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Thoughts and Stories of Graduates Of the Last Decade

UMass Boston Has Been There for Me


UMass Boston has been there for me when I needed them the most on four separate occasions. Let me tell you about two of them.

The first time was when I dropped out at BU and worked my way back through Bunker Hill and then to UMass to graduate. The staff in the admissions office helped me each step of the way and established criteria I would need to hit to get accepted.  Needless to say I hit the grades and was accepted.   Following graduation, I decided to move to the west coast.

It was an interesting experience all around, but what I learned is that I did not know how to properly put together a resume, a cover letter and had no idea how to navigate a job search. When I returned home from CA, my first move was to go to UMass Boston to speak with a career service counselor.

This was the second time UMass was there for me during a tough period of time.  The counselor I met with was Michael Gaskins (who by chance also helped me to get an internship my senior year).

Michael taught me how to shape my resume, how to properly target language for my cover letter, helped me to understand the best ways to conduct a job search and prepared me for a number of questions which could be asked on an interview. Within 6 weeks of being home from CA, I had a full time, salary base/benefits position and I know without Michael’s guidance I would not have had that opportunity.

I’ll leave the other two times for another post. But suffice it to say, I can only imagine how many other students have felt the supportive hand of the university on their backs and the impact its support has had for them too.

Robert Sherburne ’03
College of Liberal Arts

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