25 Things Only Union Students Understand...

Apr 29 by

The mess that is Dutch Hollow during common lunch. The Nott wind tunnel. Painting the Idol. Wings and Sticks Fridays at West. The Pyramid. Avoiding vendors in Reamer like it’s your job. “Oh so are you near NYC?” At least 77 of your Instagram pictures are the picture of the Nott with a sunset behind it. 1AM Skeller. Seeing ANY dog ever, especially if it’s that one that looks like a bear. 2AM walks of shame from the library. Almost every email in your inbox starts with [Campus Events]. The ridiculous wait before the Springfest lineup is released. It’s normal to go out on Wednesday nights. Schenectady Greenmarket is where you want to spend every dollar you own. Running to Dutch at 11PM to get food before it closes. The ATM is always broken....

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Here’s To Wishful Thinking...

Apr 29 by

There are times when Union socially feels like a “glorified,” reminiscent of high school (I blame it on the small size and somewhat “clique-ish” atmosphere). Don’t get me wrong, my experience here so far has provided me with some trials and tribulations that I don’t care to erase; however, there are people and specific social interactions that are dependent on an odd sense of immaturity and narrow-mindedness that I presumed only existed in high school (my bad). I’ve met some great people here that have made my time here more interesting and engaging, but that’s only a handful of individuals for me. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by Hollywood. I always took the over-played party scenes, the hypersexualized girls and the shallow individuals in movies and TV shows—based on college life—as fiction (i.e. “Greek,” “The...

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Looking Back

Apr 25 by

It’s the middle of spring term! It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that I have almost finished my freshman year at Union, because it feels like only a few weeks ago I was introducing myself to everyone on campus. Prospective students might be asking (like I was), what is Union really like? Sure, you’ve been to open houses, tours, you’ve read all the statistics. But all of that seems useless when you really can’t experience what life is really like here. When I was looking at colleges, I dreamed of having a one-week trial at every school before committing myself to one. But sadly, that’s not an option. Instead, I’ll tell you how it’s been for me, in the hopes that you can gain some insight. Why I Chose Union I...

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“Don’t Throw Out Your Back #Throwback” Playlist...

Apr 22 by

I know that there are other students who share my love for the so-called “oldies” (songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s), but these songs really aren’t so outdated as the younger generation might take them to be. Below is a collection of 26 songs that I think any college student could relate to (whether it be for partying, sex, crushes/relationships, or just being young and cutting loose), but I do wish this list could be longer. Yeah, the dances at frats today seem a bit provocative—or not much dancing, but jumping—however, for the most part, songs about dancing still have the same overarching themes within the past 50 years: back then, bums were still shakin’ and bumpin’; gettin’ down and low was part of the fun; the nightlife and dance floor were about...

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Millennials Are…

Apr 15 by

Millennials are “entitled, self-centered and overly reliant on technology.” Being a millennial has its perks. However, “millennial” is probably the last adjective I would use to describe myself, but it’s definitely not one I could ignore. Not all older adults understand the unusual struggle of being a millennial. We’re stuck between two frames of the American culture and we’re expected to uphold the values of the “American Dream” while pleasing our own progressive urges for other alternatives outside of the ever-changing, American dream. It’s true, millennials did grow up around technology—but we grew up alongside technology, we weren’t born into it. There’s a difference. Although I grew up in the early 2000s,  I still consider myself a “90s kid,” though some would argue that being born in ’97 is too late in the decade...

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How Not to College

Apr 13 by

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them.  I just finished dishes today that had been sitting for months.  Obviously nothing was moldy and nothing was actually food, but still, it’s disgusting and you should be better than me.  (If you are really...

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