From the new Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Candy sounds like a great dinner during this stressful Finals Week!
I wanted to catch you up on the great events that have been happening this semester!
Even though the MBA Alumni Association is an organization for those who have graduated from the MBA program at Canisius, students are welcome to attend their events which are held throughout the year. From networking to presentations, the events are great for the professional development of the Canisius MBA community.
Flying Bison Brewery Logo
On Thursday, April 16th, the MBAA Association held a networking event and fundraiser for their MBA scholarship fund at Flying Bison Brewery. This event was great because we got to tour the brewery and see how Flying Bison craft beer is produced locally in Buffalo! With the recent economic growth of WNY, there has been a surge of local craft breweries. Being able to learn, first-hand, from the Brewery Owner’s son on how they make their beer was fascinating! I took a Biochemistry course during my year of post-baccalaureate studies (back when I thought I would be an OBGYN and go to a DO school to study medicine). For the laboratory portion of the course, we spent six weeks fermenting grape juice with various sugar and yeast concentrations to understand the fermentation process. Since beer is made with a very similar fermentation process, it was exciting to see the commercial applications of what was learned in Biochem lab!
This event was the second to last event for the school year for the MBA Alumni Association. Next week will be the Graduate Business Programs and MBAA Annual Mixer, which will include a silent auction and the Annual Awards presentation to several notable Canisius community members. If you’re looking to network more with the Canisius business community as a student (or prospective student or alumni) I would totally suggest you come to the Annual Mixer on Friday May 8th so make sure to get your tickets to the event!
Since I’ll keep this censored (so many funny videos involving alcohol that would be totally inaprorpo), here is a funny clip about candy!
This week’s blog comes following a momentous event. This past weekend, I had the good fortune of spending my time shooting for Canisius in my last tournament as a member of the Canisius College Rifle Team. After a delightfully upbeat drive down after an evening departure from Buffalo we arrived in Waltham for the meet next morning at MIT. We spent the night at a hotel and drove down to the MIT campus the next morning and after taking second place, we returned next morning to the now warm and welcoming Buffalo weather in the early evening.
My two assigned rifles, Huey and Rosie
I spent the rest of the evening pondering the fact that shooting was a real source of relaxation for me and likely something that I wouldn’t be able to do for a while. It made sense to write down my thoughts about something that had given me the chance to travel and meet new people and form friendships that I hold dear. I do however feel that there are greater lessons to learn here.To be precise, there were 5 major ones:
Make the most of your time: If I were 4 years younger, I’d think of nothing further than my next assignment and my next break where I’d spend my time doing nothing. In the last few years, I’ve grown to realize that there are often opportunities that you might miss and College happens to be a big one. In many ways, I think Grad School gave me a chance to do a few things that I should have done in my Undergrad years (back in the day when I actually had time to do nothing and get 8 hours of sleep a night). While I’ve lost plenty of sleep and a few points on a few assignments, I think what I’ve gained from my time shooting was immeasurable. TL/DR
(Too Long/Didn’t read): Go the extra mile.
Meet new people: While I was reticent at first to sign up and shoot for the team, what really convinced me were the people I would be shooting with. I think my openness to new experiences was what really guided me to the club and, as a consequence, to the new friends I’ve now made. As a member of the team I’ve felt like I had support and encouragement to be the best marksman that I could and I can only hope I’ve been as supportive to my team.
It isn’t always about the score: I think that while having a spectacular score at the end of the day is a good reward for hard work, I also think that there’s more to it than the ends. The jibes on the long trips, the inside jokes, the nicknames, the impromptu singing and movie quotation, and above all the enduring eccentricities of the team really did make the whole journey worthwhile. Smell the roses and enjoy the journey.
Success is a fantastic rush: This weekend I made the single best shot I could hope to. I honestly believe that it would take an incredible feat of luck and hard training for me to be able to replicate this singular shot. Despite shooting the tournament with broken glasses and some degree of discomfort and mishaps, that single shot made the whole effort worthwhile. That feeling of accomplishment for my effort is a rush that I don’t know I’ve ever had. A moment where intentionality, skill and luck converged to make that single shot land at the exact right spot fifty feet away felt spectacular.
My Best Shot Yet: Taken with a .22 Rifle at 50 Feet
Shake it off: While we’ve all had bad practices, mishaps that affected our scores and scores that have shaken our confidence in our skill, we all learnt to shake it off and move on to the next goal. We’ve learnt to focus on our successes and our strengths and moved from one tourney to the next and kept moving. My hope is that the team stays strong and ever moving and focused on the next goal and that I continue to do so as well, learning from my failures and moving forward.
On a personal note to my dear friends on the team (some of whom may well part ways soon): It’s been a hell of a ride. Thanks for the good advice and the great times!
The proud members of the Canisius College Rifle Team at the MA meet!
P.s. The next big update will come from Florida where I intend to spend my time at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Convention. A time of learning and exciting opportunity awaits and I hope to capture some of it with my next blog post. Stay Tuned!
