Using Poetry

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Humans have used art for centuries to express ideas that are hard to communicate directly and somehow better understood indirectly. Artists have messages to share but they leave room for other’s to grasp at the meaning. Poetry is one way to share a piece of what makes you who you are. Here is a poem I wrote, do you know what I am trying to say?

What Has Already Been Said by Iesha DeLesline

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The Earth is beautiful

What an understood concept

How can I say it in a brand new way?

The Earth is full of bugs and squirrels

Little creepy things that bite

Our hills are so green and

The trees send vapor up high

The clouds are formed, and water falls

Who made the Earth?

Who dreamt it up?

Was it you?

Twas not I, I say!

Maybe the dust

Has hands, perhaps a mind

And by itself it decided

What to make

Bang Bang Boom Boom

Change Change Vroom Vroom

And thus the beaut was formed

No mind to design

No purpose for the honey bee

No rights or wrongs for you and for me

So let’s die, let’s fight

And scratch our way to the top

Mother lied when she said unto me

There is a time for everything,

A reason for the season

And all things connect seamlessly

I’ll go in disbelief

Beauty has no maker

Love doesn’t exist outside our minds

I’ll get what I want

Without consequence

What else can I seek to gain?

I tried to live such a life

But then I saw the seed

Plant into the ground and grow a tree

It’s fruit fell

And it’s seed replanted

Perfect food for you and for me

This tree toils for others

It’s fruit sweet and free

Then I looked up

And saw the stars

Their light brightening the dark night

Watching over us

Until a new day arrives

A message…a plan?

I’ve got to believe

There is something

My heart,

It aches to find what hides

Behind the veil of invisibility

A love, a yearn

for who and what

The Great Master is

Nonsensical, I call

the theory of our day

Seed needs ground, and ground the seed

Dirt needs Life, and Life is He

A Long shutter speed photo of stars and the Earth taken from the International Space Station. The round orb on the bottom is Earth. This photo was taken over time as the space station orbited our planet. Photo credit to NASA_JSC_Photo on Flickr.com

A Long shutter speed photo of stars and the Earth taken from the International Space Station. The round orb on the bottom is Earth. This photo was taken over time as the space station orbited our planet. Photo credit to NASA_JSC_Photo on Flickr.com

Things to Do Around the College

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Up until these past few weeks, I wasn’t familiar with the parts of Batavia that are closer to me than Walmart is. GCC is located on the east side of Batavia and Walmart is on the west. Every week a bus comes to take students living on campus to stores on the west side of Batavia. No one really shows us around the local neighborhood. But this summer I have been exploring by bike and yesterday a friend drove me to around to see some stores and places close by. It was like going on a field trip! Now I have a better mental image of where things are in Batavia and a list of nearby must see and useful places for anyone who feels stranded on the GCC and College Village campus.

  1. Harrington’s: “Kitty corner from ArrowMart,” this store is run by the Harrington family, who owns a farm and sells fresh produce. There you can buy a variety of necessities and treats like fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, honey, cookies, cheese, pickles, flowers etc. They also have a small café that sells soup, salad, and paninis. I met Dianne Harrington, the owner of Harrington’s, and she is a sweet hardworking, modest woman.
  2. Lickity Splits: This is an ice cream shop close to GCC that serves Perry’s Ice Cream. You can buy two scoops of ice cream on a cone for just $3. My favorite flavor from here is Mint Chocolate Chip.
  3. Blondies: This is an ice cream shop on Route 5. It’s also close to GCC. They have Hershey’s Premium ice cream flavors like Outrageous Oatmeal (YUM) for low prices!
  4. Horseshoe Lake: This is a beautiful lake that’s within walking distance from the college dorms. It is a private lake but if one or two people go walking around it on the quiet roadways, it shouldn’t be a problem.
  5. DeWitt Park: A recreation area right behind Blondies, that surrounds a lake. There is a walking trail that goes around the lake, and fishing opportunities.
  6. ALDI: An affordable food market. This store is a bit too far to walk to but a perfect biking distance. ALDI is a great place to shop for food on a budget, which most college students appreciate.

Stay tuned!

From Street to Wheat

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Grass in the WindWalking around outside with my camera is something I love doing in my free time.  It’s a way for me to escape the pressures of work and fall into adventure. It also gives me time to recharge my social meter. Although I’m from the city, I’m no social butterfly. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being in crowded places unless I’m with a friend or two. In NYC you’re in a crowd of strangers on a daily basis. You could be on the train or standing in line at a café, and all of a sudden you’re trying to avoid eye contact with someone. That’s why I really appreciate living upstate. There are plenty of open fields for you to run through and scream in if you want to.

This past Father’s Day, God called me out on a stroll. I visited the meadow by the G.C.C.’s Nature Trail, where the Phi Theta Kappa bench sits, and the blackberry tree stands. I had a lens attached to my camera that could zoom out really far because I wanted to see a deer! But none pranced out as soon as I arrived so instead I enjoyed the little things. Like the blackberry tree, it looked magnificently out of place with bright red and purple beads of juice. I plucked the darkest looking one I could find and popped it in my mouth. So sweet!

Blackberry tree

I then noticed a pretty cool looking birdhouse near the edges of the woods. G.C.C. has tons of birdhouses around the campus. Have you ever spotted one? They’re here thanks to Joe Lullo, an Eagle Scout who donated his time to building them five years ago. (Thanks Joe!) But as I approached the birdhouse, I heard

A birdhouse by Genesee Community College

alarms go off. The gentle and almost unnoticeable chirping of the birds became sharper and louder. I knew then that I was being watched, and that all of the hidden animals were being warned of my presence. I made fluid and natural movements from there on out, nothing jerky or threatening. I relaxed and took the pictures you see posted here.

