Life After Graduation: Opportunity Awaits

For the past two years I have been fortunate to attend Canisius College in one of the best Sport Administration Master’s programs in the country. Having finished my Master’s last week and with graduation ahead, all of my experiences, professional connections, and...

4 More Weeks

Hello everyone! I am excited to write my first post. Though my topic might not be exciting the end result is. We have a month left in our spring semester and all the work is piling up. Paper, projects and exam preparations fill our time and our mind. We have to get...

NCAA Frozen Four – By: Conor Hart

Each year 16 of the nation’s top Collegiate Hockey Programs square off, all with the same goal to reach the NCAA Frozen Four.  This years tournament’s First and Second rounds of the East Region were held at the Times Union Center, in Albany New York.  Quinnipiac, the...

Masters in School Counseling

Hey everyone! My name is Kelli and I'm so excited to start blogging for Graduate Admissions! I'm enrolled in the Master of Science in School Counseling program here at Canisius and I can't believe I'll be officially done in about five weeks! A few weeks ago, my...

Canisius College Bowl N’ Blast

             Canisius College Master of Sport Administration program will be putting on its 13th annual Bowl N’ Blast fundraiser this April, with all benefits going to the Special Olympics of Western New York. A class of eight students is putting on the event with the...

2016 MAAC Basketball Championships

The month of March marks the biggest tournament for NCAA basketball and each season teams from different conferences compete in hopes to advance to this annual March Madness tournament. Since Canisius is in the MAAC conference, every year they battle for the final...

My love affair with Poutine: ACPA 2016

Hi Everyone! My Name is Ali and I'm so excited to be blogging for Canisius Graduate Admissions. My grad. program has provided me with some really cool opportunities this year, and so far, my favorite has been the ACPA Conference in Montreal, Quebec. The American...

Sport Management Professional Development Seminar (Part 2)

Article written by Tim Seil, Professor, Sports Management Professional Development Seminar For the majority of Canisius College students the expectation is that they will start their professional career immediately upon graduation. In that professional career,...

Sport Management Professional Development Seminar (Part 1)

Post by Nick Cuomo, Junior, Sports Management major: Sure, the class name may be a mouthful to say, but Sport Management Professional Development Seminar is a course that has already had an impact on my career path just weeks into the semester.  Meeting professionals...

Super Bowl 50: My Media Relations Experience

I was recently afforded the best opportunity of my young career in sports. A few weeks ago I traveled to San Francisco to work Super Bowl 50 as part of the NFL Public Relations Staff. I was offered one of the positions after working the NFL season as a graduate...

Buffalo Bills: A Guest Service Experience

Last semester I had the privilege to take a new class being offered called Guest Service Professional.  This new class was designed to give hands on, practical experience outside of the classroom and into the professional sports world.  The class required us to work...

As it comes to an end.

As I am writing this, it is my second to last day of the Canisius 4 Kids summer camp.  The week flew by! After about 2 weeks of planning it was finally time to put our unit into motion.  I really think the first 4 days went great!  Our theme was animals, specifically...

Whoa, We’re Half Way There

So, summer classes are in full force.  With three classes you can imagine the work load.     The classes that I am taking in relation to the program are going great.  My group and I have just submitted the draft of our unit.  We are doing a theme of animals with K-2...

Hot Buffalo Summer

So it's summer.  And it's warm.  And I have summer classes.  With my summer classes, I have to do two field placements.  One is for my special education extension.  The placement is through BOCES Summer School and I actually start tomorrow.  I am excited to meet the 6...

Adios, Canisius!

Hello, Canisius! Wow! It's hard to believe that I have officially completed my Masters degree! Two and half years of hard work and graduate school is a wrap! That being said, this is also my very last blog post 🙁 I don't even know where to begin in talking about all...

Crushing Minds One Day At A Time

I cannot believe this semester is finally over.  It has honestly been a tough semester for me with all of the work, but I am proud that I was able to accomplish everything that I did.  One of my classes, EDDI 515, was a class that I really enjoyed.  One of the awesome...

Demystifying Therapy Part 2: Homework

Homework is an interesting and wildly debated counseling phenomenon. Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Therapy, always incorporated homework into his counseling sessions. He did this for two reasons, the first of which was had to do with his own personal...

