Why did you choose Union?
I’m a first-generation college student and the first born, so it was my family’s first time dealing with anything college-related. I looked for help and came across the EMERGE program in Houston. Through the program, I started looking at colleges and thinking about my non-negotiables: an uplifting environment and amazing school spirit, a connection with my peers and faculty, a place where I could express myself freely. I wanted a college where I would not be just a number; I wanted to be Martha.
I looked for months for a college that made me feel special. Until one day, my program manager suggested I look into Union. I remember my excitement as I was looking through the website. One by one, all my non-negotiables were being met. Now being here for three years, I still get that feeling of excitement every time I come back to campus.
How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
The way I would describe Union to my friends and family is simply “my home away from home.” I say this because I am in love with the landscapes on and around the campus, the faculty, and the amazing adventures I have had. This campus uplifts me and makes me feel unique and heard. Finding amazing friends and colleagues just adds to the special sparkle that Union has given me these past three years.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
The presentation I gave in my Spanish class “Imaginarios Urbanos” where I focused on the inequality of the school system in Houston.
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My favorite place in Schenectady isn’t a specific place but an area. Downtown for me is so visually appealing, and I love just taking a stroll all over and seeing all the historic buildings.