Summer 2019 – Kat Vernon

Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know, my name is Kat Vernon and I am going to be a senior (ew that is disturbing to hear, I still feel like a freshman). I am a right-side, psychology major/sociology minor. I’m very excited to be back in Genny in just a short 10 days!

This summer has been amazing, definitely my best one yet. I’m working at two internships and doing some tax paperwork/data entry for my dad on the side. One internship is at the Mt. Hope Family Center where I help out with the Adult Health Study. We’re studying the long term effects of child abuse/poverty/other stressors on biological and mental health as an adult. It’s really sad but I’m learning SO much and work with some really fun people. At my other internship, I am the Human Resources Intern at Tompkins Financial. I am working on various projects there and it’s been a really different, but great and super cool experience!

Now here comes the fun stuff. Instead of writing about it, I made a little video on my YouTube channel to show you guys some of the things I’ve been up to.

So without further ado, click the link below to see how my summer has been going! Don’t forget to #like #comment #subscribe!

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A Letter to My Younger Self – A Blog by JR Kat Vernon

 

Dear Young Kat,

First thing’s first – please stop putting such harsh filters on your Instagram pictures, it’s embarrassing. Also, get rid of that wretched pink tank top you always wear, it’s just not it, chief.

Now that we got out of the way, I’m going to get a little bit serious. First of all, stop taking things so seriously. I probably shouldn’t say this, but stop being so hard on yourself about school. High school is really not that big of a deal, you have so many bigger and better things coming for you later in life.

Next, do what makes you happy. Try not to do things just because that’s what everyone else is doing. I know you think that listening to “pop” music is cool, but trust me, it’s okay to love indie-alternative-folk music instead. Liking something that’s “weird” or not “normal” is a really great thing, and you’re gonna figure that out when you get to college.

And to whoever told you that pursuing a career in film editing wasn’t a good idea because you wouldn’t make a lot of money – DO NOT listen to them. They’re wrong. Yeah, you may not be the boujee-est person in town, but it makes you so incredibly happy and that’s all that really matters. Do what you absolutely love to do. Do something that you truly enjoy doing and puts a smile on your face. Once you figure that out, everything else will work itself out.

And lastly, confronting your mental health straight on is so important. I am so proud and thankful that you figured that out early on. It might have felt strange or weird, but it made a huge difference and I cannot thank you enough for that. Being open and willing to talk about your mental health with others is not only beneficial to you, but to the whole world. Embrace it. Change is a thing you can count on, don’t forget it (Surprise! You have a tattoo of a triangle to remind you of this, I know you thought you’d never get one but haha – joke’s on you!).

You’re going through some really tough times right now, I know. But trust me when I say that it will get better. Everything that you’ve gone through and will go through only makes you stronger. Right now, I am the happiest I’ve ever been and it’s all thanks to the ups and downs of life. You will grow into a weird, funny, loving person and you’ll soon learn to love yourself for who you are.

One more thing – go to Taco Bell right now. Your metabolism is gonna catch up one day and you’re not gonna be able to eat as many tacos as you are right now! And go to Dairy Queen for dessert!

Love always,

Old Kat (ew I’m 21 and a Junior in college, how the heck did that happen??)

Happy Summer!

Hello, everyone! My name is Kat Vernon, a psychology major/sociology minor, proud Geneseo tour guide, and soon-to-be junior this upcoming year at Geneseo! HAPPY SUMMER! I feel like I’ve been home from school for MONTHS, but it’s really only been a couple weeks. Everyone stay calm, don’t worry– I am definitely making the most of my summer so far.

As some of you may know, my dream since I can remember was to be a cinematographer. I’ve always had a desire to create videos and edit them, it’s something I’ve been doing since middle school. Somewhere along my high school career I was a bit discouraged and felt that maybe I wouldn’t be successful in the film industry, so I decided to pursue psychology instead. While I truly love psychology, film editing still has a huge place in my heart and I’ve decided to not give that dream up. This summer, I have decided to pursue my dreams the best that I can by filming as much as I can. I’ve been making silly videos with my friends, music videos [(shoutout to Shea, Grace, and Sam for our original music videos, we’re seriously famous on campus because of them, I SWEAR (check them out on my YouTube channel!)], and also some more serious projects I am working on, such as a documentary about Rochester, New York. Since I’ve been filming a lot of moments, I decided to compile some of them together for this blog post! I’ll have it linked at the bottom of this paragraph, feel free to check it out, and also check out some of my other videos if you want on my YouTube page (please subscribe, I’m desperate. I may only have a couple subscribers now but just you guys wait, I’ll be flowing in subscribers one day).

