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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!

twin apt

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk -- a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk — a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

Last week my sister decided to agree to do Teach for America for two years after she graduates this June. Her ultimate life goal is to obtain a PhD in theoretical physics and pursue a career in academia, but when faced with the option of either diving into graduate school right away or taking a few years to give back and learn in a real-world setting, she chose the latter. I am so, so proud of her! Not only will she be nobly (and I think quite successfully) helping disadvantaged students, but she will be doing so in the best city in the world WITH ME! I can’t even express how excited I am to have Julia down in New York with me for two years. When I signed my job contract in the fall I did so knowing full well that my twin city plans might ultimately fall through and, to be honest, for quite a while it looked like they were going to do just that! But now the fates have favored us yet again and its seems that maddening and majestic Manhattan will continue to be our twin thing. I, of course, can’t help but already brainstorm ideas for our apartment… I know searching for something within our just-out-of-school budgets will be a pain, but a girl can dream!

these windows are just fantastic -- definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

these windows are just fantastic — definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

realistically, rooms will not be so much "rooms" as they are "spaces." this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

realistically, rooms will not be so much “rooms” as they are “spaces.” this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

idk how

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Having “borrowed” The Boy’s Netflix account, I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently. Last week I re-watched “I Don’t Know How She Does It” with Sarah Jessica Parker. The movie hit home even more this second time around as I now know that I will be headed into that crazy world of banking. SJP’s life is a little further from mine in that movie seeing that she has a family and kids, but it was interesting to watch and think about what my life might look like in the future. Will my relationships suffer because of my job? Will I be able to hold it all together? Will I be happy? I know there’s no such thing as a guarantee, but I really wish there was a how-to book for the next stage of my life. Anyone have any tips? Any other good work/life movie or book recommendations out there?

fried eggs

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The other day I cooked my first fried egg. I know. Who am I? With real life just a few short months away for me, I thought it was about time that I began racking up some real culinary skills. Now, I know a fried egg is nothing to write home about (although, in my book that’s pretty tempting), but I think it’s certainly a step in the right direction! I don’t know if I will have any much time to cook when I begin working, but I really want to make a point of it. Time to add some cookware sets to the wish list??

with my toes in the sand

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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!!

philosophy

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I read this story on one of my favorite blogs the other day and I thought it was just too good not to share again. Definitely something quite fitting for my life right now and probably your’s too. Read and reflect:

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

wish list: anthropologie

I’ve done a number of shopping-related posted recently (see here, here, herehere, and HERE…), but the holiday season is fast approaching and that calls for some major wish list brainstorming! Here are some of my top pics from lovely Anthropologie:

parfum drops

Parfum Drops – $188.00

mason jar sippers

Mason Jar Sippers – $48.00

(One of my housemates (Emanuel of Scratch) uses mason jars left and right for everything from a drink mixer to storage for delicious leftovers – you can’t have too many!)

monogrammed filigree keychain

Monogrammed Filigree Keychain – $18.00

stripes abound apron

Stripes Abound Apron – $36.00

(I have an apron from Anthropolgie and I absolutely adore it! It was super inexpensive given Anthropolgie prices and it’s probably more fashionable than any dress I own!)

cityscape necklace

Cityscape Necklace – $108.00

(Maybe it’s because I know I will be headed to NYC after school (see here), but I am really loving this adorable upside-down necklace.)

mini latte bowls

Mini Latte Bowls – $20.00

(I love little bowls and dishes (it’s a thing…) and these are no exception! I have a mini latte bowl from Anthropolgie that I use all the time. Plus, I’m pretty sure Dan Humphrey uses one for breakfast in Gossip Girl, so that’s reason enough to add it to your list!)