Geneseo Class of 2013: Student organizations, Residence Life make Geneseo home for Kim Showalter

When I was accepted to Geneseo, I decided to come for the admitted students preview day. I was nervous to stay overnight with a complete stranger on a big, scary college campus. My fears soon disappeared as my overnight host introduced me to her friends who were kind and helped put me right at ease. They answered all my questions and made me feel like I belonged here. By the time I was saying goodbye the next morning, I knew this was the right school for me.

I couldn't really describe it other than feeling at home. I remember standing in the bookstore right before leaving and asking my mom if I could buy a Geneseo hoodie. She said I might regret it if I chose not to go here. I looked at her and said, “Mom, I'm going here.”  

Sophomore year I joined Japanese Culture Club, and second semester I joined the executive board. There were some chaotic times, but the friends I made in that club will last forever. The connections you form while practicing for Japan Knight until 1 a.m. don't disappear too quickly. The friends I met through JCC have stayed with me, and though I'm no longer on the eboard, anytime I go to a meeting or a function, it feels like that's where I belong.

Sophomore year I also became a resident assistant in the same building I lived in as a freshman: Seneca Hall. Joining residence life really helped me feel like I belonged at Geneseo. It helped me feel like a part of something bigger, and that I was making a difference.

Some of the best people I've met at Geneseo have been those I've met through Residence Life: my fellow RAs, my supervisors and the residence directors and area coordinators of other buildings. ResLife has kept me growing all throughout my time here, and I hope that when I go off to grad school, I'll continue to grow through a different university's ResLife department.

I've lived in Writers House all four years, working here for the last three. Living in Writers House really made Geneseo home for me. There's nothing quite like walking in the front doors and being greeted with someone playing the piano from the second floor, or the smell of cooking wafting from the lounges.

The people who have impacted my life the most I've met through Writers House and I will be sad to leave in May. I cannot imagine my time in Geneseo without living in Writers House. I've put a lot of time and work into building this community, and I am immensely proud of how wonderful it has become. Wherever I end up next, I will be sure to come back and visit.

The sense of being at home here has never left me, and I think that is what I will miss most come May 18. I'm sure I'll adjust wherever I go next, but I don't think any school will ever feel as much like home as Geneseo does.