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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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?

The best job I've ever held wad an internship at Boys and Girls club of Hartford. At this job, I taught impoverished 6 and 7 year olds how to read. We got so close that the kids would tackle me with hugs when I walked into work and called me Mr. (Myfirstname). You just can't beat that level of gratitude. Also, the work I did made a difference that I could see every day. In the long run, I'd like to do something that matters to real pepole and inspires their gratitude.
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Everyone brings their own unique skills, talents, experiences, hopes, background and concerns to college with them. Consider these questions: What should your advisor know about you? What skills do you bring to Union and what skills do you look forward to developing? What are you hoping to gain from the college experience? Respond to one or more of these questions in a paragraph.
I think that one of my best skills is that I am socially very outgoing. I love to meet new people and am not afraid to put myself out there. This is beneficial because it allows me to make an abundance of connections, which helps me when I least expect it. While in college I hope to explore the things I love, and start to come up with a plan for myself. At the moment I have an idea of what my future may look like, but I want to make that idea a dream, that could potentially become a reality.
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Have there been some times that your efforts and talents have been helpful to other people? Describe some experiences like this that have been most meaningful to you. Are there any ways that you hope to use your talents to be helpful to people in the future?

My job during the summer is a lifeguard and there have been a few instances where I have needed to help people otherwise they would have been in serious trouble. One instance in particular is the first rescue I had when I had to save a grandmother and her granddaughter. Being a humble person myself, the praise that I got when I returned to shore and resumed my post made me uncomfortable. In the future I hope to be a doctor and hope to bring the traits and skills I learned not only from the profession, but about myself, when I enter into this field of work.
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What have been your most significant experiences in college (good and bad)? If you were visiting your high school to talk about college life, what would you say?

My best college experiences so far are simply the good times I have had with my friends hanging around on campus. It's been great meeting so many people that I can relate to on such a deep level in such a short period of time, and I am very grateful for that. In high school, a lot of my friends were my friends because I had a small pool to choose from, and of course I wanted to have friends.
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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, Biochemistry, Economics, Political Science. The first two choices are related to my potential career choice, a doctor. Additionally, I am generally interested in how the body functions and works and both of these fields go in depth about this subject. Biology in particular also looks at many different organisms, something that I find fascinating because I think some animals are incredibly unique and just downright awesome. Economics I chose because that is the field my dad is in and the career area where I would likely end up if I chose not to become a doctor.
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Think about what you want to do after college. What are some possible occupations/industries you might be interested in pursuing? Medical school? Wall Street? Starting your own business? How can the material you learned in this course help you along your journey? Think broadly (things like communication and writing skills) but also narrowly (understanding X may give me an advantage in Y). ​
While I have been at Union, I have been interested in pursuing a career in Sports Management; becoming an Athletic Director. I enjoy the economic principles that pertain to our everyday life. From this course I can use the analytical skills that we learned about and help me be successful in the Sports Industry. For example, thinking just about a simple supply and demand graph helps our world solve a lot of world problems. Even though Healthcare is not directly in Sports Management, it has helped me understand the real world problems in the United States.
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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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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?

Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering. These would be on my top 4. I really think STEM majors control the future of humanity. With a CS and EE background, I am high in demand in today's job market - no need to deny it. Moreover, these degrees have one of the highest average ROI's of all majors. Moreover, the engineering department is arguably the most respected one on Union. With Union's close connection with GE here in Schenectady, I am feeling rather satisfied with my job prospects.
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Go to the list of departments and pick three that interest you OTHER than the ones you are thinking of majoring in. Write a sentence or two saying why each field interests you. Go to the online Academic Register, and list some examples of courses in these fields that might appeal to you at some point.
History, Geology, and Anthropology. History interests me because events from the past impact how we live now, and learning about these events helps me understand why we do certain things. Courses- The Great War, The Holocaust, Seminar in European History: The Black Death, History of Sports in America, Seminar in US History: History of NYC. Geology is a field that has always interested me, and I always loved the rock exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
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