Click here to see my video ⭐️

Okay, now onto my summer so far! Most days, I have been helping my mom babysit my 3-year-old niece, Addison, who many of you know. If you know me, you know that I am  O B S E S S E D with Addison and absolutely love spending time with her. She’s weird and wild just like me, so we always have a good time together. My favorite thing to do with her is ask her if she wants a cup of coffee—she gets VERY upset with me and tells me that she is way too little for coffee and will NOT have a cup. I love teasing her (I never had a little sibling to pick on, I was always the little sibling who got picked on) but I promise, I’m nice, and I know she secretly loves the attention.

A couple days before memorial day weekend, my friend Kate invited me and a couple people to go stay at her grandparent’s house on the Saint Lawrence River (the Thousand Islands). Kate, myself, Mandy, Harrison, and Erik drove up there on Wednesday and stayed until Friday, and had an amazing time! We paddle boarded, jumped in the 50 degree Fahrenheit water (absolutely freezing, was not a fan, would not recommend to a friend, 3/10), kayaked, and had several spontaneous dance parties (as you will see in the video).

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Kate, Mandy, Erik, Harrison, and I

Besides that fun trip, I have just been hanging out with my friends. I made a trip to Syracuse to see Abby May, Mary, Alex, Bridget, Kendyll, and our friend Brittany and we had a blast! I am also working at Hotshots, where I ref indoor beach volleyball games in the evening, and sometimes I get to ref down at Charlotte beach! I am actually learning so much more about volleyball than I ever imagined, just by watching people play all the time.

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Alex and I in Syracuse

For the rest of the summer, I will be trying to say yes to everything (okay that sounds crazy, you know what I mean though, saying yes to good things). I’m hoping to visit the Long Island squad (shoutout Grace, Shea, Kiersten, Gabby, Moose) eventually and eat a lot of bagels down there. My mom and I (shoutout mom) also always go to York Beach, Maine each summer, so we will definitely be making a trip up there at some point! 

 

 

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Kate, Hannah, Me, Maggie, & Katie (my Rochester pals!)

Well that’s about it! While I am having a great summer so far, I’m ready to go back to Geneseo. I absolutely love it there and I know all of you incoming first years will too! Quick shoutout to my teammates – I love and miss you guys and cannot wait until I get to see you guys again. I am so thankful to be a part of the Geneseo Volleyball community and I can’t wait to get back into the gym for pre-season and to meet all of you newbies! Have a great rest of your summers, everyone!

Love,

Kat Vernon 🌞

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe!

 

 

 

A Visitor’s Guide to Geneseo – A Blog by SO Kat Vernon

So you’re thinking about visiting Geneseo? Well you’ve come to the right place. I am about to give you the best online tour you’ve probably ever been on.

To begin, I’d like to say that Geneseo truly is the best place ever. As a young freshman last year, I would hear everyone say such cheesy lines, like, “there’s no place like Geneseo!”. I honestly thought everyone was exaggerating just to hype up the school. As a second semester sophomore, I can tell you that those people were not exaggerating. Everyone here says those cheesy lines because they’re true. I have discovered that this place is incredible – everything about it! So, let me tell about a couple of the best places around town.

We’ll start with Main Street. There’s literally pizza everywhere, so be careful. It’s incredibly difficult to choose where you want to order pizza from because you have plenty of choices, from Pizza Paul’s to Mia’s. If you don’t like pizza (no offense but that’s crazy), there’s the delicious University Hots, the funky but cool EuroCafé, and Crickets Coffee Company (especially perfect for someone looking for an aesthetically pleasing, artsy coffee shop!). Besides food, Main Street has a book store, some gift shops, and even a hair salon so you can finally get your beard trimmed to make your mother happy! Alright, enough said about Main Street, I think you get the point that it’s a pretty cool place.

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Mia’s Pizza
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GioVanna’s Pizza

Next, for you nature lovers, the Roemer Arboretum. Located on South Side of the campus, this is a great place to go on warm days. You’ll most definitely see people setting up hammocks and playing Spike Ball when the weather gets nice. Besides that, there’s not much more to say about it except that there are a lot of trees there, so if for some reason you don’t like trees, I would not recommend going there.

