Oct 24

Papers! Papers! and More Papers!!

Hello All!!!  My name is Dan and I am a first year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program here at Canisius College. I am a Resident Assistant on campus and I am also a supervisor of the study center and a academic mentor for the Griff Center.  Why the headline, Papers, Papers, and more Papers? Why thats quite simple: As a student in this grad program there are many papers attached to this program that you have to write and it is never ending. However, with these papers there are learning outcomes attached to this as well. Life in this program has its intrinsic rewards. What’s special about this program is you get the hands on experience and apply theories that you learn in class and actually apply them to your everyday settings. I am learning lots and writing lots at the same time but in the end you are benefiting other students to help them be successful in their academic endeavors. Student Affairs is forever changing and will continue to do so for many years to come.

We need to take students where they are at and help guide students that gives them purpose for everyday life. As a working student affairs professional, there are a lot of challenges facing college students today and I am here in this program to help students adjust to these issues and help them move forward toward a better future and make them realize their potential. I wake everyday writing all these papers because I am passionate and show compassion when working with my residents. I wake up everyday realizing I am going to spend the rest of my life working with college students because I am dedicated to my RA position and my academics in grad school. Therefore, I would like to end my first post with a funny pun about student affairs and why it is essential on college campuses everywhere.

 

Oct 23

Technology In Our Schools

Think about this question for a minute:  How old were you when you got your first cell phone?  If you thought about it, and you are like me, and you got your phone sometime while you were in high school you are in good company.  Most of our generation remembers life before cell phones and smart phones were a common commodity, I even remember having to use a pay phone in high school before getting a cell phone.  It dawned on me today that kids and students these days don’t know a life without technology.

While substitute teaching at a local high school this past week I caught a glimpse of how different the interaction between kids, technology, and education is now a days.  Back when I was in high school if you were lucky enough to have a cell phone it had to be shut off, in your locker, and out of sight.  If a teacher or an administrator caught you with it, forget about it, the phone was taken and locked up and you weren’t allowed to have it back until the end of the school day.  Having to retrieve the phone wasn’t an easy task either and it usually involved a lengthy conversation with that particular teacher on why we don’t use cell phones in school.  Today, however, my students were all roaming the halls with their phones in their hands texting and checking Instagram.  When they came into class many of them had ear buds in listening to music.  It is up to the teacher’s discretion to create a rule about technology (cellphones, tablets, iPads, and computers) in the classroom.  While teaching U..S. History I had to remind my students several times that just because I was a substitute that didn’t mean that the policy changed; phones had to be put away until the lesson and all work was completed.  A far cry from “If I see your phone out I am gonna take it.”

So what are teachers supposed to do in an age where students have access to technology, instant gratification, and answers 24/7?  Many teachers are struggling to answer that question.  Technology, such as, cellphones has become a distraction in the classroom because students are trying to check notifications without being caught and tuning learning out.  while reading an article for one of my graduate classes at Canisius, I was given an unexpected answer to the technology question; it essentially being “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”  The article offered the answer that by incorporating technology into classroom instruction we will get students excited about learning again.  They will be given the opportunity to work with and use the resources that they love and are familiar with.  By incorporating technology into the classroom students will be excited to show off their knowledge and skills, and will be motivated to do more school work and learning.

Teachers might be thinking  “How can I incorporate technology into my classroom?”  The good news is- it is extremely easy!  It can be done through unit based webquests, student created podcasts on virtually any topics, or even a simple exit text where students can tell what they learned that day or a teacher can ask a specific question for the students to answer.  There are many different websites and resources for teachers to use to implement this technology into their classrooms, as well as, teach the teachers how to use it.

The moral of the story is you can’t fight the use of technology in schools but teachers can teach students how to use technology in an appropriate way that promotes learning, not a struggle for control.

 

Quote of the Week: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” -Nelson Mandela

Oct 22

How did I end up in grad school?!

How did I end up in grad school?!  I received my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Buffalo State in 2011.  I clearly remember saying I was SO happy to never be going back to school again! And then I found myself at the beginning of 2014 thinking about going back to school.

I currently work as a nutritionist in a community nutrition program for women and children.  I really enjoy the community setting, and being able to help people learn more about health, and how they can help themselves and their families live happier, healthier lives.

I started thinking I would like to do more.  I googled health graduate programs in Buffalo NY, and stumbled across all of the allied health programs at Canisius.  I read about the different programs, what they entailed, and what to expect.  Of course the nutrition program jumped out at me at first, but after reading and re-reading about the school and community health program I realized that everything that the program involved was things i worked with everyday in my career, and were things I was truly interested in learning.  An open house was coming up so I decided to attend.

When I attended that grad school open house, I was nervous! I had not been on a college campus since 2011, and I felt like the new kid at school.  Right away I was greeted, and told where to go to learn about the programs I was interested in.  Everyone made me feel very comfortable, and no one was pushy at all.  They welcomed all of my questions, and I felt like I had at least 500 questions.

