It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… It was my junior year of high school. I was in the midst of the long awaited search for the perfect college. If you’ve been on any college tour, you most likely got to hear the answer to the ancient proverb “why did I choose to come here”, and the answer is almost always something along the lines of “I stepped onto the campus and immediately knew that it was the place for me”. Ever since I started High School I heard this same statement from what seemed like everyone. So, when I started looking at colleges I was waiting for my moment, the moment that I stepped onto a certain college campus and I knew that I had found the place for me. So I started visiting colleges in great anticipation for my moment to arrive and for the school of my dreams to plop into my lap. I visited colleges in New England, Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC: you name it I probably visited there.
If you’re reading this, you probably now know that I ultimately chose to go to SUNY Geneseo. It’s kind of ironic really, because Geneseo was the one school that my mom had to drag me kicking and screaming to. I had all these preconceived notions that it was in the middle nowhere, it’s a stupid state school, and there would be nothing to do. However, when I got to the campus, I actually liked it. Everyone was nice and smiled at me, and not in a creepy “become-one-of-us” kind of way, but in a way that they were genuinely happy that you were here at their school and in their town. I found that there was plenty of things to do on campus, saw that there was a Wegman’s in town (Which, as a girl from Syracuse, is all I need to survive), and that Rochester wasn’t as far away as I thought. I ended up genuinely liking Geneseo… but I didn’t have my moment. I ultimately never had my moment at any of the schools I visited. I saw a lot of schools, but none of them were amazing, they were all just nice colleges to me that I could probably see myself going to. So I applied to the 10 schools that I liked the most and that was that.
I’m not going to lie to you, the ultimate reason I chose Geneseo was that the great value and it was the only college that I could really afford without being in boat loads of debt after graduation. So I went to Geneseo with the guaranteed sophomore transfer offer that Cornell had given me in the back of my mind… but after my first semester I knew I didn’t want to go to Cornell. And after my first year, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
I’m now a junior here at Geneseo. I’m in a co-ed professional business fraternity, I work in admissions, and I’ve worked for the student run television station. I recently had the chance to study abroad with the most incredible Geneseo professor. I live with girls that I’ve been friends with since my freshman year. I love going to the farmer’s market in the fall. My favorite place to study is at Muddy Waters, the local coffee shop on Main Street. To this day I am still in awe of the fact that every single sunset on the valley here in Geneseo is breathtakingly beautiful. Exactly two years into my time here in Geneseo and I am so in love with this college and this town. I recently read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and one quote from the book perfectly summarizes my relationship with Geneseo:
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once”