Category: Academics

Guest Post: Discovering Digital Art Through Union College

Today’s featured blogger is Arielle Singer, ’18. Arielle is a Marketing Engineering Products (Organizing Theme) major from California. Learn more about Arielle here!   I have found here at Union College that my mental health was more balanced during the terms that I took a digital art course. My art is really a place where I am able to integrate all the things that I am trying to process and lay them out in front of me. As my interest and ability in this medium has expanded so have the ways that I can process. I can use everything...

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Guest Post: Presenting My Research in NOLA

Today’s featured blogger is Jess Maung, ’18. Jess is a Biochemistry major and an Environmental Policy minor. Learn more about Jess here! I have been on a crazy, rewarding, and challenging adventure doing research during my time at Union. I started doing research at the beginning of my sophomore year through my Scholars’ Research Project, and approached Professors Margot Paulick and Laura MacManus-Spencer (also known as LAMS) about doing work on a joint project they collaborate on. This project focuses on the breakdown of sunscreen chemicals and their toxicity. I started by shadowing a thesis student at the time,...

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Guest Post: Steinmetz Day

Today’s featured blogger is Rachel McNeil, ’18 – an Organizing Theme major (Digital and Visual Media Literacy) from Cortland, NY. Learn more about Jessica and her major here. Union’s spring schedule is full of traditions and annual events, from Springfest to Lobsterfest, to Alumni weekend, but my all-time favorite after four years here, is Steinmetz Day. The 28th annual Steinmetz Symposium took place on Friday, May 11, 2018.  The symposium marks the only official day at Union where classes are cancelled, and the campus is transformed into a space for research presentations, performances, and gallery receptions. Steinmetz holds a very...

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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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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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What it’s Like to Write an English Thesis

Thesis.  The second most popular talking point for seniors behind post-grad plans.  Thesis is simultaneously the bane and triumph of a senior’s existence. From what I’ve gathered talking with other senior thesis students, the process is unique to each department.  Some students carry out a study and write a report, some create art or design a machine, some compose a research paper.  As an English major, my thesis was a literary analysis. My specific thesis looked at contemporary dystopian fiction and analyzed Biblical archetypes and environmental apocalypse in three novels.  I came to arrive at this topic after realizing that...

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Dealing with Stress

College is stressful.  There is no denying that.  Readings, labs, papers, projects, and tests can build up in the blink of an eye.  On top of it all is clubs, work, exercise, social lives, adequate sleep, and elusive “you” time.  It’s no wonder then when you’re running from place to place breathlessly that the panic of getting it all done can become volcanic.   Everyone else seems to have all these things balanced, so why can’t we college students figure it out?  Oftentimes “real” adults (aka, those out in the real world with apartments and dogs and office jobs) rag on...

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