Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
Mar13

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

My mission is to challenge myself and to be present. The journey has helped me to better appreciate life. Read how Krista creates and follows a bucket list, with tips on how to create your own. Last fall, I booked a rather spontaneous trip to visit Virgin Islands National Park. It was my first solo journey to an unfamiliar destination, and while I was a little nervous, I was excited for everything new I would experience. It’s a...

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Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places
Dec11

Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places

Helping residents in Puerto Rico Reminds Us What Home and Belonging Really Are. Danny stood on the curb waiting for us every day in front of his hurricane-ravaged house in Puerto Rico as we arrived to help him rebuild.  His residence outside of Carolina City was among thousands all but destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, and Geneseo alumnus Dan Martin ’16 and I led a group of seven Geneseo students last May.  The...

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Good Karma and Positivity: They are a Choice.
Aug15

Good Karma and Positivity: They are a Choice.

My dear friend’s life was cut short. How he lived his life, teaches me how to live mine best. If you were on campus in the early ’80s, you probably remember my Genesee Hall roommate — the guy with the long hair and the derby hat. What you may not know is that Mike Annis ’84 died much too young at 54, taking his last breath in October 2016 in his Nashville home when his body finally said enough to a 33-year battle with Crohn’s, liver...

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Grit is Not Enough
Apr04

Grit is Not Enough

It isn’t enough to be strong and resolute. We all need each other’s help. In the past year, I’ve read a torrent of articles and papers about college students. Two concepts receiving considerable attention are the traits of grit and resilience. I’ve read how the lack of these qualities has purportedly left today’s students ill-equipped to succeed. I’ve read about college student “snowflakes” who, according to a Washington Post op-ed,...

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The Art of Failure
Dec01

The Art of Failure

My after-Geneseo plans were pretty simple. I was going to graduate in May of 2000, head to a Ph.D. program in September, and be an English professor by 2007. In my free time, I would: adopt a pug dog, start an herb garden, and be a calm human. But as graduation grew closer, I did something that shocked everyone. I decided to turn down a full ride to a prestigious Ph.D. program so I could move to Martha’s Vineyard and waitress.

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