me and my twin the first time I visited her in Cali back in 2011!
Tomorrow I fly to California to visit my twin sister, Julia! I am so super duper excited to see her, you have no idea. Between searching for internships (not so promising, very promising!!!), killing myself with clubs (Russian, Russian, more Russian, more Russian, Culinary, more Culinary, Catholic Student Association, Colleges Against Cancer, more CAC, U for Israel), killing myself with classes (not enough hours in the day, stress & lack of sleep, ), traveling all over the place (NY, NY again, DC), getting sick, lots of snow, lots of ups and lots of down down downs, this term has been a killer one. But somehow we made it!! While I am doubtful that a single week will be long enough to fully recover from these last 10, I already know how I want to spend my 168 precious hours of vacation:
– snuggling with my twin
– basking in the beautiful California sun
– running outside
– reading books for fun
– making collages
– watching reruns of the Bachelor
– practicing my Russian
– getting my nails done
– getting a tan
– watching the latest season of Suits
– exploring Pasadena
– eating nice meals
– going to Disneyland
– getting a massage
– watching all past Mad Men episodes
– catching up with my twinny
– NOT thinking about school or work!!
While I am typically disinclined to put blogging on hold for a week (because I genuinely love it with all of my heart), I know my mother would yell at me if I didn’t do everything in my power to not do anything this week and truly take it as a vacation. So, although I won’t be posting anything during the next week, you can still follow me on Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest if you have separation anxiety! Please have the best vacation, beautiful blog-lovers, and keep me updated on all of your spring break plans! XOXO
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Last weekend our Union Men’s Ice Hockey team crushed Dartmouth 5 to 2 at Messa Rink, securing a spot in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals. While the amazing game was a welcome study break for all as we headed into finals week, I realized that our beautiful hockey boys exemplified some key qualities that, if imitated, could help us all win this winter term finals season:
1. Prepare really well — For ten weeks your professors have been feeding you knowledge, setting you up to succeed. Like a hockey player waiting on the edge of his blades for the puck to drop, you have everything you need to anticipate the questions you might encounter on your final exam and how your professors are expecting you to answer them.
2. HUSTLE! — Our hockey players are lightening fast! When it comes to studying for finals, don’t get overwhelmed, just get it done! All the intelligence in the world can’t make up for hard work.
3. Be gracious — At the end of the day, it’s all about learning. Our professors have put in just as much hard work as we have and we have to remember to be thankful for that. Sure, finals can be exhausting, but how lucky are we to have this awesome opportunity to study and devote four years of our lives to growing as people?! Forget your GPA; forget the scoreboard — college is a place that lets us all win.
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Tagged 2013, boys, campus, capital region, cat, cat ziac, clubs, college, college life, courses, diy, do it yourself, ECAC, event, finals, garnet letter, gpa, hockey, ice hockey, men, new york, professors, schenectady, score, study tips, thegarnetletter, union, upstate, weekend, winter, ziac
From top-to-bottom left-to-right: 1. My monthly calendar looks crazy — and I only write the big due-dates on that! 2. My little laptop is (knock on wood) still holding up despite the obscene amount of use it gets. 3. I My primary source of sustenance is cereal stolen from the dining halls… 4. I live off of gum. I honestly go through over a pack a day. It’s a problem. 5. I’ve already gone through multiple highlighters. Have you ever finished a highlighter in your life?!
I was never one to believe in college stereotypes like the “sophomore slump.” I always figured that as long as you worked hard everything would be alright and everything would get done. I may have avoided the frightening sophomore slump, but I must admit that junior year is brutal; you’re past all introductory level courses, you’re way involved with officer positions in all of your clubs, and there’s a little thing called an internship/job search that is ever-ominously looming. Junior year is a lot of work!! I’ve never had to pull an all-nighter in my life (thank goodness!), but this term has seen some pretty ridiculous nap-length nights of sleep… far too many to be healthy! And it’s not like I’m goofing around either! Even working straight from dawn to dusk, sometimes I fear that there will literally not be enough hours in the day to complete certain tasks. This term has been insane with school work, club work, and work work and I really hope that spring can bring some ray of relaxation… even an hour of TV a week would be nice! Anyone else feeling the stress?
Posted in academics, clubs, college life, me!
Tagged 2013, campus, capital region, cat, cat ziac, college, college life, courses, garnet letter, new york, schenectady, sterotypes, thegarnetletter, union, union college, upstate, winter, ziac
Today is Union’s last day of classes for the winter term. While classwork and homework assignment may now be behind us, finals are not. I will be spending the next few days catching up on readings, reviewing my old exams, going to last-mintue study sessions, and tutoring an unreal number of desperate economics students. Stay tuned for some future study-tip-sharing posts, but in the meantime check out these old helpful hints: here, here, and here!
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Tagged 2013, campus, capital region, cat, cat ziac, classes, college, college life, courses, new york, polyvore, schenectady, thegarnetletter, union, union college, upstate, winter, ziac
Seeing that it is Pi Day (3/14) and a Thursday, I thought it would only be fitting to combine my bizarre love 0f math with a little #tbt (throwback Thursday) loving. I hope you enjoy this pic of me rocking a Pi shirt while at Disneyland with my twin sister last year! (I am visiting her again in nine days!! Eek!)
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As some of you may well know, I upload a fair number of my blog posts from TheGarnetLetter to Union College’s collective student blog “Unfiltered.” I usually don’t pay much attention to my publishing setting on the site, but the other day I read my profile name, Cat ’14, and did a double take: Cat ’14. As in the year 2014. As in I will be graduating in 2014. That’s frighteningly soon! Sometimes because I transferred I feel like I did my freshman year twice, so I feel like I have more time left at Union than I actually do. It’s really scary and sad because I love this place SO much. In just 5 short terms I have beasted my classes, joined and led so many wonderful clubs, built amazing relationships with brilliant professors and faculty, and (best of all) made friendships that will sincerely last my entire lifetime. I may be setting myself up for some nice gigs post-grad and I of course miss my twin like crazy, but I’m not ready to leave this place. At least not any time soon!
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