Genevieve Moralez ’15, Amanda Faherty ’15, Alisa Nye ’15, Mekala Bertocci ’14, Ali Burrows ’15 and Sima Rana ’15 were recently published online on Orion Magazine‘s ongoing section titled, “The Place Where You Live.”
Initially submitted to the magazine as extra credit for Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joel Helfrich’s class, “Sense of Place and Environmental Consciousness,” their entries delivered more than a couple of extra credit points when they were chosen to be posted on the website.
Moralez’s submission talks about her sense of home on a green hill in Harlem, N.Y., where she sat every morning before school, just breathing in the scent of the grass. Moralez writes, “Born in the suburb but raised in the city, I have never experienced that sense of home anywhere but on this small hill in the middle of Harlem, N.Y.”
Faherty writes about the sense of community and pride in Southborough, Mass., following a state championship win by her high school’s soccer team, of which she was a part. “The sense of community in Southborough had such a significant impact on who I am today and this neighborly sense truly makes me feel proud of where I live. By researching the history of my town, I learned that my town is mostly residential because of a dam that was constructed nearby that limited the water supply,” explains Faherty, who plays soccer for William Smith and is a member of Rising Stars, the William Smith Athletics Leadership program for sophomores and first years.
Nye describes the outside of her house in Chestertown, Md., where she cherishes the beauty of the outdoors. “Leaving my hometown of 15 years to come to Geneva made me realize how intimately connected I am to my farm. The assignment for the class was simply to articulate this relationship, explaining how it has led me to become an environmental activist,” explains Nye. Planning to major in environmental studies since her junior year in high school, Nye served as president of the Environmental Club during her senior year.
In her piece titled, “Peace, Love, and Cul-De-Sac,” Bertocci equates her childhood and first awkward pre-teen relationship with the cul-de-sac on Juniper Road in Franklin, Mass. Bertocci writes, “The cul-de-sac seems small now. Cracks run like veins through the weathered cement circle…There is no evidence that it once encompassed the entirety of my childhood-those times seem to have been absorbed into the pavement. The only thing that remains constant about the cul-de-sac is the familiarity of its memory, the sense of place I’ve mentally latched onto.”
Burrows chose to describe Big Moose Lake, N.Y., a summer vacation destination, writing, “Although Big Moose Lake is generally inhabited only during the summer season, the history, connections, and relationships that bond each family on the lake together are so deeply engrained that no matter where we are, Big Moose Lake is never abandoned in the heart and mind.”
Rana describes Parkchester, a small community in the Bronx, N.Y., where the Oval is a communal place for the neighborhood, providing a venue for people to gather and festivals to take place. “I picked Parkchester, N.Y., because that is where I grew up in. This place was significant because I felt like it was a piece of me. This essay was tied into one of our readings in class “A Sense of Place.” The Oval was a “sense of place” to the community so that people can enjoy Mother Nature and each other’s company,” explains Rana, who plans to major in math in science. On campus she is currently involved in CAB, Close Knitting, South Asian Culture and LAO.
Check out their entries:
Genevieve Moralez, “Harlem, NY
Amanda Faherty, “Southborough, Massachusetts”
Alisa Nye, “Chestertown, MD”
Mekala Bertocci, “Peace, Love, and Cul-De-Sac”
Ali Burrows, “Big Moose Lake, NY”
Sima Rana, “Parkchester, New York”