Tag: Academics

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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A Look Back to Last Winter

There are always some days that are dreary during winter term. Luckily, there are many things that can brighten such days, and last winter it was the great course, Geology 203 – Lakes and Environmental Change, that did the trick for me! -Julie Sophis ’17

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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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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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Using a Tablet for Work and Leisure

This summer, while I was living on an island off the coast of New Hampshire, my Macbook Pro . I was one of about a hundred employees on Star Island, and luckily we were fortunate enough to have a full-time IT person who could help diagnose the issue. My computer died in the middle of me using it, and when I tried to restart it the only thing that appeared on the screen was a message telling me the laptop couldn’t connect to its own hard drive. I would later find out that the cable that connected the hard drive to the...

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Back With U

Today marks the second Monday of winter term.  It was 10 degrees this morning at 8 AM. But despite the lovely weather, this term will be my second at Union and I feel completely comfortable and so happy to be back.  One thing about first term as a freshman is that you plan to have all this time to do whatever you want.  Yet in reality it seems like you’re busy all the time even if you only have a few extracurriculars.  Basically, you have to learn time management.  Going into my second term I feel ready to take on...

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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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