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Community Experience (optional)

This pre-orientation is designed to further develop a student’s passion for community engagement, city life and volunteerism. Students are introduced to downtown Schenectady with its many community service opportunities, dining experiences and cultural attractions. Working in small groups led by upper-class campus leaders—all alumni of the program—the Community Experience allows participants to create life-long friendships with both their classmates and older students, while bonding over service projects. This select experience is kept small by design—50 students will be accepted and grouped with 10 leaders to explore the city, enjoy local restaurants and participate in fun group activities.

Participants will be able to:

  • Get involved in the local community through volunteering. Over 20 non-profits are served during the program and the connections made last well into the school year.
  • Transition more easily into college life. By the time first-year orientation begins, they will have made new friends and know their way around campus and Schenectady.
  • Make meaningful connections with professional and student staff. They will get to know their group leaders—sources of great advice and inside information about Union—and make connections that last for their entire College experience….and beyond.
  • Have fun and learn about Schenectady. The social portion of the program is a lot of fun. Schenectady has so much to do and see, and lots of great restaurants.