Man in the Mirror

Man in the Mirror

What a wonderful day outside! This weather is about as close to perfect as it has been since I’ve been here. In the high 60’s/low 70’s with a breeze? Yes, please! I’m excited to get closer to the summer in Buffalo because EVERYONE says that it is great. I have been online, checking out some festivals and other happenings during the summer and found some cool things. Taste of Buffalo, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, the Hellenic Festival, what could beat that? Not much. It’s going to be my first summer outside of North Carolina and I am excited to escape 97 degree days with 100% humidity. No more sweating by just standing outside for five minutes! But we still got to make it through the rest of spring first and I am just getting ahead of myself.

I have been doing some self reflection recently, really trying to figure out what exactly it is that I want to do in this world. Do I want to work in a college setting? Or would I be better suited for something else? I’m not quite sure yet but all answers will come at the right time. I am sure of that. Right now, I just have to stay focused on working hard and performing well, and the rest will take care of itself.

I watched Jurassic Park over the weekend and remembered how much I love that movie. The CGI is groundbreaking for its time, the suspense and overall appeal is top notch, Dr. Ian Malcolm’s Chaos obsession is fun, and the best part about it is the music. I could listen to the Jurassic Park theme all day long.

That’s all for now. And with that I leave you with words of wisdom from the great Michael Jackson. “If you want to make the world a better place, just look at yourself and make a change.”

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Not sure what it is, hoping it’s just the change in weather, but I’ve had a killer headache for the last couple days and it’s not helping my productivity.  Can’t believe classes are winding up soon, trying to stay on top of my assignments, and even get ahead if I can.  It’s really nice out today — 78 degrees — but they’re calling for storms later, which is fine cause I love thunderstorms.

I’ve been missing NYC a lot lately, and my friends who are still there are constantly asking me when I’m coming back, but it’s sort of bumming me out even more.  I know they’re not trying to make me feel bad, but I’m pretty frustrated with the job search, and I know they mean well but it’s just making me feel defeated and upset.  I’ve been talking to a lot of people who are graduating soon or have recently graduated and they all seem to be having the same problem.  I have had a couple of call backs about applications, so that has me feeling a little better about it, but I still won’t be happy until I have a job offer and can comfortably afford to live and start paying back my school loans.

I’m not exactly sure how the summer sessions at Canisius work, so if someone wants to fill me in, I’d really appreciate it.  I’m not sure when classes start/end, and I looked at my schedule but that was less than helpful.  I’m trying to concentrate finishing this semester before looking ahead to summer, but it will be here before I know it and I’d like to be prepared and ready to go when it’s time, especially because I’m pretty sure my classes are short sessions, which I’m guessing is going to mean a ton of work in a short period of time.

As are many other hockey fans, I’ve been watching a TON of hockey games in the last week or so.  I can’t believe how many series are going to game 7, and I can’t wait to see how it all works out.  Also glad to hear that the NFL lockout is being worked on, whether it will be followed through by the owners/managers, that’s another story.  It’s sad to me that it’s always about large sums of money, when the fans just want to watch the game being played.  But I guess money is what makes the world go around…or something like that?

I hope everyone had a good Easter.  I spent it with my family at my brothers house, with some family.  We watched the Sabres/Flyers games and just ate and played some poker, nothing too crazy but it was good to see them.

Until next time…

“The Future Will Be Better Tomorrow.” — Dan Quayle

“The Future Will Be Better Tomorrow.” — Dan Quayle

 

It has been a long week. I came back from MI yesterday, which was a great chance to catch up with my family over the Easter weekend, but Buffalo has kept me busy. Piecing together my summer and beyond has been stressful, tricky, but to me the toughest part is that it’s still uncertain. New job opportunities arise daily, but the end of the semester feels like a countdown to the unknown, which for me has been a bit nerve-wracking at times!

Today I finished up the research paper I’ve been working on for the week (though “attempted to work on” might be more apt), on what goes into hosting the Olympic Games, for my Financial Aspects class. In writing it I’ve learned a lot about the overall trends of the past 20 years or so, and I’ll be interested to see if these trends continue in 2012 at the London Games.

