See you soon!
See you soon!
This summer started out with my arrival home and leaving for the emergency room the next day. I could hardly swallow and every time I did it felt like a razor blade in my throat. Turns out I had mono during all of finals week and didn’t realize it. So that was exciting news because I was leaving for Australia in a week!
I packed all of the essentials in a tiny 40 liter backpack which I would be living out of for the next two weeks. Fast forward to the airport – I almost didn’t get on the plane. Apparently I needed to fill out an ETA and have it accepted by the US and Australian government before I could get my boarding pass. Luckily everything worked it and I was able to board the plane. The travel time was 22 hours on the plane and 28 hours total with all of the layovers. Honestly it was a lot easier to do than I originally thought. One of the best feelings was getting off the plane knowing I got to see my brother after four months of being all the way across the world from each other. After meeting up with everyone, we headed to our first hostile in Melbourne. The way I like to describe this city is a clean New York City with palm trees. Also, you could walk down an alleyway at night and find a cute cafe with string lights rather than a dumpster and crusty rats.
We spent three days in Melbourne then rented a car and headed down the Great Ocean Road. We spent three days traveling on the road stopping at amazing places on the way. The first place we stopped at was actually a surprise. We took a random dirt road called beach forest because we thought it might be cool (we also wanted to see some kangaroos-which we did). There was a sign for a waterfall so we hiked down to the spot and it ended up being in a rainforest type setting and it was absolutely stunning. Another place we stopped on the great ocean road was the 12 Apostles which was breathtaking to see in real life.
Eventually after taking breaks at beaches and cute shops we arrived in Adelaide where we spent a day just recollecting for our next flight to Sydney. Sadly, there is no P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney (otherwise we totally would have went). While we were in Sydney, the Vivid Light Festival was going on. This festival was so much more than we had originally thought. The entire harbor was lit up with vibrant colors.
After spending two days in that fabulous city, my brother and I split from our traveling friends and flew to Cairns. This is where we snorkeled and dove at the Great Barrier Reef. This was probably the highlight of my trip. Videos and pictures don’t do the reef or any of the animals justice. While we were on the boat on our way back to land, we saw close to 30 whales traveling together and jumping out of the water which was also so amazing. The last thing we did in Cairns was go to see some koala bears. Those animals are probably the cutest little guys on earth. Our last stop in Australia was Brisbane where we met up with my cousin and our traveling buddies again.
My visit Australia was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. The fact that we had absolutely no plans scared me at first, but it was actually the best plan. It opened my eyes to a whole new world and gave me so much confidence to do things on my own. I realized that I can live off of two shirts and a pair of shorts. I also realized that Emma Lannon isn’t crazy for flying to Denmark over Thanksgiving break. It’s worth it.
When I got home I jumped right into my job at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company. I give tours of the brewery and also work events such as Saranac Thursdays and concerts. I absolutely love my job and everyone I work with. Other than working, I work out and play beach volleyball with my dad and brother at a sports bar near our house every Tuesday which has been extremely fun. I also love to go up to my best friend Grace’s camp in Boonville and float on the lake all day.
On Fourth of July weekend, some crazy opportunity came up where I was offered a ride to Long Island. So obviously I took it to go see Kaci, Tricia and Courtney! Our friend Kristen drove us down to Kaci’s on Saturday. We spent the entire day on her boat which was honestly so fun and relaxing. The next day we went to the beach and actually found a beach court! Kaci, Trish, Court and I took on some family and had a ton of fun. The last day we spent in Montauk shopping and walking around the beach. It was an amazing weekend that I’ll remember forever.
Another little adventure I had this summer was to the Justin Bieber concert in Buffalo. I went with one of my really good friends on July 12th. Little did I know that Emily Ast was at the same concert! I met up with her and had a cute little reunion with my future suite mate.
My summer won’t be complete until I go on vacation to Poland. This will be my first time over in Poland and all of Europe! I’ll be staying there for two weeks and traveling with family. My brother, my cousins and I will be meeting up with my parents and other cousins after a few days of being there. I am extremely excited to see the country and to use some terms my Babci has taught me.
