Zeemee: A new way to make connections and find your people

A New Way to Make Connections & Find Your People

Meeting other students attending UMass Lowell just became MUCH easier. During my time applying to UMass Lowell, there wasn’t a convenient way to reach out to fellow students and build relationships until I was on campus. That’s why UMass Lowell is making my experience a thing of the past and partnering with ZeeMee!

What is ZeeMee?

To put it simply, ZeeMee is a social media app dedicated to helping prospective students build relationships with peers before setting foot on campus. However, there is so much more to this app that makes it an invaluable tool for aspiring college students.

After downloading the ZeeMee app, make sure to join the University of Massachusetts Lowell community in the “Chats” tab. In our community, you will find a lot of cool features:

  • General Chat: This section is limited to prospective students and it is just a big group chat where you can talk about anything from college to current events. Whatever you want to talk about, this is the place for it!
  • Ask a Current Student: This is the section where you can ask a current student (which happens to be me!) whatever questions you have about college life. I’m happy to answer just about any question, so don’t be shy!
  • Find a Roommate: Make sure to take the quick ZeeMee roommate matching quiz that will determine how compatible your living habits are with other students that have also taken the quiz. You can talk with people that have a similar lifestyle as you and determine if you would like to be roommates.
  • Ask a Counselor: If you have any questions for an admissions counselor, drop them in this section and they will get back to you ASAP.
  • Class of ____: There are group chats dedicated to each class, so if you would like to just talk to students in your year, this is the place!

Before you get to meeting new people, make sure to create your own profile! You can upload a profile picture, type up a quick bio about yourself, add up to 20 of your interests, your hometown, your major, and your social media handles. There is also the option to answer “Fun Fact” type questions and post photos or videos to your feed.

UMass Lowell partnering with ZeeMee will really benefit future students. Meeting new people and finding a roommate can be tough, but the UMass Lowell community on ZeeMee is going to make meeting other future River Hawks as easy as ever!

Hi, I’m Kevin! UML’s Enrollment Marketing Intern

kevin enrollment marketing intern

During my move-in day at UMass Lowell, I couldn’t imagine that I’d be writing blog posts offering prospective students my experiences just a few weeks later. However, that’s just the opportunity UMass Lowell was able to offer me in less than a month living on campus!

Hey, my name is Kevin, and as an Enrollment Marketing Intern this year at UMass Lowell, I will be periodically posting about some of the cool things going on at UML. Here is a quick Q & A about me and my life at UMass Lowell so far!

Where are you from?

Uxbridge, Mass.

What year are you at UML?

I’m a sophomore, but this is my first year on campus.

What’s your major?

Business administration with a double concentration in finance and marketing.

Where do you live on campus?

Fox Hall Floor 11. Once I saw the dining hall was on floor 3, it was an easy decision 🙂

What’s your favorite thing about being on campus so far?

I’ve really enjoyed building relationships with so many new people. Whether it’s my roommate, neighbors, professors or random people I run into all over campus, everyone is so open and welcoming.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really enjoy playing/watching sports, particularly baseball.

How would you describe your time at UML in one word?

Epic.

A month of virtual events just for you: Destination UML

There’s so much we want to share with you to help you discover UMass Lowell—too much for one blog post. That’s why from March 22 – April 23, the academic colleges and campus life departments are coming together to give you a glimpse at life at UMass Lowell.

What is Destination UML?

Destination UML is a monthlong discovery event that’s the perfect way to explore what life will be like for you as a UMass Lowell student. We’re filling the calendar with virtual events, sessions, clubs, labs and more. You’ll be able to join in and choose what you discover.

Take a sneak peek at Destination UML

Here’s a quick look at some of the things we’re offering. The calendar is packed—and more offerings are continually being added.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in club sessions
  • Attend seminars with current students
  • Explore career opportunities and what you can do with your degree
  • Meet current students in your academic college and major
  • Sit in on lab demonstrations and clinical simulations
  • Explore your major and academic college
  • Join a campus recreation fitness class
  • Attend series that will help you transition to college and set you up for success

Take some time to explore your options for yourself. We can’t wait to see you there!

Check this out: Are you ready for college?

Happy First-Generation Celebration Day!

happy first-generation celebration day!

