Summer Blog Series: Mary Bartkus

Hey everyone! I’m Mary Bartkus, an incoming freshman at Geneseo. I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life at Geneseo, especially knowing that I’m starting it off with a great group of people. Today marks 1 month and 23 days until we move in, which means I have 1 month and 23 days to spend at home, making as many memories with my friends and family as I can. I will not be taking any extravagant vacations or traveling too far this summer, but I do plan on having some fun!

A yummy and healthy smoothie I made at work ๐Ÿ˜‰


I will be continuing to work at a small restaurant called, Eat. Sip. Smile. I am a waitress, but since it is a small business I also make smoothies, sandwiches, clean, and bus tables. I have been working there for over a year now and I have really enjoyed my time there. I even got a smoothie that I created to be on the menu! (It’s delicious by the way.) Working helps me actually get up on summer mornings and I have the rest of the afternoon to myself, which is really nice.



Me and my best friends, Chloe and Alex, at Virginia Beach for our senior trip

The rest of my summer will consist of seeing my friends as much as I can before we split for the school year. I have had a very close knit group since we were very young and we love each other like family. They are so supportive of me and cannot wait to come see Geneseo for themselves at some point! I plan to attend some graduation parties this summer as well.


Me and my friend, Alex, out on the Hudson River

Playing volleyball this summer is going to be huge for me. This upcoming week I will be working as a coach at my school’s summer camp. I will also be playing outdoor volleyball on Sundays and Wednesdays at my local park. I’m excited to get touches whenever I can this summer and I’m looking forward to camp at the end of July!


Lastly, I wanted to share one of my favorite things to do during the summer. Exploring! Living in upstate New York can get a little tough when it comes to finding things to do; but one of the perks is that there are so many historic sites, state parks, and beautiful hiking trails in my area that adventures are always a good option. Many times my friends and I will set up a picnic or even get take out and eat in in the car at a place with a view. Sometimes even going for a drive and stopping to look out onto huge, empty fields is good enough for me.

Watching the sunset at Olana State Historic Site
Last summer with my friend, Chloe, having one of our picnics

I’ll say again how thrilled I am to be a part of the Geneseo volleyball family. I am already looking forward to meeting some of my other freshman teammates at orientation next week! I cannot believe how close it is. Also, a huge thank you to our returning players for being so welcoming and kind to us so far! I am looking forward to see what the future brings.

Mary Bartkus ๐Ÿ˜‰

Graduation with my sisters, Claire and Stephanie, and my Mom and Dad

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