Why did you choose Union?
I met Mr. Vernon Castillo at a summer program, where he gave a presentation on Union and spoke very highly of the preparation for pre-med students. As someone who wants to be a doctor, I was naturally drawn to Union after this. After finding out that Union was recognized as a top STEM school for women, I knew it was the place for me. I liked that I could spend four years doing research and be published in a research journal before graduating college. On top of that, during my second visit to Union I was on crutches, and the help from students, my tour guide and admissions in making sure that I was okay and could get around was astounding. Union felt like home to me from that day on.
How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
I describe Union as the place where I am able to do anything and everything that I set my mind to. Union truly is the place where you have people in every position to support you and guide you. Since coming to Union, I have been able to be an active club member, a tour guide, a member of the Greek Life community, an RA, a chemistry researcher, and have been able to go abroad. There are constant opportunities and there is always something to do. Union really is a big community where you are constantly making new friends in each class you have, but you never feel like it’s too small. It’s the best of both worlds.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
My favorite class assignment has been when I genetically modified a fruit seed enzyme to see how mutations would alter enzyme function and how the protein reacts as a result.
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My favorite place off-campus is the Whitney Book Corner. They are an independent bookstore for thrifted books which cost anywhere from 25¢ to $5 so you can always find great books for a low cost!