The Dreaded Schenectady Winter

Feb 3 by

…..does not exist this year. All prospective students have probably heard about the snow, the deep chills, the depressing winter months, and the wind tunnel around the Nott that seems near impossible to avoid. But this year is a little bit different. Today is February 3, and there is no snow. It is actually raining as I type, at 52 degrees. I can complain like any other about the winter, but usually I like to enjoy it for a while first. I really enjoy skiing, and Union has a great ski club. The club takes students on free trips to Jiminy Peak each Thursday, and for 20 dollars per trip, they go to a different mountain every weekend. There’s even one weekend-long trip to Jay Peak, where students wait in line over night to...

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Survival Guide For Attending A Small College...

Jan 29 by

I didn’t really put much thought into colleges–in the sense that I was not only interested in “x” type of schools. However, I did only apply, (and got accepted in), to private colleges and universities, but the sizes varied from Occidental College and Millsaps College to Chapman University and Southern Methodist University. I didn’t have the foggiest idea of what a “private, liberal arts college” felt like—I just thought school was school, and as long as the people were friendly and I learned something, then I would be okay. A lot of my friends went to state schools, so it wasn’t until we shared stories via Snapchat, phone call or text, that it really hit me how different of an experience it was to attend a small, private liberal arts school. I’d gone to...

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Finding a Balance

Jan 27 by

College gets crazy. What with classes, friends, clubs, and everything in-between, it’s hard to find any downtime. What can complicate this a little bit more is trying to have a job on campus. It’s always nice to have a little extra money, and for me it’s about finding that balance that will enhance my college experience in that I will have extra cash to do things, but not be spending so much time working that I don’t get to enjoy those benefits. Many students, myself included, have a work-study, where they spend 6-8 hours per week working in a certain department or place on campus. In addition to this, students can obtain other jobs. My work-study is this–blogging–in communications. But last spring I applied to work at the Union College Affiliates, which is basically...

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Whatever the Weather

Jan 22 by

Winter Term definitely has come with its own twist and turns. From new faces and new classes to a new change in weather. More than anything, the new climate is something I’d long forgotten since my last winters in New York from when I was six. I remember being incredibly in love with the snow, as many kids tend to be, and begging to stay outside longer to play in the snow—dressed up as an oversized Teletubbie as my fingers and toes went numb. Even now, I don’t mind the cold weather and snow during my late night walks from play rehearsals and my morning commute to West before my nine-a.m. class, but living in Texas for the past twelve years has definitely led me to forget how annoyingly inconvenient cold weather is. But we’re...

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College Expectations Vs. Reality...

Jan 15 by

Although, it’s still early in the term—and the workload hasn’t been a complete walk in the park—I’m still keeping my head above water…well, at least, trying to. However, there have been specific moments on campus that I think many college students could relate to, when their Expectations didn’t quite match up with Reality (think along the lines of 500 Days of Summer if you may):   Expectation: Eating all your major food groups for nearly every meal at the dining hall; Making wise eating choices to refrain from excess weight gain; Eating a salad a day; Finishing your whole plate when you’re really hungry   Reality: Filling your plate up 50% with overly salted French fries; Grabbing something that you think looks like meat; Eating ice cream, cookies and/or cake after a meal; Having...

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The Important Questions

Jan 14 by

As the deadline for applications for the Class of 2020 heads closer (1 more day!), I wanted to take a minute to address the important yet always unanswered questions that I had when I first started visiting colleges. 1: The Food I’m pretty sure that tour guides at every college memorize what to say when someone asks about the dining hall food.  They always say: “You just have to be creative and there’s always something you’ll want to eat!” Let’s be honest.  After all my classes are over at 12:50, I am starving.  I am not willing to be creative, I am starving.  So let’s talk about West Dining.  At Union, it’s en vogue to talk about how much West sucks and how much better the other dining option, Upper, is.  Upper is almost...

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Back With U

Jan 11 by

Today marks the second Monday of winter term.  It was 10 degrees this morning at 8 AM. But despite the lovely weather, this term will be my second at Union and I feel completely comfortable and so happy to be back.  One thing about first term as a freshman is that you plan to have all this time to do whatever you want.  Yet in reality it seems like you’re busy all the time even if you only have a few extracurriculars.  Basically, you have to learn time management.  Going into my second term I feel ready to take on new opportunities and try new things.  I’m really excited to volunteer some of my time at the Kenney Center and finally go to some events on campus. One issue I plan to address is the funk...

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If It’s Meant to Be…It Will Be...

Jan 8 by

It could be the positive, new vibes of the New Year finding ways to surround me, but I couldn’t feel any more refreshed to come back to Union and meet new people. My schedule is a lot busier than it was last term, but (back to those new vibes) I feel incredibly prepared for it all. Suppose this term will be my true test of strength—below freezing weather, a plethora of reading, and late-night play rehearsals.  However, this is exactly how I wanted college to feel. Last term it was more about just going through the motion of things; nothing felt genuine, people came and went, and everything was really new to me. This term, even though it’s only a few days in, I can honestly say that I’m happy here. I’ve got a...

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College–(Part 2)...

Nov 13 by

Now, continuing on with the proposed, first five Things I Wish I Knew Before College list, the remaining five are as followed. 6. Don’t Overestimate Your Free Time As glorious as the trimester schedule can be at times (and challenging at others), try to refrain from being idle with your time. Due dates are closer than they appear and the days go by quickly. Take baby steps and work on assignments bit by bit, though it’s easier said than done. Even if it’s just brainstorming what you want to write a paper on, doing the first two equations of your math homework, or reading the first five pages of a long reading assignment, that brainstorming, those first few equations and pages do make a difference in your workload. It’s understandable that once in college, the...

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