Category: Family

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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Tara Kitchen- Moroccan Cuisine

I’ve written about a lot of eating spots in Schenectady before, including the delicious Persian Bite (which has recently moved closer to campus, right down Union Street), Cafe Nola, and Bombers. One restaurant in Schenectady that I always wanted to go to is named Tara Kitchen. The other day, my mother and I went to eat at the Moroccan spot. It’s kind of hidden, located kitty-corner from the Schenectady post office, which is right near Jay Street and Proctor’s. We were seated one floor up from the bar, where it was very warm. The actual outside was not as...

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Incomplete

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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Return to NY

Because Union has trimesters, we have a six-week break starting at Thanksgiving break and continuing into the beginning of the New Year. Break is the perfect time to do something exciting as not many other people are home at the same time. Many students use this time to travel on a Union mini-term or on their own, or get an internship. I spent this past winter break in Seattle, staying with family. The infamous Pike’s Place Market in Seattle Rather than being at home in NH, where I would undoubtedly be spending money to visit people, my aunt let...

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That Time of Year

I am the person Thanksgiving-lovers hate.  I celebrate Christmas and it is without a doubt my favorite holiday.  I am listening to Christmas music as I type this and I have too many tabs open on Etsy.com trying to find cute gifts for my best friends.  I am already thinking about all the finals-week movie nights me and my roommate are going to have because she has never seen Christmas movies or listened to Christmas music.  Yeah she is from China so she gets a break but I don’t know how she has celebrated Christmas for 18 years and...

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Winter Break Plans

Union’s schedule is pretty strange. We don’t get out until June, and we have all of December off. This fall I have been quietly freaking out over what I would do for break. Unlike a lot of my friends who have each other at home during break to hang out with, it’s just me. I live in rural New Hampshire and there really aren’t many (or any…we don’t have any businesses in my town) that would hire me just for 6 weeks. My first two winter breaks were spent working at a ski mountain teaching lessons. Ideally, this would...

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Having my Car at Union

This year I’ve brought my car with me to Union, which has been incredibly useful. A yearly parking pass is only $15, which is incredible, and I’ve got a small parking lot right behind my house that I can use. I’ve taken a couple weekends to visit my family in Boston and to see my girlfriend at Penn State, and with my convenient Tuesday and Thursday class schedules I can take regular long weekends. I get to drive my little black 1988 Volvo 240 pretty often, and it does well on the long drives. I can also make trips to...

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