Summer Blog Series: Abbey Scheffler

Hello everyone!! My name is Abbey Scheffler and I will be a sophomore at Geneseo this year. I cannot believe how fast time flies and that summer is almost halfway over. Even though I love being home, I cannot wait to return to Geneseo in the fall. Only 31 days until we walk back into the gym!!!

To start off my blog, I have to say I haven’t have the most exciting summer. The second day I got home from school, I picked up my job at Masterson’s nursery. It’s a small greenhouse with everything from plants, to fish and the laziest cat in the world named Finn. On the slow days, which included most of them, my job consisted of watering the plants and hanging out with my friend who followed me around wherever I went. He always knew that I carried treats in my pocket and if he sat there long enough, I would give into his adorable little stare. Even though was the most exciting job, help me realize how much I love being a biology student. I was able to take everything that I have learned and apply it when customers through and ask the craziest questions that they didn’t think I would know the answer to. I also learned a lot as well. Before going into work on my first day, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a petunia and a fuchsia but now I can even tell you exactly what environment each one needs to survive (wow I sound like a nerd). Currently, I’m no longer working at Masterson’s even though I stop by from time to time.

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This is Finn!

After working at Masterson’s, I picked up my second summer job which is working as part of the BOCES program at Delevan elementary school. I cannot tell you how much I love working with my kids. This year, I am in a new classroom which comes with new challenges. Coming in, I didn’t know any of the students I be working with. I was assigned to be a one-on-one aide with the girl named Sam. She’s 10 years old and has been living with autism for her entire life. With autism, everyday activities are not always as easy as they would be to you and I. Reading is just an example. Instead of reading books Word for Word, we use picture cards to explain what happens in the story. Also, because this is a summer school program, we try to make learning as fun for the kids as possible. When we are not learning in the classroom, we are dancing up and down the hallways, swimming in the pool (we take a field trip to the pool once a week) or enjoying the swing in the PT room. This is Sam’s absolute favorite. Last week we learned about the water cycle by making terrariums at the botanical gardens up in Buffalo. Next week, we will take a field trip to the Buffalo Museum of Science just as Miss frizzle would take her students in the Magic School Bus one of my kids would most likely say.

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One of the boys in my class at the Eden Corn Festival.

For when I at not working, I try to spend every day enjoying the time that I have left with friends and family that I don’t always get to see throughout the year. This includes pizza nights at my house, Sunday Fun days at the Biekie’s and beach days with my two friends Anna and Liz.

 

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Also, every year, my family and I attend Jam in the Valley. This event is three days of country concerts in Varrysberg which is around 20 minutes from my house. Some of the artists this year included Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Brett Eldredge and Toby Keith. Each year after the event, we collect cans for my brother’s baseball team as a fundraiser which isn’t the most exciting thing to say as you sift through empty cans but every one helps. (This year we collected 80,000 cans which converts to around $2,500!)

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As for the rest of my summer, I’m looking forward to running my third Tough Mudder. This year, we are running this event is right near my house at a local ski resort. The day after, we leave for our annual trip to the thousand Islands to see all of our family that we only get to see once a year. We rent houses is right on the water and spend the week boating on the St. Lawrence.

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Although I’m going to miss the warm weather when we returned to school, I cannot wait to see everyone again and welcome in our incoming freshman. I miss you all and only one month until preseason!

Love,

Scheff

The Summer of a Country Girl.

          

           As the lazy days of summer begin to unfold, the time to enjoy a life with a slower pace begins. As the sun lingers overhead, birds chatter from every tree, the crickets sing us to sleep, the ability to take time and relax is upon us. Summer is a chance to gain a new perspective while stepping away from cramming for final exams, writing that last paper and finally graduating from high school.

          Living in the country, I have learned two things. Number one: never forget your muck boots. Number two: make your life an adventure. As a rule in my life, I believe in seizing every opportunity that one is given no matter how unexpected. Small towns often come with limited opportunities or as I see it as unlimited possibility. The summer after senior year is a time to take every opportunity before life begins to speed up including spending time with family and accomplishing the unthinkable.

           Even though my summer vacation does not begin until this weekend, the start of the summer season first began for me as my father, cousins and I traveled to Philadelphia. Every year we take a trip to a new place, a new city to explore and to run the Tough Mudder. Our team, Team Die Trying, began many years ago with more people than we have today, but the feeling of running 12 miles in overcoming over two dozen obstacles leads me every year to believe “Why do I do this to myself?” The feeling of accomplishment of crossing the finish line and receiving that headband allows me to know that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to even when it seems a little crazy.

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My cousins Corey and Ryan, my father and I after completing our last Tough Mudder.

          The ability to alter my life has allowed me to take chances on different experiences. My parents are able to give me amazing opportunities and even live through them with me. My father once asked me if I would take scuba diving lessons with him and today it has become one of my favorite pastimes. Whenever we have a free weekend, my father and I will grab our gear and a couple of friends and head out to the lake. Each time we head out, we look for new spots or shipwrecks that have just come up on the map. One of our favorite dives is the Niagara River drift. Starting at the top of the river, the current will carry you downstream toward Niagara Falls. Every time, there is something new to see from fish and wildlife to old glass bottles from the 1800s, and if you’re lucky gold coins from a shipwreck that happened up river over 100 years ago.

           Every year, our family takes a trip up to the thousand islands the first week in August. In this part of the state, there are larger shipwrecks and deeper dives. Every year, we dive the ship named The America. On this old freighter, all of the cabin doors are left open, so there’s always a new room to explore. The best part of the ship is sitting at the bottom in the captain’s chair with the entire glass window still intact. From this seat, you can see the entire ship, as well as the new reef that has grown around it.

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Diving The America.
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This is an image of The Keystorm; another shipwreck that we have dove.

         Before I leave for college, I want to spend as much time with my family as I can. I love spending time with my sister who understands me wholeheartedly and my very spontaneous younger brother.  We do everything together from ATVing with my brother to painting with my sister. Even if this time means helping build my Dad’s crazy tree house or making a new recipe with my mom, every adventure is new and unique.

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My sister, Madi and our best friend Jack.
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My brother, Tyler, as we ride through local trails.

 

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One of my family’s favorite pastimes is to make pizza in our pizza oven!

        The rest of my summer is pretty simple. Spending time with family, relaxing by the pool, and working as a teacher’s aide for a local summer school program. I cannot wait to start my newest adventure at Geneseo. See you all in August!

Abbey Scheffler

Freshman

 

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