Author: Florainne '19

Au Revoir, Union

With summer around the corner, it feels good to say au revoir to another year at Union. In all honesty, I’ve yet to experience my “best” year here at Union, but Sophomore year was somewhat better than Freshman year. The usual happened: I met new people, discovered something else about myself and my principles, my outlook on life shifted a bit, and I grew more impatient with graduating. If there was something I would advise to upcoming sophomores, I would say: “grow through what you go through.” I challenged my comfort zone in so many aspects this year: traveling more...

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“Hidden Gems” In Schenectady

This year, I’ve definitely done a lot more “venturing out” in Schenectady. Although I’ve yet to get my car on campus, it’s been fun to go on these little adventures throughout the city and discovering these five places, which I consider “hidden gems” in the area: Riverside Park/Playground If you’re like me, and you feel you’ll never be too old for slides and swing sets, then this little park near the river is a fun spot to have a laugh with friends, goof off with little kids in the area or take a light stroll.       Villa Italia...

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Union College Resources: Becker Career Center

If you’re anything like me, you can admittedly say that you have a (unique) bittersweet attraction towards finding and pursuing a career that fits your interest, while continuously uncovering ways to get your feet wet before the working world sucks you in. Perhaps, doing something worthwhile with your life low-key excites you and you refuse to let your age limit you, so you’d rather start young. Well, below is a short narrative on how one resource at Union College helped me get a summer internship: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Since November of last year, I’ve been researching a career in Speech-Language Pathology...

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7 Zero-Waste Swaps for College

Although the term “zero-waste” essentially means reducing waste/making as little as possible of a detrimental, environmental impact on the world, it’s definitely something that I’ve personally been making strides for since late last year. What I’ve enjoyed most about being a college student is having the availability and freedom to start creating and practicing lifestyle habits that coincide with my beliefs; specifically, in this case, my beliefs about consumerism, materialism, and sustainability. Making the switch to incorporating zero-waste products and practices on a college budget with a college schedule is challenging and gradual, but the results are fulfilling, nonetheless....

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Must-Read Books for Spring Break

A perk of being an English major: you get to read books. A con of being an English major: you have to read books (that often don’t interest you, that is). It’s a bittersweet reality. When your academia demands so much of something you enjoy, you have to be careful not to lose your love for the activity. What I often do is take advantage of my college breaks to “binge” on books that I personally pick and want to read—as opposed to reading something for a grade. Don’t get me wrong, the books I’ve been assigned to read...

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Reducing Smartphone Use

Experiencing your young adult years in the 21stcentury can be bittersweet. For one, not everyone is entirely in need of smartphones and social media. Though I never felt a real pressure to be actively involved in social media/use my smartphone, I still tried to limit my dependency on my phone and number of social media accounts I had. However, there was this undercurrent of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, unwanted stress, and social pressure to be involved with and be exposed to all that social media functioned on. So, I felt I needed to bring minimalism to another corner of my life:...

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The Winter for Giving

I’m torn between feeling let-down by the lack of snow this winter and relieved that I didn’t have to whip out my snow boots and put on layers of clothes. Perhaps, Schenectady heard my prayers (or mother nature is trying to tell us something). Either way, my second winter at Union surprised me a bit. If anything, it felt more like the winters back home. This winter, I noticed a lot more campus involvement towards giving back to the Union and Schenectady community, which is admirable. I’ve taken my own steps towards being more charitable this winter, as well,...

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Pros & Cons of Being an Out-of-State Student

As the time for acceptance letters soon approaches, below are some things for first-year students coming from out-of-state regions (specifically, out of the NE area) to consider. CONS The luxury of going home for the weekend is not a thing. Culture shock. Enough said. Starting afresh can be stressful, hard to figure out, and takes a lot more patience and energy than you expected. The odds of finding “native cuisine” from your home state are slim. So, you patiently wait for long, school breaks so you can get back to stuffing your face with your favorite foods. The price...

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Minimalism Meets College

Welcome back! If there’s one thing I’m extremely guilty for, it is that I’m a very goal-oriented person. I’m constantly finding new things to tackle and complete just to allow myself to stay busy, avoid boredom, and learn something outside of the things we often take for granted. Currently, my biggest goal right now is internalizing and practicing a minimalist lifestyle. If you’re not familiar with “minimalism” or have a vague idea of it, here is a site that does the term justice, and another that describes the various types/categories of minimalism. This change in perception started early during...

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Falling In Love With Fall

Colors, Colors, Everywhere The trees and sky have never looked so vibrant. There’s so much greenery around campus, that when the leaves change colors to vibrant reds and oranges and yellows, it’s almost impossible to not stop and stare. I enjoy walking around campus and seeing how all the colors complement each other. Although Robert Frost wrote that “nature’s first green is gold,” I’m still appreciating the fall leaves before her “hardest hue” comes back again in the Spring; perhaps, it’s best if gold doesn’t stay.   Let’s Get Pump(k)in! The endless array of pumpkin pies on sale literally...

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