Overall, I have definitely had the time of my life this summer. I am forever grateful for every opportunity that has popped up this past year. I’ve been itching to get back in the gym and see the team. I’ll see you all in three weeks!
Summer has always been my favorite time of the year. Hanging out by the pool with friends, spending time with family, going on hikes, and attending concerts. What more could anyone ask for? I honestly feel the happiest during the summertime (well except for when I’m playing volleyball of course) and wish it could last forever.
This summer has been the best one yet. To start off, I graduated from high school! The ceremony was so special and I enjoyed every second of it. It really hit me that kids I have spent my entire life with would all be heading their separate ways and I wouldn’t see them everyday. I was pretty sad about it at first, but now I am so excited to see what Geneseo has in store for me!
Following graduation and coming to realize how little time I had before I headed off to school, I really wanted to make this a summer to remember. I promised myself that I would try to make as many memories as I possibly could.
I really enjoy the outdoors and hiking. All past summers I was always so busy and could never find the time to get a group of friends together and go hiking. But this summer, I knew I had to make it happen. I hiked to the eternal flame (which is about 30 minutes from my house in Williamsville), as well as a place called Zoar Valley (which is about an hour and 30 minutes from where I live). Both of these places were so fun to adventure through and I would go back to either of them in a heartbeat.
I also really enjoy spending my time at concerts! This summer I have gone to a total of 3: Zac Brown Band (one of my favorites), Justin Bieber, and G-eazy. I don’t have one specific genre of music that I really love so I will honestly listen to any type. Spending time with my friends at concerts is one of my favorite things to do and those memories will be with me forever.
Although I love doing exciting things with my friends, I always make time for my family. Whether it is tanning out by our pool, watching a movie, or having a nice family dinner, we always have the best of times together. My brother is going into his senior year of college and with me leaving in a few short weeks, I want to spend as much time with my parents as I can before they become empty nesters!
Throughout the summer I have also coached two volleyball camps at a high school , and a soccer camp called Little Champs at a middle school. I thoroughly enjoy being a coach and love seeing kids find a love for a sport. I played soccer a very long time ago and don’t know much about it, but I only coach 3-4 year olds so I don’t need to know very much! I teach them the basic skills (shooting the ball, trapping the ball, etc..) but my main goal is to keep them active and make sure they have fun. At the volleyball camps I have coached I worked with older kids about 12-13 years old. I really took it in my hands to improve their skills and get them prepared for their upcoming tryouts for their schools. By the time the camps were over I definitely felt like I prepared the players for their future careers in volleyball.
Safe to say this summer has brought me so much joy! I can’t believe how fast it flew by and how close move in day is. As each day passes I get more and more excited to start my freshman year!
I hope everyone had an amazing summer as well. See you all soon!
-Sam Mendelsohn, Freshman
This summer has truly been relaxing and very enjoyable. I’ve been able to spend lots of time with family and friends, playing volleyball and softball, and of course working.
Most of my summers in the past have been filled with softball, and this one was no different. I played with my friends in 3 tournaments and we even won one of them! Besides the 23 open league, I also play slow pitch on Thursday nights which is really fun. Next week we play in the slow pitch championship game!
One of the big things I had been looking forward to this summer was my cousin’s wedding! My cousin Jordan was the first of my cousins to get married so of course it was a very big deal. He and his beautiful wife Miranda got married last weekend and the reception was at the place where I work! I love my job since I get to see all of the decorations and dresses and watch people have so much fun on their wedding day. My cousin’s wedding was so fun and it was great to see my two cousins, one from Colorado and one from Virginia, who came in for it!
The time I’ve spend with my friends has been mostly exploring Buffalo. I’ve been to a couple Food Truck Tuesday’s, which is one of my favorite parts of the summer. Every Tuesday food trucks gather at Larkin Square and people come out to enjoy the nice weather, live bands, and great food. Canalside is also a great summer hotspot in Buffalo. It lies on the edge of Lake Erie and host events like free concerts on Thursdays. It’s fun to go eat and spend time watching the kayakers and sailboats on the water. Another big event downtown this summer was the Justin Bieber concert that I went to with my best friend Hannah! I also got to see Madison for the first time since school at the concert so that was awesome.
