mind you should attend an Info Session, this Thursday, 11/20 at 4pm in Stockbridge 303! 

In the meantime, explore the "So You Want to Be a Resource Economics Major?" section of the department's website. If you like what you read there and like what you hear at the Info Session, complete an Online Statement of Interest by Wednesday, 11/26 online in order to access spring classes as a Res Ec major.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Engineering Information Session: Wednesday Night!

The 1-credit OASIS seminar is designed for undeclared students, typically in their first or second semester at UMass Amherst.  In addition to learning about how to make the most of the opportunities and resources at UMass Amherst, students review the tools and tips to be most successful, they forge a relationship with an advisor (who is their instructor), and they explore majors and other academic options available to them at UMass.

  • UNIV 125 is for freshmen (in their first or second semester at UMass); 
  • UNIV 125T is for transfers (in their first or second semester at UMass), and 
  • UNIV 192G is a slight variation of the seminar for students in academic difficulty.

Here's what students have recently said about taking OASIS:
  • The requirements for this course allowed me to take a step back and think about what I want to do for the rest of my life and I appreciate that.  I now have a set of tools and knowledge that will help me in the future without a doubt.
  • If you are undeclared it is one of the best decisions you can make because you won't find personal attention regarding figuring out your life/major/education track anywhere else.
  • Reflections forced me to think and ask myself if I was really satisfied with how my grades were and how my life was. This was a little uncomfortable however, it helped me tremendously.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Academic Advising Link!

Remember, if you are having trouble registering for classes, finding the classes you need on SPIRE, or figuring out how to put together your schedule, you can always stop by and see our friendly Peer Advisors at the ADVISING LINK. It is located in the Learning Commons, on the main floor of the library, open Sun-Thurs 4-8pm!
(The Link will be closed for Thanksgiving from Wed. 11/26 through Sat. 11/29)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly Preview: November 17 - 21

Interested in declaring Nutrition as your major?  There will be an information session on Monday, November 17 at 5:00pm in 108 Chenoweth.  As soon as a student has declared Nutrition as a major they will be assigned a Nutrition Department advisor. 

Did you recently declare Public Health?  Attend Public Health Enrollment 101 for freshmen and transfers on Monday, November 17 at 5:00PM in the Du Bois Library, Room 720.  Public Health peer advisors will help students sign up for classes and navigate SPIRE

On Tuesday, November 18, join BDIC for the next visitor in their 2014 Lecture SeriesCome learn about opportunities in various careers with Ben Feely, Health Practitioner & Acupuncturist.  5:00pm in Goodell 604.  RSVP by emailing:  

Are you hoping to become an Engineering major?  There will be an information session for students interested in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chemical Engineering on Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00pm in 604 Goodell.  Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript!

Isenberg School of Management Information Sessions for Sport Management, the BBA Program, and Hospitality & Tourism Management will be held on Thursday, November 20 promptly at 5:30pm.  Do not be late!

  • HTM will meet in Isenberg 106.
  • Sport Management will meet in Isenberg 108.
  • The BBA Program will meet in the Bernie Dallas Room on the 5th floor of Goodell.
Attending an Information Session is required before applying to the Sport Management or HTM majors and highly recommended before applying to the BBA program.  Reread our earlier post on how to prepare for these information sessions.  Plan on meeting with an advisor to discuss a backup plan!  Applications are due by December 1.

After attending the info session, join Hospitality and Tourism Management for a Meet & Greet for Aspiring HTM Students at 6:30pm in Flint 105.  Come hear the Head of the HTM Department tell you about the HTM major and all of the different career paths you can go down.  There will be HTM students and HTM club presidents.  If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email: Umasshtm2014@gmail.comRSVP by Tuesday, November 18.

Do you want to be a Resource Economics major?  There will be an information session on Friday, November 20 at 4:00pm in 303 Stockbridge.  Students must attend an information session and complete the Online Statement of Interest before being invited to schedule an advising appointment to complete the change of major process.  Your Statement of Interest is due online by Wednesday, November 26 in order to register for Spring 2015 courses as a Resource Economics major.

Friday, November 21 is the last day to turn in paperwork for the Five College Interchange Pre-Registration period.  You will be able to register for Interchange courses in the Spring during Add/Drop.  Read our earlier post to learn more.

Looking for advising help?  Are you ready for your enrollment appointment?  Have you started to register but you're not sure you're in the right classes?  You have options!

The Academic Advising Link (in the Learning Commons, downstairs in the W.E.B. DuBois Library, Sunday through Thursday, 4:00pm-8:00 pm) continues to be a great place to get basic questions answered.  Bring your questions about different majors, Gen Ed courses & requirements, how to use SPIRE, etc.  Check out the LINK before you see an advisor!  

Walk-In Registration Assistance for Undeclared students: Be prepared to talk about a possible major, bring a completed Advising Checklist with 3-5 possible course choices picked out and check in at the front desk in 613 Goodell.
  • Monday, 11/17 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Tuesday, 11/18 2pm-4pm
  • Wednesday, 11/19 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, 11/24 2pm-4pm

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Eric's Tip of the Week: Thanksgiving Break and the Emotional Tolls

Hey Everyone! Thanksgiving break is coming up in a few weeks, and for some of you, it might be your first time going home this semester! Thanksgiving break can be a very emotional time between seeing family, explaining how you manage to live in a 11x12 room, and explaining to your parents what you plan on doing in college. Here are some ways to prepare for the trip home and the trip back!

1) Explaining To Your Parents You Are Undeclared:
  We all have that fear about our parents and grandparents asking us,"What are you majoring in? What is that going to do for you when you graduate?" This can be particularly scary for undeclared students. I don't blame you: I was in your shoes when I was undeclared. But here is the thing, BEING UNDECLARED IS NOT A BAD THING! Many people at UMass are undeclared and around 80% of declared students change their major! You can tell them what classes you like, and let them know you are receiving help and exploring many different major possibilities along the way! At our site we have a sheet that relates interest to majors. Check that out and if your parents ask show them it! The more you prepare to answer those awkward questions the more impressive you will look! Also check the UMass website to explore your desired major and see not only what that major entails, but also if it sounds interesting to you.

2) Try To Enjoy The Thanksgiving Break, but Not Too Much:
  It is nice to hear that you have a 4-day break, but that doesn't mean that once it hits school is over. Classes are going to start the next Monday after as if you didn't have a break at all! Don't fall out of the rhythm! You can enjoy the break and still keep sharp with school. Try to stay motivated to keep up with your work. Keep in contact with your roommate and new friends here and ask how they are doing. Thanksgiving is a nice break in the semester but it doesn't mean it's over yet!

3) The Journey Back:
  Some people have a hard time leaving home to go back to school again. They don't want to leave their warm house and pets to go back to a small dorm room, but it has to happen. You still have to finish the semester and get through finals. You have come so far already this semester and have situated yourself in the UMass community. Your parents will be proud to see you overcoming your fear and pushing through the hard times to get where you have to be. If you found the strength to move in on day one, then you can come back after Thanksgiving break!
But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by 'Thanksgiving,' Charlie Brown. -Marcie

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Resource Economics- Info Session Thursday November 20th!

In order to declare Resource Economics you must attend an Info Session. So, if this is a major on your mind you should attend an Info Session, this Thursday, 11/20 at 4pm in Stockbridge 303! 

In the meantime, explore the "So You Want to Be a Resource Economics Major?" section of the department's website. If you like what you read there and like what you hear at the Info Session, complete an Online Statement of Interest by Wednesday, 11/26 online in order to access spring classes as a Res Ec major.