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?

So far college has been a truly great experience but sometimes the workload can be overwhelming. While at times the length of readings can be long, that never seems to cause particular stress, but rather understanding that reading and then putting my thoughts into words can be difficult. Constantly writing is draining and makes it difficult to find where I stand in the midst of it all. Trying to find my own voice is stressful, especially when a paper is due in two days and I am still trying to figure out what I think. This is definitely a common pattern whenever I go to write a paper.
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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?

As an engineer, most of what I learn involves math. There really isn't that much that I get to learn about that doesn't involve numbers. This focused area of study is stressful in workload. However, a great part about being an engineer at Union that is different that large technical schools is that I am free to take a class of my choosing- not math- if I want as a 4th class. There will always be a ridiculous amount of work in college- especially for an engineer. Dealing with this stress can include learning about something you truly like!
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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?

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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What projects or papers have you done for your classes that were especially interesting or meaningful to you (high school or college)? Any assignments that you really got into? Describe what made them so interesting and engaging.
During my first year of college, when I was at Saint Michael's College in my First Year Seminar class, I was instructed to write a term paper about anything that was somehow related to modern-day technology. Ever since my senior year of high school I have been intrigued with the brain and how it functions. In this generation, we depend more on our cell phones than what is going on in our country I was very interested to research on how these technologies actually hurts our biochemistry of the brain.
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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?

So far, the only extra-curricular I am a part of is the pep band. It has been one of the most fun experiences during my short time here. I'm not the most musically inclined or musically skilled person, but I have always enjoyed playing, especially when I am part of an ensemble. Being in a band can also teach you how to think of something other than yourself. You are all members of a team, and your part has to blend into the song, not dominate it. As a tuba player, I support the melody that the rest of the band plays.
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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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OK, forget about being practical. Forget about your major, your future career, your requirements. Forget about how good you are at a field and what grade you’re likely to get. Imagine you HAVE to take five classes, pass-fail, just for fun and interest – what would you want to learn about? Why are those areas fun/motivating to you? Do you think you WILL take classes in these areas? If not, why not? For ideas, use the Academic Register
If I had to take five classes pass-fail just for fun, I would take five Spanish classes. I took Spanish in high school and enjoyed learning about a different culture. Some of my classmates and I traveled to Spain and I loved it. It was really neat to interact with people in their native language. The five Spanish classes I would take are basic Spanish 1, 2, and 3, and intermediate Spanish 1 and 2. I do think I will take a couple basic Spanish classes to again become familiar with the language. However, I do not think I will take any more advanced classes.
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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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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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Are there things that would be really fun for you, but you find yourself not doing them much at Union? Think out of the box-- Make a list of 5 things you don’t usually do but would enjoy if you did them. Consider asking your Minerva for funds and space to do one of them. Or write to your House Council about your idea.

One thing I wish I did was attend more Minerva events. I should totally take advantage of all of their good offerings! Another thing I wish I did was attend more sporting events besides the big ones like hockey. I should support my fellow classmates and friends in their athletic endeavors. I wish I participated in more arts events. I'm not very talented in the arts but I could attend more plays or art shows. On the topic of art, I would enjoy an arts and crafts night at a Minerva to show off some creativity.
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