Where Are They Now: Lizzy Morton ’16

Hello friends! It’s me, Lizzy, or as some of you know me , Grandma. I am currently getting my Masters in Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and am also a stipend Teaching Assistant. I would like to say to all my friends still in undergrad I thought I did work in Geneseo but graduate school is in a league of its own. Occasionally, I do get a break from work and I have spent some of my free weekends visiting some of my fellow Geneseo graduates. I am proud to say that I ran my first half marathon this fall and plan to complete another one soon. This summer I will be employed as a Statistical and Quality Engineering Intern at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals which I am excited for.

 

I miss a lot of things about Geneseo; living with some of my best friends, being a part of a team, Dr. Tang, Garbage Plates, Chicken Bacon Ranch Paninis from GFR (you should try one if you haven’t yet), just to name a few.

My advice to the remaining underclassman is to think of the bigger picture and take a lot of pictures. I didn’t really realize that one day I would stop playing volleyball and it would actually be over. So enjoy the time you get to play it; don’t get frustrated about lineups, bad practices or little things in the sport that are inevitable. Be loud, do your best and enjoy playing with some of your best friends. Don’t forget to do well in class! That’s what’s actually going to get you a job one day. Also just take a lot of pictures while at school- planned and unplanned. You never know what you’ll look back at in a couple years and still laugh about.

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SO Emily Ast: What It Means To Be A Leader 

“Leadership is more about what you do, not what you say.” -Derek Jeter

When I came to Geneseo for my preseason freshman year I was the youngest on the team, just 17. But fast forward two years and suddenly I’m the oldest. It’s come a little suddenly and was scary and first but having both the support of my teammates and coaches it’s been an exciting opportunity to become a leader.

I never realized how many responsibility lie on the upperclassmen and it’s honestly been a challenging but exciting role to step into. I’ve had the opportunity to grow much closer with the current freshman and have continued to develop a deeper bond with my coaches. We have a great group of girls moving forward and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve.  

Over the past two years I’ve been able to learn from my past teammates about what makes a great leader. A leader is someone who sets an example for others to follow and is there to help them along the way. I’ve learned that a leader has gained respect from all of their teammates by always working hard and pushing themselves to be the best in the role that they play. A leader sets a standard for how the team should conduct themselves both on and off the court. Finally, a leader always knows what to say when encouraging the team but they also know when it’s time to enforce the rules. They are competitive and passionate and ultimately make the rest of their teammates better. 

I’ve been very lucky to have played with great leaders the past two years and am motivated to carry on their legacy. I’ve been brought into an amazing program, a family, and I want to help continue that sense of home you get from being a player on the Geneseo Volleyball team. I’m so excited to welcome new freshman onto the team next year and teach them the ropes, just like upperclassmen had done for me.  

Finally I would like to say thank you to all of my past teammates who have given me the opportunity to grow as both a player and a person. I want to say thank you to Po, Pendles, Lizzy, Beth, and Jia for making my freshman year amazing. You set a standard for what what is expected of us as athletes and made Geneseo feel like home. You’ve all taught me what it means to be a leader through your actions and words and I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to play with all of you.

 And to our seniors this year, thank you for always supporting me and being there for me and the team when things got tough. Dani, Trish, Court, and Emma, you’ve all been amazing teammates and I will value what you have taught me for years to come. You’ve all impacted the program both through your athletic ability and character and have pushed the program to where you’ve wanted it to be. 

Thank you all, for touching my life in such a special way and I am excited to carry on what you have taught me to the future of Geneseo Volleyball.

FY Kat Vernon: My First Semester at SUNY Geneseo

Deciding to come to Geneseo and play volleyball was one of the hardest decisions of my life. Luckily, it was also the best decision of my life. Picking which college I wanted to spend the next four years at was so tricky. I had different options that would have led me on so many diverse paths. I chose Geneseo because everyone that I have ever met that goes to Geneseo has had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. Now that I have completed my first semester here, I can agree with all of those people. Geneseo really is the best place ever.

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My first season with the Geneseo volleyball team started out rough. I was so nervous and very shy the first week or two. I was so scared to make mistakes or to be myself because I wanted the team to like me. Little did I know at that point, this team is just as weird as me! After spending the first two weeks of college with the team, I realized how similar we all were and how well we all got along. I have never felt this close with a team before and I can truly call them my family, as cheesy as that sounds (Shout out to the team).

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I am so happy with the way our season turned out this year. Although we didn’t go as far as we might have wanted to in SUNYACs, I truly believe we had a wonderful season. As the weeks went on during the season, and we had more and more games and tournaments, we all started to learn how each and every one of us plays. We began to click even more on and off the court, the more we played.

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This season I learned so much. I learned that playing a sport in college is extremely difficult. You have to know how to balance practices and games with the vigorous homework load. I also learned things that helped me improve my volleyball skills, such as blocking and hitting. I believe I am even getting better playing defense, which I never thought was possible given the fact that I’m six feet tall! Lastly, I have learned what it’s like to have a dependable and constant support system thanks to the team. I know that every single one of my teammates will always be there for me and I will always be there for them. It’s so fun to have all of my friends living in the same building as me and on the same campus.

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My first long winter break was, well, long. The first semester was tough, especially balancing volleyball and school; so needless to say, I was ready to have a long break at home. Being at home made me realize how much I really love being here at Geneseo. After about two weeks of break, I was so ready to come back to school (sorry Mom and Dad), even if it meant hard exams and lots of homework.  It is so strange to hear myself saying that because I have never been a fan of school until coming here. But that just shows how much I love it here!

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Now that I am back into the grind of second semester, I am really looking forward to our upcoming spring semester. It will definitely be a challenge, since we will only have seven players, but I know we will work hard, have fun, and improve our skills.

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To sum it all up, I am loving every second of life here at Geneseo. I’ve met so many wonderful people this year and I’m so happy to have each one in my life. I can’t wait to keep doing weird things with my team. We can already check off making cookies without spatulas or oven mitts, making music videos in the library off our list, and taking strange pictures (for example, the picture below), and I’m excited to see what other crazy things we’ll find ourselves doing.

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