Author: Madison '19

Guest Post: Finding a Study Spot in Jackson’s Garden

Today’s featured blogger is Hannah Rayhill, ’18 – an English and Anthropology major from New Hartford, NY. Learn more about Jessica here. My most favorite aspect of the Union College Campus is Jackson’s Garden. For those of you that don’t know, Jackson’s Garden is a couple acres of land behind our campus center that is maintained by our school as a outdoor common space for all to enjoy. There is a tree that is just inside the entrance of the Garden tucked to the left a little ways down the main path. This tree’s trunk splits into three trunks that caper...

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John Calvin Toll Day & the Kelly Adirondack Center

  John Calvin Toll Day is Union’s campus-wide day of service. This is a great event for both students and the community to come together and make new connections. This year, over 400 students took part at over 16 venues. This year was my second year volunteering, and once again it was a great day! My group went to the Kelly Adirondack Center where we were asked to cut back a trail to make it useable again for the public. It was great to be in the woods during autumn enjoying the crisp air. I loved it and all...

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Guest Post: La Mexicana: No-frills family joint, with love in every bite

Today’s featured blogger is Jessica Maung, ’18 – a Biochemistry major from Portland, OR. Learn more about Jessica here . La Mexicana Grocery & Restaurant (1759 State St.) is, hands-down, the most authentic Mexican food in Schenectady, and possibly even in the Capital Region. Margot Paulick, associate professor in the Chemistry Department and one of my thesis advisors, introduced me to this hole-in-the-wall joint. Margot attended graduate school at UC Berkeley and became a Mexican food connoisseur with her time there, developing taste buds for sharp spices and full flavor. She swears that La Mexicana is the best Mexican food that she’s...

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5 Tips on Saving Money Before Graduation

I am a full-time student, which means my priority in life is my education. As well as the rest of the students on campus, I have definitely invested both a lot of time and money into learning. However, now that I am a junior, I am starting to more seriously think about money. Thankfully, I have a family that has helped to support me in my endeavors over the last two and a half years. But growing independence also means I need to start saving and thinking about the future: graduate programs, apartments, houses, a new car. All the...

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Guest Post: The Top 6 Places to Explore the Outdoors in the Schenectady Area

Today’s featured blogger is Abigail Lehner, ’18 – a Biology major from Colorado Springs, CO. Learn more about Abigail here .   Hiking at Plotter Kill Going on a hike at Plotter Kill Preserve is a must for Union students. The trail follows the Plotter Kill and you can walk past three waterfalls. This hike is very popular among students and is highly recommended.   Rock Climbing at The Edge Halfmoon There is a rock climbing gym about 20 minutes from Union’s campus. This is another popular stop for students and the school does trips to The Edge for free. The gym...

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The ID Major

There are many great reasons to attend Union College. One of those was not really made apparent to me until this year, but makes my education here even better than I believe it could be elsewhere. What is it? The ID Major. I am a student who finds the liberal arts side of things to be easier than the science and engineering side. However, nothing makes me feel more accomplished than being able to understand and enjoy the sciences. Enter Geology. Rocks are awesome, and once I discovered that, I declared Geology as my major immediately (having Classics as...

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Restaurant Week

One of the greatest things about Schenectady is its annual restaurant week. During restaurant week, really nice restaurants in the area come together to offer great deals on a meal from a special menu (usually three courses for $25). This year a few of my friends and I went to Aperitivo Bistro, also known as the place to bring parents when they’re up to visit. To start out, each of us got a different appetizer. I got the sugared beets with gorgonzola and onions. One of my friends got a soup with sausage and pasta, and another got an...

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Campus Meal Hacks

Eating: unarguably the most important task of every day. However, as a college student, boredom, lack of money (or creativity), can make the most fun activity of eating sadly mundane. So, here’s some ideas to spruce up your eating habits, whether it be to save you money, save you from eating boring food, or cure your desperate need for a cheat meal. If you aren’t a freshman or don’t live conveniently close to West College, you likely don’t go to West to eat. That’s wrong, and let me tell you why: we have Vitamix blenders (read: the God of...

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New Term, New U

New Years Resolutions: two-week-long commitments to bettering yourself. “New Year new me,” usually gets forgotten about by the third week of January. I really don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, because I feel like if you really wanted to make a change in yourself, you would do it before the new year starts. However, it’s a new term and a new year. It’s a new beginning enough to really make some changes in yourself if you are dedicated. It seems that a lot of us this term are dusting ourselves off and getting back onto the grind. A six-week-long winter...

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Feigenbaum Forum: Maya Lin

A few weeks ago in my Sophomore Research Seminar, my professor took a part of the class to watch some of a documentary about Maya Lin. As I would come to find out, Lin was the designer of the (controversial) Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as the Civil Rights Memorial. She was only a senior at Yale when she designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her approach to memorialization and funerary objects is much different than many memorial pieces we see today, as it has much to do with raw emotion and connection. I was very excited when I learned that she was...

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