What's it like to be a student during the University's biggest growth phase ever? During the last four years, community health student Michael Boyer has felt the excitement reverberate throughout the campus and the city.
“One of the main reasons I chose to come to UMass Lowell was its reputation as a growing school that offers many majors and a lot of real-world experiences,” says Michael, who is scheduled to graduate in 2013. “The University’s growth has changed the atmosphere in Lowell, creating a safer environment and expanding its vision all over the city. The Spring Carnival, the senatorial debate and shows like Drake, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop are ways the University rewards students for working hard.”
While living in residence halls on East Campus during the Fox Hall renovations, Michael knew that the changes were more than just about improving a structure.
He says: “The renovation of the Fox Dining Hall created a new feeling throughout East Campus. This was new and exciting and showed that the school was using ‘my money’ toward something that would directly benefit students like me. The new food options in Fox and the new common area are awesome. The school is rapidly expanding, creating a buzz throughout campus.”
Michael went through his own transformation as well. As a freshman, he started as an exercise physiology major but then changed to community health in his junior year after taking epidemiology and community health courses.
“I became fascinated with the idea of having a job that allowed me to help create a healthier, more educated community,” says Michael. “The switch in majors was a seamless transition. I haven't looked back since.”
In his last semester, Michael is gaining hands-on experience through an internship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Through his work in the Infection Control Department, he interacts with patients and submits his work to state officials and the Centers for Disease Control. 
“This internship experience has prepared me for a job because I can see how a healthcare facility works and how much effort you must put into patient care,” he says. “It has also helped me to network and meet many outstanding healthcare officials.”
Michael plans on attending graduate school in the Work Environment Department, studying epidemiology. 
“I have a great group of friends, gained immense knowledge and am now prepared for anything the real world has to throw at me.”