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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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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Union’s Versatility for Events...

Apr 6 by

One of my favorite things about living at Union is our ability to create events that cater to our interests. There are so many clubs and groups on campus with access to funds and spaces that it only takes a few emails or showing up to a meeting to drum up support for your event idea, and with enough advertisement, the event can be a real success. In October, Arts House partnered with WRUC and Breazzano House to bring two bands to Union for a punk show. Scout Boys and Prince Daddy & The Hyena are returning to Union on Saturday with the addition of Snowhaus for a second show. I coordinated with all three bands to try and make this next show even more successful than our first, and my Arts housemates have been incredibly helpful...

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The Relatable (Awkward) Freshman...

Apr 1 by

Coming into college, I had a fairly well-grounded sense of who I was, my likes and dislikes, and my interests and disinterests. Though these characteristics are expanding and shifting a bit, it doesn’t make me, or any freshman, prone to not being or feeling awkward during new college situations. The jump from Senior year in high school to Freshman year in college is an age-old tale (sort of), but I’m sure any college student could vouch for at least experiencing one (if not all) of the following relatable, yet awkward, freshman year situations that bring out the not-so-cool side of us.   Eye-contact miscommunication It happens all over campus. And with a small student body, often times you make eye contact with people that you feel you sort-of know but immediately question whether or...

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Incomplete

Mar 30 by

It’s spring term!  Which means a clean slate, warm weather and everything is turning green again!  I’m so extremely thankful that spring is finally here.  But it’s a little less exciting when you have incomplete courses to finish (like me). I left winter term early due to a family emergency which ultimately led to my mother passing away.  My mother is my best friend, so it isn’t an easy thing to get through. Now I have last term’s courses to finish while I dive into this term.  It’s a little stressful, to say the least.  But I really want to take the time to applaud Union in how they have worked with me through the last month. My professors have been so accommodating through this whole process.  They filled out forms I should have completed before leaving...

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Countdown till Spring

Mar 4 by

I suppose I got lucky. This term’s weather wasn’t as awful as I anticipated it to be. There were moments where I’ve woken up, and with one look outside my window, I became a bit depressed at the cloudy skies, naked trees, and outstretched sense of gloom across campus. But fear not, those days will soon be over (until next year). I’ve heard it more than once, from students and faculty members, that this year’s winter was anything but the normal, Schenectady winter storms, but, like I said, I suppose I got lucky. Spring term isn’t really much about the weather. There’s this hopeful anticipation that accompanies my new found comfort and confidence in handling the Union College campus culture during Spring term. I’ve heard so many great things about Springtime here, so I...

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