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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
With LOTS of love,