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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?

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...

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 ) /...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Giving Thanks

Around this time of year people are always talking about the importance of being thankful for what you have, not in terms of material items, but for your health and your family. The one thing I am most thankful for is my education. We are privileged in the United States to have the opportunity, no matter your financial or social status, to be able to attend public school. Public schools in the United States do not discriminate against one’s gender or race as many other cultures do.

How Might Collaboration Be Valuable for Teachers??

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller Well its about that time of the semester! There is a lot of work to get done all at once, and I feel like I basically have no life! Although, I have learned so much valuable information during this...

What is MY job NOW as a school counselor?

As a certified teacher, I have experience in various types of schools, in different grade levels, and different subjects. However, yesterday while helping my struggling mentee from Sweet Home, I found myself saying “Wow! I’m not the teacher anymore.” Now, I have to...

Great Job

 

Great job. Way to go. Oh yes, I am very excited.

These phrases are usually spoken and read as being positive; however, they can also be sarcastic where in fact the person did not do a good job on something and the person is not excited. The phrases change depending on the inflection a person uses to speak the words, or the context clues if the words are written down

Unexpected Networking

When I started the CSPA program at Canisius, I had no idea that I would meet so many people in the field! I mean, this isn’t to say that I did not meet people through my undergrad. Sure, I was often assigned group projects and I met other students through my...

How Do You Cope?

As a professional school counselor in training, I will continuously be asking my clients to develop coping mechanisms to adjust to the changes of their every day lives. Each and every person is different in how they cope with changes and struggles. Some draw near to...

Veteran’s Day Reflection

One of the final assignments for one of the classes I am taking is to research an assigned sect of refugee peoples in terms of why they leave their native countries, what type of education they receive while living in deplorable conditions, and what we can do as teachers to help students in refugee situations to succeed.

How Can You Be A More Effective Teacher?!?

"When teachers effectively differentiate instruction, there is a continuous flow in the processes of teaching, learning, and assessment. These components operate not as steps that we follow, but rather as a continuous cycle, each process informing the next." - Heacox...

Creativity and Teaching- A Two For One Approach!

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."- TJ Wow, it sure has been getting cold these last few weeks! We actually just had our Graduate Open House on Saturday, it was a rainy and windy day, but the day went smoothly and I believe...

Gratification

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” - Robert Collier I guess most people would not know this about me by simply reading a blog post online, but I’ve been working on a huge weight loss goal for myself.  November 6th marked NINE months of...

Stepping Outside of Graduate School

                      This past winter, I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College specifically for my graduate program in school counseling. During my first semester, I lived on campus. While living on campus, I had the opportunity to attend sporting events and...

Spring Registration? Already?

Spring Registration has already arrived! We have flown through this semester quite fast! In all my classes there have been discussions about which classes are offered, which are not, and how this affects graduation down the road.  In the Counseling Graduate program,...

Books. Libros. Książki. Livres. книг.

I work at a local library and the topic for discussion today revolved around our patrons who are natively from acountry other than the United States, but have since moved here. Many of these patrons have a limited English proficiency and have ordered books in their own language about an array of topics. Since our small town population for years was mainly just English speaking Americans with a few Spanish speakers here and there, our book collection consists of majority English books, with a small section with Spanish books. Now, since our town population is becoming more diverse, we are shifting some of the books on the shelves to make room for a new worldly section for books in other languages. There was debate over how the books should be organized: Should there even be a separate section? Should the books be shelved by language? Should the books be shelved by topic, regardless of language? Should the language be posted on the spine of the book for people to see?

Feeling Fulfilled

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” -Leonardo Da Vinci Since starting my assistantship at Medaille College, (conveniently within walking distance to Canisius College) I have been learning so much more about higher...

Don’t Discount Content Knowledge

Yesterday I was a substitute in an ESL class. I always love working with ESL students, hence my graduate program specification, because ESL students have this desire to learn and the look that graces their faces when a concept is finally understood, shows me my job as a teacher does not go unnoticed. So in the classes yesterday, students were at a variety of language proficiency levels. For example, one student just arrived in the United States this week, and he knows no English, only Spanish; conversely, there are students who fully understand English, but struggle reading and writing in the English language.

Halfway

 “Ohhhhh We’re Halfway There” -Bon Jovi  I can’t help but think of belting the lyrics to Bon Jovi’s, “Livin’ on a Prayer” when we’ve reached this point of the semester.  I am shocked that it is already week NINE of my first semester of graduate school at Canisius! Now...

Can Learning Be Fun?!?

                                  Let's Make Learning FUN~ Strategy Style!!! “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Gandhi I have definitely learned a lot in the past two months regarding differentiated instruction!! I took in a...

Creative Projects For Gifted Education!

                        Being Creative in Gifted Education "When everyone thinks alike, no one thinks very much." Wow! Half of the semester is over already!! This semester has been flying by since I have been keeping myself very busy each day. I have been learning a...

Are We Falling Behind?

Last night I went to the movies to see “Captain Phillips”. Highly recommended! Especially after reading an interview with the actual Captain Phillips who explains the movie is very close to the actual events that took place, I loved the movie even more. It was full action from beginning to end with an amazing story of one man and his crew’s quick thinking survival skills. For those who are not familiar with the story and/or movie, it takes place on a cargo ship that Captain Phillips is directing through the dangerous waters of the Somali Basin when his ship is attacked by Somalian pirates. The story revolves around Captain Phillips protecting his crew and how he handled the piracy invasion.

Commuter Life

I never realized how lucky I was as an undergraduate student at Canisius to live on campus in the residence halls for all four years. I could leave Bosch, Dugan or Village ten minutes before class started and still have time to spare. (Not to mention the wonderful...

The Creativity Unfolds Within…

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up." I have been learning a lot of valuable information in my classes so far, and I am beginning to see how all of my classes connect together through different ideas. The class that I am...

TESOL methods in the flesh

 

A student in my 11th grade English class is from Ecuador. She is here for one year as part of an exchange program and her goal is to learn English so when she goes back to her native country, she will be able to get a job. She went on to explain to me about how in Ecuador in the business world you are not even looked at as a candidate if you do not know at least two languages. Through our conversation I learned a lot about the Ecuadorian school system and how the English they are taught is more of a British English than an American English. Also, there are no paper handouts. Students receive CDs for every class with all homework assignments and handouts to be completed at home and submitted online. This alleviates papers being misplaced, and students receive instant feedback. I thought this was quite creative and maybe I will use something similar in the future with certain units.

Transition Talk

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -Andy Warhol When I made the decision to return to Canisius for graduate school, I had no idea that I would struggle with the transition. I mean, I only took one year off to teach in...

Is this real life!?

I would like someone to pinch me because I’m 100 % positive that my current reality is all still a dream. Yes, I feel like David after the dentist, constantly asking myself, “Is this real life!?” (Search it on YouTube!) I need to rewind a bit because last time I...

GETTING IN THE SWING OF THINGS!

"Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune." I am much more in the swing of things since my last post! I am getting a routine down, and becoming more comfortable with my schedule. I am definitely  enjoying learning about...

It’s that time of year again…

Summer has once again come to an end as the fall air is upon us. The days of reading a great book while the waves crash at my feet has been replaced by nights of grading papers and lesson planning- for the time being at least.

NEW FISH IN THE SEA!

“Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals.” - Randy Pausch   I am just getting started in the Differentiated Instruction program at Canisius College. I am brand new to this program, and to Canisius College as well. There has definitely...