Junior year is THE year

Hi, I’m junior middle hitter Allison Wick. This summer I was a young adult who woke up at 7:30 every morning to put on her business causal and went off to work 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday. I work for Northwest bank, so I would show up at 8:30 grab my cup of coffee and get to work helping customers with fraud and their finances. However, my internship this summer has allowed me to learn more about financial crime and anti-money laundering which I have found an interest in. So I decided to switch my major over the summer in order to pursue a career in the financial crime field. My internship with Northwest has allowed me to learn a lot and I hope I can continue an internship with them next summer.

When I’m not at work I mostly spend my time hanging out with friends or laying out in the sun. Which brings me to my biggest accomplishment of the summer, that I am in fact tan and I also have yet to get a sunburn this summer which is very rare (if anyone can recall my previous summer blog and my journey to Long Island). I also have worked at volleyball camps this summer. This last weekend I went out to Geneseo to work the elite prospect camp. I got to meet some of the incoming freshmen and play with some other potential future GSUVB volleyball players. Overall this weekend made me so excited to get back to genny and get into the gym with my teammates! only two and a half more weeks to go !!!

Summer of 19’

Helloo fellow bloggers and happy summer. Guess I’ll start off with the usual my name is Gabby, I am going to be a junior and I am a Libero/DS for the Geneseo volleyball team. I am super excited for the upcoming season and what this team has to offer. But before we get to another season I have had a pretty solid summer to tell you guys about. 

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Summer 2019 has been a very chill summer after it started off with a long trip to Israel. I went to Israel for 10 days with the organization birthright. I went by myself with 41 other strangers and was definitely nervous going into it. We did so many amazing things in those 10 days. Some of my favorites being hiking Masada at 4am. As well as taking a tour through the old city of Jerusalem because I just felt like I went through a time traveling machine with all the history there is to see. Another one of my favorite parts was hiking through this beautiful national park and we took a really hard long way up the mountain (it was a great workout coach). But most of all, the trip was full of making new friends and memories. I met some amazing people and learned so many new things about an amazing country. 

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Once I got home from my trip I was extremely jet lagged and slept a lot. I had to get over that quickly because Erina and Mary came down for the weekend to go to the Belmont stakes for our friend Livs birthday. The weekend was fun and it was good to get a little bit of Geneseo on Long Island. I had a few weeks before work started to do some fun things and just hang out at the beach. I took some trips to the other side of Long Island to visit my boyfriend (Tim) in the Hamptons. We do a lot of adventuring out there finding different beaches and cute little places to eat. If anyone asks I beat him really badly in mini golf so yes I am the athletic one. We also are going to a Mets game soon which will be a good time and hopefully they win. We also seem to spend our time together jumping into the ocean because it has been so insanely hot every weekend. Another big thing we have been experimenting with is cooking ourselves dinner cause gotta prepare for real life in Geneseo. So far so good no casualties of food and we have not broken anything yet. This summer I also have been going to a few concerts one being JLo with my mom which was so much fun. Basically from that concert learned that JLo is amazing and I want to be her when I’m older. This upcoming Friday I am going to another concert with my best friend Gab in Jones Beach which is also going to be amazing. We are going to see one of our favorite bands The Dirty Heads (check them out such chill vibes~). 

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The end of my summer has been filled with working at a sports day camp which is actually pretty fun some days. The other day we did a color run and we have this huge new slip and slide that I of course go on all the time. That is pretty much my whole summer and ya know obviously working out hitting the weights. When I’m not busy I have had the chance to play some beach volleyball too which is always a good time. See everyone so soon!

Summer to Fall, and then… VBALL!!!

What’s up y’all?!? Abby May here. Coming to you (not live) from the good old town of Baldwinsville, New York.

My summer so far has been absolutely jam packed. It’s been flying by, as it always does. As much as I love taking a break from school work and enjoying the warm weather, I most definitely miss my GSUVB fam like crazy. Ya’ll bring such a bright light into my life that I could not be more grateful for. And guess what??? ONLY 26 MORE DAYS TIL MOVE IN DAY!!!! I cannot wait to get back in the gym with you all and to start getting to know all of you incoming froshies 🙂

Sooooo here’s a little break down of my 2019 summer…

 

Swift Current, Saskatchewan

To kick off the summer, I took a week and a half trip to my boyfriend’s hometown in Canada. Luckily, we flew (otherwise it would have been a 30 hour drive). Although I had an idea of what his town was like, I quickly found out it is very different than central New York. Everything is flat, there are no trees, it’s very windy, and it’s quite dusty. Outside the village, you actually can see for miles and miles (no exaggeration whatsoever). It is the definition of a rural small town, with almost all its land used for farming. Most people I know wouldn’t be too excited about a place like this, but I thought it was AWESOME. Even though it wasn’t what I was used to, I had the most amazing experience.

