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Student Spotlight: Mary Locke '16



Hometown: Acworth, New Hampshire 
Major
: Biology
Minor: Russian Language

Read Mary's blog

Why Union:
I wanted a small school that wasn’t too far from home. It helps that Union is beautiful and very generous with scholarships.

Most inspiring class:
My Scholars Research Seminar, Alexander the Great, showed me how in-depth one can go on any subject. We spent the whole term studying one man from a limited number of sources, and a day didn’t go by where I didn’t find something new.

Also excited about
Union’s close proximity to mountains and nature preserves, and studying abroad in Siberia. I never expected to spend the end of my sophomore year in Russia, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Activities:
Honor Council, saxophonist in Jazz Ensemble, Orientation Team, Student Blogger, publicity director for Russian and East European Club, Scholars Program, member of Religious Diversity Theme House

Greatest Union moments
Last spring, having no experience, I participated in a musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Being a Mountebanks production (that’s the oldest student-run theater group on a college campus), it was directed by a classmate. I portrayed one of four monkeys in the scene where the bride-to-be is pretty much having a nervous breakdown. Our costumes were fabulous. Being involved in the show turned into the greatest experience I’ve had here so far. Performing and seeing it all come together in front of the audience was exhilarating, and I made amazing relationships.

How I'm making Union a better place
Through my participation on the Honor Council and the Orientation Team, I’m taking advantage of the fact that students really do have a voice here. 

Looking into the future
I would like to become more involved in Union’s environmental efforts and the Outdoors Club. Further into the future, I’d like to get a higher degree, though first I’d like to travel, maybe become involved in the Peace Corps or the WWOOF community (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms).

Advice for incoming students: 
It’s crucial to come in with an open mind and not be hung up on expectations. People are different than from home, and college is different than everyone expects it to be. But if these are seen as just that – differences – and not negative disparities, a whole world of opportunities opens.