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so long

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

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With much love and many thanks,

Cat

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!

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movie mania

The Boy and I really love going to the movies. It’s our “thing,” you could say. But, seeing as we go so often, we chip away at the top movie charts pretty rapidly. Then we get into this strange situation where we want to go to the movies, but don’t know what we even want to see, so we kind of just end up seeing whatever works time-wise. However, recently a lot of our “sure, why not?” movies have worked out pretty well! Here are the deets:

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The Wolf of Wall Street — Now, this one was always on my must-see list (Hello, I’ll be working on Wall Street post grad!). I went in expecting it to be uber raunchy (the initial reviews I read about the film were not child-friendly, to say the least), but I was pleasantly surprised by the plot and definitely happy to spend over two hours watching pure ridiculousness. I wouldn’t recommend seeing it with your parents and I also wouldn’t refer to it during your finance internship as legitimate insight into the world of equities (at least these post-crisis days), but it’s a film worth seeing if you find yourself at the theater.

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Lone Survivor — The Boy’s pick, clearly. The previews for this film really got my hopes up for the movie; depicting American soldiers caught in a moral dilemma of whether or not to release random Afghanis that cross their path while on a mission to capture a brutal al Qaeda leader, the preview promises a realistic film about the unspoken trials and tribulations of serving our country. However, after a brief conversation on morality and strategy, the film turns into two straight hours of men falling/rolling/being shot down a mountain. A lot of blood. A lot of pain. Not much talking. Everyone looks the same. The film wasn’t my jam, per se, and I definitely wouldn’t watch it expecting to feel happy-go-lucky at the end (a ten-minute closing reel of the actual men who died in the mission that the film was based on will pretty much break your heart). But overall it was a pretty good movie.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — This one was the surprising find of the lot. With a Bond-esque plot and a story line that includes Moscow, currency trading, and a romance, the movie was right up my alley. I was pleasantly surprised by the film and enjoyed an afternoon of popcorn and undercover CIA operations. If you’re looking for an action film with a story line that goes beyond gun fights and rolling cars and are craving something Bond-like, Jack Ryan is your perfect option.

Have you seen any good movies recently?

no government? no thesis

While I follow global financial markets, I have never been a big one for news and political what-not. History, political science, and current events are in no way my forte. However, I was forced to mind the recent, scandalous U.S. federal government shutdown when it impacted me in a very direct and personal way: I can’t do my thesis! I am a senior at Union College in upstate New York and as part of my ultimate year at the institution, I am required to write a 60 page + thesis within my magnificent major, economics. My thesis is essentially a consulting project for the Union Admissions Office investigating how admissions data corresponds to a student’s decision to enroll, but part of that work requires holding Union statistics up against some other empirical measures. Measures that scores of theses writers have acquired from IPEDS – the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System hosted by the U.S. Department of Education. But, upon trying to access such information, I was encountered by the above roadblock. Thank goodness that the impasse has come to pass, if not for my own sake then at least for the sake of my thesis advisor!

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You’d think by now I would have this whole “back to school” thing all figured out. Apparently not. When I got the syllabus for my Financial Analysis course on Monday I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that was due for Wednesday: chapters upon chapters of textbook reading, multi-part problem sets, and catching up with all financial current events. Accepting my fate, I hunkered down and tried to get through as much of it as I could. It wasn’t until I took a second look at the syllabus today during class that I realized that half of the work I did is actually due for Friday. Lesson learned: READ THE SYLLABUS. Union professors assign a ton of work, but they’re not that cruel!

walk down wall street

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Today I will be going on Union’s annual “Walk Down Wall Street” event! The event takes about a dozen Union Students all over Manhattan to meet alumni at various banks. Today we will be looking at Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Macquarie, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs. I have already had the pleasure of connecting with alumni at a few of these institutions, but I look forward to learning more about each place, meeting some notable Dutchmen, and of course seeing some familiar faces — it’s bound to be a great day!