Summer days drifting away

Hi everyone! My name is Allison and I’m an incoming sophomore middle (which is wild). This summer has flown by but I’m so excited to move back in and start volleyball season. I spent most of my time working full-time (actually more than just full time) at my internship at Niagara Falls State Park. I actually really enjoyed working there this summer. I got to find all the hidden spot at Niagara Falls that most people don’t know about, like three sisters island and watching fireworks on Luna Island. This internship was a great opportunity for me, because it allowed me to experience real world accounting (not just accounting from a book) and I learned a lot from my coworkers. While my internship was a lot of work and took up a lot of my time this summer, it was worth it.

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When I wasn’t working I spent my time hanging with friends and trying new things. One of my favorite things I started to do this summer was kickboxing classes. I started to kick box at a place called Ilovekickboxing. While it was definitely challenging, it was a fun way to workout. I’m also supposed to do goat yoga and pallet painting but I think I will have to save that for next summer.

Just like everyone else included in their blog I took a trip to LI this summer. While it was a long way there and back (about 8 hours each way) I enjoyed every second of it (even the weird sunburn I got after I didn’t rub in my spray on sunscreen). We may have only went for 3 days, but we packed a lot into it such as going to ralphs, having a Geneseo vball reunion at Shea’s, and a beach day in Long beach. This trip was probably my favorite thing of the summer because I got to see where all the freshmen live and all the towns they grew up in.

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Remember kids always rub in your sunscreen 🙂

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Finally I ended my summer by helping out with high schools volleyball camp. Some of the girls attended the Geneseo camp the weekend before and they told me about how they loved my teammates, my school, and our program. This made me extremely proud because I know how amazing our team is. I love to hear when others can see how fantastic we are and all the hard work we do. I enjoyed my summer (even though I failed to get a tan) but I’m excited to go back to Geneseo and get back in the gym. I know we are going to do a lot of great thing this year and I can’t wait to be back with everyone ( 9 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!).

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A Long Beach Summer!

Hiii all my name is Gabby Ayzenberg and I am a rising sophomore DS/L (for the freshman, time flies by enjoy freshman year)!! This summer has flew by but I have had a great one so far and have just a few more weeks left before the grind starts.1A02FC32-5B7A-4599-B827-78000DB7D983.jpegI am lucky enough to live down the block from the beach and use every free opportunity to enjoy it. Before work started any nice day there was my friends and I would spend at the beach. As well as relaxing on the beach most saturdays I was either playing pick up beach volleyball or playing in tournaments! I was also super happy this summer that most of the team got to see where I live and enjoy the day on the beach. That weekend that everyone visited was such a fun one considering in school we can’t go an hour without seeing each other! I also went to a concert in the beginning of the summer called Governors Ball Music Festival! It was a ton of fun I actually went with Grace and Shea from the team and we met up with Kiersten while there! Definitely a highlight of the summer for me!

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Other than going to the beach when I can, I spend my days working at a sports camp at Farmingdale State College. The first four weeks I work the multisport camp which is pretty fun cause every 30 minutes we switch up what sports the kids play and I get to jump in a lot of them. The other 2 weeks I run the volleyball camp which is a lot of fun considering most of the kids are young. The girls love to have fun and I love teaching young people about the game that I am so passionate about!

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The other part of my summer has been working out and enjoying my family and friends. Since I get home pretty late from work I have been going to the gym at about 5:30 in the morning before work (I am a morning person). When I can I have been using the beach to work out too and get some nice runs by the shore. My family and I had a big barbeque for my mom and brothers birthday July 4th weekend which was a ton of fun. My friends and I have been taking some adventures one being to Smorgasberg in Brooklyn which is a huge food festival. We all ate so much and spent way too much money on food but it was worth it!

DB9FFD62-2B04-451E-92D1-AF955D4CE454.jpeg  The end of the summer for me is going to be really fun too, my roommate Mary is going to be visiting my town cause her sister also lives in Long Beach! Other than Mary visiting the end of summer is going to be me preparing for preseason and getting all the supplies I need for my second year of college!! I can’t wait to be back in the gym with the most amazing team and be back at one of my favorite places!

