SUNY Geneseo as a Place of True Education

I was speaking to a friend of mine the other day about her classes and her professors. She attends a community college in my hometown. She said that her professors are constantly cancelling classes and that they assign books and tell students to just view the Sparknotes if they don’t feel like reading. My jaw dropped as she said this. I can’t imagine a professor ever acting in that manner at Geneseo. I told her that that was awful and she shrugged and said, “Yeah, but I get all A’s, so who cares?”

 This struck a nerve within me. To me, education is not about your grades or a transcript. To me, education is about broadening your mindset, learning to be a more well-rounded person, learning about issues from multiple different perspectives and thinking about the world in critical ways that you have never thought in before. I can’t imagine going to classes and walking out feeling as though I’ve left with nothing but a grade and some notes that hold no importance to me.

 I feel incredibly lucky to be able to attend this University. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be enrolled in this course. The college’s courses and professors really work to adhere to the GLOBE learning outcomes, and for that I am grateful. I have yet to take a course that doesn’t provide me with at least one relevant bit of knowledge to carry for the rest of my life. I have yet to have a professor or doesn’t feel enthused by what they teach. This university offers so much to us and I’m so happy that Geneseo has become my home.

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