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My morning view on my warmup jogs… lol

 

I got to meet most of his friends and family, meeting a new person pretty much every day. We got to explore his town on his motorcycle (I was a tad scared), went gopher hunting (that was SO cool), went to a professional bull riding show (that was NUTS), and went fishing at the lake where his cabin is. He also taught me to drive standard, which was interesting… lol. I may have stalled it once or twice. We went on so many fun adventures that were all new experiences for me.

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Caught me a fishy and some gophers 🙂

 

That trip was such a great experience for me. I’ve never really traveled anywhere except up and down the east coast and right over the border in Ontario, Canada. I loved the small town feel, where everybody knows everybody, and life seems to be just a bit slower paced.

 

Baldwinsville, New York

Back in B’ville, I’ve been pretty busy. For the second summer in a row, I work at a golf course serving food and beverages to golfers, either in the snack shack or on the beverage cart. I also started a new job this summer at a nursing home. This job is part of my preparation for applying to PA school. I work both jobs about 3 days a week, so this has definitely been my busiest summer work-wise.

And now to the fun stuff… I’ve gone to four country concerts this summer, and have one or two more to go. It is my absolute favorite thing to do this time of year. I’ve also been going out on my boat to fish, tube, water ski, or to just float and relax. I’ve been making sure to get together with my home friends whenever I can, which is definitely one of the best parts of summer vacation. It seems to get harder and harder to make plans as we get older, so I really cherish the time I have with them.

 

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Me and my friend Shayna cliff jumping

 

 

 

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 Me and my family at the annual Paige’s Butterfly 5K Run in Syracuse

 

So that’s just a tid bit of my summer here in the ‘ville. It’s been awesome so far, but I’ve been itching to get back to school. I’m looking forward to having an amazing last year at Geneseo, but extremely sad that’s all I got left. That being said, I am giving y’all all I got this fall. I AM READY TO GO BOYS. I’m so excited to see how much we can accomplish together, considering we’ve been absolutely KILLING IT lately.

Let’s bring home the chip fellas.

Keep working hard and make the most of the rest of your summer! See you all soon!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Summer 2019- Kiersten Colvin

Hello GSUVB fam!! This is junior year Kiersten reporting from the 516. My time away from the fantasyland of Geneseo has been going well. It seems as though I am a full fledged adult-mother-of-two because most of my summer days have been spent 9-5 Monday through Friday at Altice USA. If you do not know what Altice is, you will soon because there are some absolutely brilliant people working here. Altice offers high-speed broadband (cable), digital advertising solutions, local news, and NOW (as of last week) a mobile service. Subtle flex I was sitting second row for the mobile announcement. 

I am an intern for the IT Platforms, Governance, and Metrics team. This team is in charge of the computer platforms that moderate the execution/planning of projects throughout the company. Personally, I work on Data Quality and Community of Practice. Data Quality involves making sure all information is correct in a platform my team manages. Community of Practice involves making surveys for Altice employees regarding a platform and then deciphering feedback. On top of my work, I am learning Python (a programming language) from my coworker whom I believe is one of the smartest people in the world. He insinuates Python is the future of life, as we know it. I trust him on that. 

Another cool thing about my internship is that I’m not the only one! Although I do not see the other interns on an everyday basis, we still participate in events every so often. This includes speaker sessions with different members of Altice leadership, our intern video project, and our upcoming volunteer day. 

Besides my job, I have read a lot of books, completed a course in Managerial Accounting, and got a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. This definitely contributes to why I feel like I’m 35. 

I promise you I did do some things that aren’t so serious (with pics to prove): 

As exciting as it has been to act like an adult, I cannot wait to go back to being my 20 year old Geneseo self. All I want to do is play volleyball and be in walking distance of all my friends. This summer has gotten me AMPED for the school year and volleyball season and I hope you all feel the same way. 

I will end this blog with a phrase I’ve been thinking a lot about this summer: 

“Work hard, laugh often, and always keep your word”

If you know who said it you’re a homie.

See ya in the fall!! 

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Summer Blog

Hello friends, family, and followers of the wonderful GSUVB family!! Well, for anyone that may be new to our blog posts, my name is Sam Mendelsohn and I am a senior Libero/DS. Just as my fellow classmate Grace wrote in her blog post, saying/typing the word senior next to my name is not something that I am used to nor am I ready to get used to. Talk about being in a complete state of denial.

