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Jaclyn Mandart '12

Jaclyn Mandart '12

Assistant Dean of Admissions

  (518) 388-6112
  mandartj@union.edu

I graduated from Union in 2012. I came from a high school where I felt a strong sense of community, and I wanted the same kind of vibrant student experience in college. When I visited Union I felt excited immediately. I saw how the small classes allowed students to really get to know their professors and classmates. Students were passionate about their academics but also had the time and drive to join organizations and make this a better place. Having graduated, I can now tell you I got the experience I was looking for and then some.

I love talking with prospective students around the country. My regions are: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Long Island and Western New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. In Schenectady, one of my favorite things to do is get breakfast Sunday mornings at the Schenectady Greenmarket. In addition to fresh produce, you can buy anything from chocolate covered waffles to maple iced tea to veggie samosas from our local eateries.

On campus, I love Memorial Chapel. It was in that building during my Admitted Students Open House that I decided to come to Union. As a student, I sang there with my a cappella groups. One of my groups joined Ingrid Michaelson on stage when she stopped by campus on her tour, and I played the bells in the Chapel’s tower for years.

I am a big fan of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, particularly his Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Tree of Codes. He never fails to tell a beautiful story in a unique way. I also love young adult fiction, and in that genre you cannot get anyone better than John Green. The Fault in Our Stars blew me away. I have read it several times and cannot seem to get through a chapter without laughing and crying, often at the same time. (DFTBA!)