Why did you choose Union?
The community instantly drew me to Union, as I fell in love with the students during a weekend visit. It was clear to me that Union was an uplifting community—a place where people encouraged others instead of tearing each other down, and where you were not merely one of 300 kids in an introductory class. Union’s Division I hockey program (go women’s hockey!) was also appealing, being a small liberal arts college with a competitive sports program that allowed the students to rally around and take pride in it.
How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
To anyone who asks, I simply say that Union is my home. Union represents to me everything that a home is. My entire life revolves around it, regardless of the time of year, even summers if I’m doing an internship that relates to my major, or partaking in training for the Navy ROTC program. Union has become the center and focal point of my life, where all roads lead. It is where I have found the greatest community and most caring people—my people.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
For “Global Value Chains,” I had to write a 20-page paper on the international soybean trade, but I struggled to stay interested and motivated during the research phase. By the time I completed the paper, I had never been more proud of anything than I was about a 20-page paper about a bean.
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My Sunday routine is to go to the Happy Cap (now Square One Cafe) and order a medium French Vanilla hot latte. It is genuinely the greatest latte I have ever had.