Why did you choose Union?
Knowing that I wanted to continue my community activism, but also take the next steps by meaningfully studying politics in the classroom, I sought to find a small liberal arts school that had not only amazing opportunities for students but a supportive faculty—some of the many amazing qualities that I learned, from open houses and campus tours, described Union’s community perfectly. One of the most important qualities that Union had during my search was an emphasis on interdisciplinary academics and opportunities to get experience outside of the classroom through fellowships or internships. As a student I wanted to not only study individual academic fields, but the intersectionality of established academic fields, such as political science and economics. Through programs like the ID major, organizing theme major and Seward fellowship, I knew that I would have the opportunity to study the various fields that I was interested in. After looking at the size of Union, the academic catalog and the extracurricular activities available, I knew that Union College was the right fit for me.
How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
I describe Union College as a great liberal arts school in upstate New York with amazing opportunities for its students—from networking with alumni and interning in the federal government, to study abroad or joining greek life. Union College has a little bit of something for everyone. Whenever I talk about Union, I can’t help but talk about all of the amazing opportunities that Union has given me. I’ve been able to: be Vice President of Union Pride, Co-President of BSU, have an internship in Argentina with the Klemm Fellowship, make connections with faculty to conduct research, take courses on my favorite historical time periods and meet some of my best friends. But more so than anything, I have received support and guidance from the Union College community. No matter where I turned, faculty, staff and students at Union helped me along the way and continue to help me today. So, when my friends and family ask me about Union College I tell them the truth; Union is an amazing school and I’ve loved my time there.
What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
My favorite class assignment at Union, by far, has been my political science seminar research paper, where I was able to delve into a topic of interest in depth. Not only was I extremely interested in the subject and happy to conduct the research, I got a grade for it!
What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My favorite place off campus in Schenectady is RAW. Since my sophomore year internship at Congressman Tonko’s office in the Schenectady town hall, I have gone to RAW at least once a week to have an amazing green bowl.