Elizabeth Friar

Major: Photography

Hometown: Somerset, MA

"Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone."
Tell us about something you were involved with at UMass Dartmouth, and how it's changed you.

Since freshman year, I’ve been a student photographer for the Photographics Department, which has played a key role in my education as a photographer. I’ve gained a lot of invaluable experience shooting different events on campus and have had a lot of fun doing it.


Working at Photographics has helped prepare me for my future plans of becoming a documentary photographer, and I can't thank the staff enough for everything they’ve taught me over the years.

What's one thing at UMass Dartmouth that no student should miss?

No one should miss AHA Nights in downtown New Bedford. There’s always something new to check out each month, whether it’s a gallery opening, a concert, or a guest lecture at the Star Store. The shops and galleries are open late, there’s good food, good music, and just an overall good atmosphere.

What advice would you like to share with future students?

Make the most of your time here—it goes by a lot quicker than you think. If a class sounds interesting to you, take it. Don’t think that because you’re an art major you have to stay in CVPA, or if you’re an English major you have to stay in LARTS, etc.


Some of the best classes I took were outside of my college, so don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. The best college experience you can have is one that allows you to learn as much as you can, not only about your own major, but about as many different subjects as you’re interested in.