How do you want your sophomore year residential experience to be the same and different from this year’s? Describe your “ideal” living situation. What matters most to you? Read about sophomore housing options. Which ones seem most likely to give you what you want? What more would you need to know about different housing options to make a decision?

I love living in a suite, despite my low level of patience for my roommate; however, I would love to be a RA next year. Not only will I have a space I can call my own, I love how close all the RAs in my dorm are. I will have the opportunity to get to know the incoming freshmen and pass on any advice I may have while also being a part of a new set of friends. I think an RA position would be perfect for me.
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You can try new things and meet people who are different from you in student clubs and at other college events. Choose three clubs from Union’s list of clubs that intrigue you that would take you beyond the familiar. What might prevent you from trying these out?

I would consider trying out the French Club. I took French in high school but I didn't learn a whole lot about the culture and I've never been to any French-speaking countries. The only thing that might keep me from trying it out is the fact that I haven't spoken French in a while and I would be worried that a table or something of the sort might be over my head. I probably will join the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program at some point during my time at Union.
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List the three or four departments you think you’re most likely to major in. People choose majors for lots of reasons…because they’re interested in what they’ll learn, for future career plans, because they think they will do well in the classes, etc. What are some of the reasons you chose each of your fields?

Biology: I am interested mainly in the professions that require a biology degree, such as the health professions. I also find the extreme diversity of material in the biology courses interesting. Chemistry: I have very thoroughly enjoyed the classes I have taken at Union in the chemistry department. The problem solving aspects of the chemistry courses are a welcome break from the memorization required for other science courses.
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Are there any academic skills you wish you could do better – like writing, math, speaking up in groups, doing presentations, thinking creatively, learning things more quickly, time management...whatever? Write about 2-3 experiences you have had that helped you build a skill that you’re glad to have or that made you realize you want more of a skill.
Half way through my high school career I transferred from a small day school to a large independent boarding school. This move from a familiar environment forced me to acquire time management skills that can only be developed from living away from home. I feel this acquired skill will help me adapt well in college. Throughout my maturation in high school I realized that the quality of my work was truly up to me and it could be as good or as bad as I choose it to be.
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