University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a large public university located in Amherst, Massachusetts. It is also the designated flagship campus for the entire University of Massachusetts system. About 21,700 undergraduate students attend the school along with 9,800 graduate students. Over 77% of students enrolled are in-state and 23% are out-of-state. Amherst is located in the Pioneer Valley which has amazing restaurants and music. It’s also known for beautiful art, theater, and history making the area such a fun place for students to explore.
Famous "Minutemen and Minutewomen" alumni include Richard Gere - actor, Natalie Cole - Grammy Award-winning singer, Bill Pullman - actor, Bridget Moynahan - actress, Conor Sheary - hockey player (Buffalo Sabres), and Rob Corddry - comedian.
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.