Hellllooooo everyone! My name is Grace Cergol and I am going to be tackling junior year starting this fall. Let me repeat, JUNIOR YEAR. That is crazy to hear but even crazier to say. It is finally starting to feel like summer here on Long Island with the 85 degree weather and the blaring sun. Even though I am not always able to lay outside and tan each day, which trust me I would do 24/7, I am definitely making the most out of my busy summer.
To kick off my vacation, I was hired as an intern at two different companies, the Huntington Arts Council, which is 10 minutes away from my house, and Identity/Triptent, which is located on 14th St. in Manhattan. On Mondays and Wednesdays at the H.A.C., I work on the things like the local newspaper and web posts about a concert series they are holding this summer. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I commute about 1 1/2 hours to the city for my other internship with Identity Media. Some of the bigger projects I’ve worked on were coming up with campaign slogans for different companies and coming up with numerous celebrities to promote different company’s products (like Sophia Bush for Pandora). I am learning a bunch of new things that I will apply later on in life when I step into the real world and get an actual job.
Buuutttt I do get Friday’s off! Thankfully, every Friday has been beautiful so far and I’ve been able to go to the beach to TAN ~YAY~ with my friends, so we are praying for more Friday’s like that.
Okay, now to the fun stuff 🙂 (just kidding, my internships are super fun). A few weeks after getting home, Shea, Gabby and I went to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in the city. There we saw so many performers that we loved like Eminem, N.E.R.D., Lil Uzi, Khalid, and Amine. And let me tell you, when I say it sounds like Eminem is speaking another language because he is rapping so fast, I absolutely mean that.
About 11 days after Gov Ball on June 14th, I turned 20! I feel so old now and everyone keeps saying, “You’re halfway to 40” which scares me, a lot. This year on my birthday, I did what I always have done, just go to the beach. But the day after, I got to do a little surprising myself. Well sorta. All of the rising sophomores had visited us L.I.er’s for a weekend but they had no idea that the rising juniors, from upstate, were also going to be joining us. Of course, I had to accidentally ruin the surprise the morning of, but we still had a great time together.
That weekend I also made Abby, Kat and Sam try as much famous Long Island food as possible. Well, they actually just ate a lot of bagels @AbbyMay. But I also did make them try Little Vincent’s famous cold cheese slice and they pretty much devoured them.
Besides the fun, little excursion with the team, I have been trying to play as much volleyball as I can. I’m going to try to go to all of my sister’s high school open gyms (sorry Mia lol), play beach, and play with my old club team.
The first time I played with my club team this summer, we scrimmaged a 16’s team, which was fun, but we also got to share some of our recruiting/college volleyball experiences. DO NOT WORRY, all good things about Geneseo veebz and the school in general. I loved talking about our culture/community with them and I also told them that if they are looking to be recruited to hit up Coach Hunter and get on the Geneseo radar ;).
As for the rest of my summer, my family and I plan on going to Bermuda, my sister (hopefully) and I (definitely) will be attending the Geneseo Volleyball overnight camp, and my friends and I would love to go on our annual Hamptons trip. Oh and of course more volleyball at home.
So yes, I guess I’ve had a pretty eventful summer so far and hope to continue to keep busy. Even though I do love it at home, I absolutely cannot wait to get back up to Geneseo. You froshies are going to LOVE it and we can’t wait to make you feel right at home in our disgustingly hot gym (jk it’s not too bad). And to my current teammates, I can’t wait to see all of you nuggets again and maybe I’ll try to surprise you upstaters one time, but I promise I won’t ruin it. Hope everyone has MARVELOUS summers and see you peeps so soon!