Hi friends! Let me start by saying that Geneseo is and will always be one of my favorite places on the face of the planet and the memories I made during my time there can never be replaced. That being said, life after Geneseo has been more than I could ever ask for. I always thought that life after college would be much less fun and more depressing, but I am happy to say that couldn’t be further from the truth.
As most of you know, I was planning on becoming an officer in the Marine Corps. after college and, in the beginning of last August, I was finally accepted into Officer Candidates School. The one catch was the fall class was already full and females are not allowed to go during the winter class. This meant I would have to wait almost a year to attend. Still, my commitment did not falter. That is until I began teaching in the fall while I prepared for OCS.
Needless to say, I fell in love with teaching and now that is my path. I recently got accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, which is an accelerated teaching certification and Master’s program. Over the summer, I will participate in a rigorous certification course and by the fall, I will have my own classroom in the Bronx. I plan on moving to White Plains while I teach and take night classes to receive my Masters in Education.
Besides working a lot, I also had the amazing opportunity to travel Europe for a month (which included an epic meet up with Pendles in London) with one of my best friends from home. If I could give you seniors one piece of advice, it would be to spend all of your money on a trip to Europe right after graduation (okay not ALL of it, only most of it).
I wouldn’t say the transition after college was hard, just a change of pace. There are an endless amount of things I miss about Geneseo, not least among them athletics, friends, garbage plates, Letchworth, intramural championships, snow days, and the pace of a small town.
Besides traveling after college, the best advice I could give is to not be afraid of change. My journey has taught me that it’s okay to change your vision of where you want your life to go. You never want to feel trapped on one path simply because you feel that you, your family, and your friends have expended too much time and effort into making it work. The ones that love you will support you no matter what you choose, as long as you do what makes you happy. I’ve always been one with a plan so changing my life plan was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but it was the right one for me.
All in all, I would not trade my experience at Geneseo for anything, especially my experience as a student athlete. It gave me friends that will last a lifetime, and a support system that I would not have made it through college without. It taught me about sacrifice, dedication, friendship, and hard work. Appreciate the time you have left in Geneseo, and don’t take the privilege of being a student athlete for granted.
Love to you all! Here are some pics from my past months as a college grad.