The past three and a half years have certainly been a roller coaster as a student at Geneseo. I will happily be graduating in a couple of weeks so my time at Geneseo as a student has come to an end, but I thought I would highlight some of the things I will miss about Geneseo in no particular order.
- Milne Library
I have not been able to enjoy the luxury that is Milne Library in nearly a year since its closing, but I LOVED this place so much. I was honestly crushed when it closed last semester due to asbestos. I could spend hours on the quiet study floor, and it was where I was most productive during the school week. I feel sorry for all the freshmen who will never get to experience having an actual library. I look forward to seeing what it looks like when it’s renovated in a few years.
- The English Department
I cannot stress this enough—the English department at Geneseo is AMAZING. I can say that all of the professors I have taken classes with truly care about the content they’re teaching and the students they’re teaching. My professors and my fellow classmates have taught me so much during my time here, and I will never forget them and the courses I’ve taken with them.
Yeah, they took most of my meal plan during my time here and I don’t really regret it. I know I can get Starbucks nearly anywhere, but I can’t get the same memories I had at this particular location. There’s just something about studying at the tables or along the counter facing the bus stop outside the Union. Their drinks helped me through the most stressful of times during my college career and I’m eternally grateful. I’m sad I won’t get to experience the newly renovated version of the cafe next semester.
- The College Union Mailroom
I frequently exchanged letters with friends so checking my mailbox was a daily occurrence and I was here quite often. I certainly think the mailroom could use a little sprucing up (those tables with the stools attached to them are just not comfortable), but it was still a great place to catch up on school work or with friends as it’s kind of tucked away.
- Frazer Library
When Milne was no longer there to support me after their untimely closure, Fraser was the next best thing. Then, a quarter of the way through the Spring 2020 semester, they took it away from me too, so I was left with nowhere else to really study during the day. When I found it, I felt like I had uncovered a hidden gem. Hardly anybody was ever in there because there was literally nothing in there but tables and chairs; but it was a nice, spacious study area.
- Geneseo in the Winter
I was not in Geneseo at all this semester, so I unfortunately missed out on the first snowfall of the year. There’s just something so peaceful about seeing the snow fall on campus while doing school work. Trying to walk from building to building with snow on the ground though isn’t as fun. Especially when I lived on the South Side of campus and had to walk between the townhouses causing me to slip on the metal grates numerous times because I am dumb and forgot that they’re there.
- The Sunsets
I remember my first night in Geneseo during orientation. The sunset was absolutely beautiful and brought so much hope and excitement for my next four years there. Watching the sun set in the valley was always something I looked forward to after a long day of class and studying.
- Main Street
When I was first touring colleges, Geneseo’s Main Street is what really stuck out to me about the area. I loved having this quaint street with wholesome shops and eateries steps away from campus. I’ll miss awaiting the next time someone would crash into the bear fountain in the middle of the street.
- Her Campus at Geneseo
I know what you’re thinking; I’m obligated to say this as I’m writing on their platform, but I’m not kidding. Her Campus at Geneseo is one of the best organizations someone can join on campus, and I wish I had found out about it earlier. The chapter launched in the middle of my freshman year, and I guess I missed out on hearing about it. Being a part of this gang of incredibly creative people has truly been a great memory and it’s been a pleasure to see how much the chapter has grown over the past year.
Farewell, Geneseo. It’s been nice knowing you. My time here has taught me so much about the world and myself which is something I will always cherish. And farewell, Her Campus at Geneseo. It’s been a pleasure writing here and having the opportunity to run the chapter’s social media pages over the course of the last semester. I'm excited to see what’s in store for the chapter in the future!