For someone who struggles to enjoy the unknown, for someone who doesn’t like taking many risks, change can be scary. Being a transfer student, I was very nervous about attending Geneseo. I knew the school was great for academics and athletics, but I worried that I wouldn’t feel comfortable, or that I would struggle with the adjustment to a smaller campus. I knew one of my suitemates and the softball coach before coming here, which was exciting and a huge relief, but I was nervous about almost everything else. What if I get lost on my way to class and show up late? What if my roommate and I don’t get along? What if I don’t make the softball team? What if I don’t like it at all? I was very anxious and unnerved this fall, but after being at Geneseo for almost half a semester, I can say that I made the right decision to transfer.
Since the first day, I’ve been welcomed by so many people on campus. From professors to coaches, to teammates, to people just walking by. Everyone at Geneseo has been extremely friendly and kind to me since I’ve arrived. My suitemates, my roommate, and I have dinner together every night and enjoy sitting in our common room and catching up on our day. My softball teammates and I go to lift three times a week and usually get together every weekend for some fun team bonding at their off-campus house. Geneseo makes it easy to socialize. Whether you want to meet a friend at Starbucks, or at the Union, the gazebo for the beautiful sunset, or on Main Street for a meal, you’re always able to see the people you want to see. The social adjustment to college has gone more smoothly than I could have imagined because this campus is full of friendly students, faculty, and staff who are more than willing to help those of us who are new.
My experience so far regarding academics has been amazing. As a biology major on a pre-med track, I knew I was transferring to a school that would challenge me. My dream is to attend Emory University in Georgia for graduate school, and become a physician assistant in pediatric emergency and trauma medicine, and Geneseo’s biology program will make that dream a reality. The program is ranked one of the best in the country, and I’m lucky enough to be a part of it. Though certainly far from light work, the content I’m learning, the classes I’m taking, and the supportiveness of the professors in my field are phenomenal. I feel confident in my ability to be successful in the future, thanks to the work I’m doing now.
As far as being an athlete at Geneseo goes, I couldn’t be happier. I’m a member of the Geneseo varsity softball team, and the success of my team—and others at Geneseo—is just another reason why this college stood out to me as a transfer. My coach pushes me to be the best I can be not only on the field and in the weight room, but also in the classroom. The coaches are available for more than just practices and games; they encourage their athletes to go to office hours, and they check in on them periodically to ensure they’re doing well in their classes and their mental health. My teammates and captains have also been my biggest support system. Any time I run into trouble, whether it’s a bad practice, a bad grade, or just having a bad day in general, my teammates are the first people I turn to for help. Everyone gets along and supports each other, and we spend at least one day a week together as a team. Having the support of a team and coaching staff is such a game-changer in my academic life, and Geneseo has given me some of my best friends through softball.
Transferring to Geneseo was a big risk. I was very anxious about taking such a leap of faith, even though I knew this was the best place for me. Since being here, I have made incredible friends, I have built relationships with my professors that will help me achieve my goals, I have played softball with supportive coaches and teammates, and I have faced the daunting challenge of being a biology major. I cannot express my gratitude enough, and I’m excited to see what the next two years hold!