Every year, colleges and universities across the country celebrate the accomplishments of first-generation college students. If you’re the first person in your family to attend college, this day is to celebrate you.

This year, we’re celebrating in style!

Making college education accessible is top-of-mind here at UMass Lowell. We were proud to receive recognition as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution by the Center for First-Generation Student Success this past summer. And even though this honor reminds us of how far we’ve come, we know that there is still more to do and more voices to hear.

That’s why we’re constantly striving to develop supports and services to help students succeed.

Here are some more ways we’re supporting our first-generation students at UMass Lowell:

  • The River Hawk Scholars Academy promotes academic success and fosters active campus engagement for full-time, first-year students who identify as first-generation college students
  • UMass Lowell has a rich tradition of welcoming and supporting first-generation college students. A number of faculty and staff on campus were first-generation students themselves and advocate for their success
  • The Launch! Summer Program provides incoming first-year students with a choose your own adventure approach to transitioning to university life

That’s just a sampling of many ways we’re helping our students achieve their goals in college. You should know that we’re here to help you before you’re even admitted to UMass Lowell. Join us at our regular community discussions with high school students, Empower Hour: Supporting Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. We cannot stress how much we want to help students succeed in college.

Check this out: What happens to your application after you click “submit”?

The 2020 election is just days away. Are you ready?

the 2020 presidential election is just days away. are you ready?

The 2020 Presidential Election is just days away, and many UMass Lowell students are casting their ballots for the first time. We want to ensure that they (and you, if you’re eligible to vote) go into the polling booths as informed voters. UMass Lowell is a leader in political polling, and we have a lot of experts on campus here to help voters navigate the voting process.

Here are some ways UMass Lowell students are preparing for the election:

  • They’re registering to attend a virtual discussion with our top political science professors, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and UMass President Marty Meehan
  • They’re double checking resources we’ve shared on everything they need to help get through election day
  • They’re thinking about the issues and studying the polls about the upcoming election compiled by UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion

 UMass Lowell students are inquisitive and active participants in their community and country, and we’re proud to support them. We’re excited to support so many as they vote during this truly historic election.

Check this out: New UML presidential poll lets you choose: Death by meteor or status quo

What’s online learning really like?

what's online learning really like?

Like many colleges and universities, UMass Lowell converted most instruction this fall to online formats. We know that switching to online learning is a cause of concern for many, but we’ve also been leaders in online education for over 25 years – so we’ve had time to get pretty good at it.

As proof, I talked with Professor Keith Mitchell about how supports his online students.

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New UML presidential poll lets you choose: Death by meteor or status quo

umass lowell presidential poll rather die by meteor

In the latest poll by UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion, 440 New Hampshire Democratic Primary likely voters were asked a simple question:

Which of the following outcomes would you prefer occur on November 3, 2020?

  1. Donald Trump wins re-election
  2. A giant meteor strikes the earth, extinguishing all human life

64% chose death by meteor.

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Democratic Primary voters survey at UML

Did you know that UMass Lowell has a polling center? Like, one that collects data from people about their opinion and then analyzes the information so that the world can learn what people really think about esports or the link between sports and concussions?

Fun fact: Both of those were topics for polls and surveys conducted by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion. The polls the center conducts are sent to media outlets all over the world and helps a variety of different fields gain necessary data to move their missions forward.

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about our polling center. Honestly, I didn’t know we had one either until about a month ago. Even after working here for a year-and-a-half, there’s so much to do and see here at UML that I’m still learning and surprised pretty often (in a good way!).

democratic party voters survey at uml polling results

What does the Center for Public Opinion do?

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275 clubs and counting: Here’s where you can find them

It’s important to think of majors offered and scholarships as you decide if a university is a good fit for you. Obviously. But it’s as equally important to figure out how you’ll spend your time outside of class. Learning about the activities, clubs and social scene of a school is a great way to imagine how you’ll fit into a school’s culture and how you’ll spend your time.

With 275+ active clubs at UML, it’s a lot to unpack. We’ll walk you through it all.

275 clubs and counting: Here's where you can find them

In the next few blog posts, we’ll explain which offices on campus offer clubs and make them available to students, frequently asked questions and the digital platform we have that will help you connect with clubs.

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