Sunsets and Seuss Spruce: my first month at Genny

I decided I wanted to go to Geneseo as a little kid, so campus felt homey to me very early on. I watched my older cousin, Jen, who I idolized, go here and I had to follow in her footsteps. Jen was fourteen when I was born and she was the coolest person in the world to me. I loved Geneseo because I wanted to be like her, but as I got older, I realized this school actually is a perfect fit. Prior to going to college, I had no fear of being homesick—I was a sleepaway camp kid growing up, so I’m used to being away from home, and I just felt like I was ready to leave. It definitely took me by surprise when, a couple of days after moving in, it really sunk in that I was no longer in my own bed or with the same people I grew up with for the first 18 years of my life. Spoiler alert: homesickness fades, but the feeling came and went in waves until it eventually stopped. For me, the first two weeks were the biggest adjustment period. By the third week, however, I had gotten into more of a routine and the surface-level relationships I built early on started to be genuine friendships. I am on the track team here, too, so once I started working out with my teammates, Geneseo felt more like home.

Around week three—when I was really getting into the groove of things—I started to take notice of everything. For example, I enjoyed the food from the beginning, but it gets repetitive. The food tasted really good until I found myself eating the same stir fry for lunch and grilled chicken for dinner every night. The one thing that never gets old is the granola; I could eat that everyday of my life. Eventually, I learned where all the good study spots are around campus. My favorite places to work are Bailey Hall and the Union, and finding those places saved me because studying in the dorms is not always ideal. There is always something going on in my hall, so focusing can be impossible at times. I’m enjoying my classes and I have found a way of studying that works well for me. This was also around the time that I injured my hamstring, which was a huge bummer in the beginning, but it’s what introduced me to the athletic trainers. Going to the trainer is actually something I look forward to now, which is not something I ever thought I would say. Lastly, I love Main Street with all the little shops and restaurants. It’s the perfect little escape from campus and is so easy to walk to. The fact that we are so close to Rochester is also comforting and gives us another place to go on weekends. Geneseo seems like the middle of nowhere at times, but there are always fun things to do. I’m excited to see what the next four years will bring!

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