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?

One aspect of college that I find particularly stressful is being away from family. I am not particularly close to them, but living away from them has made me realize how much of an impact they have on my life and how important they are to me. Another stressor for me, particularly in the first term of college, was trying to formulate new friendships. I am not a particularly outgoing person and it was at first difficult for me to step out of my comfort zone and find new friends. Back home it was easier to make friends since we were always together while at school during the day.
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Based on what you are learning in this course, why do you think taking art history matters for the major you are pursuing and your Union education more broadly?
Art History is a course which combines the historic context from each distinctive era with each style of artist expression. It helps me understand modern art better by analysing them from a perspective of categorising according to context. The course teaches me how to better appreciate modern art, which is such a complex phenomenon to be truly understood academically.
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You are meeting someone for the first time. As you step into an elevator with them, they ask “So, what do you do?” What would you tell them, in the time it will take the elevator to reach your destination, to most accurately portray your current work/interests/goals/values?

Currently I am a freshman at Union college and I am double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics. My interests outside of academics include rock climbing as well as doing community service at the Kenney Center here in Schenectady. I value honesty over everything and believe that in order for people to succeed in life they need to be honest with themselves and accept both their flaws and their strengths.
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