University at Buffalo Admissions' Student Bloggers Most recent blog entries by the University at Buffalo Admissions' student bloggers. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:59:06 -0400 PHP 5 en <![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

<![CDATA[Family Weekend!!! ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:08:59 +0000 Family Weekend is a UB tradition where families reunite with their students to enjoy the fall weather and experience some of the UB lifestyle.  Some of the events that families could  attend were  Homecoming Carnival, Tailgating, UB vs Norfolk football game, Niagara Falls or Great Pumpkin Farm bus trips, and Sunday Brunch.  My first year, my family actually came up and we attended some of the family weekend events. It was a lot of fun! Now that I am a part of Student Life, I actually got to work some of the family weekend events which I will talk about in the following paragraphs.

Homecoming Carnival!  Although Student Life organizes family weekend, our Student Assoiciation (SA) takes charge of the Homecoming Carnival tagging it a part of their them to #OWNthefall. Having fun games, food, and prizes all in one area is a great way to kick off family weekend.  One of my favorite parts is winning a fish to take home.  Another favorite part of mine is the huge bonfire and fireworks that concludes the first day of Family Weekend.   Leading up to the carnival that week, all the engineering clubs get together to help build the bonfire. This year’s bonfire was bigger than I have ever seen and it was nice seeing everyone enjoy all the hard work that we put into building it.  Homecoming Carnival is tradition, and so many families and students end up attending.

Onto the next day, I actually worked and helped out with the Tailgate. The tailgate didn’t officially start until 1:30 pm, but my staff and I were there at 10:30 AM making sure that everything was in order for when the families arrived. It was my first time working the tailgate since I had an Organic Chem test during that time last year, so I was very excited! Once the families arrived, I was in charge of collecting their tickets that they bought and putting wristbands on them to allow them inside. It was a lot of fun chatting with the families as I did that. I am proud to have made their experience here at UB better. Aside from the Student Life run family weekend tailgate, there are other activities that go on in the parking lot by the stadium as well. First, the Spin Doctors were playing as part of the Tailgate Series that athletics hosts before each home game. Additionally, there were tons of other food vendors and fun activities such as rock climbing for people to enjoy.

After the tailgate, I was in charge of the Great Pumpkin Farm Bus Tour. Last year, I got to go on the Niagara Falls Bus tour, so I wanted to try the other location this year.  After about a half hour drive to the town of Clarence, we finally arrived there. It was amazing. Not only did you get to pick our own pumpkin (for a very low price), but there were tons of rides, a corn maze, lots of food, and more. There was even special bbq vendors there as part of their Oinktober Festival that weekend. There was even a quaint shop full of tons of Halloween decorations! Everyone who went, I could tell really enjoyed going. I actually now am planning on going back with a group of friends later on!

Finally, on Sunday Family weekend concludes with a Brunch for all the families. There is so much delicious food; basically anything that you can think of. My job as part of student life was clearing the plates from the tables and interacting with the families. It is a lot of hard work, but I could tell from my conversations how much fun families had throughout the weekend.

Every UB family should experience Family Weekend at least once. Not only can you enjoy some on campus activities, but you can enjoy exploring the Buffalo/Niagara area as well.