While many students use G.R.E.A.T. Day as an excuse to sleep in late or catch up on work, I took the day to appreciate all the accomplishments of my peers and friends. G.R.EA.T. Day stands for “Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent Day”. The name speaks for itself, Geneseo takes an entire day to appreciate their students.
Walking around the College Ballroom I realized that G.R.E.A.T. Day is a strong way to make college students feel like their work is noticed. This day encourages students to take pride in the work they’ve accomplished all semester long. On Geneseo’s website, they say, “G.R.E.A.T. Day is to help foster academic excellence, encourage professional development and build connections within the community”. This encourages students to feel confident in the work they’ve done and potentially create more.
A lot of Geneseo students take the Tuesday off to go party on Court Street, while others are showing their off academic accomplishments. A ton of professors sent out emails offering extra credit to those who went to G.R.EA.T. Day and write a paper about it. There were many speeches and posters to see with a variety. Beth encouraged us to look at two posters: one you are drawn to and one that you wouldn’t typically be drawn to. This exercise opened up my horizons because I didn’t only look at posters that drew my attention. I believe that all students should experience G.R.E.A.T. Day because of the great benefits that it brings to the entire campus.