Almost there!

Coming toward the end of the semester, I have come a long way. I am so used to being independent from my parents that I don’t even think about it. It is just natural at this point. I can take care of myself, and I rarely have to ask my parents for anything. I also learned a lot about college after I did not do that well on my midterms. I learned that a lot of my time needs to be spent studying. When I got a big second wave of tests and exams after midterms, that is just what I did. I studied as soon as the tests and quizzes were assigned, and the work paid off. I got much better grades, but there is still room for improvement. I just need to adopt different forms of studying, even if it does not seem cool. I felt a lot of stress when midterms were going on, but now, I am very comfortable studying a lot for multiple tests and quizzes at once. I hope to completely master studying by the time finals come around to get great grades on them.

As time has gone along, I have gotten more comfortable here. It took me a while to get comfortable in high school, until sophomore or even junior year, so I am glad to be already comfortable here. At the beginning of the semester, I wanted to join a bunch of clubs at the club expo, but these past few months, I have not had any time for those things. Now, I am reaching out to clubs to join them and show up to events and meetings. I was really involved at my high school, and I don’t see why I can’t continue that involvement. I have been here long enough that I can manage my time well and understand my complex schedule. I hope to get involved in multiple clubs by the end of the semester while balancing my academics with my athletics and extracurriculars.

I was so glad that we did not have midterms in this class. I was so stressed that week and was disappointed in myself when I got my grades back. This class has definitely helped me with my mental health. I have become a much better writer since I submitted my first journal and blog. My WLC tutor and teammate, Riley Grossman, and my professor, Jaime Arena, have helped me correct common mistakes and have taught me how to be a more engaging and professional writer while still letting my voice be heard.

I have enjoyed both plays that we have read this semester. American Tet was intriguing. I loved how it focused on a military family and how they are affected by the military members in their family. I also liked the connections they had. It was a pretty depressing story. It started pretty depressing already, but then it just kept going downhill. I am glad discussed this play because I got more out of it than if I just read it on my own. Jaime and my classmates had a lot of input. 9 Circles was even more interesting. It was shocking right from the start, and I loved it. This one was not just depressing; it was crazy. It just shows what war can do to somebody or millions of military members. I loved playing a role in each of the two plays. It is too bad we couldn’t do 9 Circles in class as much, but I think it was better that we read this one on our own. By the end of the semester, I hope to put together a great skit with my group. I honestly think we will do a great job. We already have amazing chemistry.

Woah, we’re halfway there!

Halfway through my first semester here at Geneseo, I am loving it! I have a bunch of exams, so there has been a lot of studying lately, but it is fine. I have been able to balance out my work very well with track and everything else so far. It definitely helps that there is a study hours requirement for first-year students on the track team. I have been very productive in that time. It took me a week or two for things to settle in. I struggled with my work because I switched majors a week in and had to catch up with a bunch, but it has all clicked since then. I remember not liking going off to college because it was different from anything I had experienced. But now, I love it for that reason. I am glad that it is a brand new experience for me. I have made many friends since I got here, which was not what I was expecting. It helps that I am in a suite with five other guys and am on the track team. I am also part of the Newman Group (campus ministry) here at Geneseo. It is great to see that other students share the same passion for their Catholic faith and spirituality. I have also been making friends in some of my classes, which I was not expecting. It helps that some professors make us split into small groups. That way, I can have interactions with my classmates and get to know them. I loved my four-day fall break; I got to go home, spend time with my family, and talk with hometown friends about their college experiences. It was a nice break that was much needed to relieve my stress from the mid-term exams. My favorite part about the break was kayaking in a stream that flows into Lake Erie, breathing in the fall air, and spending time with my dog.

