- Class: Sophomore
- Major: English
- Gender: F
- High School: Schuylerville High School
- Transfer Student: N
I think that the best thing about Union is its size. While it is on the small side, there are many advantages. I find it easier to focus in my smaller classes and also going to see my professors for one on one help isnt intimidating and they are extremely helpful and understanding. When I tell people that I attend Union the usual response is "Wow, good for you!" and my parents are extremely proud of me. Most of my time on campus is usually in the Campus Center or the softball field. There is always something to do at school whether it is a movie, a show, or a guest speaker. School pride is great! It never fails that when I leave my room I will see at least 5 people on campus wearing Union apparel. Sports games are always full of fans and faculty. The one negative thing about Union is that the campus is open to the city of Schenectady. While the signs say it is a closed campus, people from the city tend to walk through campus day and night and there are many cases of robbery throughout the year.
Professors at Union are great! Studying at Union is a very common activity where students are provided with office hours from professors, mentors through Minervas, writing centers, etc. Class participation is very common as many professors put a percentage of your grade on the act of participating in class. I think that Union's requirements are great. BEing that it is a liberal arts college I am getting a well rounded education in all areas of study while I can still focus on my major. I believe that the education is geared toward learning one hundered percent. Going to Union means that you will get a higher standard of education meaning that your chances of getting a job are that much better.
I do not think that any student would feel out of place at Union. There are groups for all religions, ethnic backgrounds, and races. In class, most students wear casual dress and a lot of students wear sweats, including me! One table in the dining hall would be a group of sorority sisters, another would be frat brothers, another probably a sports team, and another friends from classes. Most Union students are from the Northeast while there are a lot of hockey players from Canada and Western States. The most prevalent financial background is wealthy. I do not come from a wealthy background at all so sometimes I feel out of place when everyone has very nice clothes and cars and stuff, but my friends are so nice and I do truly feel at home at Union.
The Best Things
beautiful campus, great professors, sports, and my friends!
The Worst Things
Not truly a closed campus when it states that it is