Meet Our First-Years: S Grace Thomas


Name: Grace Marie Thomas 

Nickname(s): GTom, GT 

Birthday: December 13 

Intended Major(s): Biology 

Family members (parents + include ages with siblings): Darlene and Todd Thomas, Courtney 27 and Zachary 23. 

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (where and when): My sister Courtney played at Broome Community College 2010 & 2011. 

Hobbies/Interests: Riding horses, playing basketball, spending time with my family, playing board games, watching movies, performing in musicals, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 

Why did you choose Geneseo? I chose Geneseo because it reminds me of my home town and it makes me feel like it’s a home away from home. Also everyone here is very nice and compassionate towards others which makes me feel more comfortable to be living here. One more thing is the volleyball team, they feel like a second family to me and support me in everything I do and help me when I may be struggling. So over all Geneseo is a great place to be. 

Favorites….Color: Pink or aqua blue 

Movie: Disney Movies 

TV show: Full House 

Food: Chicken Pot Pie 

Musician/artist/band: George Strait 

Vacation spot: Intercourse, PA 

Quote: Everything happens for a reason 


My idea of happiness is: With my family, when I am stress free and worry free, enjoying a nice relaxing day. 

What motivates/inspires you: My family motivates and inspires me, whatever I do, I do it for them. 

What was the greatest compliment you’ve ever received? When one of my high school teachers said “That one day when I have a daughter I hope she is just like you.” 

One thing I have to do before I turn 25: Travel somewhere other than the east coast. 

Post-college/career plans: To become a veterinarian or a job that works and benefits animals in some way. 

Biggest pet peeve: When people don’t say thank you. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name 3 things/people you’d have to have with you to survive: My family, my pets, and a ball of some sort to entertain myself. 

Three things you think your closest friends would say when asked about you as a person: She is very kind and compassionate, she is respectful and responsible, and she is a perfectionist. 

What is your greatest achievement in your life thus far? When my high school volleyball team won the NYS Championship. 

If you could be ANYONE other than yourself for a day, who would it be and why? It would be my dog because I have always wanted to live a day as my dog. All she does is sleep, eat, and get pet all the time. So it would be nice to have a relaxing day where I didn’t have to do anything. 

What are you most looking forward to in your time at Geneseo? Making lifelong friends, and enjoying the whole college experience.

Meet our First-Years: MB Jackie Borland


IMG_0773Name: Jackie J Borland

Nickname(s): Jackie

Birthday: 05/17

Intended Major(s):
Anthropology/ SocioMedical

Family members (parents + include ages with siblings): Tammie and Dave Borland, Adam Borland (16)

Hobbies/Interests: Playing the drums and piano, hiking in the ADKs, baking, kayaking, snowboarding

Why did you choose Geneseo?
The environment was one of encouragement and no judgement. Geneseo also is turning my minor into a major and no other school I was looking at had that specific major.


Favorite…Color: Sky Blue
Movie: Oceans 8
TV show: Parks and Rec
Food: Bread!
Musician/artist/band: Lauren Diagle
Vacation spot: San Diego CA

Quote: Bible verse– Romans 5:3-8 : Not only so, but we also glory in our
sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

My idea of happiness is:
When everyone around me feels loved and accepted

What motivates/inspires you:
It’s hard to put into words because it’s hard for me to really understand, but I think what motivates me is my faith. I want to honor God in all that I do. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to be saying a prayer in the middle of my hit, it means more along the lines of that when things get hard and I want to give up, I remember the life and sacrifice that Jesus endured for all of us and don’t give up, but push harder. It means that I run to the far side of the gym to pick up that ball even when I just played an hour of volleyball, and it means supporting, uplifting, and
encouraging my teammates.

What was the greatest compliment you’ve ever received?
My contagious enthusiasm and love for life and others

One thing I have to do before I turn 25:
Go on a missions trip

Post-college/career plans:
Get my masters and then a PhD in public health and maybe work for the CDC

Biggest pet peeve:
When things aren’t put back where they belong after someone is done using it

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name 3 things/people you’d have to have with you to survive: Bible, Knife, Water Filter

Three things you think your closest friends would say when asked about you as a person: Confident yet modest, hard working, kind-hearted

What is your greatest achievement in your life thus far? Hiking all of the ADK 46 highest peak or making it into the Honors College at Geneseo

If you could be ANYONE other than yourself for a day, who would it be and why?
Joy Huseland because she is the most selfless, loving, patient, understanding, and inspiring person that I know. She devotes her life to 72 girls a week for 8 weeks every summer and is such an important role model in these girls lives. Never has she ever said one mean thing about another person and she is so wise and a great listener.

What are you most looking forward to in your time at Geneseo?
Everything! Volleyball, learning about science and culture and medicine, making friends that I can someday call my life long friends, and being a part of the great Intervarsity organization.

Summer’s Been Great…But Now it’s Time to Play Volleyball!

Hey Guys! MK here, sophomore Libero/DS on the Geneseo Volleyball team. My summer on good old Long Island has been pretty basic.

I waitress in a little diner by my house, shoutout Setauket Village unnamed(5)Diner, and lucky for me my shifts at are usually in the evening so there’s plenty of time during the day to hit the beach. At the beach my friends and I always bring the essentials: towels, sunscreen, spikeball, and skimboards. We always find a way to play spikeball, even if we go to the beach with less than four people, by making friends and of course we also make sure to always win. We also always make sure to skimboard. Ever since we saw a little boy doing cool skimboarding tricks on the beach, it has been a goal of ours to be able to do the same before the summer ends. As you can tell, it doesn’t take much to keep us entertained and we hate to sit still. 

The highlight of my summer was definitely spending a week out in Montauk. My grandma owns a house out there and every summer without a doubt, my family stays there for a week . It’s always the best week of the whole summer. All of our friends come out and the house is always so crowded. Imagine a family with four kids and each of us invites at least 3 friends plus their family’s. People end up sleeping in the kitchen the house is so full. Despite the lack of space, everyone has the best time spending the day at the beach,  coming back to the house playing card games and eating dinner and then heading back to the beach for a campfire at night. It was such a chill, laidback week and I look forward to it every summer.

I also got to see my suitemates from school this summer which was so much fun. Most of them live upstate, so they visited Long Island and we went to the beach, the city and just hung out. We walked the highline and went to the museum of illusions.  It was so nice to see them. I’m so excited to get to live with them this year so we can hang out every single day. 



Not only did I see my suitemates, but I also saw some of my teammates at the Geneseo elite volleyball camp. It was so nice to go up to school and see my friends and Coach and spend some time in the gym this summer. Shrader gym never fails to give me good vibes and put a smile on my face. Going up to school to work the volleyball camp only made me ten times more excited for preseason to begin. 

To finish my summer up I am working a volleyball camp with Gabby, my fellow teammate, and then it’s back to the magical place I get to call home for the school year, Geneseo. 

With all these fun activities going on, I have also been making time to get to the gym and work out so I can be prepared for season. I have also been playing in beach tournaments as much as possible because I can’t stay away from volleyball for a whole summer. 

This summer has been great, but I cannot wait to be back in the gym with my best friends playing the game that I love.

Let’s make this season one to remember boys!

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!

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~). 


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.


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.










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.





Me and my friend Shayna cliff jumping





 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!!!! 🙂