NC State of Mind.

NC State of Mind.

And we’re back! My break officially ended today as I had both work and class. I hope everyone had a great break, I know that I did. Even though I didn’t have a “typical” spring break, I still had a great time. I worked four of five days last week and had a couple of assignments to work on.

So, I spent most of my time in Buffalo (which isn’t a bad thing) but I did get to head home for my birthday weekend. I had not been able to see my family or friends from home since I got to Canisius. My family and friends are very important to me so I loved being able to see them, even if it was for a short time. In my time down in North Carolina I got to check out the Knicks, who were in town playing the Charlotte Bobcats. Even though the Knicks lost, I still had a blast. The atmosphere was great, especially towards the end when Carmelo starting heating up, putting pressure on the hometown Bobcats. The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out and spending some time with those that are really important to me. I love living/going to grad school in Buffalo but I really enjoy being surrounded by the comfort of my “real” home.

The assignments that I have been working on have been very interesting and really require some thought. Topics such as “should college athletes be paid?”, “NHL concussions and sponsorship impacts,” and “picking sides in the current NFL labor disputes” really made me spend a great deal of time thinking about both sides of each issue. These are very relevant in the sports world today. We discussed each of the questions in class tonight and it was really interesting to hear the different view points from each student.

This semester has been going by so fast. I cant believe that we are starting to look at the home stretch. I look forward to more interesting assignments and opportunities as the semester nears the end!

Have a great week! See y’all next time.

Columbus

Columbus

Before I say anything else, yes, that is the actual Stanley Cup, and yes, it might be the highlight of my year. Most of the best things that happen in life are a relative fluke, and that experience proved to be no exception. More on that later, though.

Spring break actually got off to a pretty weak start for me, I caught a nasty little cold bug on Sunday morning, which effectively knocked me out from Sunday to Wednesday. Buffalo managed to go from 55 degrees and sunny to 27 and freezing relatively quickly, and I’m eager for winter to leave. Thankfully while resting up, I was able to get my sights set on what comes next, and I’m pretty confident about the job hunt. Most of my week was spent figuring out the details of our weekend Columbus, OH trip…

…and what a trip that was! I got back late yesterday night, where four of our MSA students (including Lydia from our online program, who flew all the way from CA) went around a city I’d describe as one of the quieter sports meccas of the US. I’m usually not hyperbolic, but Columbus was really a city that you could tell has been shaped by sport in some major ways. This was a pretty laid-back trip, but we managed to meet some neat people and get some professional networking in as well, which is always good if you’re trying to break into sports.

We all carpooled the 5-6 hours to the city on Friday morning, and when we got there were able to tour the Shoe, Ohio Stadium, which seats 106,000, or roughly 3 of my hometowns. It felt as large as it sounds, and I had to chuckle at the Tressel luxury suite. It’s not often you see college stadiums modeled after the Pantheon, is all I’ll say, but the tour was awesome–we got to walk on the turf, which is something not everybody gets to do. After that we explored (the) Ohio State University and Columbus for a bit–the city feels like a college town, even with its professional franchises. Over the weekend we went to a bunch of great little dive bars and restaurants and I want to move there just for the food, haha.

Saturday, we went to see a Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer) game and take a tour of their facilities. It was neat to see a soccer-specific stadium for sure, but I do think they face a difficult struggle in getting fans to come out, especially on a cold Saturday like ours was. It was a fun experience, especially watching the game with a student from Brazil and another from Germany–overall it was a great time.

Sunday was our hockey day, we received a full tour of Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and met with a bunch of important executives at the club. We have an MSA alum who works for the Blue Jackets in ticket sales, and he was able to get us the opportunity to touch the Stanley Cup (I have no clue why it was in Columbus…) as well as rink-side (first row) seats to the game, which they lost to the Canucks 4-1, but meeting people at the arena was top-notch, and is further proof that (as one of the execs we met put it) not only is breaking into your industry about who you know, but who knows you.

Then we drove back, I actually arrived in Buffalo about 11 hours ago, and soon I’m going to head over to my internship, so I’ll wrap up this long post (hopefully you readers stuck around) with some pictures!  Enjoy!

