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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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pretty amazing

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Last Friday I woke up with a terribly sore throat. I had to cancel all of my appointments for the day and spent most of the weekend going from soup to sleep to movies to soup to sleep to movies. It was disappointing to spend an entire weekend laying low, but the weather was pretty crummy too so at least I didn’t feel like I completely wasted a spring weekend. This week I have a lot on my plate (we’re just around midterms time here at school), but this weekend begins our season of spring awesomeness on campus so I really want to focus on being 100% healthy come Thursday night. With parties and concerts and (hopefully) sunshine ahead, I want to be a tip-top shape kitty!

break the habit

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I have a tendency to run my life on autopilot. I am a girl who loves her schedules, which is definitely a good thing in terms of personal organization, but it also means that sometimes I get into a groove where I am not completely conscious of my actions. By no means am I saying that I am doing anything wrong, but it is sad to space out and just go through life out of habit. I want to lead a more intentional life. I think it is very important to be aware and appreciate every moment. It is all too easy to get caught up in the go-go-going and miss out on life that way. Heading into a new month I want to be more proactive about taking a step back every once in a while to slow down and appreciate everything around me. Do you have any February resolutions?

julie and julia

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The other day I re-watched Julia and Julia. I really love that movie. Something about seeing people so passionate about what they are doing really speaks to me. I was always jealous of friends growing up who absolutely knew for certain that the wanted to be X, Y, or Z. I always felt like I was just tumbling through life without a real goal in mind. While I have some short-term and medium-term and probably even some long-terms goals, I don’t have any over-arching passion that’s driving my life. At least not one that I am aware of! There’s something so beautiful about having a calling in life… guess time will tell for me!

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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?

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.

what’s nott to love?

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I am so lucky to go to school at beautiful Union College in upstate New York. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the go-go-going of my life that I don’t take the time to appreciate the wonderfulness that is all around me. It is imperative to make the time to appreciate things, and there’s no better time to start than now!