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?

Something I have found difficult to balance in college has been the pressure to excel academically, as well as to prepare practically for my future by taking on jobs and internships that will lead to getting hired and hopefully career success. It sometimes can feel like everyone and everything wants 100% from me, and that is challenging. One way I have found to deal with this problem is by taking the time to map out my schedule every single week, before the next week begins.
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Have you been able to do things academically at Union that you didn’t think you could do? Have you not been able to do things that you thought you could do well? Describe 2-3 experiences like this. THEN—what have you learned about yourself from these experiences.

I have been able to write a really good poem in my Preceptorial class. Being an engineering major and mostly math/science person, I thought poetry was way out of my league even though I am a decent writer. I thought poetry required too many creative writing skills that I did not possess but my professor highly commended the poem I wrote which I was proud of and surprised about. I have also surprised myself in my math class. I took AP Calc in high school and I got a good grade in it but my grade did not reflect how much I struggled in that class.
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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?

This past summer, I worked at a summer camp for kids ages five to twelve. Almost every day, the kids would go swimming. After swimming, they had to change back into their clothes and TIE THEIR SHOES. It was a nightmare. After the first day of tying about 10 pairs of shoes, I began teaching the kids how to do it independently. There was this one little five year old that just could not master it. He attended camp all summer and in the final week, he tied his own shoes. The following day, he began helping others how to tie their shoes.
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What extra-curricular activities have been most enjoyable/meaningful/important to you so far in college? Where do you put most of your time and energy outside of classes and studying? Are there activities that you do because they “look good,” apart from enjoying them? What do your choices of extra-curricular activities say about you?
I think that what makes extra-curricular activities meaningful is not necessarily what the activity is, but more who you're doing the activity with. I can say with 100% certainty that I originally joined a Minerva council in Freshman year because it was something my friends and I wanted to be involved in. I've participated in the council tirelessly over my time here, but as I grew further apart from my Freshman year friends, the council quickly became more of a chore than an activity I wanted to participate in.
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1) Name 3 or 4 people you admire. They can be real or fictional, known to you personally or public figures. What makes you admire them? Do you see yourself as similar to or becoming like any of these people? 2) Look back at what you wrote: What does it say about you, what you value, what you think matters in a person?
The person I admire the most is my grandfather. Even though he died when I was two years old he is still an inspiring man. He wrote one of the most well-known books around the world, The Godfather. He influenced many people including my family, especially my father. My father motivates me everyday, whether its with softball or the challenges of life. He always tells me the right things to do and even if sometimes I do not agree he always ends up being right. Not only is he a mentor but he is a lawyer that owns his own law firm. Every man in my family inspires me especially my brother, Eric.
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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?

For me I would prefer to live in a house system rather than a dorm like setting. Though I enjoy living in the dorm I live in now, I think as a sophomore I'd prefer not to be as distracted with the typical dorm social life that I am exposed to as of now. I'd like to be able to go back to my room and not feel obligated by the social expectations of others to stay up or be distracted from work. Additionally, I would prefer an on campus themed house with a community inside who are open minded, accepting, and respectful to the occupants.
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One reason people might want to study abroad is that a term abroad contributes in particular ways to their educational goals, which could be in their major or in a completely different area. Do you want to go on a term abroad that builds on your major or try something different? Take a look at the list of international programs and write about why three programs appeal to you.

I would really like to go on a term abroad, but I wouldn't mind doing something that might not relate to my major. I say this mostly because I have never traveled abroad, so I think it would still be beneficial to me to study and experience the culture of a country outside the United States. If I was to find one that I was interested in that did connect to my major, that would be great! But it would not be my biggest prerequisite for choosing a program. The first term abroad that caught my eye was the one in Tianjin, China.
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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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One reason people join clubs is to get to know people who are similar to them, share interests, are the “kind of people I like to hang out with.” What kind of people do you like to hang out with? If you chose three clubs from Union’s list of clubs to join just to meet people, which three would be most likely to lead you to your hang-out soul mates?
I would probably join an a cappella group, the outdoors club, and skiing club. People who love the utdoors are generally super chill. I love singing, so it would be cool to jam with someone and talk about good music. And I love skiing. It would be great to have a ski buddy to maybe hit the slopes with a few times this winter
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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?

I am a junior at union college studying neuroscience on the biotrack with dreams of going on to nursing school after graduation.I hope to work in a hospital hopefully in the pediatric department with children and babies. Later on I want to go back to school and become a nurse practitioner and work at a pediatric clinic. I highly value helping other people and becoming a nurse is the perfect job for me that I know I will love doing forever
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