The furthest I have gotten away form Buffalo so far this summer was a short day trip to Toronto to meet my friend Nick’s girlfriend. In about a week though I’m going to Disney World which will be a fun trip to close a great summer!
Finally, I got the chance to play some volleyball this summer with Sarah Bain and two young girls that play for my club. One of my favorite old club coaches has been helping my get my setting workout in all summer and has introduced me to two great young players! Playing with them and Sarah this summer has made me so excited for this upcoming season and to be back in the gym with all of you! I can’t wait to see most of you on Friday and look forward to another awesome season!
Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone!
Emily Ast, Sophomore
Hi everyone! Hope everyone’s having an amazing summer filled with laughs and memories. Normally for my summer I would be working 5 days a week at a day camp. But this year I’ve decided to relax a little more and spend more time at home with friends and family, and of course playing volleyball!
To kick start my summer, high school officially came to and end with my senior prom and graduation! The prom was held at the Atlantis Aquarium in Riverhead, and we actually ate dinner and danced next to the sharks and many other sea creature tanks! Our graduation was the next day on our high school track and it was an emotional roller coaster. So many wonderful speeches from teachers, students and administrators.
My friends and I after our graduation ceremony!
Now that my friends and I have had all this down time, we mainly spend our sunny days at Robert Moses Beach on the south shore, and of course play tons of beach volleyball!
Here is my best friend holding her niece, Avery Hope!
Overall my summer so far has been relaxing and enjoyable but I can’t wait to move up to Geneseo this upcoming fall to meet all my new teammates and coaches and dive into my new learning experience. I’m sure I’ll miss the comfort of my home but I am so looking forward to the place that I will call home for the next 4 years and all of the people I will meet! Have a great summer everyone!!
Grace Cergol, Freshman
Every summer my family of seven takes a week long trip up to a camp in Ontario, Canada. The camp we rent yearly is located on Charleston Lake. This year is our thirteenth trip, which I am currently on now. I was six years old when we came here for the first time. There are five kids in my family. The oldest sibling will be twenty two this year and the youngest is twelve. There are four girls and one boy, who is the oldest. I am the middle child.
Even with all the kids home in the summer, we all seem to be going in a hundred different directions. There does not seem to be a convenient time at home for us five to do things together. If we are all actually at home and not at work or out with friends, it seems that only two or three of us tend to do things together due to the differences in age. However, this is where our annual trip to Canada comes in. This trip encourages us to be with each other for an entire week, and to find activities to do. We genuinely enjoy and appreciate this trip together because there is no one to answer to, nor obligations to keep us from spending quality time with one another.
This is the camp. To the right is our little bay with a beach and a dock for the boats.
This is the bay and dock looking from the deck.
To begin summarizing a typical week, we bring both of our boats up. One is for fishing and one is for water activities such as water skiing and tubing. I love tubing most, and prefer flat tubes that enable people to be whipped off of after holding on for dear life. Fishing is something my dad taught us at a very young age, and that we all enjoy doing. Typically we have competitions of who can catch the best or most fish. Unfortunately, I do not usually win these competitions.
These are pictures from today of my neighbor and I tubing. They rent a camp next to ours.
Our favorite thing to do every morning is sit on the deck, eat breakfast, and watch the sunrise. There are a lot of loons on the lake that are interesting to observe. The parents often have their ducklings swimming alongside, and we watch as they dive down to get their babies food.
During the day we do water activities, fish, play corn hole, snorkle and relax. Personally, I do a lot of relaxing and laying out on the beach to tan. We like to go canoeing and kayaking, and to make trips to a little island known to us as “the rock”. It is a large round rock that looks like the top of a turtle shell. We go to jump off it into the water or to watch the beautiful sunset just prior to nightfall.
This is the sunset from the rock.
We also enjoy making boating or canoeing trips to a little convenience store called Twist’s Outlet. We tend to go here nearly every night for ice cream. The couple that runs the little store knows us as the huge family that comes to Canada for one week every year. It is nice to see someone here that recognizes us.
