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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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Into the Rush

To Join or Not to Join. I’ve tossed and turned with the decision numerous times before coming to Union and during my (soon-to-be) one year here, and the question remains: should I rush sophomore year? Initially in high school, I had no real interest in sororities. I was indifferent towards Greek life; I didn’t view it as bad or detrimental to my well-being, nor was I ecstatic on joining or felt any obligation towards it. But as soon as freshman year in college rolled out, the rush-week photos rolled with it. My friends who’d all gone to big universities...

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Here’s To Wishful Thinking

There are times when Union socially feels like a “glorified,” reminiscent of high school (I blame it on the small size and somewhat “clique-ish” atmosphere). Don’t get me wrong, my experience here so far has provided me with some trials and tribulations that I don’t care to erase; however, there are people and specific social interactions that are dependent on an odd sense of immaturity and narrow-mindedness that I presumed only existed in high school (my bad). I’ve met some great people here that have made my time here more interesting and engaging, but that’s only a handful of...

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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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“Don’t Throw Out Your Back #Throwback” Playlist

I know that there are other students who share my love for the so-called “oldies” (songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s), but these songs really aren’t so outdated as the younger generation might take them to be. Below is a collection of 26 songs that I think any college student could relate to (whether it be for partying, sex, crushes/relationships, or just being young and cutting loose), but I do wish this list could be longer. Yeah, the dances at frats today seem a bit provocative—or not much dancing, but jumping—however, for the most part, songs about dancing...

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The Relatable (Awkward) Freshman

Coming into college, I had a fairly well-grounded sense of who I was, my likes and dislikes, and my interests and disinterests. Though these characteristics are expanding and shifting a bit, it doesn’t make me, or any other freshman, prone to not being or feeling awkward during new college situations. The jump from Senior year in high school to Freshman year in college is an age-old tale (sort of), but I’m sure any college student could vouch for at least experiencing one (if not all) of the following relatable, yet awkward, freshman year situations that bring out the not-so-cool...

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Freshman Vs. Senior Year (at College)

For many students, the exciting thing about coming to college is prospectively experiencing a “This-Is-Me” type of transformation; goodbye, adolescence, hello adulthood. But before adulthood comes knocking on your door, college offers its own sense of change in the short four years that you’re there. It might not be something obvious—more than likely, it will be ambiguous and gradual—but your behavior, opinions and overall mentality about the world will have some change.   Below I’ve collected reflective commentary from senior and junior students on campus about their differences in behavior, opinions, and overall mentality since freshman year (*All responses...

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