Before heading back home, without having seen a deer, I revisited the blackberry tree and decided to tear off a hand-sized branch for my roommates. The branches of the tree hung low to the ground, and I was underneath them as they canopied over. While enjoying another berry, I heard a little scratching noise behind me so I peered over my shoulder. There was a squirrel in the tree, not too far from where I stood. And if he wanted to run along the branch and jump on me he could have done it in seconds. While I was trying to see if that’s what he intended to do, he got closer. So I turned on one foot, ducked out from under the branches, and dashed a few feet away from the tree. And that was how my little adventure ended.

After heading back home and sharing blackberries with my roommates, I got an appetite for more fruit. A friend of mine told me about a fresh foods market within walking distance from the dorms. I’ll be writing about it after we take a visit, so stay tuned for the next blog!

Who is Iesha?

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Iesha

Hello everyone!

My name is Iesha DeLesline.  I am a 25 year old sophomore who comes from the Bronx, N.Y. My goal is to become a dentist and my major is general studies. After graduating, I’ll be transferring into Brockport University’s pre-dental program. I am also a resident assistant at College Village and a member of GCC’s Christian Dance Club, P.A.T.H.S.!

When I was 18, I went to Borough of Manhattan Community College but found out that I wasn’t ready for school. My maturity wasn’t where it needed to be, and I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do in life.

King's County Hospital

King’s County Hospital

Later on I joined a dental assisting program and I enjoyed learning about the oral cavity and dental procedures. When I began working at King’s County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, I met young dentists who were fresh out of dental school. We got along great and appreciated each other’s enthusiasm for dentistry. They helped me learn more, and encouraged me when I told them I was thinking about becoming a dentist. They made a big impact on my life.

I’m excited to be your new blogger! Stay tuned to learn what someone from New York City likes to do in Batavia!

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Three Things To Visit On Your Summer Break Near Batavia, NY

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What: Jell-O Factory Museum

Where: Leroy, NY


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Original Advertising Art • Molds •Spoons • Toys •Collectibles • Recipe Books• Canadian Advertising Magazine Ads •  Package Inserts • Memorabilia

Why visit?

The Jell-O factory is a great place to learn about local history, and it is worth a visit to see what such a small town can hold.

What: Darien Lake Amusement Park

Where: Darien Center, NY

kWhy visit?

Darien Lake is full of fun rides and entertainment for all your summer needs and is a great way to fill up your day and get outdoors. They also host many concerts in the summer!

lWhat: Genesee Country Village and Museum

Where: Mumford, NY

Why visit?

Genesee Country Village & Museum features costumed interpreters in restored historic buildings, breathing life into an authentic 19th-Century Country Village. One of the largest living history museums in the country located just outside of Rochester, NY, in Mumford, it is also home to the John L. Wehle Gallery (following a major remodel) and a nature center. It’s a great way to get some interactive history knowledge

#iamGCC

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Hello, my name is Caroline Leake and #iamGCC.

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I started attending GCC as a freshmen in August 2012. I had previously graduated from a local high school, 30 minutes from GCC’s Batavia Campus, in June of 2012. I came to GCC because it was close to home. Also, I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to study. In January of 2014 I declared a major in Human Services. On May 17th 2015, I will be graduating with an Associates in Applied Science in Human Services.

My best experience at GCC would have to be my job as a work study in the Admissions Office. But this is not the only awesome experience that I’ve had at GCC. I also have loved having great professors that are willing to help you. Additionally, the professors have, or still are, working in their career; they know what they are talking about. They use their experience as a great aid, which makes a great learning environment for students.

A word of advice to those who looking into going to college. Don’t underestimate yourself. If you do underestimate yourself, you may fail. Take your college career one day at a time and do all you can to stay organized.

This semester I had classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am till 3pm. Then on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I had class from 9am till Noon. I squeezed in an internship and my job in between my classes. Along with non-school related activities, including kids group at church and doing things I enjoyed.

I hope in the future that I am doing something I love. At some point I would like to go back to school to get further education in a specific area of the Human Services field.

Upon Graduation from GCC, I will be attending Word Of Life Bible Institute in the fall. But GCC will forever be in my heart and has given me a great building block to build the rest of my education on. I cannot even imagine where my life would be now if I hadn’t attended GCC.

My Top Three Favorite Classes In The Travel & Hospitality Program

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1. Geography

This class is definitely my favorite in the program! Professor Amy Slusser makes this class great by teaching about countries throughout the world. Her past experiences from traveling to 19 countries and the stories she has from these trips helps student understanding tremendously. Plus, you’ll definitely get a good laugh out of most of her stories. You will learn how to Study maps, capitals, attractions, and everything else interesting or critical to know about a country

2. Internship

An internship is required when studying in this program. There are so many opportunities to get an internship. I did my internship at a Country Inn and Suites in my hometown of Mt. Morris. It was a great experience. I was exposed to how a hotel works. Everything from housekeeping, front desk, kitchen, and laundry. It was very interesting to learn the specifics on how the room has to look and where you put the towels, to how you fold the pillow cases, and even how to check for bed bugs

3. Event Management

Every year the fashion program and the Travel & Hospitality program come together to form the annual fashion show and reception. The reception is organized by the Travel and Hospitality program’s Event Management class. From start to finish, this class prepares for the show that occurs at the end of April. There is a logistics team along with a design team that each possess their own duties on what needs to be accomplished.

This blog was contributed by Travel & Hospitality Management Student Marissa Truax.