1 September 2022
My name is Samantha Emke. I am a first-year student at SUNY Geneseo. When I am not here, I live in Eden with my mom, dad, and older sister, Alex. I am lucky to have a family that is very close to one another. Once a psychic even told my mom that her, Alex, and I were all sisters in a past life. We had such a close bond that we decided to reincarnate together. I am not sure how true that story is, but we all are very close to one another. I also live at home with about thirty animals. At Geneseo, I do get homesick without being near my family or my pets. So far, I have gone home once. Honestly, I was not sure if I would make it back. My parents keep having to reassure me that I made the right decision to go to Geneseo and that I will eventually love it here.
Moving away from home for the first time is a strange transition. Having to take on all sorts of responsibilities and become independent is an indescribable feeling. You always hear how great college is, the parties, the friendships made, it is supposed to be the best years of your life, however, this can be quite different if you are not an outgoing, party-type person. At times it can feel like you are so different from others that you are supposed to love being social all the time, but I have learned that it is okay not to be outgoing or want to party all the time. It can take time to find “your people” with the same interests as you, and slowly, you will find each other. Once this happens, you will feel more at home. My first few weeks at Geneseo have been okay, with a few hiccups. During the first two weeks, there was an issue with my roommate. We had found each other over the summer and decided to become roommates. Once move-in day came, I realized that we had completely different ideas of what fun was and that being an introvert myself was not going to work while living with her. After a lengthy process, it finally came the time I was allowed to switch rooms. Being with a roommate you are compatible with makes all the difference. I feel happier being here at Geneseo and feel I focus on my classes instead of worrying about roommate drama.
I am a history major with a museum studies minor. This semester, I am taking five courses: World of Vikings, Art History, Theater Therapy for Veterans, Intro to the History Major, and Local and Public History. So far, my favorite has been art history. Over the summer, my sister and I traveled to Europe and went to some prominent art museums, such as the National Gallery in London. Connecting the artwork I saw in the museums to the artwork talked about in class makes it even more interesting to me. To be honest, taking an art history class initially made me nervous. I kept thinking how much I would dislike it since I always thought it was not my “thing”, however, this could not be further from the truth. Once I began to engage in the course, it became quite fun for me. Now I cannot wait to go to class! Since the course interested me so much, I decided to join the history club and the art history club.
Another class I have enjoyed is my writing seminar (Theater Therapy for Veterans). During the semester, I hope that through this course, I not only improve my writing skills, such as my grammar and vocabulary, but also to learn the history and science of why veterans use theater to help with their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) The class so far has taught me how to improve my writing skills. Even though I had thought I was a good writer, once I had read about the ways to improve, I instantly realized how many common mistakes I make in my writing.
Overall, my beginning at Geneseo has been nothing like I expected. Even with minor difficulties, I love being able to study here. I can already see my friendships forming and now realize that I made the right choice. Whether it is walking past the “Seuss Spruce,” the classes, or getting to sit in the gazebo to talk with friends, there is always something to look forward to at Geneseo. Seeing that first sunset on your first night here makes you realize why you wanted to come here in the first place. It takes (and will continue to take) patience but eventually, you will learn that it is all about family here, and everyone can fit in.