Using a Tablet for Work and Leisure...

Feb 6 by

This summer, while I was living on an island off the coast of New Hampshire, my Macbook Pro . I was one of about a hundred employees on Star Island, and luckily we were fortunate enough to have a full-time IT person who could help diagnose the issue. My computer died in the middle of me using it, and when I tried to restart it the only thing that appeared on the screen was a message telling me the laptop couldn’t connect to its own hard drive. I would later find out that the cable that connected the hard drive to the rest of the computer was faulty, and it would be an easy fix at an Apple store. In addition to not knowing at the time what was wrong with my computer, I was 45 minutes by...

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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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Schenectady

Jan 21 by

Many Union students see Schenectady as a dirty city without much to offer.  That’s an easy assumption to make if you never leave campus.  In reality, Schenectady is an extremely iconic place, one that is finally on the uptrend again. Schenectady was often referred to as “The City that Lights and Hauls the World”.  That’s a pretty big title.  That title comes from the two major businesses in the area, General Electric and the American Locomotive Company.  Of course, these businesses outsourced and moved over time, but General Electric still has some business here.  There was a time where the city lost a lot of its luster due to the fact that the businesses largely went away, but now the city is seeing a lot of activity, especially downtown where a huge amount of...

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