Tag: campus life

Guest Post: Finding a Study Spot in Jackson’s Garden

Today’s featured blogger is Hannah Rayhill, ’18 – an English and Anthropology major from New Hartford, NY. Learn more about Jessica here. My most favorite aspect of the Union College Campus is Jackson’s Garden. For those of you that don’t know, Jackson’s Garden is a couple acres of land behind our campus center that is maintained by our school as a outdoor common space for all to enjoy. There is a tree that is just inside the entrance of the Garden tucked to the left a little ways down the main path. This tree’s trunk splits into three trunks that caper...

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5 Tips on Saving Money Before Graduation

I am a full-time student, which means my priority in life is my education. As well as the rest of the students on campus, I have definitely invested both a lot of time and money into learning. However, now that I am a junior, I am starting to more seriously think about money. Thankfully, I have a family that has helped to support me in my endeavors over the last two and a half years. But growing independence also means I need to start saving and thinking about the future: graduate programs, apartments, houses, a new car. All the...

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Campus Meal Hacks

Eating: unarguably the most important task of every day. However, as a college student, boredom, lack of money (or creativity), can make the most fun activity of eating sadly mundane. So, here’s some ideas to spruce up your eating habits, whether it be to save you money, save you from eating boring food, or cure your desperate need for a cheat meal. If you aren’t a freshman or don’t live conveniently close to West College, you likely don’t go to West to eat. That’s wrong, and let me tell you why: we have Vitamix blenders (read: the God of...

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Feigenbaum Forum: Maya Lin

A few weeks ago in my Sophomore Research Seminar, my professor took a part of the class to watch some of a documentary about Maya Lin. As I would come to find out, Lin was the designer of the (controversial) Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as the Civil Rights Memorial. She was only a senior at Yale when she designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her approach to memorialization and funerary objects is much different than many memorial pieces we see today, as it has much to do with raw emotion and connection. I was very excited when I learned that she was...

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Victory Day 2016 at Union

On May 8, 1945, Nazi high officers signed documents to officially surrender to Allied forces. In most of the world, May 8 is celebrated as Victory in Europe Day. In Russia, Victory Day is celebrated on May 9. This is because in Moscow, it was already May 9 by the time the Nazi generals surrendered in Berlin. May 9 is a national holiday in Russia, a day taken to honor veterans of World War II and to remember the sacrifices of Soviet soldiers and citizens during the war. In Moscow, they still hold a military parade in Red Square every...

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25 Things Only Union Students Understand

The mess that is Dutch Hollow during common lunch. The Nott wind tunnel. Painting the Idol. Wings and Sticks Fridays at West. The Pyramid. Avoiding vendors in Reamer like it’s your job. “Oh so are you near NYC?” At least 77 of your Instagram pictures are the picture of the Nott with a sunset behind it. 1AM Skeller. Seeing ANY dog ever, especially if it’s that one that looks like a bear. 2AM walks of shame from the library. Almost every email in your inbox starts with [Campus Events]. The ridiculous wait before the Springfest lineup is released. It’s...

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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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Union’s Versatility for Events

One of my favorite things about living at Union is our ability to create events that cater to our interests. There are so many clubs and groups on campus with access to funds and spaces that it only takes a few emails or showing up to a meeting to drum up support for your event idea, and with enough advertisement, the event can be a real success. In October, Arts House partnered with WRUC and Breazzano House to bring two bands to Union for a punk show. Scout Boys and Prince Daddy & The Hyena are returning to Union 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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Trimesters at Union

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about trimesters. Something that sets Union apart from most colleges and universities in America is its trimester system. Contrary to the norm, we have three terms instead of two and we take three classes for ten weeks each. This works out so we get a six-week winter break from Thanksgiving to just after New Year’s, and while we get out a little later in the summer, we don’t have to go back to school until early September. By the time we’re out of school for Thanksgiving break, we’ve completely finished with our...

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