The online Master’s degree Canisius offers in Anthrozoology is different from your average online program in many ways. One of the coolest ways that it differs is an aspect of the program they call the OCC. This stands for On Campus Component.
At the beginning of every Fall and Spring semester, the Anthrozoology students and professors travel to the Buffalo campus for an intensive 4 day weekend to kick off the classes. This weekend accomplishes several things. During a typical OCC, you attend class, listen to guest speakers, tour the campus, and attend mini field trips. However, the most important aspect of OCC is the ability to meet your professors and fellow students face to face. This experience is invaluable to an online program.
After the OCC is over, everyone heads home to continue their classes online. Throughout the semester, your classwork will involve emailing and chatting with your fellow students. Since you now have a background of these students and are able to put faces to the names, it makes the interactions much more personal and meaningful. I believe for these reasons, it also increases the quality of education you receive. Below is a picture from the OCC that took place in the beginning of the Spring 2015 semester.
I am not a winter person. I cannot ski, snowboard, or ice skate. Basically, I am part of the minority here in Buffalo. A girl like me should be sitting on the beaches of Florida with a good book. But since I never want to leave this wonderful place, I need to find things to keep me busy throughout the winter.
For many people, the newest attraction here in Buffalo is Canalside. During the winter months there is this amazing ice rink with string lights and small shops. It opened this year and it has been a hit! Not only can you skate there, but there are also bikes that can be rented that glide on the ice. A nice alternative for people like me who don’t function in winter. Ha! If you don’t go there for the ice skating, it is nice to get go there and take a walk because it is decorated so beautifully. Near Canalside is a new restaurant called (716) Food and Sport. This place is great! I was able to visit there this past Sunday and it is heaven for a sports fan. There is a huge screen TV along with many other TVs that line the walls of the place. It is also lined with sports facts from every sport and bar counters that look like ice rinks. I got a burger there and it was amazing. Again near both of those places if First Niagara Center, home to the Buffalo Sabres. Granted, they are not doing their best this season, but it is still a fun place to go (and if hockey is not your thing, the Buffalo Bills play only 15 minutes south of downtown in my hometown of Orchard Park)! With all of those things near by, that area makes a great day trip! Plus, you can always hop on the 90 and be at the Galleria Mall in minutes 😉 I definitely am not a winter person. I mean, this year we got over 9 feet of snow, with 7 of them coming during #Snowvember. It has been a long, tough winter, but it is nice to know that in-between all of those travel advisories there are plenty of things to do for those who are like me and cannot function in winter.
My favorite time of year by far is summertime. I can spend more time outside, and less time in front of Netflix (I’m telling you, it’s a serious problem I have). Canalside is also a summer destination because there is a Naval Park. For roughly $10, you can tour two naval boats and a submarine that contains the history of both. It is also still set up like it was back then, and for me it was an eye opener that those people slept in the bunks that they did. You can also rent a water bike and other cool things that I have yet to try but I cannot wait to! Concerts happen there, as well as other events. Even if there isn’t an event happening, there is a long stretch of land that can be walked. This land faces the water and it’s a beautiful place to catch the sunset. On Canalside, there are adirondack chairs to sit in and on the Marina side (which is connected) there are benches. You can even bring your own blanket or chairs! There are also tours that can be taken downtown, some free and some with a small charge. I have only done one free one and this one takes you to the 28th floor of City Hall and gives an amazing view!! Again, if that gets boring, the Galleria Mall is minutes away!
No but really, downtown is really an up and coming place. With restaurants like The Chocolate Bar and Chef’s, along with the waterfront, there is plenty to do! A little south of Buffalo there is a line of beaches that are jam packed during the summer. Since we only get so much summertime, everyone in Buffalo cannot wait to enjoy it. If you are an out of town student looking to come here for graduate school, don’t worry, there is plenty to do when school work from the DI Program isn’t keeping you up at night.
I have attached some pictures that I have taken of some places that you can see around Downtown 🙂
P.S Can you tell I love summer so much more than winter?
So why did I apply to Canisius? Well there is quite a bit of history to go through to understand the answer to this question but the TL:DR (too long, didn’t read) version is that Canisius was in the perfect place at the perfect time. Allow me to explain.
After graduating from Ball State University back in my home state of Indiana, I was lost. I had switched to majoring in psychology fairly late in my college career, necessitating an extra year, but this change still left me way too busy to do more than contemplate graduate school. Beyond being busy, I also wasn’t even sure I wanted to go to grad school. I felt like my years were slipping away from me as I spent year after year digging myself further into debt by drudging away at school instead of contributing to society and “living my life.” I needed a couple of friends to point out that going to school was still living my life, but at this time I still felt that my life was on hold until I had a job to define and validate my existence.
Ball State University, where I came from.
