Major: International Relations and Honors Program
Vanessa says that the liberal arts education at Geneseo has helped her to develop a more open-minded attitude. An education in liberal arts allows students to take a variety of courses outside of their academic major, which truly makes for a well-rounded and well-educated student. She has found that her experiences, both in and outside of the classroom, have a real-world application. She says that the knowledge she is gaining is beneficial now and will be useful in the future, as well.
The faculty provides immense support, which is something unique from Vanessa’s earlier educational experiences. She emphasizes that professors will truly do anything and everything in order to promote student success. She loves that the professors are easily accessible, supportive, and helpful.
RESIDENCE HALLS/LIVING ON CAMPUS:
Living on campus is one of Vanessa’s favorite aspects of life at Geneseo. She explains that the residence halls are designed to facilitate the growth of friendships easily and quickly. Through the residence halls, students are able to meet many people that come from different backgrounds.
WHAT VANESSA WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW…
Vanessa cannot stress enough how friendly and supportive the students and professors are at Geneseo. She said that her time at Geneseo has been much better than her year as an exchange student in an American high school. At the university, she has encountered outgoing and friendly people who are interested in learning more about you as an individual and your culture.
After an outstanding first year, Vanessa was invited to be a part of Geneseo’s Honors Program. She was required to write an essay and was interviewed. After completing the process, she was accepted into the program and has since had the opportunity to take small, personalized classes and work individually with professors.
Quote: “Diversity of background is more valid than racial/ethnic diversity. Social groups only provide so much insight but relating to individuals and groups who don’t all come from a same place or a same social network provides a wider array of experiences when interacting with one another. One Geneseo student does not represent the college.”