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Union College Class of 2012 (B.S.).
Why I Chose Union:
I came from a fairly large high school that, despite its size, allowed me to feel a strong sense of community. I became very close with my fellow students, teachers, and advisors over the years and was able to be involved in every aspect of student life. I really appreciated my time there and knew I wanted the same kind of experience in college. When I visited Union, I saw how the small classes allowed students to really get to know their professors and the students surrounding them. I saw students who were passionate about their academics, but also had the time and drive to join organizations that they enjoyed and used to make Union a better place. I knew this was the type of environment that I was not only comfortable in, but could see myself being excited about being a part of for years to come. Now that I’ve graduated, I can tell you I got the experience I was looking for and then some.
Areas of study:
Psychology major, Classical Civilizations minor
Favorite Union College sports team:
Union’s Men’s Hockey team! The games really bring the campus and community together and they are so much fun to watch.
Favorite vacation destination:
My family has been going to Grand Isle, Vermont every year since I was little. I love hanging out with family and friends on Lake Champlain in the summer, and once the weather gets a little chilly, picking up as many maple syrup products as I can get my hands on.
I am a big fan of Jonathan Safran Foer, particularly his novels Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Tree of Codes. He never fails to tell a beautiful story in a unique and interesting way. I also have a love of young adult fiction and in that genre you cannot get anyone better than John Green. His most recent book, The Fault in our Stars absolutely 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!
My two favorite movies of all time are The Wizard of Oz and Almost Famous. In my opinion, you cannot get a better film than The Wizard of Oz, and I am a sucker for a good musical. Almost Famous is written by my favorite screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, and tells the story of one of my favorite topics, 1970’s rock music. Falling just short of those two as my third favorite is The Sandlot which I have seen so many times I could probably quote the entire movie in my sleep (which is only a little bit of an exaggeration).
Favorite musical group:
Though I reserve the right to change my mind at any given moment depending on my mood, I would say my favorite band is The Mountain Goats. John Darnielle is an incredible songwriter and even after listening to them for years, I can always find a new song to fall in love with. My absolute favorite of theirs is “Going to Port Washington.”
Favorite Schenectady restaurant:
My favorite place to get breakfast on Sunday mornings isn’t really a restaurant, it’s the Schenectady Greenmarket. Aside from the year-round fresh produce, many local eateries have tables set up where you can buy anything from chocolate covered waffles to maple iced tea to veggie samosa.
Favorite spot on campus:
I love Memorial Chapel. It was in that building during my admitted student open house that I decided to come to Union. During my time as a student I sang there with my a cappella groups more times than I can count, one of my groups joined Ingrid Michaelson on stage when she stopped by campus on her tour, I played the bells in the Chapel’s tower for years, and that only just begins to cover the time I spent there.