My First Experience at Geneseo

My name is Ania Gromul; I am from Long Island, New York. I am a first-year student at SUNY Geneseo. I like to go to the beach, spend time with nature, animals, family and friends. Looking back at my first few weeks at Geneseo, I know I made the right decision. My first week and orientation week was extremely welcoming. Students and faculty had the week planned out for new students to get to know each other and the campus. I made a good group of friends and always plan on meeting new faces and getting to know as many people as I can. I am a Biology major planning to pursue veterinary school. My courses for my first semester are challenging. I have a biology, chemistry, geography, writing seminar, and two labs. The workload is substantial but tolerable.

Up until this point, my classes are going well, however, I am having a hard time finding a good balance with my science classes. I feel as if I meet the suggested study hours but can’t seem to do as well as I want on my exams. I have tried changing my study environments and methods but that doesn’t seem to work either. I have yet to find a strategy that works for me. I will continue to find different methods to be best prepared for my exams. As for my labs, I enjoy experimenting and testing the theories our group has hypothesized. My two favorite classes by far are my writing seminar and geography class. My writing seminar opened my eyes to my classmates’ different opinions. I am eager to go to my geography class each week because of the interest I have in traveling the world. I would like to travel to Greece, the Amazon rainforest, Alaska and France. I love to research the different cultures and traditions each location has. My ultimate dream is to travel and experience the daily lives of people all over the world.

The expectations for the INDT 105 writing seminar Theatre: A Therapy for Veterans are mandatory attendance and participation. Most points come from our assignments, which are worth forty points. As long as you are present, willing to participate and put your best work forward on assignments and journals, you should have no problem passing. Reading chapters one through nine in They Say, I Say by Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff, I made a connection in the way I struggle to understand and listen to other people’s thoughts and opinions. I have noticed in our class discussions I have a hard time reminding myself to restate what my classmate has said and then share my own opinion.I started to improve as we went through the multiple questions. I would restate what my group members would share, then follow it up with whether I agree or disagree and state why I feel the way I feel.

As this semester continues my expectations are to improve my writing and communication skills. Specifically, finding a flow in my writing and making clear statements that my reader can follow. As well as comprehending and acknowledging what others have to say and incorporating it into my writing.

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