Before nightfall we are always anxious to see the beautiful sunset. I mentioned prior that the rock is one of the places we go to view it. We also have a spectacular view right from the deck that wraps around the camp. The peninsula that the camp is named after (it’s called “Paradise Point”) has trees in front of the sunset. The colors around the sun and the way the light shines through the trees is absolutely amazing.
This is the sunset from the porch. The trees are on the peninsula.
My neighbors back at home came to visit us for a little for a couple years in a row. They loved it so much that they decided to rent a camp right next to ours. They have been coming to their own camp for three years now. That is one of the kids tubing with me in the picture.
This trip never fails to bring us together. It prevents us from doing unproductive and mindless things such as sitting on our phones or watching tv. I will be forever grateful for this annual week of paradise with my family.
This summer I am spending my time at the beautiful CPT, Camp Pocano Trails, the number one weight loss camp in the world. Here, I’ve met so amazing and inspiring people; counselors and campers. The experiences and friendships I’ve made will last me a lifetime, and I am grateful to be involved in these kids’ journey to their healthier selves!
I journeyed off to Pennsylvania on June 11th. On arrival I was greeted by a friendly, caring staff who helped me transition into the camp’s environment and culture. During orientation, I met some of the most wonderful people, specifically my fellow counselors, each with their own stories: of why they were here, their upbringing, and overall life experiences. These group of people are my family. We share our frustrations, our spectacular moments, and lift one another when times get rough. Together, we’very made some amazing bonds and friendships! Some counselors were campers for previous years, and others, like myself, are fitness/health enthusiasts wanting to help change lives. The people that come here come from all over; the US and the world. Some are from as far as California or Texas, and then all the way from France or the Caribbean islands. I am so thankful to have met each and every one of them.
I work nonstop. From coaching volleyball almost every period of the day’s activities, to hanging out and working out with my campers. During my practices my campers become volleyball players in training. We run drills I’ve made, learn the game, and for the few who play in school we perfect their already existings skills. Each practice is focused on one aspect of the game, whether it is bump passing, setting, hitting, diving, serving, or positioning. The drills refleet what they were taught and the last 15 minutes of the class is all scrimmage and games. Each practice it warms my heart seeing these kids improve and learn to love the sport!
These campers inspire me, because at their young age they are taking the steps to become their healthier and ideal selves. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college did I begin my journey. Seeing these individuals transform themselves is incredible. Each week they aren’t just losing weight, they are making friendships, maturing, and discovering themselves.
My goals for this summer are: to get into a healthier routine for myself, lose 8-10lbs of body fat, and to make a positive impact on every single camper I meet. At the end of the day I came here to help people, and to show them they can do absolutely anything when they put their minds to it.
Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a great time enjoying your summers! I would like to say that my summer has been filled with lots of vacations to exotic places, however, that is not the case for this year. But that’s okay, it just means that I get to spend more time at home with my family and my dog, Luna!
To kick off my summer, I started a new job at a country club near my house. This job is really helpful to me as a communication major because it gives me a chance to meet lots of new people and work on my public speaking skills. On the days that I do not work at the country club, I also work as a soccer referee for little kids in a league sponsored by my community. This job can be pretty fun, but it certainly helps me work on my patience too. Since this soccer league is so popular in my community, with over 150 kids, I have been talking to a lot of the parents at soccer about trying to set up a volleyball league for kids. A lot of people seemed really interested in it, so I think that setting up a recreational volleyball league for kids is a project that I am going to take on for next summer!
I did go on one vacation this summer to Florida, however, I do not count it as a vacation seeing as my family and I were only there for 36 hours total. We took the trip because my cousin got married in Disney World. The ceremony was at the Grand Floridian Resort, which is the nicest resort in Disney, and the reception was in EPCOT at the Living Seas Aquarium. The reception was really cool because one whole wall of the room that we were in was part of the aquarium tank!
