Phew! My first day of subbing is complete!

Phew! My first day of subbing is complete!

No one warned me that the end of November and the month of December would be a horribly slow time for substitute teachers. I guess it makes sense- unless they’re sick, teachers won’t need to take a day off since a holiday break would be coming up soon. However, for us graduate students, this time of year is the most convenient time! This is the time when we are most free and the least tied up with schoolwork! What bad timing!

After a month of no phone call to substitute teach, I started getting frantic. Not only could I use the money, but I wanted to get my feared “first day” out of the way so I could stop worrying about it so much! Finally, after calling the office personally, the secretary asked if I could sub for a half day in the fifth grade. I told her of course I’d take it!

As soon as I popped into the classroom at 11:30am on my first day of subbing, the fifth grade (more…)

Master of Science

Master of Science

December 9 I completed my full-time community mental health internship at Spectrum Human Services’ PROS Program! The last weeks flew by and it was hard saying goodbye to the clients who had shared their life struggles with me. I am looking forward to continuing to promote others’ quality of life in my first professional counseling job.

An accomplished counselor told me that earning a Master of Science does not mean that I have mastered counseling. As a new professional, I will be expected to make mistakes, but I can seek a position in which I will have a supportive supervisor who can help me develop my counseling skills. One of my professors said that if there is ever a day when counseling seems easy or routine, I should find a new job, because that means I am probably not connecting with my clients nor challenging myself enough.

I am grateful for my placement at Spectrum Human Services’ PROS and the experience I gained there. The head supervisor was impressed by my work and mentioned my name to the supervisor at another Spectrum site. He called me in for an interview last Friday for a mental (more…)

End of the Semester Walk at UB

End of the Semester Walk at UB

I worked for a long time last night on my thesis.  I went through and coded each paragraph so I know the organization.  It helped me think about the order.

Now, today, I went for a walk at the UB bike path.  Ever since being a student at Canisius, I think of UB as a sister college.  I don’t really know if people from Canisius think of UB in this way, but I do.

So, in the spirit of sharing cool things about Buffalo—I’ve included some pictures from my walk this morning.

It was a bit cold—fleece weather—but the sun was shining and the cattails looked especially lovely next to the river that flows through the campus.

It’s so nice that UB has this bike trail.  It allows all sorts of people from the community to get some exercise and to appreciate the lovely winter weather that we are having right now. (more…)

Crunch Time

Crunch Time

Can you smell that cinnamon?  Can you smell the rich coffee aroma?  Well, check it out, it’s a decaf coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon and it’s delicious.

It’s strange for me to order a decaf coffee, but I needed to do a little work on my thesis and I thought I’d go up to one of the coffee shops in my town and order a little drink and do a little work.  It’s 5:44 at night.

My thesis is due in five days, so it’s crunch time.

But, it’s funny because I’ve sort of transferred any stress I have about my thesis into doing community-building activities.  In my eternal quest to understand Buffalo, I have done some interesting things lately.

One thing: I went to a documentary about The Lexington Coop at the Market Arcade.  It was about a bunch of things, but one of them was the Lexington Coop’s role in the Buffalo (more…)

In the end my friends we will all be together again…

In the end my friends we will all be together again…

Three quarters of the way done with my master’s degree?  One more semester?  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in school since I was 5 years old.  Although I’m not a math major, math has always been a strong point for me, therefore, I’ve been in school for 18 years of my total 23.  Pretty crazy to think about if you ask me.  And I am almost entering the “real world” which is scary in itself.  If only I could remain in school and take all courses that are available and avoid my loans… Sounds pretty good to me right about now.

I have learned a lot along the way from not only my family and friends but from teachers and professors that I have come in contact with.  I must admit that I’ve had a pretty nice life and I’m extremely thankful and blessed for everyone that has touched my life.  With Christmas quickly approaching, I can’t wait to make the journey down south, to Jamestown, to see (more…)