I’m pretty sure my mind was made up that day that I would be applying to Canisius, and I have not regretted it since!  I am halfway through my second semester, and have found all of my classes to be so interesting so far.  Everything has been something I deal with on a daily basis at work like health promotion or something that comes up in (almost) daily conversation like universal health coverage.

In my program, semesters are split into two sessions.  The first session of this semester is wrapping up this week, and I start two more that will run the next 8 weeks.  Because they split the semester like this I should be receiving my masters in just over a year, which is awesome!  I’m looking forward to beginning my next two classes, and sharing my experiences in grad school with you!

Oct 21

Allons-y!

As the Tenth Doctor would always say..

 

 

Allons-y!

 

 

I feel like I should start this post with a Dr. Who gif, as I am writing this after watching the latest Dr. Who episode that just aired tonight! Happy Who Day!

 

 

 This may only be my first blog post, but the semester is already chugging along!!

First, let me introduce myself.  I am a second semester student in the MBA in Professional Accounting program.  It’s a great program for students like me, who have an undergrad degree in a COMPLETELY different major.  I have my Bachelors from St. John Fisher College in Sociology with a minor in Human Resources Management (Go Cardinals!).  So…this is my first semester of ever taking an accounting course and it has been a blast!

I am also a Program Advisor and Graduate Assistant in the Richard J. Whele School of Business.  Being a graduate assistant can be fun and challenging.  Our latest event for the School of Business was the Forty Sixth Annual Business Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, October 14th, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  The dinner was to bring together community business leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and students in order to celebrate the achievements of two award winners.  Ronald J. Tanski of National Fuel Gas Company was awarded the Business Executive of the Year Award, and Michael J. Edbauer MBA, DO, received the Dr. Bernard L. Martin Award.  Both award winners have made tremendous contributions to the WNY area and have achieved great executive success.

As a Graduate Assistant, I helped to organize the event along with the other graduate assistants in the Dean’s Office.  The dinner was very successful with having surpassed our goal of over 25 tables of attendees.  This was a must-go type of event for business students, with many business leaders to connect with and network!  In this modern time, networking gives you a leg up on the competition for internships and job hunting.  Plus, the raspberry cheesecake dessert was yummy!

Me, Olena Spencer, Dr. Shick, Nick Krzemien, Billy Craven

Happy Studying!

PS: Here’s a funny video I found on youtube this weekend!!!!

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, Three

 

 

Oct 18

Self Harm

Hi all,
I usually don’t write about sad topics on my blog, but this week I was INSPIRED to write about self harm. And I’m hoping to develop a series of blogs on this topic that I have a new found passion for.

This week at my internship, I heard of an incident where a student was cutting herself and I had a student in my office who admitted to burning himself. So one male and one female. Oftentimes, society stereotypes only females to engage in self harmful behavior, but this also impacts men as well.

Why do people want to harm themselves? Based on my experiences, one of the reasons is that people have HURT another person and instead of dealing with the EMOTIONAL pain, they want to PHYSICALLY cause pain to themselves. Another factor is suicide. Whether it is suicidal thoughts or attempts, self harm is often a first step. The thing about self harm is that people are often are not experiencing PHYSICAL pain, they are experiencing EMOTIONAL pain.

Taken from pinterest.com

There are three other reasons that people self harm:
-The physical pain allows them to FEEL something. People who are hurting, feel emotional numbness or disconnection from their world. When they experience physical pain, they temporarily gain that feeling back.
-Cutting (specifically), but also other forms of self harm, releases endorphins, stress and emotional pain. This is stated by cutters.
-For young people, self harm is a way of fitting in with their friends.

What are ways people harm themselves? In my recent experiences, people cut themselves with knives, razors, or sharp objects or they burn themselves intentionally as a physical release of pain. Other ways of self harm include: scratching or pinching oneself until blood is present or marks or left on the skin, banging or punching objects to cause bleeding or bruising, and hair pulling.

As I was on Pinterest (my favorite website for any type of inspiration). I came across a list of words that are associated with self harm that I would like to share.

Depression. Hurt. Anorexia. Bullied. Broken. Death. Cutter. Self-Harm. Depressed. Suicidal. Sad. Bulimia. Paranoia. Anxiety. Panic. Eating Disorder. Voices. Lost. Self Hate. Misunderstood. Alone. Drugs. Hard. Judged. Alcohol. Cigarette. Panic. Recovery. Alive. Help. Strong. Cry. Life. Addiction. Pills. Bad. Hope.

To you, some of these words will be more powerful than some, but each person experiences pain differently and the words that do not stick out to YOU, stick out to someone else.

There is HELP. There is HOPE.

*Canisius College offers counseling to ALL currently enrolled students. Visit their website for more information. http://www.canisius.edu/counseling/

Oct 18

Missed flights, ten page papers, and roller coasters?

Well, welcome to my first post! My name is Kaileigh and I am a second year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program at Canisius. I also have a graduate assistant position in International Student Programs and International Admissions (and an internship in Fraternity and Sorority life, GO GREEK!).  I’m sure you are wondering what missed flights, ten page papers, and roller coasters have to do with each other…

As a graduate assistant in International Student Programs, we work to provide students with activities and programs to get them acclimated to American culture and promote international friendships. Our students come to campus a week before the rest of the college moves in (this is where the missed flights come in) and we give them important information about being an international student but also do fun local activities. We have taken students on sunset cruises on Lake Erie, we’ve played Lasertag and gone go-carting, we take a trip to go on the Maid of the Mist, and most recently we took students to Six Flags Darien Lake (roller coasters).

