Valedictorian Hope Relly-Cobb

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Hope Relly-Cobb '18

Hometown: Stillwater, N.Y.

Major: English
Minor: Film Studies

Activities: Staff member and treasurer at TVUC; submission reviewer for The Idol; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Tau Delta

Favorite class: English honors thesis seminar with Prof. Judith Lewin (and my field reader, Prof. Jordan Smith). I had the chance to spend two terms working on and workshopping a short novel, and it helped me to grow so much as a writer.

What I'll miss most: The wonderful people I’ve met and the beautiful campus.

Advice for incoming students: Don’t let anyone tell you that there’s a right or a wrong way to pursue your education. I was homeschooled, and people were skeptical. I commuted and worked part-time while at Union, and people were skeptical. Work hard, study what you love, show your professors (both within and outside your major) that you’re excited and serious about what they have to teach, and find faculty who will be in your corner as you journey through college. Also, don’t forget to pause occasionally to take it all in – you’re only going to have this opportunity once.

Life after Union: I will be attending the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College before pursuing a career in writing and communications. I plan to earn my Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing and publish my work.

Valedictorian Hope Relly-Cobb '18