Category: Admissions

Looking Back

It’s the middle of spring term! It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that I have almost finished my freshman year at Union, because it feels like only a few weeks ago I was introducing myself to everyone on campus. Prospective students might be asking (like I was), what is Union really like? Sure, you’ve been to open houses, tours, you’ve read all the statistics. But all of that seems useless when you really can’t experience what life is really like here. When I was looking at colleges, I dreamed of having a one-week trial at every...

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How Not to College

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them....

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It’s spring term!  Which means a clean slate, warm weather and everything is turning green again!  I’m so extremely thankful that spring is finally here.  But it’s a little less exciting when you have incomplete courses to finish (like me). I left winter term early due to a family emergency which ultimately led to my mother passing away.  My mother is my best friend, so it isn’t an easy thing to get through. Now I have last term’s courses to finish while I dive into this term.  It’s a little stressful, to say the least.  But I really want to take the...

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But Really, Why Union?

A few days ago I submitted my tour guide application and one of the questions on it was both the most important and difficult to articulate: “Why Union?”  I think this question is a really important one, and today in my Latin class I realized another reason why.  Here, people care about learning.  Their education is their goal.  I’m not saying that at other colleges learning isn’t the goal, but when you painstakingly outline out your Common App and re-read it three times before sending it, you are dedicating yourself to your education.  I think that because we all applied...

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Earth Week at Union

All of last week was dedicated to different sustainability events and advertising on Union’s campus. These events included the Schenectady Green Market coming to the school and giving out samples in front of Reamer; banned bottled water day where no bottled water was sold on campus and reusable water bottles were on sale; the environmental fair hosted tables offering different activities and foods; there were multiple trash audits. There were more events than this going on every day! It’s really important for Union to work towards being a sustainable campus. Not only does it help with college rankings and...

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TBT To My First Choice

Tomorrow is May 1st, which marks the day that many high school seniors will be choosing where they will spend the next four years.  Last year, I was feeling nostalgic and wrote a blog post about why I chose Union.  Now, as a senior, with only about seven weeks left until graduation, I am reliving that moment again.  These past four years have been nothing short of amazing, and I have gained so many experiences that I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Below is my blog post I wrote last year around this time, and just reading it over again has given me chills.  When I was a high school senior, there was so much uncertainty ahead and now that I will be graduating, I’m feeling that uncertainty again. Now knowing that everything has worked out so well, I can only look to the future with anticipation as I see what’s next to come. Best of luck to all students deciding to come to Union, I hope you make the right decision, and I can assure you that I definitely did! WHY I CHOSE UNION Originally posted April 3, 2014 Three years ago, around this time, I was deciding where I would spend the next 4 years of my life. Starting the Summer before my senior year of high school, I began my college search. I created a list...

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Nott Makes Headlines Again

Since the boom of smart phones, I bet every Union student has taken at least one Nott shot during their Union career. A few months ago there was research conducted on Union College campus to find out the reasons why students and visitors are obsessed with taking Nott photos. I believe everyone has their own reasons for loving the Nott; it can be the aesthetic aspect of its architecture, or its substantial history, or for some people just the character it adds to the campus. This week the website,, mentioned the Nott Memorial as one of the “57...

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Union Preparing Informed Leaders

Union is becoming more and more culturally diverse, and it is only a good thing. Based on the Union College website the Office of Admissions received 5,950 applications from prospective students for the Class of 2019, and the applicants outside the Northeast region has reached to 32 percent, two points greater than last year. This will boost diversity of opinions, thoughts, languages and cultures even more next year. Diversity emerges and enriches Union campus on many levels. Cross culture exchanges take place every day in classrooms, dining halls, gym, theme houses and on campus in general. However, there are...

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Something You Didn’t Know About Union

My brother, currently a senior at LA High School in Groton, applied to Union this year.  Last week when filling out his application, he sent me a text saying, “Tell me something about Union to answer this question: What stands out to you about Union and what has inspired you to apply?” I could have told him about Union recently being ranked among the twenty most beautiful colleges in America, or about Union’s academic and athletic excellence, but I thought those were very obvious facts and he already knew them. So I told him what inspires me about Union...

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