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Hi everyone ! Hope you’re all enjoying your summers just as much as I am!! I’m Erina Nanavati and I am a rising sophomore (which is wild). I can’t wait to get back to my favorite place and people, but being home has been pretty nice 🙂

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When I first got home from school, I got a job working for the YMCA’s after school care. I did this every day from 2:30 to 6 for about a month and a half. It wasn’t always the most laid back job, but I loved being around the kids and getting to do different activities with them. It was also my first real job(other than babysitting) so my favorite part about it was actually having some money !! The other “job” I have every summer is working a camp for kids with cancer or cancer in their families. I put quotes around job because it is one of the most fun weeks of my summer every year. Since I’ve been working it for a few years I know a lot of the kids that come back so it’s fun to see how much they’ve grown and do a bunch of fun stuff with them!! This summer we did anything from hanging out and coloring, to going to the movies and going to the amusement park Seabreeze !

I’ve had a few big events happen over the past few months as well. My sister kieran went to her junior prom and my cousin Reena graduated from high school! These, while exciting, made me feel old :/ But despite me feeling this way, it was fun to watch both of them get ready for prom and go to their pictures and see Reena walk across the same stage I did last year!

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graduation!

On top of these, we had a HUGE family reunion in Baltimore in July. My dad is Indian and every 2 years we have a get together with all of his extended family, which are usually large in Indian families. You might be thinking, oh how nice what a lovely tradition seeing all your family. Well, there were about 130 of us at this reunion. And even though we’ve been doing this for a while, I STILL don’t know everyone. But, it’s always great to get together and see everyone (even though it sometimes stressed me out). We went to an orioles game, swam and even had a VERY intense family softball game (we are all pretty competitive). But the best part was hanging out with all of my cousins, there’s 8 of us that are really really close, and close in age so whenever we get together it’s always such a fun time, even if we’re not doing anything !

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Last but not least, the best weekend of the summer consisted of me and my fellow upstate sophs taking the long trek to the one and only LONG ISLAND (best known for the LIRR, pizza, bagels and of course, Billy Joel) Our LI peeps had been telling us all year that “upstate was not real New York” and obviously we did not believe them, but we figured we had to go and find out:) So, we traveled by 4 cars and 2 trains and finally ended up ~on~ (not IN) the island. It was so much fun being able to hang out,go to the beach, and see everybody’s home towns. On top of that, the rising juniors surprised us and came down the same weekend so we got to see them too!

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The rest of the summer has just been chilling with friends and family which is always nice 🙂 I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks because my family and I are going to Paris and Barcelona in August! It’s going to be such a fun trip and I can’t wait to tell everyone about it! After that it’s just getting ready for school!! I hope you all savor these last few weeks because they go by so so fast! We’ll be back at genny in no time :)))))

my friends and I at canandaigua lake

What the Game Means to Me- A blog by FY Erina Nanavati

A lot of us have been playing this sport for so long, that we have never really taken a step back and looked at how much of an impact it’s had on our lives.  This game has been a part of me since I was in seventh grade, and now I’m playing collegiately, so let me enlighten you on why I’ve stuck around this sport for 7 years 🙂

Number 1! If you play a sport in the same school or club program for long enough, you’re bound to make some pretty good friends, spending that much time together, it’s a little hard not to. This is one of the best things that I have gotten out of volleyball, and one of the reasons I love it so much. Since seventh grade, I have played on a combined 12 teams. That’s 12 teams worth of team dinners, blasting music in busses/hotels, walking around random cities together and everything in between. I have way more memories than I can count for every single one of those teams, probably because no matter who was on it or what our seasons were like, every team I have ever played on has become its own little family. Volleyball is a sport that requires trust, and I have found that the only way a team can really trust each other on the court, is if they can connect and trust each other off of it too. Volleyball has given me those relationships with so many people that have only affected my life positively.

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Number 2! If you know me, you would know that I am not always the most outspoken person. When I was younger, that shyness was WAY worse than it is now (if you can believe it), so when I started playing volleyball it was a little bit of a shock. Volleyball is a very talkative sport, it’s something we strive to get better at almost every day at practice now, because it’s just that important. Well, at the very beginning of my volleyball career, being loud and demanding while playing was not my strongest quality. As I moved up to JV and Varsity and had more and more leadership roles, I quickly learned that for my teams to be as successful as I wanted them to be, I needed to step up and be able to lead them confidently. It didn’t take me long into my freshmen season to have a much bigger presence on the court, which made my presence off the court change in the same way. The leadership that I had taken on in volleyball carried over into my day to day life, making me much more confident all around. If it hadn’t been for volleyball, I might still be the extremely reserved person I used to be. I really do think that this part of the game has played one of the biggest roles in my life because it has helped me become someone who is so much more secure and confident.

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Number 3! I have played volleyball for almost 10 months out of the year for a very long time, and I used to think that it sucked. I was in high school!! I wanted to be able to hang out with my friends on the weekends, go to football and basketball games, but I was rarely able to because almost every weekend for a big chunk of the year, I was in random cities playing in volleyball tournaments. I won’t lie, I loved going to tournaments and hanging out with my teams, but I always wondered what I would do if I had the free time most non-club volleyball playing teenagers had. Looking back on it now, if I did have that free time, my life would have been an absolute mess.  I would have never gotten any work done because there would have been no structure, no outside force besides my parents to push me, and no drive within my self to want to constantly be better in school and in volleyball.  Playing so much allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in so many ways to really learn how to strive to be the absolute best that I can be all of the time, instead of just for a couple months of the year.

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Summer !!

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my friends savannah and emma at my grad party!
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camper ellie at seabreeze!!

 

Hi everyone!! My name is Erina and I’m an incoming freshman:) can’t wait to be back with you all in just a couple weeks! Even though I’m super excited for the season to start, it’s going to be sad leaving my family and friends. My summer has not been that exciting lol, most of it has been spent with lots of extended family at graduation parties and a big family wedding. I have a huge Indian family and we’re super close so it’s always really fun being able to hang out with them.

Other than lots of family time, I have been trying to spend as much time with my friends as possible before we all split up for the year. We’ve done everything from games nights to camping and everything in between just to see each other a little more. One of my best friends Molly is going to school in Europe this year so it’s been really nice for us to be able to hang out with her a lot before she leaves until December…I also have been trying to see a lot of my club friends over the past couple of weeks, Allison Corno and I actually did a grass tournament with some girls from club in July! We don’t normally see each other that often and getting to see them more frequently this summer has been really fun.

By far the best part of my summer is always working a camp in Rochester called Camp Open Arms. The premise of it is for kids with cancer or cancer in their families to have a couple of weeks to just be kids, so we do a bunch of fun stuff with them throughout the weeks. I love doing it because I always work with the youngest kids who are from 3-6 and they’re so funny to be around, sometimes you really do forget some of them have cancer. It’s a very long two weeks but in the end it’s so worth it being able to put smiles on their faces.

The next two weeks will probably be spent with lots of friends and lots of Bachelorette/ Netflix watching with my sister!! She’s going to be starting her high school season soon so I’ll probably be helping out a little there before I head to school ! I am so excited to be back at Geneseo with all of you in just 12 short days!!! See you soon:)

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Cousins at the wedding
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Molly and I at the drive in
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My sister kieran and I in NYC for her birthday
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Lollipop Farm tournament