Summer ’18

Hi everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying your summer vacations thus far, I know I am! Well, for those of you that don’t know, my name is Sam Mendelsohn and I am going to be a junior this upcoming fall. A junior that is 5 feet tall and doesn’t look her age, but yes, a junior. This summer has been pretty amazing so far and I still have so much more to look forward to which is pretty exciting!

After the craziness that is finals week at Geneseo, I was so amped to be able to come home and do nothing but relax for a while. The first few weeks of summer consisted of me sitting by my pool with friends and family just enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful weather (Buffalo has its moments– I promise). My friends and I have also gone to the beach, had countless movie nights, and have just been hanging out and catching up. I missed my friends from home so much and it has been so awesome to reconnect with everyone! Of course, I missed my family a bunch too, but that’s always implied.

Then in early June I celebrated by 20th birthday! I had dinner with my mom, dad, and grandma at home. Normally my brother Jack would be home to celebrate as well, but he is currently working at KeyBank in Ohio so he couldn’t be there. However, he did promise me a make-up birthday dinner when he comes home next, so I will definitely be holding him to that (Jack, if you’re reading this, I hope you didn’t forget!).

I then found my summer job–a camp counselor for my town! By the time this blog has been posted it will have just been my first few days. I am super excited because I absolutely love working with kids and I get to be active 24/7 which is a huge plus. As a camp, we get to go on so many awesome field trips to amusement parks, beaches, and escape rooms (just to name a few). This summer I have also been babysitting and, starting in a few weeks, I will be coaching soccer for 3-4 year olds as I have done for the past 5 or 6 years—it is hilarious to watch and they are adorable!! I am also going to be coaching a few volleyball camps at local high schools as well, which I have also done for the past few summers.

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Babysitting fun (:

Speaking of volleyball, I have been playing as much as I can with friends and old teammates. I have done a few open gyms with some old club teammates and plan to continue to do so throughout the rest of the summer. I was also able to get some touches when I was ON (not in—don’t say in, you’ll get yelled at lol) Long Island visiting some teammates! Kat, Abby May, and I drove up to Long Island to visit our fellow classmates Shea and Grace. We also had a plan to surprise the upcoming sophomores- as they were visiting the same weekend- but sadly that surprise did not work out as well as we thought it would (shout out Grace Cergol—just kidding we still love ya). Regardless, it was so much fun to see everyone again and catch up.

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Pool day!!!

 

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Me at one of my open gyms from home!
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A little 2 v 2 game in Grace’s back yard! (Look at her dog Enzo)

While on Long Island we went to the beach, tanned out by the pool, and ate wayyyyyyy too many bagels and slices of pizza. But yes, the bacon, egg, and cheeses are 100% worth the hype and I would highly recommend trying them.

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Bacon, egg and cheese!!

Being with almost all of my teammates again made me realize how excited I am to get back into Schrader gym for preseason and spend time with this amazing group of girls—I can’t wait!

Another hobby of mine this summer has been trying to come up with different healthy food options that I can make at home. For example, something I have really enjoyed doing is making a different smoothie bowl each day for breakfast! I change up what goes in the actual smoothie as well as what goes on top! They are soooo yummy and are super good for you as well—everyone should try it out!!

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In the smoothie: frozen strawberries, banana, soy milk, vanilla yogurt. On top: strawberries, coconut shavings, chocolate granola, chia seeds, blackberries.
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In the smoothie: spinach, frozen mango, soy milk, banana. On top: almond butter, vanilla granola, coconut shavings, chia seeds, blueberries, chocolate granola and strawberries.

 

So, as the countdown to preseason begins I just want to leave some messages for the returners as well as the new incoming freshmen!

To my returners,

It has truly been a blessing to be able to get to know all of you both on and off the court and I cannot wait to spend another season with you guys by my side. There is no doubt that we are hungry for more wins and are ready to work incredibly hard to see results. Let’s do it boysssss- love ya!

To my incoming froshies,

Enjoy this summer as it will fly by faster than you could ever imagine. Spend as much time with your friends and family and appreciate the moments you have with them! I know I can speak for the entire team when I say that we cannot wait to welcome you into our GSUVB family. It is amazing how fast we will all click and you will be comfortable in no time. I can’t wait to see you guys in August!

Well that has been my summer so far and I hope you are all enjoying yours as well!

Wishing you ALL the best,

Sam Mendelsohn

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