University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tara is a Senior from New Jersey. One quirky fact about Tara..."I run a health-food Instagram account @thathealthnut."
Olivia is a Sophomore from Braintree, MA. One quirky fact about Olivia..."I love to go fishing!" Olivia also has some amazing travel photos on her Instagram feed: @flynnolivia.
Samantha is a Junior from Norfolk, MA. One quirky fact about Samantha..."I can walk on my hands!"
Lisa is a Junior from Norfolk, MA. One quirky fact about Lisa..."I write music!"
Fun fact about UMass Amherst:
Tara - UMass dining has been rank #1 in the country for campus food.
Olivia - We have black squirrels.
Samantha - UMass Amherst was ranked #1 for our campus food by Princeton Review!
Lisa - Amherst has a ton of good hiking spots.
Favorite Ice Cream Parlour and Flavor:
Tara - Flayvors of Cook Farm. My favorite flavor is cow spots (vanilla ice cream, fudge swirl, mini pb cups). Flayvors is on a dairy farm and makes their own ice cream, there are even cows and chickens right outside!
Olivia - Hadley Scoop, chocolate.
Samantha - Bluewall's Grill has milkshakes that are a hidden gem. The strawberry is to die for!
Burger Joint and Fries:
Tara - Hangar Pub and Grill has the best burgers, fries and nachos. They are always streaming sports games, so it's the perfect place to watch Sunday football.
Samantha - Johnny's Roadside Diner.
Vegetarian Hot Spot:
Tara - Nourish Wellness Cafe has the best health food and vegetarian options! I love to get their wellness bowls and smoothies, and their cashew cheese is amazing.
Olivia - Nourish Wellness Cafe.
Samantha - There are so many AMAZING places in Northampton, about 25 mins from campus.
Tara - Antonio's Pizza is the best. I always get avocado quesadilla but they have so many crazy toppings like chicken pesto and tortellini.
Olivia - Antonio's Pizza.
Samantha - Antonio's.
Lisa - Antonio's.
Hottest Mexican Spot and Recommended Plate:
Tara - Mission Cantina and I always get the taco plate!
Olivia - Mission Cantina, everything especially the guacamole!
Samantha - La Veracruzana, anything as long as you get a side of their guacamole.
Lisa - Bueno y Sano, burrito.
Breakfast Spot with a Friend or Date:
Tara - Bread and Butter. They have the best omelettes and house-made home fries.
Olivia - The Lone Wolf, any omelette.
Samantha - The Lone Wolf.
Lisa - Breuger's Bagels.
Where you would love your parents to take you for parents weekend:
Tara - Pulse Cafe! I love eating plant based and at Pulse you would have no idea that some of the dishes are completely dairy and meat free.
Olivia - Amherst Cinema.
Samantha - Northhampton.
Lisa - Judie's.
Things to do:
Where to go for Yoga, Exercise Classes, or the Gym:
Tara - UMass Campus Recreation offers so many great group fitness classes including yoga, spinning, bootcamp and Zumba. I also love Fire and Water in downtown Amherst.
Olivia - Fire and Water Yoga.
Samantha - The Campus REC Center.
Lisa - The Campus REC Center.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to hang:
Tara - Earthfoods Cafe. The open space and good music is so welcoming and relaxing. They also have the best vegan food!
Olivia - Floor 23 of the library.
Samantha - Blue Wall.
Lisa - Blue Wall.
Where do you want to go on spring break:
Tara - Anywhere warm! UMass has the coldest winters.
Olivia - California.
Samantha - Florida!
Lisa - Bahamas.