Demystifying Therapy Part 1: The First Session

This is the first in a series of posts aimed at demystifying the counseling process so that people who believe they may benefit from counseling will know what to expect and why. When beginning counseling, the perspective client’s first stop is usually to talk to the...

The end is near! 🙂

So there are only a few weeks left in the semester!  It feels awesome to have completed so much work and to be weeks from summer vacation.    I think that completing my masters in one year has been difficult but well worth it.  The classes were tough in a way that I...

Why counselors in-training seek counseling

As counselors in training, all of my colleagues have been told to seek counseling for themselves at some point or another. Most of us have taken our professors up on that offer. One of the reasons for this recommendation from our professors is so that we can empathize...

Another Great Canisius Experience

About 6 months ago, I received an email about retreats through campus ministries. As I was looking at the dates, I realized that the only date that worked for my schedule was my 25th birthday weekend. Ohhh what the heck? SIGN ME UP! As the date drew closer, I realized...

The Perks of Being Positive!

Hey there Griffs! Have you every found yourself grumpy and unable to get out of the mood? Do you find yourself thinking negative thoughts instead of being positive? Do you ever want to be one of those people who are happy all the time? Well you're in luck! Today I'm...

Indiana in the news

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am from Indiana. As anyone who isn't living under a rock knows, Indiana and our esteemed governor Mike Pence, have passed a new law called the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. This new law is very controversial and because...

Teaching from a Counseling Perspective

Hello, Canisius friends! I am settling into my "new position" at Sweet Home and could not be happier! While I have experienced a few challenges already, I have experienced great moments of connection with my students. While I was a substitute teacher the past few...

Student Affairs Conference in Florida

Hello Everybody, I know everybody must be getting excited about Spring Break.  I know I am! Today, I just wanted to talk about my journey I had in Tampa, Florida this past week. One of the perks about being in the College Student Personnel Administration program at...

ACPA Convention 2015- all things sunshine and happiness

So as I can tell from my fellow bloggers, we have all had enough of this rough (and that is putting it lightly) Buffalo winter. Thankfully, the snow is almost all melted away and I can finally remember what grass looks like. As the season turns to spring, I am getting...

Why Canisius: A tale of circumstance

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...

Why Canisius?

What brought these students to Canisius? ...Was it fate? ...Was it the people?  ...Was it the program? I asked a couple of our bloggers the simple question: Why Canisius?   "The first thing I looked for in applying to Grad School was the Sport Administration program....

BIG changes

Earlier this week I received a phone call that will forever change my career and my view on "things happen for a reason." I was offered a long-term substitute position as a special education teacher at Sweet Home High School! I have been working within the district in...

If you think warm thoughts, summer will come..

These past few weeks have been crazy busy.  There was so much homework to be done and I felt like there was never enough time to do it.  I felt as though I made so much headway when I really just hit the tip of the iceberg.  Part of the reason I have so much work is...

Role plays… Love them or hate them?

Alright, we've all had to do them in class at one point or another right? From skits to mock interactions with others, they are probably everyone's dreaded activity. I am the world's WORST actress. I will be the first one to tell you this. Throughout my undergraduate...

Statistics, scary or beautiful?

When you think of statistics most people cringe or get this fear in their eyes of remembering their undergrad stats class and how daunting and boring it was. Just wishing that if they pass with a C grade then stats would be over in their life.   "μ = ( Σ Xi ) / N"; "x...

Cabin Fever: A Horror Story!

Hey there Griffs! I don't know about you guys, but I'm really done with winter. I live in Upstate/Central New York and I really shouldn't be complaining about it because that's what I signed up for. But alas, here I am sitting at my laptop in the dead of winter as it...

The Examined Life

"The unexamined life is not worth living." This simple, uncompromising quote is attributed to Socrates, written down by his most devoted fanboy, Plato. I came across this quote in the writings of the prolific mental health counselor and writer, Dr. Irvin Yalom....

Another week, another homework assignment

I have family that resides in Sydney, Australia.  I was lucky enough to visit them 4 years ago around this time.  It was a cold and snowy winter here, but there is was a warm and sunny summer.  It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.  Spending time with...

Graduate Information Night!

This Saturday's Graduate Information Night at the Harbor Center was a huge success and a great time! The event gave current undergraduate students an insight into what to expect as a future graduate student at Canisius.     We had current graduate students on hand to...

Giving Back

Hi all, I hope that you are all safe and warm out there! The past week has blessed with continuous, amazing opportunities to give back to people and places that have helped me become the woman I am this very day. A year ago, I was asked by the head of my academic...

