As a student at Michigan, Geyer knew from her first classes that she wanted to be a filmmaker. She took every documentary film production class that she could find, competing with other students for coveted time with then-scarce recording equipment.

Geyer also studied literature, double majoring in English and in the Program in Film and Video, predecessor to today's Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. Geyer found that the former expanded her interest and ability in the latter.