Earlier this summer, my family made an exciting purchase. We bought a sailboat! My parents are both avid sailors who have been itching to get a boat for a long time, so they finally got one! Since we live close to Buffalo, we get to sail the boat, Blue Ginger, on Lake Erie! Being on the boat is so much fun, especially since when we take a bunch of my family and friends out and just spend the entire day on the lake. One of the highlights of my summer was getting to spend the Fourth of July on our boat and then watching the firework and laser show put on by Canalside. It was an absolutely incredible experience!
Another big part of my summer is, of course, volleyball! As soon as I got home from college in May, I set up a passing station in my back yard, and I try to practice that drill as much as I possibly can. I also play in a sand volleyball league of Wednesday nights in my town with a bunch of my friends. We might not be the best team, but it gives me an opportunity to get my hands on a ball and work on fine-tuning the fundamental skills of the game. Since my roommate, Emily Ast, and I only live about an hour away from each other, we sometimes get to meet up at our old club and play! Going back to our old club gives us an opportunity to see our old coaches and teach younger players the things that we have learned in college!
Emily and I sometimes have time to meet up and go to lunch together too. It is so nice to see her, and it reminds me of how much I miss my teammates and Geneseo! I can’t wait to go back to campus to work the volleyball camps at the end of July!
Needless to say, its been a great summer filled with volleyball, sailing, friends, and family! I hope that everyone has a great rest of the summer! I am so excited to see all of you in the gym soon for preseason! Happy Summer!
Sarah Bain, Sophomore
First things first–I GRADUATED!! It seems so long ago already but just after all of you left campus, I took a short vacation back to Wisconsin to walk the plank for the second time to receive my Master’s in Education. I am happy not to have to write any more papers or take any more exams. If I ever get the urge to go back, I will take a short moment to live vicariously through each of you!
I returned to NY after graduation to finish up some work and get ready for summer volleyball camps because it mid June, it was time to take a drive back home.
Fourteen hours later and an unplanned drive into Canada and back out of Canada.. I made it back to the Midwest. I stopped in for an overnight visit with my parents and then off to Minnesota for volleyball camp!
While in Minnesota, I doubled up and stayed with my two best girlfriends from college and their families. Lucky for me, both have had their first children who are toddlers now and one is already on to #2. It is always special spending time with them–it’s as though we have never spent any time apart.
Featured in the photo above is one of the kiddos! He is quite a special little person! While we were posing for the photo above, Miles and I were doing some recruiting at his momma’s club practice. Both of my girlfriends coach a club team in MN and they were leaving for Chicago the same week for the Junior Olympic Championships. Who doesn’t love volleyball?
Overall, the camp went great and it was some well overdue time spent with some of my favorite people.
I made a quick pit stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin where I went to college just to check out my favorite ice cream shop. They make homemade ice cream and all sorts of candies. I can still remember walking in and smelling freshly created waffle cones! Needless to say, I devoured the entire thing and never looked back. Certainly not a place I would have enough self-control to stay away from now.
Yum!! My first week back at my parents in Wisconsin was spent doing things I would have done during my summers as a kid! I hand-picked 20 pounds of strawberries and made jam! Of course there were still A LOT of berries left so we have had strawberry shortcake, crushed strawberries on ice cream, and even just berries to snack on!
We went to my parents company picnic and watched what is the well-known “best fireworks show” in all of central Wisconsin! It is great to see familiar faces and get the chance to catch up with everyone! It has been entertaining for me to explain where Geneseo is in comparison to New York City.
This past weekend was the holiday and I spent it my hometown with my family! Friday night we had the traditional Friday Night Fish Fry! Brace yourselves… on Saturday, my mom, Grandma Dort, and a few of my Aunts went to the annual 4th of July weekend event–The Amish Auction. I only go for the donuts. They are incomparable to any breakfast donut that ever existed. But there are several large tents with handmade quilts, crafts, food, furniture, and even some pretty neat Pinterest finds in the auction portion. That night, we grilled on the open fire and I learned that putting butter in literally anything can enhance the taste to a whole other level of goodness! Sunday was spent golfing and visiting with more family in town.
It was pretty toasty out but lots and lots of fun! We found some neat thing..some fresh plants, a bench, an old ice chest, and even a cute little gas can that I am sure will turn into a decoration somewhere!
