Well here we are. It’s May 22nd, and I’m a SUNY Geneseo alumna. Crazy how time flies, huh? It’s been nearly a week and I’m all questions about how to find a job and why does every company ask for five years of experience and oh god what if nobody wants to hire me?? Legitimate concerns, people.
While I’m excited to begin my life as a professional and start building my career, for the most part I’ve just been sad. It’s difficult to move past a place that taught you so much and really became your home for four years.
As much as I miss (and will continue to miss) Geneseo, I can honestly say that the things I did and the people I met there have made me better. I’ve become a better person, a better writer, and I’ve learned a lot about the way the world works. I got to work on some amazing projects, too. This semester alone, I worked as the poetry editor for Gandy Dancer, I created my own chapbook, and I was part of the start-up campaign for Nothing But Notes (performing arts division of the Nothing But Nets malaria net campaign) with my A Capella group. I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to do all of these things.
At the end of last summer, I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish out my Geneseo career. But look at me now, all graduated and filled to the brim with love for the people who made it possible. I made it out alive and well.
I know this post is a little bit sappy, and I promise we’ll get back to more practical things soon, but I think it’s important to acknowledge where all of my skills and interests came from. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Geneseo and the people I grew to love there. I will never be able to express the true amount of gratitude that I have for all of these experiences over the past four years. I will carry them with me and let what I’ve learned guide me through the maze of the real world. I can’t wait to see where I end up.