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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!

work & play

work & playFor me, shopping is a lot like hunger; if I eat something, I’m not hungry for a little while, but inevitably the feeling always comes back. If I purchase something, I’m alright for some time, but then the need comes back with a vengeance. I haven’t gone shopping in a longgg time (unless you count buying shampoo and conditioner… the 99 cent kind, mind you) simply because my bank account refuses to accumulate any kind of savings above a certain amount (weekly toiletry runs and gas tank refills wipeout what little I’ve made each week in a heart beat). But recently I’ve come into some cash (from my award ceremony a few weekends ago — yay for cash prizes!) and I’m planning on using it this Friday with my little sister on an outlet shopping extravaganza! Memorial Day deals? Count me in! My wish list includes casual wear items for the few weeks of summer that I do have off as well as some business attire for what will soon be my entire life. Regardless of what I will be buying this weekend, I can’t wait!!

live well

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As a part of my last college “hoorah” before entering the real world I am trying to really do what’s best for me and my health (because I know I might not have time for those kinds of luxuries come graduation…). One part of this campaign is to try to drink more water. I already drink a ton of water (a good habit I picked up during my freshman year of college. Also, fun fact: I didn’t like fruit until my freshman year of college either — guess it wasn’t all bad!), but I wanted to pay extra attention to the amount I was drinking and make sure that I was drinking enough water each and every day. My solution was to buy a very lovely Union College Nalgene water bottle. My goal is to drink at least two 32oz bottles of water each day. Any more is bonus. I’ve read that you are supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day, so this is about right for me. Of course, if you are exercising you should expect to drink more. I’ve also found that I drink a lot more if I have seltzer water on hand. And increased hydration is supposed to have so many wonderful health benefits: your immune system is stronger, your skin is clearer, and you are less sluggish, just to name a few. So, who else wants to take the water challenge with me?

thesis, check!

thesis, check!

Today I completed my senior thesis. It was seven months of long, hard work, but it is finally done! Finished! Kaput! Done-zo! OVER! I honestly had a really wonderful time working on my thesis (my advisor was absolutely awesome and I really loved the project that I was doing), but it is nice to finally put an end to that chapter… literally! This weekend I’m looking forward to relaxing with friends, reading for fun, catching up on Netflix, treating myself to some boba (of course!), and maybe spendingatonofmoneycauseishouldtreatmyself?!? No, I will show some restraint, but I am definitely, definitely looking forward to becoming a total senioritis-stricken vegetable this spring!!

Who else can check their senior thesis off of their life-long to-do list

(and is celebrating this weekend)?

monday monday

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Sigh… Mondays… what more is there to say? It’s not that I don’t feel like doing any work today, it’s just that I don’t want to do any of the work that I am supposed to do today. Do you ever have days like that? I’m exactly half way through my winter term at school, so I guess some exhaustion is understandable, but I need to figure out a game plan ASAP to survive&thrive through the next 5 weeks of my term… In the mean time, take a little break yourself to look at some relaxing pictures. You’re welcome 🙂

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fried eggs

fried egg

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??

employed

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As of 1pm on Friday, November 15, 2013 I became officially employed come July 2014. I will be headed to my favorite midtown Manhattan to work in Sales and Trading at a notable bank.

Getting here has been quite the process. Between myriad phone calls, Skype interviews (see tips here), trips to New York (see here and here), and countless frantic meetings with my school’s career center (see here), somehow it all came together. It was not an easy decision in the slightest and the thing I struggled with the most was not whether or not I wanted the job (I’m pretty sure it’s going to be perfect for me), but coming to terms with taking the next step in my life. Coming to terms with change.

I still have 5 months left in college, but something about my time here will not be the same now. It’s easy to say that everything’s all set because this — this job — is what I was working towards this entire time, but this — this time to appreciate school and my life and every amazing person around me — is what I’ve been working towards my entire life. Sure, I am employed post-grad and that is incredible, but more incredible will simply be soaking it all in!