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so long


Last week I graduated from Union College in upstate New York. It was an absolutely magical day as my parents were there, my sisters were there, The Boy was there, my best friends from college were there, and my grandparents were there. It was extra special to have my paternal grandmother at the ceremony because her husband, my late grandfather, graduated from Union in 1956. My father received his BA in history from Union in 1987 and also got his MAT from Union. My mom received her MBA in Healthcare Management from the Union Graduate College.




Union College is such a special place to my family and it became even more meaningful to me over the past three years being there. After an unhappy freshman year at Boston College I transferred to Union hoping that I would find a better fit. Without a doubt I did. I have made beyond incredible friends at Union, met so many amazing professors and administrators, and really felt like I found myself during my brief time there. I happily majored in economics with a minor in Russian language and am proud to share that I graduated as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2014 (despite only having three years of grades to factor into my GPA!). Next month I am headed down to my most favorite city in the entire world, New York, to begin a job in finance.



TheGarnetLetter began as a work study assignment for Union College. Back in 2011 the school had a few student blogs running, many of which played an important role in my decision to attend Union. When I finally got to Schenectady, I wanted to be able to share my unique insights into the school and college life in general to hopefully help other potential students like myself find their perfect fit. Eventually Union combined all of its student blogs onto one platform, the award-winning Union Unfiltered, but I kept TGL going on the side as my own college lifestyle blog and creative outlet.



Having TGL in my life has shaped me in more ways than I can ever describe. The blog has chronicled my years at Union and the many amazing experiences that I am so grateful to have had. It will be difficult closing this chapter of my life (you might have noticed that I’ve been putting off this farewell post…), but like everything and anything it is time to turn the page and start on yet another, hopefully marvelous, adventure. This will conclude my time writing for TheGarnetLetter, but those savvy enough might find me elsewhere on the blogosphere in a more anonymous sense. I will never lose my love of blogging or my need for a creative outlet, but the real world dictates that my time curating TGL must come to an end.


Farewell, beautiful readers! Thank you for joining me on this beyond amazing journey and hopefully I will hear from you all again soon somewhere else in this wonderful blogging world 😉


With much love and many thanks,


Let the Grecian dream of his sacred stream,

And sing of the brace adorning,

The Phoebus weaves from his laurel leaves

At the golden gates of morning,

But the brook that bounds through old Union’s grounds

Gleams bright as the Delphic water,

And a prize as fair as a god may wear

Is a dip from our Alma Mater.


Then here’s to the, the brave and free,

Old Union, smiling o’er us

And for many a days as they walls grow gray,

May they ring with thy children’s chorus!


homemade quinoa granola

i tried molding my bars into a cupcake pan for a no-cutting solution

i tried molding my bars into a cupcake pan for a no-cutting solution

Last week before my skiing adventures (see here and here) I wanted to make some kind of health easy-to-pack snack to bring with me to keep myself (and my friends!) energized while on the slopes. I found the answer on one of my favorite food blogs, How Sweet It Is, with Jessica’s No-Bake Brown Butter Quinoa Bar recipe. The recipe was fantastically easy to follow and so, so, so delicious! Although my “bars” didn’t really stay “bars” and turned into more of a loose granola, I will definitely be making this one again! I encourage you to give it a go!

ok okemo


Tomorrow I will be going to Okemo with my school’s Skiing and Snowboarding club. I am so excited! I am quite the skiing novice (My first time was about a month ago in California… my second was last night at Jiminy Peak…), but I am thrilled at the idea of utilizing every opportunity I can to improve my skills. I think the thing that I like most about skiing is that it can be a life-long skill and hobby. Definitely expect to hear more about this upcoming adventure and maybe a video or two!


How do you appreciate the snow this time of year?

muir woods

muir woods 1

Last week the boy and I explored Muir Woods in Mill Valley right outside of San Francisco. The national park is home to California’s famous red wood trees and is absolutely magical to walk through. We got there about an hour before sunset, unfortunately, but we easily could have spent a good half day walking the trails and appreciating the monumental beauty of the forest. My favorite part was that the trees actually seemed to glow red. It was such a soft, warming light and the trip was the perfect way to appreciate an afternoon in Northern California.

muir woods 2

We stumbled upon a patch of gigantic clovers — check out those babies!

muir woods 3

muir woods 4

with my toes in the sand


Today I am off to California! My trip will be 20 days long and I will be seeing the whole coast as I ping pong from San Francisco to L.A. and back. I am so excited for this trip; just as it’s beginning to get unbearably cold in Upstate New York I will escape to the golden coast for what might be one of the last major vacations of my pre-real-world life. I’m looking forward to good friends, good food, and countless adventures. I will keep you updated, dear readers! In the mean time, helloooooooo Cali!!


This weekend I went to see the new Bond movie “Skyfall.” Simply put, it was fantastic. It wasn’t quite as wonderful as Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie, “Casino Royale,” but it was certainly better than “Quantum of Solace” and it was without a doubt the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of Bond. I grew up religiously watching the original Bond movies with my father and have always had a special place in my heart and my imagination for the stories of adventure, espionage, and triumph. I am already jittery about when the next one will come out! In the mean time, I’d definitely like to see Skyfall a couple (hundred) more times…