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