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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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For what ever reason, this week went by really fast. Yesterday Union College’s Men’s Ice Hockey team beat Boston College 5 to 4 during a Frozen Four semifinal match in Philadelphia. Not only was I beyond thrilled (recall, I transferred to Union from BC), but the game was actually insane. Union’s shots were incredible (my personal favorite being a miss then pass-back goal) and victory seemed up in the air even through the last two minutes when BC was playing with six offenders and no goalie and scored with legitimately three seconds left on the clock. Nevertheless, we won and are scheduled to go up against Minnesota in the championship game on Saturday. I am so excited for this weekend and have my fingers crossed for a perfect senior year treat!

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I have had a very unique experience with academic advising during my time here at Union. As a student transferring out of Boston College as a mathematics major, I was initially assigned to the academic head of the mathematics department. The college assigns all transfer students to the department chair of their respective declared major. The very kind Professor Taylor helped me through the initial registration process. Of course, when I decided to become an economics major, I was then switched over to the chair of the economics department. The smart Professor Song guided me through my first few terms here at Union. While I was extremely happy with each of the advisors I had had so far, I was inclined to ask Dean McCarty, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, to be my advisor. The brilliant woman began her time here at Union as a professor of economics and has since only further spread her wealth of knowledge throughout the college as Dean. So, how did I, a meager transfer student, come to know Dean McCarty? I grew up going to school with her lovely daughter! But whether or not you have obscure Union connections (which you probably do because — let’s face it — everyone does), Union is just like that — a family affair. With every interaction I have had with professors it has felt like an advising relationship. Professors at Union genuinely want to see their students succeed and offer guidance and mentorship at every turn. Without Dean McCarty, I wouldn’t be taking Seminar in Econometrics right now — a course that I thought I was going to hate, but actually love and has led me to yet another amazing professor at Union, Professor Schmidt of the economics department. I didn’t want to take the course out of fear that it would be terribly dry, but Dean McCarty promised me that it is only during college that you have the opportunity to learn challenging subjects like this from absolute experts. I knew to cede my own judgement to hers and I am so glad that I did! I love the class and Professor Schmidt’s enthusiasm is absolutely contagious! Put simply, my advising experience has been classic Union: friendly, rewarding, and inspiring!