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Hi everyone ! Hope you’re all enjoying your summers just as much as I am!! I’m Erina Nanavati and I am a rising sophomore (which is wild). I can’t wait to get back to my favorite place and people, but being home has been pretty nice 🙂

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When I first got home from school, I got a job working for the YMCA’s after school care. I did this every day from 2:30 to 6 for about a month and a half. It wasn’t always the most laid back job, but I loved being around the kids and getting to do different activities with them. It was also my first real job(other than babysitting) so my favorite part about it was actually having some money !! The other “job” I have every summer is working a camp for kids with cancer or cancer in their families. I put quotes around job because it is one of the most fun weeks of my summer every year. Since I’ve been working it for a few years I know a lot of the kids that come back so it’s fun to see how much they’ve grown and do a bunch of fun stuff with them!! This summer we did anything from hanging out and coloring, to going to the movies and going to the amusement park Seabreeze !

I’ve had a few big events happen over the past few months as well. My sister kieran went to her junior prom and my cousin Reena graduated from high school! These, while exciting, made me feel old :/ But despite me feeling this way, it was fun to watch both of them get ready for prom and go to their pictures and see Reena walk across the same stage I did last year!

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On top of these, we had a HUGE family reunion in Baltimore in July. My dad is Indian and every 2 years we have a get together with all of his extended family, which are usually large in Indian families. You might be thinking, oh how nice what a lovely tradition seeing all your family. Well, there were about 130 of us at this reunion. And even though we’ve been doing this for a while, I STILL don’t know everyone. But, it’s always great to get together and see everyone (even though it sometimes stressed me out). We went to an orioles game, swam and even had a VERY intense family softball game (we are all pretty competitive). But the best part was hanging out with all of my cousins, there’s 8 of us that are really really close, and close in age so whenever we get together it’s always such a fun time, even if we’re not doing anything !

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Last but not least, the best weekend of the summer consisted of me and my fellow upstate sophs taking the long trek to the one and only LONG ISLAND (best known for the LIRR, pizza, bagels and of course, Billy Joel) Our LI peeps had been telling us all year that “upstate was not real New York” and obviously we did not believe them, but we figured we had to go and find out:) So, we traveled by 4 cars and 2 trains and finally ended up ~on~ (not IN) the island. It was so much fun being able to hang out,go to the beach, and see everybody’s home towns. On top of that, the rising juniors surprised us and came down the same weekend so we got to see them too!

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The rest of the summer has just been chilling with friends and family which is always nice 🙂 I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks because my family and I are going to Paris and Barcelona in August! It’s going to be such a fun trip and I can’t wait to tell everyone about it! After that it’s just getting ready for school!! I hope you all savor these last few weeks because they go by so so fast! We’ll be back at genny in no time :)))))

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The Last Summer

Hello everyone! My name is Emily Ast and I can say that both sadly and excitingly I’m going into my Senior year at Geneseo (I actually cannot believe that this is my last year). But, since this is my last real summer before I enter the working world, I’ve made sure that this has been an completely eventful, busy, and very exciting time.

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My brother and I before eating an incredible meal at the Western Door

So, to start my summer I came home and sort of unpacked all of my stuff from school. (Half of my apartment is still sitting in my garage). But after just a few days home I was off to Vermont with my dad, to take him on a business trip. He had knee surgery towards the end of the school year, so my job the first two weeks of summer was to be his personal assistant, but we had a lot of fun. We took a trip up to Church St. in Burlington for our first day in Vermont for dinner, and I took a trip to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory while he was at his meeting the next day. Although we were there and gone in just two short days, it was fun to spend some quality time with my dad after being gone for so long, and we got to enjoy the beautiful ride through both the mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks on the way home.

Later that week we were off again, but this time just to Syracuse. While my dad went to his meeting and I got picked up by my good friend MADISON KOSUDA. We drove to her hometown of Utica and she showed me all of her favorite things to do. We ate some really great food, hung by the pool, walked her dog at Hamilton College, and took a nice ride in her mom’s convertible. Even though I just lived with her the week before, it was great to see her and there was already so much to catch up on already!

