Admissions Office
Veronica Leitao

Veronica Leitao '21

Job Title
Admissions Interviewer

Why did you choose Union?
My college search was a complicated journey. Factors such as financial aid, test optional, international programs, majors, campus life and guaranteed housing were all taken into consideration. I applied to Union because I knew I would be able to excel at a great school without a heavy financial burden because of merit- and need-based scholarships. I also knew I would be looked at holistically beyond a standardized test score. I felt that Union appreciated what I would bring to the table.

How do you describe Union to your friends and family?
Union College is an amazing place where you can seek opportunities left and right. It is a small liberal arts school that is rigorous, but rewarding in work. At Union, you are more than just a number and the campus really hones in on giving students the opportunity to make a change on campus. Union has been quite like a home to me, one that has been with me through the good and bad. If I am away for too long, I start to miss it. To me, that means that I value my time here and love the college I picked. Union is a hidden gem, and I am glad that I found it.

What has been your favorite class assignment at Union?
My favorite class assignment at Union has been a research project in Professor Victoria Martinez’s “Border Identities” course. It really grew my passion for the topic of immigration.

What is your favorite place off-campus in Schenectady?
My favorite place off-campus in Schenectady would be The Kelly Adirondack Center. It is run by the college, but has such a different vibe and is really something that exemplifies the natural setting we are in.