My name is Paris Pinkney, and I am now a sophomore here at SUNY Geneseo. I am a sociomedical science major, which is relatively new, and I have enjoyed my time here so far. The fall 2020 semester was my first college semester which I was so excited for, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world was pretty much upside down. The pandemic had a major impact on me and my peers’ first-year college experience. I wasn’t as social as I wanted to be because of the school’s restrictions and protocols. I also didn’t go outside much because I had no in-person classes so I spent most of my time in my dorm. Unfortunately, my roommate wasn’t the best which, made me want to leave my dorm most of the time, but I had nowhere to go and not many friends. I utilized some of Geneseo’s peer mentoring and counseling services to help me mentally and get me through my first year which helped.
Being a first-year student and taking all of my classes online was difficult in its entirety. I was forced to meet all of my professors online which wasn’t really ideal, but we had to make it work. I found it harder to grasp most information no matter which way it was worded. At first, I liked the online idea because I could do most of my work on my own time without having to wake up early. I quickly realized that the negative aspects outweighed the positives because it was harder for me to understand, and at a certain point, I genuinely wanted to be in class. However, not everything was negative about my first year, I met some of my closest friends that now make Geneseo feel like home. Currently, classes are going pretty well for me and they’re more manageable. Now that we have the opportunity to be in-person, I am in a much better head space and it’s a bit easier. The school has also lifted some of the protocols which makes things seem a little more normal. So far it has been a great start to the semester.