Week One: Firsts and Lasts

Happy Monday from GSUVB! Welcome to our first of many weekly updates for this season. Coming off of a hot, sweaty, tiring, yet EXCITING week of preseason, we more ready than ever to get the (volley)ball rolling this fall!

This week is one of many firsts and lasts for our Knights. For our First-Years, today is their first day of classes at Geneseo and with a little guidance and support from their veteran teammates, they are more than prepared to be stellar student-athletes! Some other big ‘firsts’ for our First-Years this week—first GSUVB team photo, first time visiting Ohio (Kat Vernon, Shea Casey, & Grace Cergol!), and last but certainly not least, their very first season opener as Knights!

As our First-Years have a week full of brand new Geneseo experiences, our seniors are learning the bittersweet feeling of having a week of ‘last firsts’. For these ladies, today is their last first day of classes at Geneseo. They’ll have their last first official team practice this week, their last team photo as Knights, and at the end of this week, they’ll compete in their last season opener at Mount Union University.

All in all, it is a week of change and excitement for Geneseo Volleyball! There will be lots of experiences, new and old, which means many memories to make and opportunities to take that will make us stronger on and off the volleyball court. We couldn’t be more ready to start the journey of our 2016-2017 season and to take each day, whether it’s our first, last, or anything in between, as a chance to be better, kinder, faster, and more committed than the day before. GO KNIGHTS!

Week One Schedule:

Friday 09/02:             

GSU vs. John Carroll University @ 4pm (at Mount Union University)

GSU vs. Hope College @ 6pm (at Mount Union University)

Saturday 09/03:        

GSU vs. Mount Union @ 10am (at Mount Union University)*

GSU vs. Grove City College @ 12pm (at Mount Union University)

 

*indicates Live Stats available on home university’s website

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Sweet Summertime

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.

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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. 13344588_917133781766432_4261071347734026231_n

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!IMG_4393

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. IMG_4426Hanging out with a couple of sweaty seniors following the night session. IMG_4441Dani 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!

Soaking up the last bit of home

Hey everyone! Hope your summer is going fantastic! In a little less than three weeks we’ll all be together playing volleyball again (I’m so excited!!!). It feels just like yesterday I was school supply shopping for my first day of high school, and now it’s for college, YIKES how the time flew. Even though college is going to be a huge adjustment from home life, I can’t wait to experience it!

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So far, this summer has been an extremely busy one. Trying fit everything on a bucket list into a short two months, is a super fun and tiring task. I’ve been going to the beach as much as possible, soaking up all the sun and salt I can. Watching the sunsets, and even a few sunrises at the beach with my friends throughout the last two months were breathtaking. We had a bunch of bonfires and sleepovers at my friend Sunny’s camper at Cupsogue Outer Beach on Dune Road. I boated around Moriches Bay on my friend’s cruiser a bunch of times, and hopefully before summer ends, I will finally attempt tubing. Earlier this summer, my friends and I took a road trip 2 hours east to Montauk for a day. My best friend Hailey wanted to meet her roommate for the first time so we all met up out east and beached it for the day. Even though the beach was terrific, the car ride home was definitely my favorite part, filled with funny jokes, sing alongs, stupid games, high-fiving strangers, and just letting go of our future worries and thinking in the present. I’m going to miss moments like that with my friends, but when I see them again, it’ll be like we never left.

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Besides attempting to be at the beach 24/7, I also got a job right when school ended. I work at small clothing boutique in Westhampton town called Blue 1. The clothes are very cute and chic but WAY out of my price range, so the 30% discount doesn’t do much. Even though I don’t shop there, I do love working there. All my new co-workers have become my close friends, and I feel like it has helped me gain a little more maturity. I almost work full-time, working about 4 days a week, which usually includes weekends 😦 but even though it stinks working certain days, this job really did help me save for college. Hopefully I’ll be returning next summer with this same job opportunity open for my taking!

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Since I’ve lived in East Moriches practically my whole life, my friends and I are always looking of new fun things to do. We’ve went to the movies, bowling, mini-golfing, late night food/ice cream runs, sleepovers, concerts, and SO many grad parties. We’re all trying to fill up the summer with as much memories as possible. Earlier in the summer right before the 4th of July, I went to my first freedom fest concert with a huge group of my friends and saw many different country performers. Besides just the people I went with, their was so many other friends there that I knew, it was a blast! I even got to get a picture with one of the performers, Micheal Ray, which was awesome! A few weeks later, My friend Hannah and I went to a completely different concert, Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour. We took the train into Manhattan, grabbed some dinner at Chipotle, then walked into the enormous, sold-out Madison Square Garden to watch our favorite childhood singer perform. We screamed and sang along to every song the entire night, and almost passed out with exhaustion on the never-ending train ride home. Her and I are also planning to  go to see Drake this upcoming Monday at MSG, one of our other favorite artists.

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Even though I’m writing this recap of my summer, we all still have a few weeks left at home! These last few weeks are definitely going to be jam-packed with things to do like, going to a Hunter Hayes concert (and maybe a Drake one too!), maybe a day trip to six flags, a lot more days at the beach/boating, working, maybe diving with some sharks at the aquarium (in a cage of course), hanging out with friends, and just soaking up the last bit of home!!!

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