So I did what any good Christian would do. I prayed as intensely as I could for God to show me which path would be better for me; going to grad school or working right away. But I heard little in the way of divine direction, so I proceeded on making my decision. I could start work as a case manager in my small town in Indiana, stay home with my parents, work to pay off my loans and try to save money, and then…. I wasn’t sure. I couldn’t see any further from there. I could stay in Indiana and work until I retired as a case manager, but I felt that I would be better as a mental health counselor. Unfortunately that required grad school. I also didn’t want to stay in Indiana forever; there is a big world out there to see and live in. I also realized that if I planed to move to a different state, then working for a year or longer in Indiana would mean putting my life on hold in a way. The friendships that I would develop in Indiana wouldn’t transfer across the country and so I would be cultivating dead-end relationships, so to speak. Eventually I decided that grad school would be the best opportunity for me.
Now I had to decide which school. Luckily I have an uncle who is a mental health counselor so he gave me some great career advice. He told me to seek out a school that was CACREP accredited. That stands for Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Education Programs, which basically is the gold standard for counseling programs. Going to a school affiliated with this association would increase my job eligibility. So I began searching all across the country for schools that had programs that were CACREP accredited. I eventually applied and was accepted to Colorado Christian University in Denver Colorado.
Colorado Christian University, where I almost went to
But wait, you say, that’s not Canisius! We’re getting there, trust me. So I started taking classes online at this school for the fall semester so that I would have more time and money to actually move to Denver. However, the more I researched the school and area, the more I was actually dreading moving there. I didn’t think that I would like the sunny, arid weather, or the conservative Christian bent of the school. At the same time I was starting to fantasize about living in historical, cozy city with extensive cloud cover and frequent rain. No joke, that was where I wanted to live. Anyway, as the fall semester ended I received an email from the admissions personnel, which stated that not enough people applied to start in the spring semester like me, so they were going to delay my start until next fall. I would have to move all the way out to Denver to take some in-person electives and then finally start the program in the next fall. As you can imagine after all that talk about wanting to start my life and contribute to society, I rejected this offer and withdrew myself from that school.
Now I have no school and Christmas break is nearly upon me. So I searched for CACREP schools in cities that fit what I was looking for. I quickly found Canisius in Buffalo, NY and immediately fell in love. Canisius was my academic savior. I applied and was accepted within less than two weeks of my application. I was overjoyed to live in the city of Buffalo and go to this school that would accept me in the spring and still met all of my criteria for a stellar counseling program.
Canisius College, the perfect place for me
I have never looked back, except to say how lucky I am that this wonderful school was in the exact right place at the exact right time. I love my program, I love living in Buffalo, and most of all, I am learning a great deal to contribute to society both now and when I graduate.
I’m really hating this weather. As a kid I used to love it! Loved skiing and sledding! (and making jumps to fly over) But now, I miss the beach. Maybe after all of this grad school I’ll go move to the south of France or a nice island in the Caribbean.
Anywho, I wanted to dedicate this post to staying warm.
And I’m such a foodie, so let’s talk about staying warm with food! (MBAPA Students need to eat sometimes!!)
My favorite food in this chilly weather is Pho! (even though I can never pronounce this right)
It is a Vietnamese soup of rice noodles, broth, meat, and herbs.
I have a few go-to places for it and all have been “Good Eats” so far!
Loved this show growing up! Now, love watching Cutthroat Kitchen that Alton Brown hosts!
In Rochester, my most favorite version is at Han Noddle Bar. If you’re ever in Roc City, I totally suggest checking this place out. They have my favorite food in the world too: pork belly steamed buns!
(I know. I know. It’s Chinese and not Vietnamese. But I LOVE that place!)
Han Noodle Bar
687 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY
Since most of us don’t want to drive that far in this frozen wonderland, there are three great places for pho in the city that I totally recommend (They’re all pretty great, so these are in alphabetical order instead.)
Pork Belly Steamed Buns from Han Noodle Bar (photo form Yelp)
Roast Duck Noodle Bowl from Han Noodle Bar (a bit different from Beef Pho, photo from Yelp)
322 West Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY
Great broth and large portions. Open and comfortable dining space with friendly staff. Lots of customers love getting their take-out too.
Beef Pho from Pho Dollar with Sriracha (photo from Yelp)
Pho 99 (99 Fast Food Restaurant)
3396 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY
Casual dining that reminds you of a fast food place, but friendly staff and lots of great menu options beyond pho. Truly Vietnamese food and no hybrid options, but they make awesome dishes! Broth and noodles and beef options are plentiful.
Beef Pho from Pho 99 (photo from Yelp)
1989 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY
Their version of Pho is quite interactive if you get it with the rare beef slices. Yummy broth and garnishes to add to it as well. More of a high-end atmosphere but still affordable.
Beef Pho from Sun Restaurant (photo from their website)
The video below is from this week’s Cutthroat Kitchen After Show, where Alton Brown spoke to the show’s latest guest judge about the sabotages that the contestants had to endure. (The judge doesn’t know of the sabotages when picking the best dish each round.)