My Freshman Year In Review


In high school I never thought I would end up at GCC. I always thought I would know what I wanted to do, and go to a 4 year school where I would dorm and get the ‘normal’ college experience. But senior year rolled around, and so did decision making. At the time I had ideas about what I wanted to major in, but never certain. Due to that fact alone, I decided on GCC. It was inexpensive, close to home which meant I didn’t have to spend money on room and board, and it gave me the opportunity to test the waters.

My first semester was Fall 2016. During this semester I didn’t really know how college worked, I was just figuring things out. At the time I was taking some core classes I would need no matter what I majored in, as well as some electives to figure out what I wanted to study. I was taking an English, math and history course as my core classes, ASL (American Sign Language) and Sociology as my electives. All was great and I enjoyed my classes, but come winter break I still was not sold on any specific program of study.

Starting in the Spring 2017 semester, my counselor help me decide to take a different route. I took 5 classes as usual. Another required English class, and I also signed up for CEP which is Career Educational Planning—my first online class. I also signed up for communications, biology, and a human services class. These classes served the sole purpose of helping me figure out which of the three majors I was considering would be right for me. It took just one class to figure it out! In my first day of Intro to Communications with Val Bello, and I was instantly fascinated.

However, I knew I didn’t want to be a radio host or TV personality, but rather I wanted to work with social media in the business aspect. From there I examined what majors GCC offered, and found that Business Administration: Social Media and Marketing was the perfect fit for me. While I still had time I dropped the biology and human services courses, and picked up classes in Professional Sales and Marketing. This reinforced what I wanted to study.

This semester, I had the pleasure of getting to know Professor Dudkowski, who also happened to be my professional sales teacher. He not only taught me everything I needed to know about sales and being a successful salesperson, but he also taught me a million life lessons, so I felt it was necessary to mention him as he was a pivotal influence on my outlook on life. He taught me the importance of confidence as well as perseverance. He taught me to never look upon life negatively, as everything is an opportunity to learn or grow. Not only did he teach me, but he gave me so many opportunities I wouldn’t have taken myself. Through his class, I supported the United Way and sold ducks for the Ducky Derby.  He also encouraged that we help with the Fashion Show, although I was hesitant, I eventually landed a position in a scene for Elysium, the 36th Annual Fashion Show, which I walked in this past weekend.

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I also got the opportunity to join the MarCom (Marketing & Communication) team at GCC as a student blogger. This has given me the opportunity to grow my personal blogging skills, as well as learn skills that will help me in so many ways in the future. Thanks to MarCom I also took a part in the Faces of GCC Photoshoot, where my photo (see image) may be used for various promotional purposes—including this blog! Through MarCom I have made friends and gained experience, which is all I could ask for.


Overall, I have had a very humbling freshman year of college. I am looking forward to following semesters I will have at GCC, and the opportunities that will arise. I encourage you to embrace your time here, learn from the people you meet, and take every opportunity that comes your way. You won’t regret it.

“Great things never came from comfort zones.”

-Joyell Johnson



50 Years Of GCC, Let’s Celebrate!


To celebrate 50 years of GCC join us on Thursday, May 4th at 12:30p.m. on the East Lawn (by the playground) where we will form a human number ‘50’ and there will be video and photos taken on the ground & from the air from a drone! Not only do you get to be a part of GCC history, but you also get a free t-shirt that will be worn for the human ‘50’, just for participating and having a good time!


In 1963, the Batavia Jaycees established a committee that stressed the need for a community college in Genesee County. In November of 1965 the public voted yes by a margin of over 1400 to the proposition of establishing a community college. Thus, Genesee Community College, our home, was born! Since then, we have also established 6 campus centers throughout Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming, and Orleans County!

GCC now focuses on being student success focused, and celebrating student excellence often. Genesee Community College has been a home to students for 50 years, and will continue to do the same for the youth for years to come.

As my freshman year comes to a close I have to realize just how much GCC has to offer. I always thought college would be too hard, but with the help of advisors and the great professors and staff I have been able to prosper. I am so glad that I get to be a part of GCC’s history, and GCC will be apart of my future.

We hope to see you May 4th to celebrate our amazing school!

Nutrition 101: Fruit smoothies


It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are good for your overall health. Packed with nutrients and flavor, they add a bold freshness to our lives that is a feeling that is hard to mimic. Since we oftentimes look past the abundance of variety, we are stuck eating the same Granny Smith apples or naval oranges all the time! Just like we enjoy different types of music, our bodies enjoy different types of food. To make this a tad bit simple, I’ve constructed this blog to be about smoothies to get you through Summer break.

