University at Buffalo Admissions' Student Bloggers http://admissions.buffalo.edu/blogs/ Most recent blog entries by the University at Buffalo Admissions' student bloggers. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:59:06 -0400 PHP 5 en <![CDATA[One Door Closes and Another One Opens ]]>http://blogs.admissions.buffalo.edu/brianat/2014/05/19/one-door-closes-and-another-one-opens/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 23:07:28 +0000 http://blogs.admissions.buffalo.edu/brianat/?p=16 This past week was the end of another wonderful school year with finals running into commencement weekend.  As the seniors that I had made friends with graduated this past weekend, I watched as they closed another chapter in their life and leaped into a new one whether their path took them to a job, grad school, or something different. I applaud them for the courage that they must have to leave behind the lives that they built up over the past four years into the unknown.

At that point it reminds me that we have to tell ourselves to not be afraid of what is out there. I remember that the beginning of the school year I was uncertain about the transition between my first year and my sophomore year. Many of my friends who lived on my floor were either residential assistants or we weren’t living in the same area.  My roommate was one of the few from my first year who I would be living near.  I admit I was worried, but I didn’t have to be.

You figure out who your real friends are during your sophomore year. Who you can call in the middle of the night if you have a problem and who will always show up to support any of your endeavors.  You even make new friends, friends who you will become closer with than some from the first year. I admit it is weird at first coming home and not being able to walk directly across to a friend’s room to hang out and having to find time between multiple busy schedules to hand out.

As next year begins, I’ll be in a similar situation with myself living on opposite sides of the campus away from anyone I knew my first year. I’ll even be living with girls that I met this past year. However, this year’s graduating seniors reminded me that when one door closes another one opens and I see the upcoming school year full of opportunities yet to be tackled. I know that the next two years are going to fly by quickly so I have to make the most out of them.

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<![CDATA[Everyone finds their Niche ]]>http://blogs.admissions.buffalo.edu/brianat/2014/05/09/everyone-finds-their-niche/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 16:35:12 +0000 http://blogs.admissions.buffalo.edu/brianat/?p=11 Today marks the last Late Night UB program of the year. We say goodbye to our seniors, celebrate the end of classes, and wish everyone luck on their finals. We have spent weeks planning this program, so hopefully it is a success! We have food donated from local Buffalo businesses, Soul-O-Cup (pictured below), Zumba, Yoga, Massages, and many more fun activities for the students. However, talking about Finals Feast isn’t the reason that I am writing this post.

Soul-O-Cup

Soul-O-Cup

When I first started working for Student Life, I knew already that first day during Opening Weekend that I was going to love this job. The members of the Student Programming Board and the rest of Student Life have become part of  my  UB family this year. I have been blessed to work alongside such friendly, supportive, and talented people this past year and for the next two years.  For an example, during staff meetings to plan Late Night events for the next year you know that you are in a great place when two hours fly by and you haven’t even noticed.

Charles' Angels

Some of my awesome coworkers

Anyone who is a part of Student Life is proud to say that they have one of the most fun jobs on campus, whether s/he works the Student Info Booth in the SU Lobby, the front desk in 150 SU, or Late Night. We are all part of the bigger picture of making this campus fun and inviting for students. We plan Opening Weekend, Family Weekend, the legendary Haunted Union, Winterfest, and Senior Week.

Aside from getting close with each other, we form lasting relationships with the professional staff as well. They are always there to give us advice about our lives, career choices, and make sure that we are having a great time. You can walk into any of their offices and just talk to them about anything.

If you do decide to come to UB, don’t fret you will find your niche here on campus. Whether it is working for Student Life like I do or something else, you won’t regret coming here.

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<![CDATA[David Blaine ]]>http://blogs.admissions.buffalo.edu/saraf/2014/05/06/david-blaine/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 18:51:59 +0000 http://blogs.admissions.buffalo.edu/saraf/?p=5 Hello all! I am very excited to be writing my first blog post, even though I am still stunned by the topic I am writing about. This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a literally breath taking show by world renowned magician and endurance artist, David Blaine. Where do you ask? It was in Alumni Arena and for UB students it was FREE. UB hosts what is called a distinguished speakers series, which brings in famous artists, political leaders, writers, scientists and revolutionists to talk, inspire and perform.  Some recent ones from this year have included Sanjay Gupta, Malcolm Gladwell and Hillary Clinton.

This series is free to UB students and takes place on campus. Can it get much better than that?

David Blaine was unreal! He started the show off submerged in a tank of water, in which he stayed under water for over ten minutes. In these ten minutes he had an eel come swim out of his mouth, he ate a banana, smoked a cigar and one lucky audience member was thrown in with him to take a selfie. He also challenged the audience to hold our breaths to see how long we could last. Let’s just say most of us would have needed a visit to the hospital if we had to hold it for the ten minutes with David Blaine.  That wasn’t the only way he stole our breaths though.

Once dry, he performed amazing card tricks and put an ice pick through his hand, with no sense of pain. As a bio-medical science major I am still baffled that there was no blood and question the validity that it was really his hand. But no sense in questioning, as it can be summed up to magic!

David Blaine wasn’t just an amazing endurance performer and magician, he was very motivational. He talked about how much time and effort he puts into mastering tricks. Practice makes perfect and that is something he stressed. He also preached the idea that nothing is impossible, which sounds cliché, but it most certainly isn’t when it comes from someone who conquers the impossible every day. In all the show was captivating, inspiring and fun. The distinguished speakers series yet again did an awesome job and I can not wait for next year’s list of speakers to be released!

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