University at Buffalo Admissions' Student Bloggers Most recent blog entries by the University at Buffalo Admissions' student bloggers. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:59:04 -0400 PHP 5 en <![CDATA[Wes Moore, a New York Times Best Seller. Wes Moore, a hardened criminal. ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:39:15 +0000 Two Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s UB  Reads Distinguish Speaker.  The Distinguish Speaker Series invites writers, politicians, comedians, celebrities, and more to our school to talk about their journey while giving advice to all of those who attend. About six to eight speakers are invited each year and admission is free for all undergraduate UB Students. The UB Reads speaker is chosen carefully as his or her book is distributed to all the incoming freshman during their orientations over the summer, and in the fall to the rest of the UB Students. This year’s book was The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore.  The books tells of the story of two men named Wes Moore who grow up with similar background,  but the decisions that they made influenced their lives to one becoming a New York Times Best Seller and the other a hardened criminal.

Since I have been a Peer Mentor for UBE 101 this past semester, my instructor and I told our class that if everyone attended Wes Moore’s speech that we could cancel class during the week of Thanksgiving. My students at first did not understand why we were requiring them to attend, but all of them did end up showing up. I don’t think they realized how many people actually attend the distinguish speakers series as we walked into Alumni Arena.  Before Wes Moore came out to speak, Matt Weigand, director of the Orientation, Transition, and Parent Programs Office, and my friend Jake Caldwell spoke to introduce the speaker that night. When I saw my friend on stage, I was so proud!!! Introducing the Distinguish Speaker is a huge leadership role and he did amazing!

Wes Moore was truly an inspiration! He was able to mix telling his story with humor, motivation, and seriousness. One off the most memorable parts of the speech was how he stressed that you are more than your major. It is not what major you have, but what you do with it. The best part is the fact that all of my students stayed until the end of the speech and Q&A. Afterwards, my students were even posting our our facebook group how glad they were that my instructor and I had forced them to go. I am glad that they learned so much and enjoyed such a great opportunity.

The Distinguish Speaker series, is one of the many great activities offered here at UB. I have been fortunate enough to attend at least one Distinguish Speaker each year.

<![CDATA[A Different Kind of Leadership ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:53:58 +0000 Over the course of this past semester, I have been a Peer Mentor for UBE 101. UBE 101 is a 1-credit course that first-year students take during their first semester to help make the transition between high school to college easier.  Such topics would include How to get Involved, The UB Reads book for that year, How to Register for Classes, and Academic Success. Additionally, it gives first-year students and opportunity to get to know a faculty member on campus, in case they need a reference in the future. As a Peer Mentor, I am partnered with an instructor and serve as an additional resource for the students.

Instructors and Peer Mentors have the ability to request who they would want to partner up with for their class. Since I had made close connections with one of m y bosses in Student Life, Kerry Spicer, we requested each other. Each peer mentor can chose how involved they want to be in their class. Since Kerry and I already had such a close relationship, I am actually co-teaching the class with her. In these duties, we create the lesson plan together , I host mid-semester meetings with my students, and grade papers that the students have submitted. This has been a very different leadership experience then any of my other activities that I have done. I am taking on more responsibility and practice my public speaking skills every week.

Since I am an engineering major, I have a class full of engineering. Most of them are computer science, and I even have one lone soul who is a pre-pharmacy major. They are a very lively bunch, and I enjoy seeing them make UB more of their home every week.  One of my goals as a peer mentor, is to not have them fear reaching out to me if they want to talk about anything or have any concerns.

Aside from teaching my own class, I also take a 3-credit class called UBE 495 Supervised Teaching. Every week, I meet with other peer mentors and an instructor from the Orientation, Transition, Parent & Programs office to talk about the up and downs from our respective classes. Not only do we give advice to each other, but we learn about how to be better peer mentors as well. One of our main projects is doing a 20 minute presentation on a lesson that we will be teaching to our students.

Overall, being a Peer Mentor has been a great Leadership Opportunity so far, With half a semester left, I can’t wait to see where this adventure will take me!

Note: If you are interested in this opportunity, please know that applications for the positions are up in the Springtime. You must be an incoming Sophomore level or higher to apply.

<![CDATA[Apple picking! ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:08:10 +0000 Hey guys! This weekend I visited Becker Farms to go apple picking! The 340-acre farm is located in Gasport, N.Y., about 30 minutes away from UB. It’s just turned fall and Buffalo is trying to give us a few more days of summer-like weather, so I wanted to enjoy it outside. I had never been apple picking before, but it was a lot of fun! The cost of four quarts of apples was only .50 – you could also get a half bushel for – and a tractor took you out to the apple orchard. There were several different kinds of apples to choose from, including Macintosh and Cortland, and it was pretty cool getting to select your apples directly from the rows and rows of apple trees. It was very crowded at the farm but it was definitely well worth it!

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There were other activities happening at the farm, including wine tasting, live music, a petting zoo, and apple cider and donuts. The owners of the farm also sell pumpkins and have a Pumpkin Fiesta with fun fall activities including haunted hayrides. There are plenty of places to visit near UB to help ring in autumn, and Becker Farms is a great choice.


“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
- Jim Bishop