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Student Spotlight: Victor Murphy '15

Hometown: Boston, Mass. 
Major: History and Africana Studies, Interdepartmental
Minor: Political Science

Why Union:
I met a few alumni who were really passionate about Union. They told me about the small, intimate classroom setting, and I was instantly reminded of my high school experience, which I loved. When I visited the campus after being accepted Early Decision as a Posse Scholar, I enjoyed my time here.

Most inspiring class:
African American History II with Professor Kenneth Aslakson. Growing up in an urban environment, I was never able learn about my history as an African American male. The class highlighted the history of African Americans from the transatlantic slave trade up through the election of President Obama. This inspired me to add Africana Studies to my major.

Favorite study spot:
The small study rooms in the Minerva Houses

As a Resident Advisor (RA) in Davidson Hall, I take pride in supporting the first-year students. I also volunteer as an after-school tutor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. My little brother and I meet in the Minerva Houses, where we play Foosball and pool or watch movies and TV shows just to relax. We also spend a lot of time with other “bigs” and their “littles.” I’m president of the African and Latino Alliance of Students (ALAS), which fosters community among African and Latino students and people from different racial backgrounds. And I’m active in Phenomenal Males, a group that serves as a link between Schenectady and the Union campus.

Looking into the future:
I would like to attend graduate school in Boston in a dual degree program in business and law, and open my own law firm one day.

How I’m making Union a better place:
In my role as an RA, I am lucky to be one of the first people to interact with our first-years. I challenge them to create a new identity, step out of their comfort zones and take risks. I also tell them it’s imperative to give back to the community.

Advice for incoming students:
“Success is measured with your own meter stick,” or, more simply put, if you find something you’re passionate about, go for it! I changed my major three times. When I realized that History and Africana Studies made me happy and that I excelled in these classes, I knew that was what I wanted to do.