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Student Spotlight: Cam Duval '16

Hometown: Framingham, Mass.
Major: Undeclared (leaning toward Anthropology)
Minor: Russian Language

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Why Union:
Union was promoted as a small liberal arts college with a great campus, dedicated professors and small classes, allowing an in-depth view of class material and a more personal relationship between students and professors. I found this to be absolutely true. The Minerva system was also enticing to me because of the opportunities to become part of a community and steer it in a direction which you want it to go.

Most inspiring class:
I really enjoy learning about different cultures and hope to be able to apply what I have learned in my anthropology classes when I travel abroad to Siberia this Spring. I am in my second year of studying Russian language at Union College and I have taken several anthropology courses, ranging from basic introduction classes to specific classes about modern cultures and even a course on folk tales. I believe that traveling abroad and interacting in that country's native tongue is going to give me a better understanding of what it means to be an anthropologist, to immerse myself in a culture and to learn all I can about it by being involved in it.

Also excited about:
Traveling to Irkutsk, Russia, next spring with the departments of Russian and Environmental Science. I'm looking forward to mastering the language, immersing myself in the culture, and learning about Siberia and Lake Baikal, the largest fresh water lake in the world. I’ve always been interested in the outdoors; I’m an Eagle Scout, and I worked as a horticultural intern one summer. For my internship, I'd like to help build trails around the lake for a true firsthand Siberian experience.

I attend the Executive Board meetings for the student-run radio station, WRUC 89.7 FM, and I'm working in the music subsection of the club. I’m also a student blogger for the College, and I participate in Russian and Eastern European Club events.

Favorite study spot:
In nice weather, I go to a great spot behind the Silliman and Feigenbaum buildings. Other study areas include the third floor of the Nott Memorial, my desk in my dorm room and anywhere else there’s peace, quiet and a pair of headphones.

Other passions:
Have I mentioned WRUC?

Most surprising thing about Union:
How prevalent the fraternities and sororities are on campus. That's not a bad thing; a lot of frats and sororities do really great things within the Union and Schenectady communities. Greek life isn't for me, though, and it’s easy enough to find other things to do if that’s not your scene.

How I’m making Union a better place:
Keeping the radio station on the up-and-up.

Advice for incoming students:
Join a freaking club! Find something you’re passionate about early on, and become a part of it. You'll meet people who like the same things as you, and you'll find your place at Union.