The beginning of the beginning

My name is Nicholas Caviola. I’m a college student from a town called Lewisboro in Westchester County NY. I’m a sophomore here at SUNY Geneseo. I like to play and watch sports, do puzzles, play chess and video games, and watch movies. I have two dogs we rescued named Stella, a coonhound/Lab Mix, and Ranger a Shiba Innu/German Shepard Mix. My dad has his own excavation business, and my mom works for our town as the Deputy Town Clerk. My parents are the most kind-hearted people I’ve ever known. They’re considerate, kind, extremely hardworking, but tough when they need to be. I have two siblings, Trevor and Olivia. Olivia just started her freshman year at SUNY Albany and loves it there, we are very close. Trevor is my older brother by eight years. He was an amazing athlete and someone I always really looked up to as I was growing up. He has a 3-year-old daughter named Regan, who’s by far the most adorable Caviola in the family. Moving on from me, let’s talk about school. If I’m being honest my first year here wasn’t the best. It was definitely pretty rocky but I’m glad I went through it. luckily I also had this amazing family by my side during the whole thing.

Since I’m a Sophomore now, my first few weeks at Geneseo are far behind me. But I can talk about how this semester’s first few weeks compared to the first semesters. Let me tell you, they were far from the same. The first semester I stayed in my room and didn’t do much. I didn’t make any friends or ever really go out, COVID being a major factor in that, but I was miserable. I had terribly bad grades and was missing home immensely. I was honestly planning on transferring, that is, until I decided to go for Greek life my second semester. I managed to join a fraternity, and I’m extremely glad I did. I had many new friends, and also got to know a lot more people around campus like tutors and academic advisors. So, at this point, college was already a million times better than it was before. Still, I felt lost. I felt like everything in college was just way too big, and I was in over my head. But I toughed it out and managed to end the semester on a high note. Now, these past few weeks have been some of the best times of my life, besides some bumps and scrapes along the way. I now feel confident in what I’m doing here and a lot more eager to see what lies ahead of me. As for this class, I’m honestly really excited. I think I’m going to learn a lot, and once I catch up with all my work, it will be smooth sailing from here on out.

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