Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. I feel like it was just last week that I was finishing up finals and heading home to Long Island.
One of the first things I do whenever I go home (no matter what season) is go to the beach.
This is West Meadow Beach right by my house and it’s one of my favorite places in the world.
For those of you that don’t know, I am a Business Administration major at Geneseo. However, last summer I worked in the outpatient physical therapy department at St. Charles Hospital and fell in love with the work I do there. Following this experience, I decided that the business world wasn’t a place I could see myself working for the rest of my life. Working hands on with a variety of different patients made me realize that physical therapy was my calling. My plan following graduation from Geneseo is to attend PT school and I couldn’t be more excited.
This year I continued working at St.Charles. This is me at work during Employee Appreciation Week with one of my coworkers Stacy. We’re both physical therapy aides. We assist the physical therapists with whatever they need including teaching the patients exercises or transferring physically/cognitively impaired onto different pieces of equipment.
Aside from working five days a week, I’ve spent a lot of time with friends and family. One of my favorite things I did this weekend was celebrate my little cousin Jayda’s 1st birthday. Her party had a bouncy house, a petting zoo, and a clown.
Multiple outfit changes were obviously required. On the right, she’s enjoying her time in the bouncy house.
My best friend Lauren was on co-op in New York City during spring semester. At the end of May I visited her in the city. The highlight was going to the Brooklyn Bridge. We had both never been there before so it was truly incredible to see the city from a different vantage point.
In the middle of July, Geneseo Alumni- Paige O’Connor had her graduation party. Most of the members of the 2015 volleyball team were in attendance. You might see several familiar faces below!
It’s always amazing to spend time with teammates especially if you haven’t seen them in a while.
On July 23rd, I celebrated my 21st birthday. My family and best friends from home came to my house to celebrate. I love being surrounded by my loved ones, there’s no better feeling. For my birthday, my brother Sean got us tickets to see Darius Rucker at Jones Beach. We had awesome seats!
My brother Sean is on the right and our friend Brendan is on the left. If you’ve never been to Jones Beach, it’s one of the most breathtaking places to see a concert.
The following weekend, Kaci and I made the trip up from Long Island to coach the Elite Camp at Geneseo. Seeing everyone made me so excited to get back up to school and get in the gym. Hanging out with a couple of sweaty seniors following the night session. Dani and I throwing up the number 32 for our girl Kelsey Annese. Geneseo sunsets remind us of how she will always being watching over us. Her spirit lives on in our hearts forever.
The end of the summer is always bittersweet for me. My favorite season is ending but it just reminds me that I get to return back to Geneseo. I can’t wait to get into the gym with everyone and work as hard as we possible can to achieve our goals.
Entering my senior year, I have been reminiscing about all the memories I have made at Geneseo. From staying in hotels at away volleyball tournaments to pulling all-nighters in Fraser library; I wouldn’t change any of them for the world. Freshmen, make sure you take in every moment because in a blink of an eye you’re a senior and you can’t believe that your college experience went by so fast.
At some point this season I will pull on my knee pads and lace up my sneakers for the last time as a Geneseo Knight, but after it’s all over I want to be able to say I had no regrets and that I left everything out on the court. However, something that I will definitely be able to say is that playing volleyball at Geneseo defined my college experience. It made me part of the most amazing family.
I can’t wait to get in the gym with all of you. More memories await in 2 weeks!