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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!



20 something

I have been thinking and reading a lot lately about what it means to be who I am and where I am right now in my life. Being 20-something is amazing, but also really horrible and terrifying at the same time. I feel like in the past all major decisions were made for me and I simply had to follow through to the best of my abilities, but now I have to make the major decisions and I can’t even decide how I feel about that! Here are 20 things I worry about as a 20-something:

1. Which is the right career path for me?

2. Should I follow a “set” path or take a chance?

3. How long do I have to “figure things out” until I have to have things figured out?

4. What is life really going to be like after college?

5. Will I disappoint my parents?

6. What will I regret a few years down the road?

7. What will really matter to me in the future that doesn’t matter to me now?

8. What won’t matter to me in the future that does matter to me now?

9. How will my personal relationships play out in the next decade?

10. Does my work have to be my life?

11. When does it become unacceptable to do “kid” things?

12. Will I become cynical?

13. Am I already cynical?

14. Should I listen to my head or my heart?

15. At what point do I forsake happiness now for happiness later?

16. How fast does time really fly?

17. Will I do the right thing in the moment?

18. Is there something that I should be doing that I am not doing right now?

19. Is there something that I should not be doing that I am doing right now?

20. Will I ever be able to answer these questions?

Classically Cat, I worry about these things around-the-clock. I guess the reassuring thing is that in a few years time, I might have some of these answers. The scary thing? Getting there.