 

(Ohio Stadium)

(all of us with the Stanley Cup, including Don, our MSA alum at the CBJ)

I think Spring didn’t get the memo…

I think Spring didn’t get the memo…

I realize this is Upstate New York, but I’m over snow, cold weather and ice.  I’m ready for it to be nice outside so I can go out and run around with the kids I babysit, walk outside without my winter jacket on, you get the point.  I’m stressed out about school and my job situation, or lack there of.  I’ve been applying like a mad women, all over the country, and nothing is happening.  I’ve had one call back and phone interview, and never heard back.  School work is overwhelming right now, a group project is stressing me out, I’m ready to get it done so I can move on and concentrate on finals.  I can’t believe we’re going into Week 10 already, it’s gone by pretty fast but I’m also ready to move on.

 

Watched some serious hockey this weekend, between Division I finals and the push for the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s getting crazy out there.  I saw a bunch of #1 teams get knocked off this weekend, and also got word over the last couple of weeks that a TON of players I know getting signed for ECHL, AHL & NHL contracts, looking forward to seeing where they all end up going.

 

My roommates from NYC and I have been talking about having a reunion over the summer, and I really hope it happens.  I’d love to be in NYC for job interviews or even looking for a place by then, but I’m just gonna have to keep applying and hoping that I get a job.  I’m not sold on NYC, but I will say I had a ton of fun there for my internship and love all the people I met.  I really liked working for a multi venue facility, and hope to work in one in the future.  I hope everyone who went away for Spring Break enjoyed wherever they were, especially if they were some where warm.

As The Rhythm Goes On.

As The Rhythm Goes On.

Spring break is here. Students have all gone home/on vacation and campus is pretty dull. I will be spending the majority of my spring break in Buffalo, working. However, with no classes I have a lot of free time to do school for the upcoming weeks.

While staying in Buffalo for most of the time, I will be flying down home to North Carolina on Friday night. I am turning 23 on Saturday and I am going to enjoy the weekend with family and friends. I will be arriving in Greensboro late Friday night, driving to Charlotte on Saturday, driving back to Greensboro on Sunday and then flying back to Buffalo on Sunday night. It will be exhausting but well worth it. I haven’t been back to NC since I moved to Buffalo in January. It will be great to get back, even for a little bit.

I’ve been spending a lot of time doing some research and thinking about a group project in Intercollegiate Athletics. My group has the topic of the commercialization of student athletes. It is a good topic with many different angles, and I am working with a great group of students so it should turn out pretty well. It ties into the ESPN “Fab Five” documentary, which aired recently. These five Michigan players would see their jerseys being sold for 75 dollars around Ann Arbor, but they would have to ask people for money to get some food or buy some clothes. None of the money from their jersey went to the players. It is just one of many parts of our project that my group can focus on.

As I finish writing this post, it started snowing. This is the first time I have been around snow on my spring break. Everyone have a good one and I’ll see y’all next week.

Group Projects

Group Projects

So, group projects.  I’m not really a fan of them.  I guess I liked them better when I wasn’t in an online program.  I just feel insanely stressed out that a large majority of my grade for a couple classes lay at the hand of other individuals.  And because I’ve never met any of these people in person, that makes it even more difficult.  I was told by one group member that they don’t check their e-mail often.  That gave me the warm fuzzies.  How can I communicate with people if they don’t check their e-mail.

We are supposed to be on spring break this week, but I feel more stressed than ever.  I’m not even sure what to do, do I go to the professor, I don’t want to be seen as a tattle tale, but at the same time, people need to pull their weight.  My computer almost died on me this week too, so that was a scare, thankfully I was able to prevent it before that happened, or I’m not sure what I would have done.

In other news, RIT had a huge hockey weekend.  Both the men & women had huge games Saturday night, sadly, they both lost.  Both teams had great runs this year, and I hope both programs keep building.  I hope everyone voted for Cory Conacher for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award!  While I was bummed to not see Canisius playing this weekend, I hope he bodes well in that sense.

The job hunt continues, I never heard back from the one that promised me they’d get back to me.  I contacted them, but no response.  Real professional if you ask me.  Anyways, I hope everyone is going somewhere warm for their breaks and not stressing about school like my silly self.