Why did you choose Union?
Both of my sisters attended Union. Back in 7th grade, I went on a tour with my oldest sister and, upon leaving the tour, I told her that I would be attending Union. Then, throughout my junior year of high school, when I finally lived close enough to visit more often, I ended up at Union a handful of times. When visiting in high school, I was just as taken with Union as I had been in middle school. Everyone was so friendly, and my sisters were so enthusiastic about their experience. I applied to other small colleges and universities, but Union outshone them with their expansive study abroad opportunities and student research. When I received an acceptance to Union with entry into the Scholars Program, I knew it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. And here I am, still confident I made the best choice for myself.
How do you describe Union to friends and family?
Union is a small, close knit community where opportunities far surpass the expectations of a small college. Everywhere you walk on campus, you will encounter a friendly face—whether it be a peer or a professor you had your first year who still remembers your name. Opportunities for research and study abroad are plentiful, and the career center provides you with and prepares you for opportunities beyond college. Professors are focused on the success of their students, not simply the success of their research, and are invested in helping students reach their full potential.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
In “Developmental Psychology,” we had to analyze behaviors in media/movies and I was able to watch three Disney classics. Enjoying my old favorites while also observing them in a new light and analyzing stereotypes exhibited within them was immensely intriguing.
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
Happy Cappuccino (now Square One Cafe) on Jay Street—the warm, inviting atmosphere with space to do work is a nice way to escape the familiarity of the library for a little bit and enjoy a nice homemade pastry with some coffee (or, in my case, hot chocolate).