I’ve still continued to read legislation for my internship, and as I’ve been looking more at my options after Canisius, I’ve started to apply what the rules will mean toward my personal philosophy–as I’ve been making sure I communicate to potential employers as I re-write various cover letters that I’ve sent around the country. My strongest leads haven’t panned out yet as far as what it is I’m going to do, but all I can do is put my best foot forward and remain optimistic.

…the rain and snow of last week sure didn’t help, though! No, I’m just kidding there, the fact that the seasons have been unpredictable has made the week more interesting, in my opinion. I brought my bike back with me, optimistically, and I’m hoping that sometime this week I’ll get to ride around.

I’ve checked out the apartment of a friend that I’m potentially going to sublet over the summer this week, which is only about a mile away from campus. At this point, though, I’m waiting on an internship opportunity at the University at Albany…so I can’t fully commit (and it’s driving me crazy!), but I’m also going to have to make that decision when the time comes.

That’s pretty much everything, classes are winding down, and I have a good feeling my winter coat will stay in the closet for quite some time. Keep your fingers crossed that good news is on the way!

It Don’t Have To Change

It Don’t Have To Change

So here I am, watching the Knicks play and updating everyone on the happenings around Buffalo and the Canisius community. The weather has been interesting in the past week. After some sun and warmth, the snow came back to Buffalo! It was something I certainly did not expect to see again until the Fall came around, but I am a rookie here. Being from North Carolina, I actually like the snow, but I’ll keep you updated on that if it continues to snow in April.

Speaking of North Carolina, I appreciate all of the kind words and thoughts that people have given me, in response to the tornados that touched down in my home state. Luckily for me, all my family and friends remained safe. Unfortunately that was not the case for all. I ask you all to keep the people of North Carolina in your thoughts during this time.

I have spent most of the past week in class and doing homework. I only have one class this week! But, I do have a presentation in that one class. My topic deals with the commercialization of student athletes, which is quite interesting. I feel confident in the paper/presentation that my group has put together and I believe that we will have a great performance. Most of my other school work has been focused on another presentation that I have next week as well as studying for my statistics test that I had last Thursday. I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel pretty good about that test!

In internship news, the WNY Flash won their inaugural match in the WPS on Sunday! The Flash beat Boston 2-1 in the contest. I got to travel to the airport to help welcome Marta to Buffalo and the team. Marta is a five-time FIFA World Player of the Year so that was a cool experience. She should certainly help the team out a lot as the season progresses.

And as a random side note, I heard that Scream 4 was pretty bad. This is disappointing news, as I have a strange fascination to the other movies in the franchise. I don’t really like horror movies but the Scream series is sort of a strong parody to the genre, with a little suspense mixed in. I’ll still probably see it, but I was hoping for a well received review.

Everyone root for the Knicks tonight! See you next week.

I need a few more hours in the day…

I need a few more hours in the day…

So I almost forgot to update my blog this week, I’ve been procrastinating terribly as of late, and that’s not my normal attitude at all.  I think I’m just burnt out, I’ve been working more hours than normal, doing homework for what seems like 24 hours a day, and trying to keep up with interviews and resumes.  I haven’t been sleeping much, so I’m pretty worn down.

I had another phone interview today, I feel pretty good about it, but it’s so hard to gauge how people feel about you on the phone, when you can’t see their facial expressions.  There’s 3 rounds of interviews, and today was the first, so hopefully I make it on to the second…and beyond.  I’m stressing out hardcore about my student loans, and what I’m going to do when they come due, if I don’t have a job.  I’m honestly lost, and hope that it doesn’t come to that.

I’m ready for a break from classes, I’m not even 100% when summer session starts, if anyone knows, let me know, cause the Academic Calendar on the Canisius website only has the 5 weeks sessions, and I don’t think that’s what Sports Administration Program is, but I could be wrong.  Trying to plan a get away to NYC in July, but I’m not sure how that’s going to go.  Also trying to plan a baby shower for my sister in law (I’m going to be an aunt…yay!).

Alright, off to watch some play off hockey, hope everyone is hanging in there.