Being a sophomore at Geneseo, I had a different experience than the freshman now during my first year. Going from busy and loud Long Island to laidback and quiet Geneseo was a big challenge. Being from Long Island, going to the beach and the city are a staple in life. On a hot summer day, getting all your friends in the car and driving less than ten minutes to go to the beach is a blessing. Spending the entire day in the sun and ocean to put everything back in the car and grabbing our longboards to skate on the boardwalks is one of the best benefits of the island. It is great to feel the cool wind on your board after being hot all day. Wintertime comes around, and it is city time. Even though the big apple is super loud and stressful, going and experiencing the world is incredibly fun to do. Now on the other hand, at Geneseo the seasons aren’t as prominent as the island. I’m used to warmer weather and that is a huge rarity here. By the time September comes around the warm clothes come out, while at home summer attire is still a viable option.
Geneseo was a considerable culture change for me. With the closest city being forty or so minutes away, it’s very quiet here. People don’t drive at least ten miles per hour over the speed limit, farms as far as the eye can see, and no real beaches near. I felt as if I didn’t belong here. I felt this way until I met my current group of friends here. Having this core group made me feel more accepted to the community since I wasn’t the only one going through this. This group, as well as the track team, made me feel at home. Without the track team I am not sure what I would be doing here. Having a sport, club, or social group at college is almost a necessity to get the full experience. Lucky enough, I can continue the sport that means so much to me.
The first few weeks of classes were stressful. Trying to navigate the campus that I was unfamiliar with was a lot. I would be doing circles in buildings trying to figure out where classrooms were, and then rushing back to the dorm for online classes. It took a long while to get used to managing my time. Managing my time with homework and workouts, figuring out a schedule to do my laundry, and learning the best dining halls were only some of my problems. Finally, after some time, I was used to the Geneseo life. Freshman year first weeks, looking back, weren’t even all that bad. As for this year and classes, I enjoy it. Creating the schedule I have now felt great. I understood the courses I enrolled in and loved them all. As for this class, it is living up to my expectations. Even though it feels as if it is moving at a slower pace, I can tell that it will be a blast. While looking through which 105 courses I wanted to take, this one grabbed me. Many of my family members are veterans, so learning more about PTSD and how to treat it hits close to home. I am excited to learn about this and possibly introduce it to these family members. I don’t know how theatre helps with therapy, but I’m sure it works. Standard therapy alone can only do so much for a person and their struggles. To see how this can benefit the well-being of veterans is amazing. It could also possibly be used to help people who haven’t served. I cannot wait to see what this class has in store for me this semester.