The rest of the weekend we ate like royalty in my opinion! We snacked on the casual cheese, sausage, and crackers, and toasted some s’mores on the fire! Grilled out every night and spent some good quality time with my parents!
I am on the final lag of my trip in Wisconsin. I have a wedding this weekend and then I will begin the short drive back to New York. I am looking forward to getting back into the gym, running camps, and seeing each of you! I hope each of you has taken some time for yourselves and are refreshed upon your return in nearly a month!
Happy summering! See you soon GSUVB 2016!
Hi ladies! Finally the moment I’ve been waiting the last few weeks for is here—getting to say hi to all of you as your new assistant coach! I’ve been reading all of your posts these last few weeks and feel like I know some of you already (it sounds like you’re having fantastic summers, by the way). I can’t tell you how excited I am to read the upcoming ones and officially meet you all very soon!
I think I’ll start with a little bit of an introduction first since I’m brand new to all of you, and then I’ll get to telling you a little bit about what my summer has been like so far. First and foremost, my name is Hunter Drews and I’m from Clifton Park, NY (a little suburb outside of Albany). I just graduated this past May from Trinity College, which is in Hartford, CT, with a degree in American Studies and Psychology. I played volleyball all of my four years at Trinity as an OH and a RS and was a captain for my last two years. I knew even before I decided to attend Trinity that playing in college was absolutely going to be in my plans and it was the best decision I’ve ever made, as I’m sure all of you can relate to! Not only did I learn so much about myself and so many irreplaceable life lessons, but I gained friendships that are unlike any of my other relationships. Your teammates see you at your very worst and your very best and, amazingly, love and support you regardless. Just from reading your posts, it sounds like so many of you know what this feels like and I guarantee it will be one of the many things you’ll cherish in the years to come.
A little bit more about me—my mom and my dog, Dory (yes, she’s named after Dory from Finding Nemo!), are my absolute best friends in the entire world and I’m sure you’ll meet them many times this season! I’m an avid reader (particularly the predictable, only-read-when-laying-on-the-beach romance novels), I could easily eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food in one sitting, and my ways to workout are spin/cycling and yoga classes (and volleyball, of course!).
There are a thousand more things I’d love to tell you guys about me, but we’ll have plenty of time for that starting pretty soon! So on to some exciting things about my summer (which are pretty dull compared to all of yours, just a warning!):
I’ve been spending the summer, as I have several summers in the past, as a lifeguard at a pool down the street from where I live, so that’s been a pretty relaxing way to make some money and keep myself busy. On the more fun side, my best friend and I went to visit some family friends of mine in Marshfield, MA at their beach house for a few days a couple of weeks ago. I’m a sucker for cute little beach houses (who isn’t?), and theirs is the perfect little getaway—and it’s not more than 50 feet from the water! We spent a few days doing absolutely nothing but sleeping in, laying on the beach, and making s’mores by the fire at night, which was exactly what we both needed after an amazing but long four years at school. I’m hoping we’ll go back again sometime in the next few weeks for a few days before we both head our separate ways!
That’s really all the fun I’ve had so far this summer… it’s definitely no trip to Israel or jumping off bridges (which I can’t wait to hear more about!), but it’s been really nice to spend my last summer at home relaxing with the people I love. I’ve got a few more fun things planned for the rest of the summer, one of which being a trip to Dallas this week for a wedding! One of my best friends that I met while studying abroad in Copenhagen last year is getting married, so a few of us are making the trip out there for a long weekend. We haven’t all been together in over a year, so I can’t wait to see everyone again and celebrate this new chapter of her life!
That’s about it for the rest of my summer! After Dallas, I’ll be at Geneseo for our camps at the end of July, lifeguarding here and there, and just getting ready for the season to begin! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be part of the program and not only share what I’ve learned in all my years of volleyball, but learn as much as I can from Coach and all of you. It’s going to be a great year and I think Coach and I are more than ready for us to get started already!! I hope you all have a blast with the rest of your summers, keep working hard, and get out there and play lots and lots of volleyball! I’ll see you all at camp in a couple of weeks!