What were you thinking?

That's the question I get asked all the time when people find out I moved from California. At times, I've asked the same question of myself. "What am I doing here?" But every time I ask that question, I remember. In spite of the cold, I am here in Buffalo because it...

Is Online School Right For You?

Hello Friends! THE INTERNET! What a wonderful thing, right?! We can Google anything we want to know and get a fairly accurate answer in less than five seconds. We can Skype with friends around the world! We can keep in touch with everyone and know what they had for...

It’s nice to meet you!

Hi all!  It is very exciting to be one of the newest members of Canisius College's Graduate Blog team!  I can't wait to share my experiences in regards to living in Buffalo, attending Canisius, and everything else in between!  To start I thought I would share a few...

What is the D.I Program Like?

Hello all! This is my first blog ever and I am so excited that it is with at Canisius for the Differentiated Instruction Program.  I decided to do this blog so hopefully the word gets out about this amazing program.  As a second semester graduate student, I want...

My First Blog Post: The Bloggening!

Hello ladies and Gents! Welcome to the first Blog post of many that I hope to write during my time at Canisus. My name is Parth and I’m a second year student in the Mental Health Counseling Program here. I currently also work as a Grad Assistant (for my own department...

Being a part of something great

Woah! The past few weeks have been so busy, crazy, exciting, exhausting, and every other feeling between. Between tutoring, mentoring, classes, homework, and internship, I have to force myself to sleep! But despite the busy chaos that is my life, I know that I am...

MBAPA First Course Survival Tips

    Tips For Success In Class             Fall semester was my first accounting course, and boy was it tough!   (I started in the summer with regular MBA courses as the first accounting course is only taught during the Fall/Spring) The first accounting course is...

Grad Life!

Hello everybody, Life is just sweet because it is the start of the semester and work is starting to pick up.  I could not be any happier to be in the CSPA program because I enjoy working with college students and I cannot wait to start my career in Higher Education....

Growth

Greetings, Canisius friends! I hope you all had a great first week of classes! The first week is always scary, exciting, overwhelming, and every other emotion thinkable. This being my LAST semester, I found myself having a little bit of "senioritis." I am taking a few...

Winter Break!

Hello Everybody, It is that time of year to get ready to go back to classes yet again. I hope everyone finished strong before leaving to go home for the holidays, including those who are in graduate school. Winter vacation is that magical time of year when you get a...

A different place…

Hi all, This week, I was working with a student one-on-one at my internship and I had the craziest epiphany! The student expressed having some difficulties forgiving people who have wronged him and having "resentment" toward them. Everyone can relate to forgiving...

The small things

I know that I already blogged about thankfulness a few months ago, but with Thanksgiving approaching us, I figured I’d write something special again! Things to be thankful for: family, work, food, shelter, heat, friends, clothes, the fact that our needs are being met…...

Back to the Grind!

Hello Everybody, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and ate lots of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes!  Oh, I cannot forget pumpkin pie! Yummy! Well, now that break is over, it is time to get back to the daily grind to finish off the rest of the...

HarborCenter Opening Night

On October 31, At about 5:00, I stepped off of the elevator foot on the seventh floor of the HarborCenter, Buffalo’s new state of the art hockey facility, which now serves home to the Canisius College Golden Griffins Men’s Hockey Team. As I walked into the new...

Kairos Retreat!!

Hello Everybody, It has been awhile since my last post and I deeply apologize. Grad School has been keeping me extremely busy and I absolutely love my grad program. I cannot wait to start my first position after I receive my master's degree because this has been so...

Wait, I didn’t learn this in graduate school…

Hi all, BOY, has it been a LONG, yet exciting week! As I have mentioned previously, in addition to my school counseling internship, I am a substitute teacher. I am constantly dealing with the disrespect of students in the classroom. I handle situations accordingly and...

“The Good”

Hi all, Welcome to the second part of what I'm going to call my "self harm series!" I am doing this in order to increase my own knowledge about self harm and to create awareness. When I was in 8th grade, I was introduced to this concept of "cutting." There was a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Canisius commencement with a side of bad weather!

I've finally made it through all of my classes for my program with great experiences and I earned all A's in my classes, keeping my 4.0 GPA! 🙂 I'm excited to be done with my classes although I still have the practicum/camp internship to complete this summer to...