Anywayyyy… as for my summer thus far, I have been pretty busy with work, but have

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Pool day with my friends Carly, Rachel, and Anna (shoutout core 4 babbyyy)

still been able to make time for friends, family, and fun of course. I have two part-time internships this summer, one is at Keller Williams Realty and the other is at HoganWillig Attorneys at Law. At Keller Williams Realty I have been working on a bunch of marketing projects that have me creating flyers and brochures for the company. At HoganWillig Attorneys at Law, I have been drafting blogs for the company’s website, as well as helping out with their collection and billing departments. Both internships are exposing me to a bunch of new software and are allowing me to be creative in my writing which is a huge plus. Safe to say I am gaining a ton of valuable experience this summer that will prepare me for the real world after college (which is approaching a lot sooner than I would like). Besides my internships, I am also working as a coach for a youth soccer program for the 7th summer in a row. Even though I know close to nothing about the game of soccer, it keeps me active and involved in the community, so I love every second of it. Just a side note, I coach 3 & 4 year old’s so I get by just fine with the limited knowledge that I have LOL.

Outside of working I have of course been getting my VOLT workouts in. I really love this app that our team uses and it has been awesome to track my progress. Outside of VOLT, I have been doing a cycling class once a week at my gym. I tried it for the first time in the beginning of June and have been hooked ever since. It is the sweatiest I have ever gotten in a 45-minute time span, which is perfect when I am busy and want to get a quick workout in. Also, every Tuesday night I compete in an all-women’s indoor league with some of my old club teammates. It has been really fun to reconnect while also being able to get some good touches in and compete at a high level.

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Cycling room at my gym

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Yes I was that girl that had the 21 balloons…

As for some other fun things that I have done this summer, in early June I turned 21! It was awesome to be able to celebrate with friends and family and enjoy the nice-ish weather that Buffalo has to offer during these summer months. I also went to Taste of Country, a concert in Buffalo, a few weeks after with my best friend and saw Luke Combs, Brett Eldredge, and Lee Brice! It was the best concert that I have ever been to and if you love country music as much as I do I highhhlyyyy recommend seeing any of these artists live. Then, to wrap up the wonderful month of June, Kat (fellow teammate and bestie) and I drove to Syracuse to celebrate Abby May’s (also fellow teammate and bestie) 21st  birthday! I loved seeing these girls and it made me miss being back at school that much more.

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Emily, my best friend, and I at Taste of Country

For the rest of the summer I have some exciting things planned which I am super pumped for. First off, right before this blog is posted, I will be heading to Cleveland to celebrate one of my good friends 21st birthday! I am super excited to go because I love the city and will potentially get to see my brother who lives there (even though I just saw you a few weeks ago, I miss ya already broskiiii!). Then, in late July I will be heading to my favorite place on earth, gooooooddd olddddd SUNY Geneseo, for our elite prospect camp! I am amped to get to reunite with some old teammates and see some fresh faces in Schrader Gym.

This summer is truly flying by, which is both very scary and super exciting. I am honestly so blessed to have such a close-knit family and group of friends at home that make it really hard to think about leaving when August comes around. But, on the other end, I also know that what waits for me on campus is nothing but love from my best friends that also just so happen to be my teammates.

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My cuttieee cousin Ava that visited for the 4th of July

 

Speaking of teammates, and ending my blog posts for GSUVB how I started off, I would like to leave them with a few words (how could you not expect me to just get a tadddd bit sappy).

To my class, my best friends, my rocks, my fellow seniors: Abby, Grace, Kat, and Shea, I seriously do not know what I would have done without you these past few years. It feels like we have been friends forever and each and every one of you make my life 100 times better by just being in it. You have made college volleyball something I could have never imagined, and I am forever grateful that our paths have crossed in the ways that they did. I can’t wait for this last ride with all of you and to finish what we started. I love you guys.

To my juniors: Um…. How did you all get this old??? Time seriously needs to slow down. It feels like yesterday that you were all little froshies and now here you are big, bad, upperclassmen. Get ready for the craziest year of your life…. Enjoy every moment.

To my sophomores: I can’t believe you guys already have one full year of college under your belts. Stop growing up so fast oh my goodness. But seriously, watching all of you grow and mature not only as athletes, but as women, has been nothing far from special. Sophomore year, here y’all come!!!

Last, but certainly not least, to my incoming froshies: No matter how cheesy this may sound, and I guarantee you it will, get ready for the best four years of your life. You have made such a great choice coming to Geneseo and playing for this program… I would pay big bucks to be in your shoes right now. Yes, it will be scary and yes, at moments you will feel unsure, but just know that you have a group of girls that will be there with you through it all. Welcome to our family!

Well, that about wraps it up for me. Enjoy the rest of your summer and catch you all in August for the start of our 2019-2020 season!! Woohooo!!

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With LOTS of love,

Sam

Is Summer Over Yet?

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37 days people!!!!!

As many of you know, leaving Geneseo is one of the very few things I get ~emotional~ about. This countdown has been running since the day I left, at the time it was 92 days. 