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The arboretum in the fall!

Lastly, I will touch on a couple of my favorite buildings on campus. I’ll start with my favorite building – Bailey Hall. Not only is Bailey home of the coolest major here (psychology!), it is probably the coolest building too, and no I am not biased! I love doing work there because I always feel like I’m a very cool, very professional college student, getting work done in a sleek looking, hip building. Maybe that’s just me though. And to end this blog, I will discuss the union. If you’re interested in going somewhere where you will see approximately 43,256 people you know, this is the place to go! It’s a great spot to hang out with friends or do some homework. You can check out the bookstore and buy some Geneseo swag, go to Starbucks and grab a complicated coffee, or grab a bite to eat at Fusion. Other places to hang include the relaxation room (equipped with massage chairs!), the upstairs corner pocket where you can play some pool, or even the mailroom if you’re really into hanging out around mailboxes (I don’t know, everyone has their own happy place!).

So, there you go. Although I didn’t cover the whole town, at least I covered a couple of my favorite places. Hope you enjoy your visit!

SUMMER! WOOO!

Hi guys!!! My name is Kat Vernon and I will be a sophomore this year! Just like everyone else, I am SO excited to be going back to Geneseo in 44 days! This summer has been going by so fast, and although I do love summer, I am glad it has been going by so quickly because I am ready to be back in my favorite place: Geneseo.

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Me, Shea, & Grace at the Lilac Festival

I have done so many fun things this summer and there are still so many things to look forward to. My summer started off right away when my teammates Shea and Grace stayed with me in Rochester for two days before heading home to Long Island. I showed them the Rochester Lilac Festival which is conveniently only a half mile away from my house.

My next summer adventure was going to visit my boyfriend, Liam (who I met at Geneseo!) and his family in Albany for 5 days. We did so much, including taking a train to the Bronx to see a Red Sox vs. Yankees game (GO SOX!!!) at Yankee Stadium. Sadly, the Yankees won. During this visit we also made a parody “hoops mix tape” which we were expecting to go viral, but unfortunately it didn’t (😩). Feel free to check it out on my Twitter!

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Yankee Stadium!
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Me & Liam’s Mixtape Cover

Back in Rochester, I have been spending a lot of time with my 2 year old niece, Addison. She is so cute and I am OBSESSED with her. I also attended my high school’s graduation to see my friends in the grade below me graduate. It was very bittersweet, but I am so excited for them. It’s hard to believe that I graduated high school a year ago!

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Addison LOVES bubbles!
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Addison & I celebrating Memorial Day

My next big adventure was going to Buffalo to see some of my teammates and Geneseo friends. We all went to the 11 Day Power Play hockey fundraiser for cancer, which was very fun! We also had a big potluck at our friend Sarah Pray’s house where everyone brought something to contribute to the meal and it was delicious! The next day, we went to the zoo and I got to see my two favorite animals: sloths and lemurs!!! Unfortunately the sloth was hiding in a bucket (every time I get the chance to see a sloth, it’s ALWAYS hiding in a bucket… I’m starting to believe that sloths are scared of me).

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Me posing like a lemur with a couple of lemurs
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Geneseo reunion!

Aside from all of those fun things I’ve done, I’ve been hanging out with friends from home a lot and making trips to Syracuse to meet Liam every once in a while since Syracuse is about halfway between us. The other day me and a couple friends went to SeaBreeze, which is an amusement park outside of Rochester. We went on every single ride! I also attended Rochester’s International Jazz Festival which was really cool. I got to see Bruno Mars’ band play (unfortunately Bruno Mars was not there).

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Maggie, Dylann, & I at the Jazz Festival
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Row boating in Syracuse at Green Lakes State Park!

For the rest of my summer I will hopefully be getting a psychology internship (my interview is on Monday!). I will also be going to York Beach, Maine for a couple of days with my family before heading back to Geneseo for the camps (I’M SO EXCITED)! I also hope to visit my teammates in Long Island sometime before we head back to school. Lastly, I plan on continuing to eat lots of ice cream and playing lots of volleyball with my friends.

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Me and my friend Carley enjoying some ice cream (I love ice cream!)

As you all can probably tell, I absolutely LOVE Geneseo and cannot wait to be back in my favorite place playing my favorite sport with the best team in the world. I am so excited to welcome our incoming freshmen onto the team, you guys are going to fit right in! See you all very soon!

