Hello everyone! My name is Sam Mendelsohn and I am a sophomore (ahh!!) Libero/ DS on the Geneseo Women’s Volleyball Team! I can’t believe my first year of college is over already! My freshman year was filled with so many fun memories and I truly loved every second of it. The friendships I made throughout my first year will definitely last a lifetime (especially the ones I made with my wonderful teammates who have become like sisters to me).
Speaking of those lovely ladies.. I MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH!! From spending every waking moment with you guys to just being able to catch up over the phone has been something I haven’t necessarily liked getting used to. You guys have become my best friends over this past year and my college experience thus far would not have been the same without you guys by my side! Love you girliesss (:
This summer has already been one of the best ones yet and I still have a good chunk of it left to go, which is super exciting. In late May, my family headed up to Cleveland Ohio to attend my brothers graduation from John Carroll University. The few days we spent there were super fun and all of the graduation festivities were a blast! On the final day in Ohio, we moved my brother into his apartment in downtown Cleveland where he will be working for Key Bank this upcoming year. I am super proud of all of his accomplishments thus far but I sure will miss having him at home!
The rest of my summer has been super fun as well. In early June, I celebrated my 19th birthday! It was super cool to be able to spend the day with my close friends and family and just hang out with the people I love!
One of my favorite things to do is just lay around by the pool with my friends and family, so of course I have been doing a TON of that these first few weeks of summer. Whether it is playing pool volleyball and basketball, or just lounging around listening to music, we always have such fun times together. I have also been attending some concerts at a local outdoor theatre with my friends as well as taking advantage of everything else Buffalo has to offer! I recently attended an art festival in Allentown (an area about 30 minutes from my house) with some of my closest friends. There were tents of artwork and jewelry everywhere as well as SO many tents with different food options, it was awesome!
I also have been working for a company called Digital Instruments which is an electronics manufacturing company. I mostly do busy work which includes cutting and stripping wires and unloading boxes of supplies, but I don’t mind it. Also, to make some more money this summer I am working two volleyball camps at local high schools as well as coaching a kids soccer program at a local elementary school once a week. I really love working with kids and look forward to the time I get to spend with them.
And of course I am playing some volleyball this summer as well! A lot of my friends from my old travel team are playing in an indoor summer league together. It has been so fun to be able to compete with them again playing the sport we all love!
For the rest of my time at home this summer I’m planning to attend a few more concerts (one of them being Zac Brown Band which I am SUPER excited for— Abby May and I sure do love our country music!) as well as just continuing to spend more time with my friends and family.
To the incoming freshmen, congrats on making the BEST decision by committing to Geneseo! You guys have no idea how excited our team is to welcome you into our Geneseo Volleyball family! I promise you that you will begin to feel right at home within the first day or so of preseason and from that point on you will begin to have the best time of your life! Enjoy this summer as it will go by quicker than you could ever imagine and spend as much time with your friends and family as possible! See you all so soon!
To my returning teammates, I truly cannot wait to spend another volleyball season with you guys. We have come so far and grown so much this past year and I am very excited to continue to do so this season!
I truly can’t wait to head back to Geneseo in August to be reunited with my new and returning teammates! I’m definitely looking forward to starting another amazing season playing for this program!
I hope you all have an amazing summer!!
– Sam Mendelsohn- DS/L