I really love this class! I see this class take form into what its mission is meant to be. I read the book_ The Theatre of War_, and I love it! The amazing part is that it is a true story. The author tells us how his performances of Greek tragedies from 2500 years ago are touching the lives of veterans, soldiers, and their families. I just love anytime I pick up this book. I feel like time passes by so fast when I am reading this engaging story. This Story is even more interesting because the author uses Greek tragedies to heal the lives of prison workers, people who have lost a loved one, and natural disaster survivors. I also love this class because it is one of the classes that involve grouping up and working on a prompt or something else. I love talking with the two classmates in my group, because we are focused on working on the task at hand, and we continue talking after we are done. We have a bunch of the same interests, and it is just effortless to talk with them. We also listen to each other’s journals and try to help each other by giving critiques. It makes this class just that more enjoyable.

We recently got started on our next book, Acts of War, and I am very excited. Another thing I love about this class is the Writing Learning Center requirement. I met with my teammate to help me with my blog because he is a part of the WLC staff. That made us have an even stronger and closer bond. We got to understand each other more. By the end of the semester in this class specifically, I expect to become a greater writer. By the end of the semester, in general, I expect to become better at studying for tests and exams here and find my groove here that I found in high school. I expect to find out my place and identity here as I select courses for the spring semester. I also expect to become a greater runner, and compete in my first races, and hopefully have many solid performances.

Start of something new

Hello. My name is James Hoffman. I am a freshman here at Geneseo. I am from Hamburg, NY, a suburb just south of Buffalo, so I am a huge Bills fan. My favorite hobbies are running and listening to music, preferably rock. I have four sisters, and I am the only boy in the family, so there are some struggles and also some advantages. I have a dog, which I miss the most about home, and a cat (my dog’s name is Reilly, and the cat is Benny). I have lived in the same house my whole life, and I love it. It is located on a country road in the middle of a suburb. I am a very spiritual person, being someone who was raised in a Catholic household. I have gone to a Catholic school my whole life, until now. My high school, St. Francis, shaped me into the man I am today. It is an all-boys school, so it is a little different coming to Geneseo, a co-ed college. I am on the cross-country/track team here at Geneseo. I am a business admin major on a pre-law track. I was a history major for the first week of school, but I switched.

I chose Geneseo because it is a small school, close enough to home to visit, but far enough to feel independent, it is the best SUNY school academically, affordable, and the cross country/track program is very successful. I also chose it because the business admin major and the pre-law track are great here. In my first few weeks here, I have loved it. My suitemates are all very nice and unique in their own way. All six of us are each from different parts of the state, which is pretty cool. We all applied to be in a regular corridor dorm, but we all got thrown together in a suite for some reason. I am so glad we did! I love that we have our own common room and bathroom. All six of us have the same preferences and tastes. It is awesome! We decorated the common room very nicely. We have a TV, futon, rug, LED lights, lawn chairs, posters, and flags. We are going to put another futon in there, so it looks more like a home each day that passes. It is just great to be living with five other guys because I have more of a social life than I think I would have if it were just my roommate and me. The guys on the cross-country team have treated me so well and are great friends, especially the upperclassmen. For the first few days, and the whole summer leading up to it, I was not looking forward to college. I am not fond of new experiences and loved high school so much, I didn’t want to start over. Then, everything clicked after a week or two. Now, I love it here.

I love all of my classes, especially this one. When I saw that I was placed in this class, I scratched my head at what it could possibly be. Yet, after a few classes, I found that it was a writing class and a pretty genius one at that. Jaime is a great professor, and I am glad that she teaches me how to become a better writer. In the first week of class, I got to learn more about myself through the writing task. I also met Jackson, who is a sophomore. I told him my story about my first day as a freshman here at Geneseo and that it was a very pleasant experience. He then told my story back to me, to which he did an excellent job listening. He then told me his story of his first day as a freshman here at Geneseo. I listened intently to his story, which was the opposite of mine. He was nice and comforting to me when he said, “Give it two weeks, and then you will have lots of friends”. In the second week, we had some wonderful guests talk to us about the project. I am glad they want to work with us on this and want it to be our best work. By semester’s end, I hope to learn a lot from this class and to become a better writer. All around, I aspire to adjust to college life at Geneseo and to continue my success from high school, academically and athletically.