Quick little introduction, I am Bridget Lougen, a junior middle blocker from Syracuse, NY.  I am a Psychology major with a Human Development minor. 

As per usual, this summer has been flying by and has been jammed packed but yet very similar to my summers in the past. Most of my days are spent working at Target as a Flexible Fulfillment Team Member. In simple terms, I walk around the store shopping for what people order online then pack them to be shipped, exciting right?? On my days off, I am usually relaxing by the pool, sleeping, or reading my textbook for my summer class. 

To kick off the summer, a few of my fellow IREVA coaches and I drove to Columbus, Ohio to play in USA Volleyball Adult Nationals. While we didn’t play that well… it was still an amazing experience and a fun little trip to get us all back together.

Another fun volleyball part of my summer is that I am currently coach at Brockport as a coach for the IREVA High Performance camps. 8 straight days of coaching, playing, and spending time with the other coaches as we slowly become more and more sleep deprived. (And writing this blog in a VERY uncomfortable dorm bed) It has been pretty cool to be on the coach side for the past two years.

Now for the exciting stuff, my two major trips of the summer

Alberta, Canada

June 10-19

Besides the day trips to Niagara Falls and Toronto, I have never really been out of the country. Alberta is actually the farthest west that I have every been. I took the trip to go visit Aaron who lives about 35 minutes south of Calgary, Alberta. After getting into Calgary at 1am driving to his house in the pitch black,  I still had no clue where I was. The next day I saw just how amazing it was there. The trip was packed with hikes around the beautiful area, exploring Calgary, and a trip to Banff National Park. The entire trip I was in awe by how pretty everything was. I am just going to let the pictures speak for themselves…

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Samara, Costa Rica

July 20-31

While I have yet to go on this trip, it is one I am most excited for! Again, I would like to repeat, the only two countries I have ever been to is the US and Canada, so this is a completely new experience for me! I cannot wait to be in this small little town on the western coast of Costa Rica for 11 days. Stay tuned for pictures from this adventure 🙂

Well, back to reality in Upstate New York. My plans for the last two weeks of summer are to play in a beach tournament in Lake George with fellow teammates Emily Bablin and Mary Bartkus the first weekend of August. After that I am hopefully going to sleep for a week straight, maybe work at Target at little, and then be back in my favorite place, GENESEO

Well, that’s what happening in my boring yet eventful Summer 2019, cannot wait to be back in sweaty Schrader Gymnasium with you all!

 

Let Me Tell You About The Summer Of 2OL9


Hello blog readers! This is sophomore Morgan Michalski coming at you live from the beautiful SUNY Geneseo. Now, you may be thinking “Morgan, why on earth are you spending this wonderful summer at school?” WELL, let me tell you… 

I and twenty five other amazing people have decided to be the smiling bright faces that welcome incoming students to Geneseo at orientation. For the non-Geneseo student, these people are known as orientation leaders (or OLs) and if you ask me, I’d say we put the OL in coOL! Now, before I get to the part where I express my love for my staff, I want to catch you up on all the fun things we have been doing. 

To start, we arrived to our first training session on the 12th of June and did many icebreakers to start (icebreakers are the games we play to get to know each other). Every day after training you would catch most of the staff on Onondaga Field tossing disc, taking way too long to explain the rules of spud, or playing an intense game of kickball in the rain. For the first two weeks of being here, it felt like I never sat down. We were constantly moving, doing bulletin boards or decorating clipboards. The moment I knew that this was going to be the most fun summer ever was when most of the staff went to watch the sunset at the gazebo and ended the night screaming/singing at the top of our lungs to any song that came to mind. We then took a trip to Fredonia for some team building, where we worked together to overcome obstacles, trust each other, and most important to me, support each other. Everyone was so supportive and had each others back. This was most present when we climbed a 12 foot wall with the help of each other to get one another up to the top. These are memories I will never forget and brought me so much closer to my team. After training for two weeks, it felt like we had known each other for years and you could tell that this group was something special.

We were all so excited for the first orientation session to start; as we tucked in our polos and straightened our name tags (the uniform is the best part of the job), you could feel the rush of nervousness and excitement. We worked so hard over the past few weeks and it was time to welcome all the new faces to Geneseo. 

We have now finished the third session and we are all very sad that we have hit the halfway point, and that our summer will soon be coming to an end. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet all my new friends and I would not trade this experience for anything! Now, throughout my blog I have been referring to these people I work with as “staff,” but they are truly much more than that! Coming into this job, I would have never thought that I would be so close with this group of amazing people, or that I would be leaving with twenty five new friends. So thank you to my fellow OLs for being such wonderful people; you know the love I have for you all and I am so lucky to be apart of this family. To my volleyball peeps, I cannot wait to see you all so soon! Let’s make this a season one we won’t forget! 

That’s all for now 🙂

Morgan Michalski