Smoothies are delicious, colorful, and easy to make. You’d be surprised about the enormous variation of different foods that can go into a smoothie. Yogurt, seeds and nuts are just a few of the optional ingredients to mix in with some fresh or frozen fruits and/or veggies.fruit-veg-rainbow

When making a smoothie, it’s a good idea to pack it full of nutritious ingredients. To make your smoothies, you’ll need a blender. Hamilton Beach makes a good one! It’s just the right size; not too big, and small enough to keep out on your counter for impromptu smoothie nights!blender

When choosing your ingredients, do it in parts. Juice, thickener, fruit, extras. Choosing your juice shouldn’t be too difficult. Just choose one you like and buy a bottle of it to keep in the fridge. I like pomegranate juice because I like the antioxidants. Plus, it gives a nice flavor to the smoothie…almost like cranberry juice. Another juice I like a lot is aloe vera juice. It aids your digestive system… which is good for this because fruit has pulp that is hard for your body to break down. I feel like I’m doing my body a favor. Coconut milk or water is good to as well as orange, apple and pineapple.

greek-yogurt-should-you-be-eating-full-fat-yogurtA thickener is important to have in your smoothie too. It adds a heavier texture than would be if you had not used it. Greek yogurt is my favorite. It also provides a good amount of protein to make you feel full. If you don’t like the flavor of yogurt, you really won’t even be able to tell it’s in there. The fruit masks the flavor. If you’re still reluctant, try ricotta cheese! Bananas are also really good, as well as peanut butter.

Fruit is the star when it comes to making a great smoothie. Choose what you like and don’t be afraid to get creative! Whatever is in season is perfect. Peaches, mangos, blueberries and strawberries are all good… you name it! Get colorful and see what tastes good together.

980xNuts and seeds are considered to be extras. As well as different oils and powders. Even supplements! Sunflower and pumpkin seeds grind up nicely when mixed with everything else and the texture is nice too. A little crunchy, so just add a small handful. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and don’t really have a taste. They expand in liquid though… So your small handful will turn into a bigger handful when added to the smoothie. Try putting some oils into your smoothies as well. Coconut and avocado oils are great. So are flax seeds or just the oil!

Below are some recipes to get you started:

Strawberry Banana Smoothiestrawberry banana

½ C strawberries

1 Banana

½ C Pomegranate juice

½ C Aloe juice

1 C Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla

1 Tbsp chia seeds


Blend until smooth.


Mango Blueberry smoothieblueberries-and-mangoes

1 mango

½ C blueberries

½ C Orange juice

½ C coconut water

1 C Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp avocado/coconut oil



Pineapple Strawberry Grapefruit smoothie

1 C pineapple

½ C strawberries

½ of a grapefruit

½ C pineapple juice

½ C coconut milk

Small handful of unsalted sunflower seeds


Blend until smooth.


So everybody, stay on track this Summer and cool down with a fruit smoothie! You ‘ll wish you had started this sooner, but that’s okay. Better late than never! J

Need Help? Visit The GCC Student Success Coaches!


As the spring semester comes to a close, it is time to start preparing for fall. It may seem a bit extreme to be preparing for fall semester now, however doing it now is your best option. You’ll get scheduling your classes out of the way so you don’t forget over your super fun summer break, as well as you get better class options to create the perfect schedule for your life.

If you will be taking classes during the summer session here at GCC, they will also be available for any assistance that you may need! The first session starts June 5th. If you do plan to take classes during the summer session I would recommend seeing one of Success Coaches due to the fact that the summer session differs from the traditional fall and spring semesters.

The GCC Success Coaches are here for you. Their goal is to help students from the first stages of admissions, through advisement, enrollment and registration, financial aid, and also assist students all the way through to graduation and commencement. Here at GCC you don’t have to feel confused or alone, we have all of the resources you could need to make college easy!

If you are looking for some academic assistance here are some upcoming dates when you can visit them for some support:

Tuesday, April 25th

Thursday, April 27th

Tuesday, May 2nd

Thursday, May 4th

On all of the days listed above the Success Coaches will be available during common hours (12:30-2:00p.m.) in rooms T205 and T207.


The Student Success Center in progress!

Looking forward, as the construction workers continue to work efficiently on the new building located at the Batavia campus, this will soon be the Student Success Center, and a home to the Student Success Coaches, soon enough this will be your one-stop shop for all advisement needs!


