Why did you choose Union?
I had known that I wanted to be an engineer for some time. Whether that came from my extensive use of Legos as a child, or my extreme interest in taking things apart and putting them back together, I knew that I wanted to do something that would allow me to express my creative side and my practical side. This resulted in my applying to numerous technical schools with the intention of solely focusing my studies in engineering. Union was a school that I knew had a very great engineering program, but wasn't just a STEM school.
When it came down to my final choices, I visited Union and it sealed the deal. I realized after my accepted students day that I wanted to be surrounded by people who were of all different academic fields. I could no longer see myself with only engineers all day; I wanted to be surrounded by economists, artists, political scientists and philosophers. I wanted to be able to take classes such as “Printmaking” and “The Ancient World”, while still getting a world-class engineering degree. This made me fall in love with Union.
How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
I describe Union as my home away from home. Home to me is a place where I feel comfortable and understood. There is no judgment or neglect – it is a place full of support and people who share the same goals and aspirations that I do. Everyone here is lovely to talk to even if you have never met them before. Professors are encouraging and optimistic about your success and WANT you to succeed. I haven't had anyone discourage me from doing something that I wanted to do – whether that was ordering a new drink at “Woldbucks” (the Starbucks in campus’ Wold Center) or taking a class that was outside my discipline. The people of this community are kind and compassionate. Not only that, but it's fun! I love my time spent skiing with my friends in ski club or going bowling on Thursdays. Union and the people here make me feel welcomed and a part of something that I can truly say I am proud of.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
Conducting a series of labs using the Union College Wind Tunnel located on the first floor of the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC). Being able to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to an immediate real world application made the entire course extremely enjoyable.
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
Bowling at Boulevard Bowl on Thursday nights. It is $4 a game and my friends and I have made it a tradition to go every Thursday, setting different teams each time.