It’s Really Over.

NO MORE CLASSES! Well at least for the semester. With the exception of 2 online finals, I am DONE! This semester has really proven to be challenging in many ways. This semester, I once again chose to work full time and attend graduate school full time. On top of all...

Two Weeks Left!

Yes, I have the countdown fully planned. This has been a crazy, challenging, and educational semester. But like many of you, I'm ready for it to be OVER. After many challenges brought on my practicum, I am able to feel more confident in my counseling skills and the...

Gifted students… What do they need?

I have been making a lot of progress with school work! There is still a lot more left to do, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far this semester! It's been a very busy semester, which is why it has moved along so fast! I am currently working hard in all of...

MSA Students Experience NCAA Tournament

On March 20th and 22nd, the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament took place right here in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center (Home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits). The tournament was co-hosted by The Metro Atlantic Athletic...

Drifting along… but in need of resources!

I have been pushing along in my classes, but have just been more busy than ever! This semester there is clearly not enough time within my work/school schedule to effectively complete my assignments in normal amounts of time - sometimes I stay up until 5 in the...

New Experiences

When I left for Mexico on a cold Buffalo winter day, I expected to get there and simply enjoy the sunshine for 10 days. I never expected to have such a great learning experience. This was my first time visiting a foreign country. Their lives are so different than the...

Getting Warmer!

It's finally getting a little nicer outside! Even though its only high 40's- its much better than the negative degree blizzard conditions we've been having all winter. Hopefully its the end of that type of weather for this year!!! My classes and work are going well...

March Madness!

March Madness is a sensation that controls that national sports world from the 2nd week of March through the first week of April. The NCAA tournament provides exciting entertainment for people of all ages and ultimately determines the National Championship team for...

Big Time Spring Break

Well, it's really not breaking news that spring break is next week. Over the past few years, I have stayed local for break due to tons of homework and work. But this year, I am venturing off to Mexico. Yes. The country. My father recently purchased a house there and...

Moving into the Internship Phase

I’d like to talk a bit about my experience moving to the internship phase of my program. I am in the Educational Leadership and Supervision program and working toward a School District Leader advanced certificate and NYS certification. Here are few things that I...

“You Know You’re In Graduate School When…

... everything you see and do is part of your discipline." This is something that a former undergraduate friend of mine retweeted on Twitter. I couldn't help but laugh out loud. It was ironic because that day I had thought about what I was going to blog about this...

A little bit of a change…

Well, I have worked extremely hard the last 8 weeks, and I am just about done with my one class! Just part of the final exam is still left, but I am pretty much done! 🙂 I do still have all my other classes and work each week so I will still be very busy, but...

Wiped Out!

Well... I am hanging in there (sort of). I literally have been so busy and tired from work though; its definitely the most challenging semester yet to manage since all of my classes are challenging in the amount of work required in such short time periods! I feel like...

Growth

Have you ever worked at a place or been in a situation where the people around you were only telling you the things that you were doing wrong? I know I have. But in the Mental Health/School Counseling program, I am finding that I am experiencing the opposite. Sure,...

The Importance of Networking!

The Canisius MSA Program has been planning many exciting events these last couple of weeks! On February 25th the Admissions Department and The Sports Administration Department got together for a student recruitment event. The event was held at the Sabres Stadium....

Greetings!

Hello! I’m a newcomer to the graduate student blog and I am in the Educational Leadership and Supervision program. More specifically, I am working toward my School Building Leader and School District Leader Advanced Certificate and NYS SBL/SDL Certification and my...

The Weather…

It's that time of year when all everyone is talking about is the weather. It's too cold. It's too rainy. Winter needs to be over. I'm "over" the snow. Yeah I'm sure you've all heard at least one of those phrases these past few weeks. And I'm sure you've even been the...

MSA Students Take On Dallas!

Official Sponsor of the 2014 U.S.A. Olympians, Chobani Greek Yogurt did not make it to Sochi, Russia due to a dispute with the Russian Government. According to an article published in the New York Times, Russian authorities would not allow delivery of the yogurt...

Taking Opportunities

"Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them." Jim Carrey Last Wednesday, myself, five other Masters in Sport Administration (MSA) students, and Dr. O’Rourke, our director of sport administration, returned from...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! To many this "hallmark holiday" symbolizes love for their significant other or perhaps their family. Sure, Valentine's Day is great. People give you chocolate, candy, and cards. But why do we give these things? For most of us, we give...

