Admissions Office
Abigail Strauzer '23

Abigail Strauzer '23

Job Title
Admissions Interviewer

Why did you choose Union?
At the beginning of the college search, coming from a smaller high school, I wanted a big university. But once I saw larger institutions, I was immediately overwhelmed and re-routed my entire college search towards smaller colleges in the northeast. I had toured Union in the spring, witnessing people out on the lawns around the Nott playing frisbee and having a great time. It painted this picture of what college has always looked like in my head. I knew right when I read my acceptance letter that I was coming to Union. Union College was single handedly the best decision I have made in my life this far.

How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
Anyone close to me that does not already go to Union College, understands just how amazing this place is and how much Union means to me. I talk about Union so much that it probably gets old very quickly to my friends and family, but they understand that this place has made me into the person I proudly am today. I describe it as my second home and a tight-knit, family-like community. I cannot go from point A to point B on campus without seeing someone I know or having a conversation with a friend. When describing Union, I also mention just how amazing it is that professors truly want to see students succeed in and out of the classroom. I have so many great relationships with different professors. This is something that is apparent from the first class you take at Union as a first-year student. It is so easy to feel at home here at Union.

What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
My favorite class assignment was from “Science Communication,” a biology class that I took junior year. This class was all about designing a tiny house that would help benefit the surrounding Schenectady community in some way. We worked on ideas like a mobile food pantry, a mental wellness tiny house, and a Smart City tiny house.

What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My favorite place off campus is the local Starbucks – a random choice, I know, but the community and kindness that pours out of the Nott Street Starbucks is something that resembles Union. Every morning, I drive there and the people are so kind and have fostered a friendship with me that makes me start my day off right.