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Summer's Here!

Hey guys, it's Andy here. I have officially been done with my finals since last Friday afternoon (my birthday), and I have been trying to relax since. I already received an A in one of my classes so it's looking great so far. I feel like I did well. Remember, if you come out of a final and know that you gave it your all, then you should feel good about it. Good luck to those who are still taking them though!

So today's blog will just focus on some updates of my life. First things first. I will be blogging in the summer again! I love blogging, as you guys can see, so it should be another fun summer with random updates. I will be working in UMass Lowell for summer employment, so I will provide lots of updates about the school as well. They are renovating a lot of buildings so maybe I can take a peak at it to provide updates.

My birthday was on Friday and I made it over to Fenway Park to celebrate it. Heading out to the city always lightened up my mood, and I needed it that day. My father got into a big accident in the highway. My father was okay, but the car was not. That's the frustrating part. Now I don't have a way to get to work! I am scrambling to find out a way to get to work and that's been stressing me out. Not a good way to begin the summer but I am trying to look at everything positively.

I rarely get comments (that aren't spam), but I am curious to know what you all are doing for the summer. If you have anything, let me know. You can always contact me through Twitter for any suggestions or comments. I really do care what people are thinking, especially who are reading this!

Let's all keep our fingers crossed for a good week. I feel so apologetic for my work study employers but they were very understanding. I'll hopefully have a solution by next week and I will be blogging in a much happier mood (maybe) haha. Until then, study hard and stay healthy! It's going to get hot soon.

Hey guys! Long time no blog? Or so it seems haha. I have been very busy during this vacation, caught up in a lot of stuff. Now I found time to blog for you guys. What I am writing about today is very specific. If you read some of the UML emails that come to your inbox, you will definitely know what I'm talking about.

Ever since freshmen year I've openly complained about the lack of parking spaces in North Campus. The problem was echoed throughout the campus and not too long ago, as you all probably know, the university announced that they will be building a parking garage in North Campus. I'm sure you've heard it, but if you didn't, then it's great news for all you commuters.

The garage is supposed to be done by fall of 2012 (yes, that's this year), so I will get about a year of enjoyment out of it. Nonetheless, even though it might be a bit late for me, I am glad that the parking garage will be constructed and ready to go. I think this definitely shows that the university cares about the commuters as well and that they really took the parking issue to heart. I could not be happier.

Having said that, I am going to introduce to you an interesting web link right here. UMass Lowell is excellent about keeping its students up to date about campus activities, and that page is no exception. The page shows the artist renderings of the garage, and an actual webcam that is installed toward the parking garage construction site, so you can view the progress right from your computer. I don't mean to sound like a nerd, but that is pretty cool. The webcam also has this feature where you can fast forward and rewind, so you can see the pictures coming together. I can't wait until the building is done so that I can view the progress from day 1 beautifully.

Are you excited? You should be! I hope there are bigger and better things to come in 2012 as well! Happy new years and I'll blog to you again soon!

Hello folks. It's Andy here again with another blog. Hope you all are enjoying your lives. The first day of classes started on Thursday. Did everyone like their classes? How are the freshman settling in? I haven't been to the university yet. I will be there on Tuesday. I can't wait to get back to the campus atmosphere. I'm just not prepared for all the work haha.

My blog today focuses on one of the most underrated tools for college students today. It is the website called ratemyprofessors.com. Now this site has been criticized by some people before, as it critiques teachers harshly (too harshly). I honestly believe it is a necessary and useful site for all of us.

As useful as this site might be, it has some flaws as well. Now I'm here to point out a couple of them.

Negative Ratings

So there is a class that fits your schedule perfectly. You look up the professor on the website and the ratings aren't so great. Well examine it with a grain of salt.

More than half of the time, there are students who go on the website to vent their emotional bias toward a professor. They offer no objectivity nor helpfulness, pretty much just a waste of time. It's up to you how you can judge this.

For example, there are students that go on and leave a short message like "OMG COULDN'T STAND HIM. WILL NOT TAKE EVER AGAIN." I mean, that doesn't tell us anything. Now maybe a comment like this could certainly help you make a decision: "Class is a lot of work. Attendance is required and be prepared to take a lot of notes. Overall a fair grader and teacher." At this point you can draw a much better conclusion of what to expect and whether you would like this kind of professor or not.

Majority Rules

This one is a simple concept. If you see a professor with a couple ratings that were in the negative side, then don't be afraid to take their classes. Granted, if the ratings went into extreme details of the professors' class and it doesn't fit you, then ignore it. Most of the time, however, there won't be too many details on those short-listed ones. It will more than likely mean that the professor is new and is adjusting to the university themselves.


What is overrated? It's none other than the easiness rating. From my experiences, these easiness ratings are never what I expect them to be. Remember, every student has their own "easiness" rating, so even if it is a low rating, that doesn't necessarily mean you will think it's easy. Instead of focusing on the numbers on the site, try focusing on the text. See what the students had to say about this professor. Was the comment objective? Was it helpful? What is the majority saying?

That pretty much sums up how I use ratemyprofessors. I should advise that this site is not the 100% answer to your college life with classes, but it should help one way or another.

Hope you enjoyed the blog. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and/or add me on Facebook. I'd be happy to chat about anything.


Less Than A Week Away!

Are you guys excited? School is back and it's time to welcome the newest members to our great school. Thursdays marks the first day of classes and I'm already hearing a lot of anticipation and excitement in the atmosphere. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the university has a lot of great activities planned for the students, so make sure you take advantage of it.

Amidst all this excitement, Hurricane Irene hovers over us and it's supposedly hitting it big here tomorrow. I won't lie, I am slightly frightened. I am hoping that no one gets hurt and the power doesn't go out here. It's going to be pretty frustrating to stay in the house if all the power is out.

By the way, I see everyone asking this on the Class of 2015 Facebook Group for UML students: "Where do we purchase our books and how do we know which ones are correct?" Well the answer is pretty simple for me. Wait until the first day of classes! The professors will clearly tell you what books you will need and where to get it. I personally use Amazon for all my purchases as they have used books at an affordable price. Anyhow, if you are worried about "not having the books in time," then don't worry about that. The professors won't be as harsh. I do understand though, for the students living in dorms, need to create a mailbox for delivery and such, but if you are willing to save some bucks, I'd suggest you create one anyway.

I won't have my first day of classes until Wednesday of next week, so I am going to get even more rest and video gaming into my system. A new semester always comes with a lot of pressure, but sometimes it's fun to tackle that pressure. I wish you all the best of luck this semester!

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