University at Buffalo Admissions' Student Bloggers Most recent blog entries by the University at Buffalo Admissions' student bloggers. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:59:05 -0500 PHP 5 en <![CDATA[Play a Sport, but not D1? NO PROBLEM ]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:11:44 +0000 UB is a Division 1 sports school, which in many ways is great! There are a lot of people who come with athletic talent, and creates a great atmosphere at the games. However, there are many students who attend UB who played sports in high school, but can’t be a part of the  division 1 athletics here at UB. This is where joining a club sport or becoming a part of intramurals comes into play.

Club sports are a part of the Student Association and range from Lacrosse to Ultimate Frisbee. They are funded by SA, and play against other competitive teams.  Joining a club sport is a great way to meet new people, especially during your first year at UB. During my first year, I joined the Club Ski Racing team. I had been a competitive ski racing since the third grade, and thought it would be a great idea to continue my passion.  However, after the first season, I stopped due to wanting to focus more on academics and other pursuits that interested me.

Intramurals is hosted by UB Athletics and offers a wide variety of recreational activities for students, faculty and staff to participate in. The sports range from 2 hand touch football to volleyball. To participate there is a team fee, and teams play a round robin tournament against other teams at UB. My freshman year I played on a 2-hand touch football team and it was a lot of fun. We weren’t a very good team, but we got some fond memories out of it. This spring, I will be joining a soccer team. Our team consists of four men and four women. I am excited to start soccer back up since the last time I played on a team was sophomore year of high school.

Being a part of a club sport or intramurals helps makes our campus be a community. I am grateful to attend a campus with so many different opportunities.

<![CDATA[Living On Campus = The Best ]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:36:01 +0000 clementlarge

Clement Hall on South Campus

It’s that time of year again everyone, housing selection! It seems so early, but in the next couple weeks people who want to live on campus will be going through the selection process online! And if you ask me, living on campus is always the best option. It is WAY cheaper than places off campus, especially considering it includes heat, electricity, water, free cable, WiFi and laundry. It’s also very convenient to be so close to everything, which is why I’ve always lived on campus. Not to mention its been really nice with all this snow lately to not have to worry about shoveling in the morning! Also, dining halls and additional places to eat are always so easy to get to, you could never go hungry.

There are so many different options, from dorms to apartments. Apartments are available to upper-class man and graduate students, while dorms are available to everyone. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it’s always convhadpanenient to get around due to the bus system. There is bus stops in front of each dorm or apartment complex to help with transportation.

As an incoming freshman, you would have to fill out a Campus Living Form and put down a deposit after accepting your admissions offer to attend UB. You would get this  an email so make sure you keep a look out for it! You get to select your first 3 options and room sizes (single,double, etc.). You can also put down a roommate selection, but this is only guaranteed if the other person puts down your name as well! If not you will be randomly selected with another person who has the same rooming preferences as you. I know most people I talk to got their first choice no problem!

So don’t let your living situations stress you out. I was so stressed about what my plans were, and then everything fell right into place and I have an awesome roommate and a great place to live!There are plenty of options and everything will always work out the way that it is supposed to.

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My roommate and I in Greiner Hall

<![CDATA[In the ‘spring’ semester, it’s still winter ]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:03:47 +0000 Hey guys!

Welcome back to the snowy arctic-like tundra that is UB and the Buffalo surrounding area. The ‘spring’ semester is now underway, but the ice and blowing, drifting snow that characterize Buffalo winters will be sticking around – at least for the next few months. But winter weather offers lots of opportunities for outdoor (and indoor) activities at UB and in the surrounding community, so don’t despair. Here are a few ideas to take a break from classes and homework that will get your mind off of the cold:


UB’s Winterfest

This year, UB’s annual Winterfest celebration will take place on Saturday, February 14. UB is proud of its winter traditions, and will host a broomball tournament and ice skating and ice bowling on UB’s own wintertime outdoor ice rink. There will also be a snowman-building contest and an igloo-building contest and also sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout campus! Activities will go on rain or shine, sun or blizzard and will run from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Winterfest is a great way to meet new people on campus and enjoy Buffalo’s infamous winter weather.



Ice skating at Northtown Center, Canalside or HARBORCENTER

Whether you’re an avid skater or new to the rink, there are lots of places in Buffalo to go ice skating, both indoor and out. At Canalside in downtown Buffalo, you’ll find an outdoor rink bigger than the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Visitors can ice skate, participate in curling, and rent ice bikes. Skating is and it’s to rent skates, and curling costs for an hour of ice time and includes an instructor and all the equipment necessary. Ice bikes can be rented for for 30 minutes. If you’d rather skate indoors, you can visit the Northtown Center, directly across from the Flint Entrance of UB North Campus, or the HARBORCENTER, which is located in downtown Buffalo across from the First Niagara Center. Skating costs and for rentals at both the Northtown Center and HARBORCENTER. Above is a picture of me and my friends skating at the Northtown Center. There are also other outdoor ice skating rinks scattered throughout Western New York, including the actual ice rink used in the 2008 Winter Classic NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins – located in East Aurora.


Hot chocolate

If you’d prefer to relax and take a break from physical activity, enjoy a nice cup of warm hot chocolate at any number of cafes in Buffalo. If you’re up for a drive, Taste in East Aurora is well-known for its hot chocolate and build-your-own s’mores platter. If you’d like to stay closer to campus, you can visit SPoT Coffee in the Elmwood Village or Panera Bread, whose signature hot chocolate boasts a whipped cream, drizzled salted caramel and chocolate chip marshmallows.


“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
- Hal Borland