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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 ūüėČ

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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!

Why Union?

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Inquiring why I love Union is perhaps one of the most difficult questions you could possibly ask me. Do you have a couple of lifetimes to listen to my response? ¬†I could say that it’s because Union is in my blood. I could say that it’s because of Union’s perfect size. I could mention the amazing opportunities that Union has given me, the incredible professors¬†with whom I’ve become so close during my time here, the unbelievable events¬†that Union students are a part of, or our supertastic spring terms. Or what about that¬†being here feels like destiny to me or the fact that I’m unsure if I can ever leave?

In all honesty, I could list¬†innumerable reasons why I adore Union, but at the end of the day it comes down to just one thing: the people. The students at Union College are Dutchman-tastic!¬†What does that mean? Well, I’m glad you asked:

College is supposed to be the “best four years of your life.” College is supposed to be the reward at the end of your primary school road. College is supposed to be the place where you make friendships that will last a lifetime and learn about who you are as a person — the place where you become the person who you were always supposed to be. College is undeniably a journey and, like any journey, it’s about the people you’re with, not the destination.

I messed up when I first went to college; I made the wrong choice for me and I was devastated. I didn’t know if I could ever find happiness in college and that was a terrifying thing. Then I came to Union and the first thing that blew me away and the thing that still blows me away to this very day is the kind of person that Union College attracts. I’m proud to call myself a member of the Union College community because with that territory comes a driven personality, a friendliness that I’ve never met anywhere else, and a love for life that only stems from hearts colored garnet.

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to see Union students in many outside situations and we just kill it; we take charge of a room like it’s our job and we do it with modesty and while having fun. Our professors instill this in each of us and our peers reinforce this Union swagger. Alumni are simply an extension of this Dutchman awesomeness; you can’t get off the phone with a Union alumnus without being introduced to another Union person that “you just¬†have to meet” in the same way that a classmate might ask you, “have you met so-and-so? They like doing what-not too and lead club XYZ and would totally love to help you out!” Why do you think so many people are legacies at Union College? Not because we’re Ivy-Schmivy blah-blah-blah, but because we¬†legitimately rock. I can say that I love Union with 200% confidence because I believe it with every bone in my body. The people at Union College are helping me to become who I’ve alway known I was supposed to be and no one else and no where else would be able to help me do that.

So, you ask me, why Union? I ask you, do you even have to ask that question?

study like a hockey player

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Last weekend our Union Men’s Ice Hockey team crushed Dartmouth 5 to 2 at Messa Rink, securing a spot in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals. While the amazing game was a welcome study break for all as we headed into finals week, I realized that our beautiful hockey boys exemplified some key qualities that, if imitated, could help us all win this winter term finals season:

1. Prepare really well — For ten weeks your professors have been feeding you knowledge, setting you up to succeed. Like a hockey player waiting on the edge of his blades for the puck to drop, you have everything you need to anticipate the questions you might encounter on your final exam and how your professors are ¬†expecting you to answer them.

2. HUSTLE! — Our hockey players are lightening fast! When it comes to studying for finals, don’t get overwhelmed, just get it done! All the intelligence in the world can’t make up for hard work.

3. Be gracious — At the end of the day, it’s all about learning. Our professors have put in just as much hard work as we have and we have to remember to be thankful for that. Sure, finals can be exhausting, but how lucky are we to have this awesome opportunity to study and devote four years of our lives to growing as people?! Forget your GPA; forget the scoreboard — college is a place that lets us all win.

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Robin Williams as Prof. John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"

Robin Williams as Prof. John Keating in “Dead Poets Society”

I do now know why I still get so surprised by how brilliant my Union professors are — I definitely should be accustomed to it by now. For example: a few Fridays ago I went in to talk to one of my economics professors during his office hours. I had a very specific mathematical question about a homework problem and was fully prepared to show him my calculations to explain my issue (because I don’t expect anyone to have the time to remember every question on a problem set). However, the second I started explaining my question he jumped in and immediately understood the discrepancy I was about to explain. How do they do it?! I consider myself to be an extremely fastidious person, but my Union professors take accuracy to a whole new level. I have so much respect for the sheer brilliance of the professors on this campus and their genuine devotion to the education of all Union students. Among the myriad of reasons to come to/LOVE Union: profound professors!