Salutatorian Catherine Ziac

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Hometown: Niskayuna, N.Y.

Major: Economics

Minor: Russian

Activities: Student blogger, Economics Department tutor, Honor Council member, Russian and East European Culture Club president, flutist for the Union College and Community Orchestra, Catholic Student Association member, U for Israel member, Culinary Theme House member, member of Phi Beta Kappa, member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society

Favorite class: Completing my Senior Thesis in Economics with Professor Tomas Dvorak. I looked at the enrollment trends of first-time, full-time, regular decision admitted students at Union over the past five years. I enjoyed getting a taste of professional academic research and working closely with faculty and administration as a peer to hopefully make a difference for the College.

What I'll miss most: Walking across campus and seeing so many friendly faces every single day. Living in a community where everyone is rooting for you and wants to see you become your best self. The incredibly supportive and enthusiastic environment that makes Union unique.

Advice for incoming students: Do everything. Check out every club and go to every event you can fit in your schedule. Once you find an activity or class you love, give it your all. In the process you will find yourself and meet more incredible people than you could ever imagine. At Union, all you have to do is raise your hand and the rest will fall into place.

Life after Union: I will be working as a Global Markets Analyst at Nomura Securities in Manhattan. I will also be reunited with my twin sister who is graduating from the California Institute of Technology and will be working for Teach for America in New York.