Allison Hoppe  |  Class of 2013

Posted on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

“When I look back at my time at Geneseo, it all has to do with the personal relationships either with friends or faculty. I’m more confident in who I am; I’m more comfortable with a lot of aspects of my identity. I think that what I found here in a lot of ways were people who sort of got me for who I was, and I didn’t need to  adjust myself to fit around them.

Geneseo has shown me a lot of things. The college doesn’t just hand you opportunities, but if you do just a little bit to say ‘I’m interested in this’ then so many opportunities open up.

I was involved in GEO [Geneseo Environmental Organization] and worked with other students to create EcoHouse. That was a huge part of my experience because it tied together my passions of sustainability and social justice.

I went to conferences. I designed my own study abroad experience doing development work in Uganda. I did the externship program. All of these are things that I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. I majored in political science and international studies, and now I’m going to Cornell Law School this fall.

Geneseo was supportive and showed me that if you just do a little bit to get that door open – then there is a whole support structure that will help you achieve your goals. That’s pretty incredible.”