Why did you choose Union?
I vividly remember the day I toured Union College. I had toured quite a few other schools and Union had not really been on my radar. Upon request from my godmother, I decided to give Union a chance - she had attended Union and met her husband here. They were eventually married at the church across the street from campus and I, as a young girl, was the flower girl. I remember taking pictures outside of the Nott Memorial and in Jackson’s Garden with the bridal party, most of whom were my godmother’s friends from her time at Union. The day I toured Union was just as magical as the day of her wedding. It was late September and I had already started filling out other college applications. However, the moment I arrived home from my tour, I began filling out an application for Union and decided to do Early Decision. The atmosphere on campus made me feel so comfortable, even though I knew no one. All it took was one step on campus, and I knew I had found my home.
How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
When I think of Union, I think of my home away from home, and that is what I try to portray to my friends and family. It’s not easy for me to be away from them, but being on this campus makes it a whole lot easier. Most of them have been to visit campus, so they’ve been able to see and experience the comfort one gets walking around, passing the Nott Memorial. What they can’t see is the impact that all of the people here have had on me, which I can only explain through the memories that I’ve made here. I tell them about my first year roommate, who is still my best friend, and all of the adventures to Target, late night walks to Reamer for ice cream, and early mornings at West eating breakfast with her. I tell them about my rugby, the camaraderie I get to experience on a daily basis with them, and how I feel like they’ve truly become my second family. I tell them about where I live, Wells House, and all the community service I’ve been able to do on campus and in the local community. I tell them about my sorority, which has given sisterhood a new meaning to me. I think the best and only way to describe my experience here at Union is through the stories and memories that I’ve made, which so accurately portray the amazing community I am a part of.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
My favorite class assignment so far at Union was in a film class I took sophomore year, where we had to make a short suspense film in small groups. We were able to work with high-grade equipment, make scripts and storyboards, and shoot a small masterpiece.
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My favorite place off-campus in Schenectady would have to be Mohawk Harbor. The atmosphere there is so calm. It’s a great place to walk around and grab food or hang with friends, and they do yoga on the weekends!