Yesterday I attended the Modern Languages Welcome Celebration in our newly remodeled Schaffer Library. While I personally study Russian language here, the event had outstanding tables from all ten of the awesome modern languages Union College offers: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The event also featured short language lessons from the six Language Assistants that Union is hosting this year from Germany, China, Japan, Russia, France, and Spain. Students indulged in delicious food (a true staple in language study here) from so many international cultures. I even saw students learning Japanese calligraphy! The event was a great introduction to the Modern Languages department at Union, but an even better example of the kind of community that Modern Languages fosters here: close-knit, welcoming, and curious! Studying Russian and participating in the Russian and East European Culture Club are definitely some of my favorite things about my time Union College.
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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!