Love,

Kat Vernon 🙂

Hello Summer!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share my summer adventures with you all.

Throughout my life, summer has never been something to look forward to. Usually all of my friends went on exciting trips and I was always stuck at home, working and doing nothing. Not this year! I’ve always wanted a summer that I would never forget, and this year I think it’s safe to say that I will not forget this summer.

For me, summer started two weeks ago after my last high school final ever. It has only been two weeks and I feel like I’ve already had all the fun I could possibly have!

On the first day of summer, myself and a couple of my wonderful friends went to Letchworth State Park to see the beautiful views and hike on a couple trails.

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Izzie, Tristan, me, and Evan at Letchworth!

Seeing Letchworth got me in the mood to go on more fun adventures with my friends. We decided to start doing as much as possible before we all left for our vacations this summer, and so we did!

We went to our first drive-in movie in a small town called Avon, about 25 minutes from Rochester (where I live). We all crammed into my friend Tim’s pickup truck and saw Now You See Me 2. The movie was mediocre but the experience was super fun.

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A very poor quality picture of all 6 of us in the bed of Tim’s pickup truck at the drive-in!

Next on our list of summer adventures was to go to Grimes Glen, a park with a mile long creek walk, along with three different waterfalls to climb. I’ve been scared of heights my whole life, so climbing waterfalls did not seem to be up my alley. I tagged along anyway, and I’m so glad I did! I don’t know what inspired me, but I was able to climb up the steep and challenging ropes course that led up the waterfalls. It was terrifying, but I did it and it felt amazing to conquer one of my fears. The waterfalls were gorgeous and it was so refreshing to swim in the natural pools that formed at the bottom of each waterfall.

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Me and my amigos after climbing all three waterfalls and then climbing all the way back down at Grimes Glen.
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This is me looking at the first waterfall we were going to climb… I was terrified.

Our adventure continued through to that same evening, when we drove out to a town called Spencerport, 20 minutes away from Rochester. Here I conquered my fear of heights again… by jumping off of a bridge into a river (don’t worry, it was safe and legal!). Again, I was absolutely horrified at the thought of jumping off of a bridge. I told my friends that I would not do it. Luckily, I have amazing friends and they all jumped off the bridge first, showing me that it was fun. I still wasn’t convinced and I was just about ready to pee my pants, but I did it! I ended up jumping off two more times after my first jump. It was so scary but also exhilarating and again I felt so amazing about conquering my fear! The rest of the night I felt like I was on top of the world.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to watch the sun set over the many lakes that are nearby. After a couple of my friends’ graduation party, we all decided to watch the sunset over Ontario Lake in Webster, NY. It was an absolutely beautiful night. Being with my friends is my favorite thing, so watching the sunset over an incredible horizon was wonderful.

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The sunset in Webster with Carley, Brooke, myself, Kate, and Maggie. 

That just about wraps up what I’ve done with my summer so far, but there is so much more ahead! In exactly one week, my best friend Maggie and I will be traveling to Denmark to visit her exchange student from last year, Liva. The three of us had the best times last year together when Liva was here, so I’m beyond excited to spend two weeks together in Denmark! This is the first time I’ll be traveling outside of the country (besides Canada) and I’m extremely ecstatic.

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Liva, me, and Maggie shopping in Chicago last year!

After Denmark, I am going on a road trip with two of my friends, Mandy and Katie, to go visit a friend in Canada! I’m a big fan of road trips so that will be very fun. Besides that, my family and I will be going on our first family vacation at the end of July! Me, my parents, my two brothers, my sister-in-law, and my niece will all be traveling up to Maine and Boston to visit family and to relax at our favorite beach in Maine: York Beach. Besides all of that fun stuff, I’ll be hanging out with my adorable niece, Addison (I’m obsessed with her if you guys aren’t able to tell by all my snapchats), playing volleyball weekly at a local beach on Ontario Lake, and saying goodbye to all of my incredible friends who will be going to school all over the country. I’ll miss them but I’m super excited to make new friends and teammates at Geneseo this August! I can’t wait to meet you all and play the best sport in the world with you guys: VOLLEYBALL!

Kat Vernon, Freshman

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My dad, me, my mom, my brother Josh and his wife Jessica, and my brother Patrick after I graduated from high school!
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Me and my niece hanging out in the sun!