But my journey to see some of my best friends was not over yet. I took a trip out to Keuka Lake with Madison a week or so later to visit Emma Lannon, a former volleyball player. We hung at her lake house, went kayaking, and had a good time catching up before she was off to spend the summer working on a safari in Africa.

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A sunrise on Keuka Lake

Soon after I came home it was time to hang out with Sarah Bain, aka my best friend, 3-year roommate, and soon to be married! I went wedding dress shopping with her and she found the one! The wedding is a little less than 1 year away and I can’t wait to see her get married (I get to be a bridesmaid!!!!). But, first we had her engagement party, where we went to her Maid of Honors house and enjoyed dinner and games.

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Sarah Bain and her fiancé Mark!!! Congrats!

During the beginning of my summer when I wasn’t traveling around to see my friends I was busy working at a panini stand in downtown Buffalo, and taking a summer class, Intro to Audit. After a few short weeks of paninis, class, and hanging with friends it was time to get started with my internship!!

So I was off to Pittsburg for a week of training where I made some incredible friends and ate a ton of good food. We trained from about 8:30-4, then the Buffalo and Rochester interns got to spend the rest of our free time having fun and exploring Pittsburg. For our last night we got tickets to a Pirates game, and spent the night just hangout at the hotel having a great time. But the following week was the beginning of what will hopefully be my life after college. I am working as an Assurance Intern at PwC, an accounting firm, at their Buffalo office. I’ve been super busy working full time and learning what my role is in performing an audit and quarterly reviews. Although it can be super confusing at times, I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet a lot of really incredible and intelligent people! There was even a firm-wide shutdown the week of the 4th of July which was awesome, and allowed me to finally get a little bit of a tan. During the week a few fun things I did were taking a day trip to Toronto with my boyfriend and walking over the border to Niagara Falls for a night.

But besides my internship I’ve been enjoying this HOT summer when I have time off by my pool, on my boat, with my family and friends, playing some volleyball, and getting in the work outs. Just last weekend we took a trip to Cleveland to watch the Yankees, who sadly lost. The rest of my summer will be spent enjoying these beautiful days and getting ready for preseason. I have one last super fun thing planned which is that I get to go to Disney if I get a job offer at the end of my internship! I already have my flight booked, so all I’m waiting on is the offer to go!

So, everyone who’s made it this far, thanks for reading all about my final college summer and I cannot wait to see you in a few short weeks! Enjoy everyday we have until we get back because these amazing college summers only last so long. And to our new freshies, I can’t wait to play with you guys! So to all of my teammates, old and new, and you too coaches, I can’t wait to enjoy my final season with you! I can just feel that it is going to be an incredible year! Now off to the gym!

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Love you all so so much,

Emily (:

Summer Daysss:)

Helloooo everybody!! I am rising sophomore OH/DS, Alex Frank, but still always tell people that I am a freshman at the best college ever. This summer has been all about enjoying the sunny days, friendships, and of course the sport I love the most.

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My happy summer started off the day I got home with my best friend, Aimee, being declared officially in remission from cancer!! Since then, we’ve been trying all new things from exercise (totally kidding.. maybe) to Original Grain, and saving up money to go sky diving next year! On top of that, I have been to three country concerts this year- Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and ZBB- with Zac Brown Band being a HUGE Geneseo family reunion with like 50 athletes and my dear teammates, Abby May and Bridget.

As everyone else already included in their blog, most of our team and some of our roommates (shoutout Kelly and Liv) took an awesome trip to long island where we got to experience traffic, bagels, and some needed quality time with the team<3… I already miss them and can’t wait to see them soon!! We got to experience Ralph’s ice cream at Kiersten’s, the sophomores “surprising” us at Shea’s, and Gabby’s beautiful beach.. Oh and Allison being burnt to a crisp.

