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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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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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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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Putting the “Home” in Homecoming Weekend

This past Homecoming weekend, I had the delight of spending time with my mum on campus. The last time my mum was on campus was for Freshman Move-In day last year, which wasn’t much of a visit. I’m glad she’d spent a few nights in Schenectady so she could get a feel of the campus, my classes, and just my overall college experience. On Friday, her flight came in the afternoon and we immediately had dinner at Rathskeller, because it is one of my go-to places to eat and hang-out on campus. Then I gave her a simple tour of...

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“Sometimes Family Are the Ones You Choose”

Even though it’s Sophomore year, I’m still trying to find a group I feel comfortable being around. One of the reasons I joined a sorority on campus was so that I could better seek out individuals who were similar enough to me in order to increase my sense of belonging—not as a means to solely define myself but to find something on campus that partially defined who I saw myself as already.  It was less about having a social life, but more of just making this college experience a bit more worthwhile. Since the beginning of fall term, these...

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DIY Decorations

If you’re like me, then you love finding those little bits and bobs that make a house a home.  The transition from a double dorm-room to an on-campus apartment meant that my housemates and I had a lot more space to fill than our previous two-walled decorations could satisfy.  Without breaking the bank, we found some creative and crafty ways to make all the extra space feel like our space. First, is stickers.  It’s something that I never usually think about until I’ve collected a few too many.  Many students at Union save these for their laptops or Nalgene water bottles, but for...

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