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Sunday
05/13/18

Traveling during the Semester

Posted by caaponte on May 13, 2018 in Senior Year

I have family everywhere, including the West Coast. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to make a weekend trip to LA during the semester (completely doable as long as you formulate a plan). I’m thankful for one of my best friends, Fay, to bring positivity to a weekend that was a little more difficult than most.

There will always be time if you make time.

Sunday
05/13/18

Make Time for Mom and Dad

Posted by caaponte on May 13, 2018 in Reflection, Senior Year

My parents always call and ask if they can come visit but I usually say, “Not this week, there is a ton going on so let’s postpone.” Next thing you know….I’m graduating in ONE week.

If there is a centralized theme among my blog, it would be to keep a balance of everything that is important to you. If you don’t make the time – I promise, you will regret it.

With my dad, we went to Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse where we ordered a few small plates off their menu. When I am going to a restaurant for the first time, I like to try a variety of what they serve to get a better idea of which type of food they prepare best. We talked about my hopes for what was to come in the next year and showed him pictures of Squad in order to prepare him for meeting them during Commencement weekend.

With my mom, I took her to Shea’s where we saw Phantom of the Opera. Absolute spectacular show with an extremely talented cast. I’ve been playing the infamous “Phantom of the Opera” song on repeat ever since and have attempted to reach the high notes of the song with little success. After the show, we went to The Chocolate Bar right around the corner on Chip. A few martinis later, we were both wishing we had done this more often and I was wishing I had made the time.

Moral of the story: Make time for those that raised you and those that gave you the opportunity to continue on in the pursuit of a higher education.

 

 

Tuesday
05/08/18

Sunsets at Baird Point

Posted by caaponte on May 8, 2018 in Senior Year

Have you sat and watched a sunset at Baird Point yet? It was one of those things I always said I would get around to but never did. I highly recommend it.

Earlier last week, I was there to watch my first. I’ve seen sunsets in the world’s driest desert (San Pedro de Atacama in Chile), Malibu, Orlando, Austin, and all throughout Western New York. But I can testify that there is nothing like a sunset in Buffalo. I’m not sure if it’s the combination of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie or what but the view is certainly spectacular. Especially in the fall. I remember walking back from dinner at C3 and having to stop just to gaze at its beauty.

It wasn’t crowded, there was a perfect spot for my friend and I to sit and chat. Someone sat far off to our left and was playing guitar. Beautiful view, acoustics in the background, good company….nothing better.

Friday
05/04/18

Ceremonies on Ceremonies

Posted by caaponte on May 4, 2018 in Buffalo, Futuristic Thinking, Reflection, Senior Year

In the next month, I have the following:

  1. Senior Brunch
  2. Signing of THE Bull
  3. Senior Ceremony for Alpha Sigma Tau
  4. Honors College Graduation
  5. Graduation for the Department of Romance Languages (Spanish minor, hola como estas???)
  6. ALANA Ceremony
  7. ….and then the official graduation for Biomedical Sciences majors

I am asked my post-graduation plans more often than normal which can often leave me feeling overwhelmed. But really, it reminds me how LUCKY we are to have even had the opportunity to obtain a higher education – or even an education of this caliber. We started freshmen year staring at the seniors in awe and somewhere along the line we became upperclassmen, too. We better continue to check off more items our bucket lists….time is ticking.

 

SIXTEEN DAYS AWAY….

Thursday
04/26/18

Did someone say wings??

Posted by caaponte on April 26, 2018 in Buffalo

After careful judgment and lots of trail and error, I’ve composed a list of the best places to get wings in Buffalo. I strongly encourage taking the time to go off campus every once in awhile and trying out one our many local hotspots.

Bar Bill

Gabriel’s Gate

9/11 Tavern

Bobby J’s

Grovers (just a heads up, cash only! Also the home of a unique selection of burgers)

Klimex

Pearl Street

Bellevue Hotel

Macs

Enjoy exploring Buffalo!

Tuesday
03/27/18

I am the Bahama Mama

Posted by caaponte on March 27, 2018 in Reflection, Senior Year, Uncategorized

My favorite thing in the world is watching the sunrise and the sunset with people close to me.

Be quick about it – just like Robert Frost said, “Nothing gold can stay.” The majestic nature of both the sunrise and the sunset are so beautiful that it is impossible for them to last longer than a few minutes. The small portion of the day that they reveal themselves is what makes them so special.