Besides the adventures, all kinds and any kinds of volleyball are my favorite thing in the summer. You can catch me at Sharkey’s five nights a week reffing or playing (I’m really  not kidding). I’ve been doubles partners with my teammate/BFF, Bridget, for two years and we’ve been constantly pushing each other to be better and learn the game. This year, we won the advanced doubles championship at Sharkey’s as well as competed in NOVA and AVP tournaments. Also, this is my first year ever playing in a grass tournament. We won, I got to see Coach, and I learned that diving on grass hurts way more than diving on sand. Volleyball is just awesome and everyone brings their dogs to tournaments, which makes it even more awesome.

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As much as I love summer, I can’t wait to be back in the gym with my boys working hard for all our goals. I miss you and love you all!! Until then (33 days but who’s counting), I’ll be playing and living it up:) Find me at Sharkey’s if anyone reading this ever wants to play pickup and please bring your dog!

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Summer Blog :)

Hello everyone!! My name is Kiersten and I am a rising sophomore at the finest college in all of America. Although I am excited to go back to the best place with the best people, I am enjoying my time off very, very much.

My summer started off, as it always has for the past four years… working at Hewlett Point Park aka “The Hoint”. Since I was one of the oldies of the crew, I got to work part time before the pool and bay opened. During this time we would mow the lawn, pick weeds, untangle rope, sweep the pool, hang up large signs, and do any other maintenance task you could think of. To be honest, we spent most of our eight hours playing Rako or just catching up on our school years.

Since I was only working part time, I got to do some fun things with my friends. Early June, a few people and I went to a music festival on Randall’s Island. I got to see some of my favorite artists AND some fellow Geneseo vball gals ;). My favorite performer was definitely Khalid. It was a relaxing vibe and he is such a great singer.

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Another adventure my friends went on was to the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn. Sadly, I did not take that many pictures because I kinda just wanted to “be in the moment”. But let me tell you, it was gorgeous. I would say my favorite section is the desert plants. We don’t get to see those plants around NY so it was cool. It was SO COOL I decided to touch the cacti. Not the smartest decision because I kept finding prickles in my hand for like an hour (totally worth it).

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The last hoorah before I started working full time was the visit from my upstate gals. Everyone and their mother have already spoken about this in their own blog but I’m going to repeat it because it was the best weekend of the summer. It was so great to see (mostly) everyone again!! It was also nice to see some non Geneseo vballers. Shoutout to Liv and Kelly.

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The day the upstaters left, was the day I began working full time as a lifeguard and I have been full time every since. Working full time is not as terrible as it sounds. I FINALLY got my tan back and have a more structured schedule. We have also had a pretty exciting summer this year: a large dead fish in the bay, a seizure, a missing mom, and my first ever save! The Town of Hempstead has blessed us with an AMAZING crew to handle all the craziness.

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In addition to my lifeguarding job, I started working at a beach volleyball club called Power Advantage. I coach every Wednesday for three hours, grades 6-8. It is so nice to be in a volleyball atmosphere when I’ve been away for so long. It is also fun working with the kids in the club. They are friendly, energetic, and ready to play. I am so grateful I get to work while doing something I love!

After the workday whether it’s lifeguarding or coaching, I do a bunch of different things. Most of the time I will hang out with my boyfriend (and coworker) Jared. We have recently finished New Girl on Netflix and have now started Arrested Development. When we aren’t watching Netflix, you can catch us at our high school fields doing speed and conditioning drills, playing Super Mario Bros, or playing 1 on 1 basketball.

If I am hanging out with my friends from home after work, we usually watch movies. We watched a ridiculous Lifetime movie recently (if you have seen one you know why it is ridiculous). We also watched a scary movie on Netlfix the other day called Let Me In. It wasn’t really that good. My friends just love scary movies…personally I’m not that big of a fan.

With my work friends, we had some crew dinners and a crew pool party. All events were so fun and I cannot wait to have more in the future. I love the new people that have come in this year which include our new officers and our three new rookies (soon to be four with my sister Lindsay).  The newbies are great, but I love my old Hoint guards just as much. We have all grown up a lot and it is making me feel SO OLD that I am a fourth year guard and that all my friends are becoming ADULTS. But instead of thinking of that we will all enjoy our numbered days left at the Hoint together.

