Author: Maura '15

The 5 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Living Off-Campus

As much as I hate to say it, this is my final year at Union. Just in case you haven’t noticed from any of my previous posts, I am obsessed with Union. Like, the same level of that line in the classic Mary-Kate and Ashley movie, It Takes Two: that can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, World Series kind of stuff…that’s how I feel about Union. However, as sad as the prospect of leaving Union feels, it also brings plenty of new adventures. So far, my biggest has been living off campus and independently for...

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my first stewart’s adventure

Last night, my girlfriends and I got some serious froyo cravings. We all piled in a car and headed to Mohawk Commons to hit up Sweet Frog, but when we got there, they were turning off the illuminated open sign and wiping down the machines. We quickly googled T.C.B.Y., another local froyo place, to see if it also closed at 9 p.m., which it unfortunately did. Despite the disappointment, we had one last option: Stewart’s. As a Massachusetts native, I had never been to a Stewart’s until Union College, but even so, I cannot believe that my first trip...

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Sign the petition encouraging Union to re-examine its off-campus release policy

A major part of student life for Union’s seniors is the benefit of being allowed to live off campus during their final year at the College. In the past, it has never been an issue for seniors, and students often begin preparing for their final year’s living situation during sophomore, or even freshman year. Personally, I signed my lease during the winter of my sophomore year to guarantee my off campus house senior year. It is an incredibly stressful and demanding process, one which has grown exponentially more competitive in recent years, as students fight with one another to...

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21st!

Last week, at long last, I finally celebrated my 21st birthday! For a college student, turning 21 is basically the Holy Grail. Until I turn 25 and can legally rent a car, this is essentially the last birthday with a significant amount of meaning and privileges attached. As any Union College student would, I of course celebrated the big night at Bomber’s with my best friends, complete with that massive margarita that they gift customers when it is their birthday. Prior to my Bomber’s celebration, my best friends could not have made my day more special. I was presented...

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5 best things about living in a sorority

At Union, if you are a junior and a member of Greek life, your housing is already predetermined. No need for that pesky lottery, or scrambling to get rooms together. Instead, you are given the opportunity to live in your sorority or fraternity house on frat row! Since I joined Greek life during sophomore fall, I have been looking forward to living in the Delta house! Finally, the time has come and I have to say, I am absolutely loving it. Here are my top five favorite things about living with my sisters! SO. MANY. CLOSETS. Never have I ever...

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employed!

Today I got the very exciting news that I have landed the internship I wanted for this summer! I have to say, being offered a dream job my first week back at Union was a very nice way to start off my first term back of junior year. Plus, I’m loving that internship hunting will no longer be a concern for the rest of the year! Such a relief. Starting in June, I will be working with a program run by the District Attorney’s Office called the Essex County Child Abuse Project. I will be working as a team...

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when in rome…

Do as the Romans do! Okay, cliché catchphrase officially out of my system. But you should have heard me while actually in Rome…catchphrase machine. Then again, I’d like to think that’s socially acceptable for a tourist. Rome was our final destination in the 10-day, tri-city reading week break tour of Europe, and we set out from Florence to catch a train to Rome. After checking in at our hostel, we took the city by storm and met up with another friend who would be traveling with us for the weekend. Our first stop was the Colosseum, conveniently located super...

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Fabulous Florence

In my second follow up to Madrid, I will get into all the fabulous details about my trip to Florence last week! Throughout all of my travels so far, I have to say that Florence was far and away my favorite place thus far. Granted, I still have Paris this weekend (leaving in the morning, eek!) but Florence will definitely be a tough act to follow. After a minor setback involving Allie thinking she had lost her boarding pass at the gate in Madrid’s airport as we waited to board our flight to Pisa, we were successfully on our way....

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Bienvenidos a Madrid

This past week I traveled through Spain and Italy, which totally sucked and was the worst experience of my life…yeah right. It was beyond amazing, and I can’t stop thanking my lucky stars that I have been fortunate enough to be having such a phenomenal term abroad. Seriously, it is surreal. Since 10 days of travel is a lot to cover, and my fingers get tired of typing, I plan on bombarding Unfiltered with photos from the trips and the highlights from each city. Describing every wonderful detail would take pages on pages. To kick off our first night...

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erin go bragh

Two weekends ago, Emily, Kim and I headed to Ireland for a couple of days. Just in case you’ve never seen the phrase that I used for my title before, it is Gaelic for “Ireland Forever” and is a very common saying in both Irish and Irish American families. For Emily and I, it was like returning home, as both of our families have their roots in the old country. We took an early flight out on Thursday and landed in Dublin with plenty of time to spend the day exploring in the city. After dropping off our bags...

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