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Kissing is another part of growing up. This is a freaky moment in a young person’s life. We hope our readers understand to take their time with these things. Never feel pressure to do something you’re not ready for. 


Sydney Julien

I was kind of a late bloomer compared to many of my friends in high school. My first kiss didn’t happen until senior year of high school. I had been dating this boy for MONTHS and neither of us had ever been kissed before so we were both really nervous about it and he had mentioned that he wanted it to happen somewhere special. It wound up happening in the most romantic place one could conceive of: my parent’s garage. I was the one who wound up just going for it and kissing him because honestly I was sick and tired of waiting around for him to get the bravery to go for it. The kiss itself was terrible, messy and short. Since then, I have been several other people’s first kisses and I have given them a much more pleasant experience. If one of you is reading this, you’re welcome. 


Jessica Bansbach

It kind of tasted like popcorn, if you went ham on the salt and then dropped it into a swimming pool.





Two words: frat basement. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but I had kind of flirted with him the week before. The kiss was short and sweet. I liked the guy a lot at the time, and he told me if he had known it was my first kiss, he wouldn’t have done it there. I don’t regret it.


Jenelle Piatt

I don’t think there’s a more cliché place than the back row of a movie theater while watching the first Avengers movie. I was 12, she was fourteen and it wasn’t her first kiss, so I was a nervous wreck during the whole movie. The kiss itself happened in the middle of the movie during the slow part where all the characters are wondering if they can possibly defeat evil. It was short but it wasn’t awkward at all, thankfully. We ended up kissing a lot more after that so the ending of the Avengers movie is still a mystery to me.


Kayla Glennon

I barely remember my first kiss. It was around the summer of sixth grade and some boys in my “boyfriend’s” basement pressured me to kiss him (I say boyfriend in quotation marks because dating someone didn’t really count as dating back then). I walked into the laundry room with him (you know, romance) and we pecked on the lips. I don’t remember exactly what it felt like, and I didn’t back then either. I went home later and he messaged me on a texting app on my iPod asking how I felt about it, which I didn’t know how to answer. I probably told him it was fine then didn’t talk about it ever again.


Are your stories any sweeter than ours?

Sydney is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in French. She is also Vice President of Geneseo's club figure skating team and coaches local kids in the sport on the weekends. While she's not really sure where life is going to take her yet, she's optimistic about the future.
Jessica Bansbach is a junior psychology major who has more campus club memberships than fingers and toes. In her spare time, if she's forgotten that she's a college student that has more pressing matters to attend to (like, say, studying), she enjoys video games, thrift shopping, and ruminating. She was elected "funniest in group" by her summer camp counselor when she was nine and has since spent the next eleven years trying to live up to the impossible weight of that title.
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Jenelle Piatt

Geneseo '21

Jenelle is a Junior English and Women's and Gender Studies double major.
Kayla Glennon

Geneseo '21

Kayla is a junior English major who is optimistic but enjoys exploring lots of emotions, not just ignoring the "bad" ones. They love writing silly things but also being serious, because there are a lot of things that matter and need to be talked about, but giving yourself a break is important too. They love writing about literature but also coming up with ideas for stories of their own. Kayla is constantly just trying to be themself and trying to be around people that make them happy.
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