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Hometown: Windham, Maine
MajorElectrical Engineering
Minor: Music

Why Union:
I chose Union above two other "engineering schools" because nowhere else offered me the chance to be in a strong engineering program and simultaneously take interesting classes in completely different disciplines. The diversity of Union's curriculum and the ease at which one can study multiple academic disciplines side-by-side are what ultimately made up my mind.

Most inspiring class
My Sophomore Research Seminar on Alexander the Great with Professor Mark Toher and Music Theory I with Professor Hilary Tann. These two faculty members, in particular, show great passion about their subjects and are consistently fascinating.

Also excited about
I'm honored and excited to be performing with the Union College Orchestra on the stage of Memorial Chapel during the Steinmetz Symposium concert. I won a concerto competition held by the Music Department and am performing solo on trombone with the orchestra. I may never have this opportunity again because I am not a music performance major. I believe this is going to be one of the greatest moments of my college years.

Favorite study spot
The Wold Atrium

Activities:
U.S. Army ROTC, Orchestra (principal trombone), Jazz Band (bass trombone), Pep Band (the Nott Noisemakers), Chorale, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship 

Things I'm passionate about at Union:

  • The amazing music faculty and facilities
  • The great Minerva events and living in my Minerva, Sorum House
  • The restaurants in Schenectady (Zen, Tara Kitchen, Jasmine Thai, the Happy Cappuccino, Villa Italia, and lots more)

How I'm making Union a better place
I am one of three Army ROTC Cadets on campus. I would like to see more, since this is a program with tremendous benefits and affords opportunities that far supersede the average college lifestyle.

Looking into the future
First, I’ll earn my degree in electrical engineering. Upon completing my senior year of ROTC, I will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army as Active Duty or Army National Guard. I hope to blend the opportunities given to me by the Army and my Union degree and go to graduate school, either while serving or after my initial eight-year commitment is up. If this is the case, I will pursue a professional engineering career after my time in the Army. But the possibility still stands that the Army may be a lifelong career.

Advice for incoming students: 
Take advantage of the incredible opportunities at your fingertips. Instead of griping about the food or the cold and watching TV in your dorm on Sunday afternoons, go see a world-renowned concert pianist for free at our Classical Concert Series in Memorial Chapel.