Survey Says?!?

Everything has been going great with my classes, just keeping very busy! It's been somewhat difficult lately with managing all of my readings, papers, and assignments since each class is really demanding a lot right now, especially with me taking an accelerated course...

Phew.

Phew. One year of graduate school complete! It's hard to believe that just one year ago I moved to Buffalo to begin this journey through my Master's degree. Throughout my year at Canisius I have heard many phrases about the School Counseling/Mental Health program that...

Respect

We all have professors that we LOVE and ones that don't always make us the happiest students, but we respect them anyway. Part of being a graduate student and as professional counselors in training we have to act the part of a professional both in class and in...

Ethical Issues of Sport

Did you hear the latest news about Alex Rodriguez? Once again, rumors are out that he has been doping throughout his career.  Although these issues are returning, the Yankees still aren’t throwing A- Rod to the side. It has been said that A -Rod may show up to...

The Price of Working in College Athletics

First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Garrett Layton, I'm 23 years old and am in my second year as a graduate assistant in charge of multimedia in the Athletic Communication department here at Canisius College. By no means was or am I an english major, so I...

February Already?!?

Wow! January has left us in a flash, and February is now here! We sure had a VERY cold January so I am a little bit worried about how February will turn out since it is usually one of the coldest months here in Buffalo. I am hoping it will get a little milder soon so...

Addicts are just like you and me?

During my first semester in the counseling program, I attended two Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings as a requirement for class. I attended the meetings and wrote the paper as required, but I did not give these meetings much thought. This semester, I have been given...

Settling In…Or not. (just yet)

It has been a hectic first few weeks between classes and work, but I'm hanging in there! I would not necessarily recommend anyone to take the specific course load I am taking along with work each day, it is exhausting to say the least! I don't have much of a life...

A Week Gone Already?

I am in complete shock that I am already 2 weeks in to this semester! It does not seem possible! I am continuing to become acclimated to both of the schools I will be working at for my practicum placement. The teachers that I have met and worked with thus far seem...

Welcome back!

Here we are! We are back into the swing of things for the spring semester of 2014 and as much as I dread all of the reading and papers, (who doesn't) having a routine again brings back the much needed structure. Sure, it's going to be a difficult task leaving my comfy...

January Chills!

Happy New Year!!! (and semester!) With the temperatures being as cold as they are, I thought the headline "January Chills" would definitely be appropriate!! Also, I chose this headline because I am still somewhat "chilled" about starting up the semester and getting...

Transitions For a Busy Semester

Sure, I can take four classes, complete 100 hours of an internship, participate in a student mentor program and work 40 hours. Well at least that’s what I said two months ago when I registered for classes. This semester, I’m saying “What were you thinking?” With all...

Wrapping up more than just the semester

 

 

As the semester has concluded and days and nights filled with studying, reseaching, and writing final assignments, I feel a sense of relief as I can relax for a few weeks before starting my second semester here at Canisius College.

2014

I was going to insert a super cheesy quote about beginning 2014 with all of these endless possibilities but I'll save you all from that tacky nonsense. (You're welcome) Please don't get me wrong, I definitely enjoy the feelings that are associated with a "fresh...

Career Ideas

It is amazing how many hours can be found in one single day once you remove all of the work for graduate school!  I mean, I genuinely love learning and bettering myself in all facets of life but a break always feels best when it is well deserved. I can actually enjoy...

Final Thoughts… Christmas and a New Year Approaching Too!

It's finally the end of my first semester as a graduate student!!! I have worked very hard this semester and I am happy to feel very accomplished at the moment! I have learned so much information about differentiated instruction, creativity, and on how to use the...

The end is here!

Well, that was quick! As of yesterday at 3:30pm I am officially done with my first semester of graduate school in the College Student Personnel Program!! Let me just say, it is going to be one well deserved month off from classes! I’m really not sure what I am going...

Passing of a great man

 

After a long struggle with various health issues, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. An advocator for ending segregation and violence and a well loved and respected leader in South Africa for many years, Mandela has certainly left quite an impact on many.

Being Thankful

Last week, many of us sat around a table with our families and/or friends to eat lots of good food and celebrate a day of “thanksgiving.” But what about those other 364 days of the year? Shouldn’t we each take time out of our busy lives to take a moment to reflect on...