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Student Spotlight: Catherine Ziac '14

Hometown: Niskayuna, N.Y.
Major: Economics
Minor: Russian Language

Read Catherine's blog here.

Why Union:
After an unhappy freshman year at another college, I visited Union and everything clicked; the brilliant professors, the amazing administration, the incredibly friendly students. I know this is where I am supposed to be.

Most inspiring class:
Professor Hal Fried’s “Mind of the Entrepreneur.” The class covers the psychology and economics of entrepreneurial ventures and promises inspiration in every lecture. We met entrepreneurial Union grads, learned about the wide array of all pursuits “entrepreneurial,” and got to try our hand at entrepreneurial ideas of our own. I recommend the class to anyone, regardless of major.

Also excited about:
Spending another summer in New York City. Last year I worked at AllianceBernstein, a global asset management firm, and this year I’m working at Morgan Stanley as a sales and trading analyst in their Fixed Income and Commodities Division.

Flutist, Union College and Community Orchestra; president, Russian and East European Culture Club; campus relations coordinator, “U for Israel”; member, Union College Catholic Student Association; member, Honor Council.

Favorite study spot:
Top floor of the Nott Memorial. The beautiful wooden tables are great for spreading out, and there’s nothing more inspiring than sunlight streaming through the gorgeous stained glass windows.

Three things I’m passionate about at Union:
1) The Russian and East European Culture Club. We hold weekly Russian language tables during a common lunch hour, plan incredible Russian events with the larger local Russian community (with delicious food), and helped develop Union’s first term abroad to Irkutsk, Siberia.
2) Tutoring for the Economics Department. It’s a great way to give back, keep me on top of my basic economics skills and meet awesome fellow students.
3) Being a student blogger for the College. I share my personal journey through life as a college student all while doing my most favorite thing: gushing about Union.

Other passions:
Bike riding, reading about financial markets and staying in close touch with my family, especially my twin sister, Julia, who goes to school 3000 miles away in California.

Most surprising thing about Union:
I am continually astounded by the students. I have friends who are Geology majors, History majors and engineers, and they’re doing incredible things like raising thousands of dollars for juvenile cancer patients, bringing renowned speakers to campus, and making Union and the world a better place.

How I’m making Union a better place:
By going to events and supporting friends, helping classmates with schoolwork, and sharing my experiences through blogging.

Looking into the future:
I want to work on Wall Street and get my MBA. Someday, I would love to own my own business. And hopefully, I’ll keep blogging until my fingers can’t type any longer. After graduation I will be headed to midtown Manhattan to work in sales and trading at a notable bank.

Advice for incoming students:
College is all about self-discovery. Be yourself. Set ambitious personal goals and watch as you achieve them. Meet as many people as possible. Try different clubs and activities to find what clicks for you. Ask yourself what you can do to make yourself and those around you better. Essentially, be U!