Last week Union’s Speakers Forum welcomed Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s  premium ice cream to speak to our campus community. While the free ice cream at the end was awesome, listening to Jerry’s perspective on life and business was without-a-doubt the best part. As a student interested in both economics and entrepreneurship, Jerry’s anecdotes were extremely helpful and eye-opening. Perhaps my biggest take away from the evening was that making ice cream didn’t start as a life long passion for either Ben or Jerry; the two friends simply knew that they wanted to get into the food business together and ended up choosing ice cream. I like this story because I’m a person who feels like I need to have everything figured out to the finest of details before going into something, but Jerry’s words convinced me that all you need to know is that you want to go into business and the rest will fall into place (with some hard work, of course!). During a time of personal high-stress, Jerry’s talk made me excited and I like being excited.

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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