Tag Archives: song

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!


i’m ready

Have a great weekend!


For all of you looking for a mid-week pick-me-up, this is your song. Analogous to the feel-good vibes once elicited by Call Me Maybe, or One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful, MKTO’s “Classic” might just be the pump-up song of the season. I mean, I might just be a child of the early 2000’s, but give me guys with a little flow in front, wearing suits, and singing “Mmmm” and I’m hooked! Does it prove my point if I tell you I listened to this song probably half a million times while writing this post? Enough said.

rest, relax, rejuvenate

treat yourself
I don’t know about you, but I found this week to be rather trying at points. Never hard, but definitely trying. Sometimes things just don’t go the way you expect them to or want them to and unfortunately that’s just a part of life. But, rather than work myself into a permanent slump, I’m determined to take the weekend to rest, relax, and rejuvenate — and you should too! Here are some of my favorite ways to R, R, & R:
1. phone a friend (or a twin!) — There’s a reason this is a “life line” on Who Want to be a Millionaire; speaking with a friend can be seriously revitalizing! A good friend always knows how to cheer you up or right a wrong perspective or just distract you from whatever is on your mind! I definitely plan on giving my twinny-poo a long-distance ring this weekend.
2. take a long hot shower — There might be nothing better in the world than a long, hot shower. My friends make fun of me because sometimes after a night of going out (no matter what time we get back) I’ll insist on taking a shower. I find it both physically and mentally relaxing; there’s a method, it smells nice, it’s cozy, and it’s productive! It’s pretty much a win all around…
3. get your nails did — “Nails done, hair done, everything did” — Drake knew what he was talking about when he wrote these Fancy lyrics; going to the nail salon can be a little pricy at times, but you’re paying for so much more than just the polish on your fingers. You’re paying for the atmosphere, for the time to read mindless magazines and sit back in a comfy chair, for someone to massage lotion into your tired hands. I love it and if I had more money I’d go more often. But sometimes, regardless of your financial situation, you’re just plain over-due for a salon visit. I.E. THIS WEEKEND.
4. do some yoga — Now, I’m certainly no yoga buff, but hit me up with my favorite yoga dvd and I’m all over that! It’s so relaxing and I love feeling all stretched out by the end. (Sometimes I even fall asleep afterwards! Hehehehe) You don’t even need to do the whole thing! Heck, if you’re in a bummed-out mood just do the easy parts and rest while they’re doing the more challenging stuff. Yoga is an “art” and you have creative freedom!
5. have a hot chocolate — It’s Christmastime. It’s chilly outside. People are caroling. Why aren’t you sipping some hot chocolate? Better yet: why aren’t you sipping some peppermint hot chocolate? I know it’s $5 at Starbucks — a little steep — but a packet of swiss miss and a candy cane let’s you do the same thing at home!
I hope you can make some time to incorporate a little R, R, & R into your schedule this weekend. I’m going to make a point of it. There are always things on the agenda that we “must do,” but sometimes when you take the time to not do those things and treat yourself instead, you’re ultimately much more productive. What are your favorite R, R, & R techniques?

wicked weekend

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the musical Wicked at nearby Proctors Theater through a Beuth House Minerva event! The show was amazing and I would definitely recommend it to anybody! I had heard rave reviews about the musical over the years and the show lived up to my high expectations — the performers were excellent the plot was engaging and unique. And the songs? Don’t even get me started! The best part? The show is in Schenectady through November 25th — so go get your tickets now!!

the stage set for Wicked at Proctors — stunning!