Q&A With Emma Belica ‘24

Emma Belica

Emma Belica '24 (SUNY Geneseo/Matt Burkhartt)

Emma Belica '24 is a dual biology and sustainability studies major from Buffalo, NY.

Q: When deciding on a major (or two!), what made you think they were a good fit?
I chose biology and sustainability studies because I've always had a passion for the physical world that provides us with life and the science behind it. Nature and life have such beautiful processes! I'm eager to continue researching and learning.

Q: Are you involved in any campus clubs or activities?
I'm not on a club sports team, but I love dancing with OGX, the Original Xpression Dance Team. I'm also a member of The Spine Breakers: A Book Club, Biology Club, and Undergraduate Student Senate. 

Q: Applying to colleges can be overwhelming. What was your experience like?
My application process was tedious. I'm the oldest sibling in my family, so I had no idea what I was doing. I ended up applying to about 12 schools before I realized that Geneseo was the place for me. 

Q: Why did you decide to come to Geneseo?
The initial reasons that I chose Geneseo were because of the campus itself and the Integrated Science Center. The campus speaks for itself; it is absolutely gorgeous. And the ISC is what took the cake for me. As soon as I walked in, I was enthralled with the atmosphere and all the work in one building. I am still enthralled! It's my favorite place on campus to be. 

Q: How would you describe the atmosphere or culture at Geneseo?
Geneseo provides a space where anyone can be unapologetically themselves. Geneseo has opportunities and spaces for anybody who walks through the door, and the students are passionate and continue making Geneseo a community that fosters even more belonging. 

Q: Have you had a transformative experience at Geneseo?
Joining OGX. OGX is an amazing, supportive group of people. Dancing is super personal, and I never was very confident. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and join a dance group, and I'm so happy I did so. I look forward to going to practice every week.

Q: Has a faculty or staff member left a positive impression on you?
Professor Gerringer! I have been so lucky to have her as my advisor. She's a marine biology professor. She is supportive, kind, and eager to answer my questions. I am looking forward to taking her class next semester.