Say goodbye to stress, and hello to your Success Coach! Call 585-345-6805 or email to set up an appointment or just stop in!

Professional Sales Students Host Guest Speaker


By: Harry O. Rodriguez – Professional Sales Student

Mr. Leandro de Andrade Pereira, a full time employee at Genesee Community College, visited the professional sales class taught by Professor Rick Dudkowski.

Leo is a success coach for the nursing program and he’s also a baseball coach at GCC. Pereira was an international student. He is from Curaçao. Pereira shared a little bit about his background and his selling experience with the students in class. He completed a degree in DC, and then he transferred to Florida International University and earned his bachelor’s degree in early childhood. He worked six months at Home Depot selling doors and windows. He said “you have to be assertive but not too pushy that the customers walk away”. He also worked at Verizon.

He said in order to sell you need to understand your customers. For example you would use a different approach with a homeowner than a professional contractor. There is a 75% higher chance that a customer will buy if you relate the product or service back to what they were saying or satisfying their needs.

At GCC Pereira is trying to sell the nursing program. He recently hosted tours for area high school students. Pereira also stressed that the more practice you have selling the easier it gets. After his presentation, students were given the opportunity to ask Pereira questions. At the end of the class, Pereira was given a GCC Plaid Tie as a token of appreciation for coming to class and sharing his experiences with the students.

On behalf of the class, I would like thank Mr. Pereira for his time and advice. We learned a lot from him, sincerely, Harry O. Rodriguez.

Inside Momoka Fukatsu’s Inspiration for Elysium


The 36th Annual Fashion Show: Elysium is less than a week away.  I am excited and can’t wait to see how it works out!

I’m a scene coordinator for the scene Chloris. I major in Fashion Merchandising, but also have an interest for all things related to fashion, including designing, styling, and sewing. I decided to be a part of the 36th annual fashion show this year. When I worked as an intern last year for “Fashion Is…Diversification”, I saw how difficult it is to plan the scene and control all of the models, but at the same time, how amazing when we made it.

However, I’m not majoring in fashion design, so I thought the best way to join the fashion show was to borrow clothing from apparel stores and styling them. When I thought about that again, I finally decided on making the clothing by myself. Once I made that decision, my mind moved forward to create apparel by myself. I like challenges in whatever I want to do, even if it is difficult. My potential will be nothing without execution. So, this is really the first time in my life that I have made clothing. I didn’t know how to sew or make patterns at all, but this wonderful opportunity drives me to learn more about making clothing by myself. This would be definitely valuable for my career.

Basically, our outfits focus on femininity with sexiness. This spring summer trends are involved in sheer fabric so that we obtain the style of translucency as well.


Being an international student, I wanted to take in kimono textiles, which are used in traditional Japanese clothing. I like to mix different field of fashion, just like coordinate street style with high-end brand.  I don’t want to show kimono as a traditional Japanese wear, and I want to show kimono as a part of modern fashion. Our fashion show is going to live stream internationally (link here), so I hope my family and friends will have fun watching our production.


S/S 2017 Trends:

  •                Shocking pink (bubble gum)
  •                Yellow
  •                Flower print
  •                Underwear as outerwear
  •                Round shoulders
  •                Puffball shoulders
  •                Off shoulder (one shoulder)
  •                Polka dots
  •                Patchwork
  •                Space style
  •                Stripes (art/pop)

Look for these trends in my scene: Chloris!


Author: Momoka Fukatsu

Instagram: @mf_0313

Come be GCC’s Top Chef!


top chef logoWhat: GCC Top Chef

When: April 24, 2017

Where: The Root at College Village

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen! This event is sizzling with flavor to get us ready for the end of semester. On Monday, April 24th, there will be a Top Chef competition between GCC Alumni and current students where the top 3 winning teams will earn bragging rights and $20 added to their dining account. Stop by the Root at College Village for your chance to judge the six teams’ hard work as they strive to take home the victory. Anybody can be a judge. In fact, a goal for this event is to have Alumni attend as well as current students. Becoming a judge takes a little extra effort, but it’s not something you want to miss out on! To be come a judge, all you need to do is register with Purple Briefcase.Purple-Briefcase

How to Sign-up with Purple Briefcase:

  • Go to
  • Click on the Purple Briefcase banner
  • Select New Student (this includes Alumni, Community members and faculty/staff)
  • Fill out fields and click Submit

If you find yourself with any questions, stop by the Career Services room at B201. The staff over there is very friendly and will surely guide you to the right place.

Good luck, and mmm! – I’m getting hungry!chef hat 1