Life on Campus
As a music major and theater minor, sometimes Miguel Fana (’13, College of Liberal Arts) has to stick to the script. But he also welcomes and values change, especially when it comes to the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.
After serving in the U.S. Army, Fana attended one of UMass Boston’s Open House events.
“I really liked the fact that the school was in a place where it was growing, it was getting bigger, it was getting more in the consciousness of people, and that’s where I wanted to be,” Fana recalls.
Since arriving on campus, Fana has taken advantage of several performance opportunities, including plays The Cook and Beyond Therapy, open mic nights, and jazz band.
“It’s intense because the professor really makes sure that you get something out of the class,” Fana says about the Jazz Band Ensemble. “It’s not just, ‘Let’s jam for a couple of months and then perform.’ It’s ‘Let’s think about what we’re doing, and perform extremely well at the end.’”
In fall 2011, Fana, who has worked at on-campus radio station WUMB 91.9FM for more than a year, participated in WUMB’s Talent Quest competition. After several weeks of training and exposure to the history of radio, radio terminology, and the nuances of being an on-air talent, Fana secured a DJ slot along with three other finalists.
“It was definitely an experience I can take over to other things,” says Fana, who didn’t have any on-air radio experience going into the competition.
He says his other UMass Boston experiences have proved to be valuable as well.
“So why UMass Boston?” he asks. “You have a great faculty and knowledgeable professors. They’re dedicated to helping you learn. And you also have the opportunity to flex your creative and artistic muscles.”