DISCLAIMER: None of these photos were taken on town time. Down time is town time 😉

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Now that is pretty much all that has happened in my summer thus far. My future summer plans are to get recertified for lifeguarding (which is today if you are reading this on July 11th… pray I get my time), play in a beach volleyball tournament with Gabby (fellow GSUVB member), to have fun with friends and family, and to keep working hard.

To all returning and incoming Geneseo Volleyball members,

I hope you are having a lovely summer and are grinding out your Volts. There is only a mere six and a-half weeks until preseason. And if that isn’t hype enough for you, then I don’t know what is. BUT UNTIL THEN, enjoy your summer, get a nice tan, and stay hungry.

Godspeed,

Kiersten

 

 

 

Summer lovin’ having a blast!

Hi everyone and happy July! For those who do not know me, my name is Shea Casey and I am a rising junior right side hitter/setter, and a Business Administration major (with a minor in Marketing) at my second home, most refer to as SUNY Geneseo. I CANNOT WAIT to return and see all my best friends in a short 6 weeks!!! One thing I think about every day is how much I miss every single teammate of mine, so it does not come as a surprise about how pumped I am for preseason and fall semester to begin! I’m also SO excited to live with some of my best friends in our new, super cozy apartment ~off campus~ 🙂

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MY FAV PEOPLE!!!!!! (at my house lol)

This summer has been crazy busy I don’t even know where to start. As soon as I got home, I began working as much as possible. I have been working two jobs this summer: one at Rogers Village Beach on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach as a park attendant, and two at Mill Road Seafood Market in Westhampton as a counter clerk. Both jobs get very busy during the summer season, which is good for me since I need to save a bunch of money up for study aboard (which I hopefully plan on going on Spring 2019!).

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My brother Andrew and I before this 8th grade graduation ceremony!

After the workday ends, besides just doing our VOLT workout program at East End Fitness, I compete on the beach Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I play 6s on Tuesdays and 4s on Wednesdays, which both help get in a lot of reps and only get my car a little sandy lol. I also try to go to my high school open gym practices, like many other Westhampton Beach H.S. alumni, to get some indoor practice. Both beach and indoor VB during the summer are competitive and SO MUCH fun. I get to see old teammates, while also teaching current middle and high schoolers some skills.

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Me and my friends Shannon and Smiltene painting some cool dorm accessories!

When I’m not working or playing volleyball, I get to see my friends, go to the beach, eat some BECs (for those who need a translation-> bacon, egg, and cheese), go to the movies, go to concerts, and go on the boat! I always try to jam back my summers with as much fun as possible! But of course, I can’t forget about when MOST OF MY TEAMMATES CAME DOWN TO LONG ISLAND!

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Us at Gov Ball right before seeing Khalid perform!!

First off, me along with three of my teammates, Gabby, Grace & Kiersten, went to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in NYC! I’ve wanted to go to this music festival for years now, and we had such a great time! Two weeks later, most of the rising juniors and sophomores came down to L.I. to visit us islanders and spend some quality time together. It was awesome to have practically the entire team back hanging by the pool, playing some games, and just enjoying our time together. Sadly, they all couldn’t stay for the entire summer 😦 but we had such a great time, and I’ll see most of their faces at camp later this July. More recently something fun I did with my family was attend a Yankee Game sitting a close 3rd row to the field! We had a time even thought we were all dying of heat stroke till the game ended in the 11th inning.

My summer is jam-packed with so many things, it’s just flying by! Next week, I’m seeing one of my favorite country singers, Toby Keith, in concert for the second time! Also, Im trying to plan a trip to Six Flags with some friends before the summer closes out (just so you know I love rollercoasters), maybe even go on Kingda Ka! As you know I can go on and on talking, so I’ll just end things with love and miss you all, and can’t wait to squish all your faces!!!!!!!

 

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My dad and I at the NY Yankee game vs the Braves!
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Me and some really cool peeps 🙂