It is hard to believe I am at the end of my first semester of college here at SUNY Geneseo. It feels as if I was taking my tour with my parents around campus just yesterday. The instant feeling of belonging surrounded me once I arrived in Geneseo. It was such an overwhelming time of my life, as it is for anyone choosing a college. However, it was fun seeing the college students’ groups on campus and putting myself in their shoes. Recently, I bumped into a tour group and had a full-circle moment. It was weird seeing myself as a Geneseo student during their tour. To think that I made it to Geneseo and am now a part of the student body still amazes and excites me. Being a real historian in my classes is a thrilling experience.
With the semester winding down, there are many final assignments to complete. For my World of Vikings course, I have to complete a paper with a partner about a movie based on the Vikings and rate its accuracy. I have not begun working on this yet, but I plan to meet with my partner soon since the due date is coming. My art history course does not have a project but rather an exam which I am not too nervous about since I am doing well in the class. I am really going to miss taking an art history course next semester because of how amazing Professor Toothe has been. I have also discovered some of my favorite artists and works within this course. For my Local and Public History course, I have to take a piece of local history and make it public. I have decided to focus on Geneseo’s Wadsworth family, specifically Martha Blow Wadsworth. Mrs. Wadsworth took many amazing photos worldwide, now in albums in Geneseo’s library. I met with the special collections department to discuss what project I could do with the photo albums and decided to digitize an album of Martha from her Paris and England trip in 1909. This project has given me lots of experience, such as learning to handle and care for artifacts, learning how to scan the pages and how to complete the metadata for the album. As a History major, this experience is beneficial in showing me the many parts of being a historian. Since I want to work in museums, knowing how to digitize an artifact is an important skill to have.
In my Theater Therapy for Veterans course, the final assignment is to create a play with a group about a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My group has been very creative with our story, which I think will be a good play. Besides the project, we have also finished reading 9 Circles by Bill Cain. I enjoyed reading this play because it showed the heavy emotions that occur to those in the military. Within 9 Circles, readers learn about Reeves, who served in the military. Throughout the nine scenes, I understood Reeves more and realized that his PTSD is most likely how other veterans feel. Each of the plays I read this semester brought PTSD into a new light for me to understand it better. It will be sad to say goodbye to this course since I have enjoyed the topic and found it interesting to learn about.
Overall I have enjoyed my first semester of college. I have learned many new facts about myself, such as my love for art history. Throughout my time so far, I have realized that even though I might doubt myself sometimes when things get rough, I made the right choice to be here at Geneseo. Thinking of myself on that tour a year ago, I think I would be very proud of the person I am today. If someone had told me a year ago that I would be sitting in class learning to become a historian or even loving to learn about art, I would have thought they were crazy. It seemed as if college was so far in the future still. Now it is here, and I have loved every minute of it.