 

Maid of the Mist Tour!

While my job is rewarding and enjoyable, I also have to remember I am a student after all (ten page papers). The CSPA program is very unique. The classes are directly applicable to what I am experiencing in my job and internship which makes the classes much less like work. The CSPA program is also a cohort program. I appreciate my cohort every day, especially on Tuesday’s when we have to get through 8 hours of class fueled by Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and our inside jokes. It makes school and work that much better when you can experience it with people who are going through it as well.  We also have a lot of fun together outside of class when we have holiday parties or go out for happy hour after work.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you check back in with my blog posts as the semester continues!

International Students on Sunset Cruise

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International Students at Lasertron

Oct 07

Being Thankful.

I know it’s really soon to be writing (or thinking) about Thanksgiving. But being thankful spoke to me this week.

Things I am thankful for.

1) My family- My parents and sister have always been there for me. But especially in tough times. I find comfort and love in their words, even though I am far away from them.

2) My closest friends- I can always rely on them for a laugh, a smile, and a hug. They have always been there to listen to me, both in person and while we are apart.

3) My education- Not everyone is fortunate to make it to where I am today. If you had asked me 3 years ago, if I would be receiving a Masters degree, I would have said no. I have been blessed with so many great professors who love and care about me and my colleagues. Both as people and students.

4) My students- They may be crazy, but their humor really keeps me going.

Sep 20

Being Comfortable

WOW! My first full week of internship is complete! I have loved getting to know student that I will be working with and knowing where they come from and where they are going. I played games to get to know some of the younger high school students and did some college research with the seniors. I am becoming more comfortable working with them as my time there continues. One thing I really noticed is how fast I am learning their names. I am not usually good with names unless I see the students each day. When I was working at my practicum, I saw most of the students in group and I was not able to learn their names as fast. But when I am working individually with students I make a point to actually say their name and remember something about them. This helps me connect with the students and they feel more comfortable talking to me. Or so I’ve realized.

I also make a point to say “hi” to students in the hallway as I see them. Just as an extra smile throughout their day. I don’t think many teachers do this, so it’s nice to know that I can be that “something extra” students. Connecting with students is HUGE in any educational field. I love getting to know students and what they are like outside of the classroom as well as inside school. Students are PEOPLE too. Some teachers forget that. Asking students questions and being genuine is so important for any student. But especially troubled youth.

I am still learning and every day is a surprise, but I am rolling with the punches and learning from each and every student.

Sep 14

From there to here…

I survived my first week of my internship! YAY!!

While I cannot work with students alone, I worked one-on-one with students completing intakes. When my supervisor asked me to do it, I was excited, but also nervous. These students don’t know me, why would then open up to me and tell me about their families and their lives? Surprisingly, students were very open and seemed comfortable talking to me. It was so great getting to know students one-on-one instead of in a group setting (like last semester in my practicum). As I was completing the intakes, I noticed that I felt very comfortable as I asked students questions about themselves. The “intake” was not just a form to fill it. It was in fact a conversation with a student to get to know them and understand them. And as I was asking students questions and having a conversation with them, I realized how far I have come from my Pre-Practicum class where I practiced my counseling skills to Practicum where I was working students, and now to internship. I am not always thinking about “what do I ask next in this session?” I let the student lead the conversation and my responses seem natural and I feel more confident.

In the middle of the week, my supervisor and I had students express great family concerns that impact their day to day lives and sometimes their safety. Many of their stories were sad and heartbreaking. But as a school counselor, I am there to HELP. NOT take on their problems or to make them my own. I am there to advocate and help them cope with whatever is going on in their lives.

Sep 07

Exhausted.

Well second week in and I’M EXHAUSTED (and it was really only a 3 day week)!
Two highly interactive classes on Wednesday, substitute teaching 2nd and 4th graders and class on Thursday and substitute teaching 3rd graders on Friday! On Friday, I was in bed at 7pm. And I ran the Dirty Girl 5K on Saturday and participated in a walk for Lupus on Sunday morning!
What a week! But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

In my internship class, as we were practicing our counseling skills, I realized that while I needed a refresher, I still had them! It was the BEST feeling in the world and I know that I’m growing each day! In teaching this week, I was nervous because I have very limited experience with elementary school students, but I am working to gain more experience. However, I realized this week, that I DO have what it takes to work with elementary students. And I will continue to practice. Children have so much to offer and they are so intelligent!

On Saturday, I highly debated not participating in the Dirty Girl run. But decided that yes, it was a little out of my comfort zone, and the more reason I should do it! I completed each obstacle (without falling) and had a blast! Check out my photo! And for 45 minutes I forgot about my crazy week and THAT is exactly what I needed.

This week I have a FULL 5 day week and I’m starting my internship, so BRING IT ON! I’m ready!

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