What about Union “works” well for you; how do you feel this is a good environment for you? What about Union DOESN’T work well for you; in what ways has Union been a difficult or unsatisfying environment for you?

I love the independence offered when it comes to choosing a variety of classes. On a trimester schedule, in a liberal arts school with an option of four classes a semester, the combinations and ability to take classes outside my comfort zone are endless. Because of the way students are not entirely limited to those classes that fall within their major, I can reach out and explore new subjects that perhaps may leave a lasting impact on my life and future.
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What aspects of college do you find particularly stressful? Please write about a few of them. Looking back on what you’ve written, do you see any patterns or common threads about what stresses you?

All the different stuff I need to constantly practice and/or review. Of course this is my flat, and it's a good problem because it shows how involved I am, but sometimes there isn't enough time for me to put my best effort into all my activities. I should probably narrow down what I want to participate in next term. I am also stressed about my future. I want to pursue all my interests, but it is so hard to get the courses I need! I also want to participate in activities that will help me learn grow, and improve my skills.
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Think of the different jobs you’ve had or work you’ve done. What work experiences were most enjoyable or satisfying to you? What made them that way? THEN – What does this tell you about what matters to you in your work?

I have only had one job, I was a runner at a local lumberyard. My duties consisted of loading the trucks of customers that came in to buy lumber and loading the company trucks that went out on delivery. Sometimes I would get to go out with the truck drivers if they needed a hand with whatever it was that they were delivering. I am generally a shy and somewhat awkward person, but this job forced me to improve my people skills and talk with people I had never met before each and every day.
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Are you having some difficulties with a particular class or with your academic work in general? Write a paragraph or two describing the ways you find yourself having a hard time. Then consider reaching out to one of the many forms of support available to you from the following list: Writing Center, Minerva Mentors, Departmental Help Centers, tutors through departments, etc. etc. etc.

I experienced great difficulty adjusting to college during my first term. I was unused to the heavy work load, having found most of my high school courses easy. I also was not good at getting up early, and missed class more often that I am proud to admit. I missed home, I missed routine. I was so desperate to make new friends and enjoy the little time we get at Union that I let my grades slip. Now, I'm meeting with my Minerva Mentor once a week. She's helped me develop study habits and improve my time-management.
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