Tuesday
03/27/18

Love for Squad

Posted by caaponte on March 27, 2018 in Buffalo, Family, Reflection, Senior Year

SPRING BREAK AM I RIGHT!?

I was lucky enough to go on a cruise with 30+ of my friends where we sailed off to Port Carnaval and the Bahamas. Upon returning, everyone asked how it was but WHERE do I even begin?

I can tell you we didn’t get a full group picture and that everyone on the ship knew the Buffalo group VERY well. We’re a group of charismatic people…what can I say.

I can tell you we tried new foods..and lots of it. From duck to grouper to steak to cakes and pastries and back again.

I can tell you we had no service and were all pleasantly surprised with how good it felt to step away from social media.

I can tell you to wear sunscreen and to expect sand to take days to completely come out of your hair (and suitcase).

I can tell you that the Bahamas sunrise is worth waking up early. The water is as crystal clear as it appears on Google. No one Michael Jackson himself spent $100,000+ to spend a mere four nights in Atlantis (more than once I might add). Oh, and add watching the sunset with your best friends to your bucket list.

I can tell you that it was incredible to be surrounded by people in such a great mood. The positive spirit was contagious and I can’t wait to make more memories with these amazing people.

Specifically, I can’t reveal much more. Why?

1. Because there is not enough space in this blog and 2. Because some things stay between my friends and myself.

But….I can tell you that time is the one thing we can never get back. No matter how much money you make or how successful you are, you can never go back in time.

So thank you Squad 🙂 For understanding that I’m still adjusting to my new sense of self, for understanding my limitations, for being a shoulder to lean on when I needed it most (shoutout to Jesse, Shannon, and Christina), for missing my corny jokes (shoutout to Keesh), for welcoming us all in your home (shoutout to Ebron) and for reminding me that I’m still me (shoutout to you all). I love you more than I can express in this blog post.

 

Tuesday
03/13/18

I miss you, Kate

Posted by caaponte on March 13, 2018 in Family, Reflection

Going to school means sacrificing time spent with family and friends with the hope that upon graduation, you can return to your respective home and finally catch up to those you’ve neglected during the semester. You trust that everyone will still be there. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case.

I lost a very good friend of mine this past week, 23 years young. I have trouble concentrating when my mind is already busy reminiscing. It’s hard to expect that over the duration of four years – nothing traumatic could possibly occur that may interrupt your studies. Kate wouldn’t want to distract me, in fact she’d want the very opposite. She was always adamant that I stay focused and encouraged me to finish my last semester at UB strong.

I’ve been going through old letters she had written me and I cannot believe how much time has passed. They say there is no time like the present and that’s because you can never guarantee that time will stop while you’re busy working in another direction.

She would want me to be happy and do well in my last semester. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to work harder than ever to make her proud.

Tuesday
03/13/18

Graduating? Who..me!?

Posted by caaponte on March 13, 2018 in Futuristic Thinking, Reflection, Senior Year

I have completely ignored the notices to pick up my cap and gown until now. It wasn’t really the money…it was more about facing the fact that I am graduating in just a couple weeks and I do not want to face it.

No more spontaneous trips to Buffalo’s many places to eat

No more going downstairs to find my housemates

…no more stealing my housemates’ food

No more texting our GroupMe to meet up every night of the week

No more stressing over exams (yes, I am going to miss that)

There is something so incredible in stressing over the same things with a large group of people. We are not all certain about where we are headed to upon graduation. But, that’s okay. Whether we are in Buffalo or some other city, I know we are all confidently moving to the next step.

 

Now for that cap and gown…..

Tuesday
01/30/18

New Year, New Me…Literally

Posted by caaponte on January 30, 2018 in Senior Year

First day of school and we are asked to introduce ourselves. Normally not an issue…except for this time.

I had double jaw surgery on January 4th, 2018 but had to go back into surgery on January 26th, 2018 to readjust the lower jaw. So this means my braces are still on, people are still unable to recognize me, I can’t open my mouth wide enough to pronounce words correctly, parts of my face are still numb, and I still do not know what the end product will be. My surgeon can show me the schematics of his incisions but not of the covering tissue.

So what does this mean for me?

It is truly a test of patience and bravery. Patience because it is uncommon to have to go in for a second operation. Bravery because I am afraid I will never regain sensation in my face. The swelling should go completely down in 6 months to a year and my nerves should regain complete feeling in about a year. Every case is different so I just have to be optimistic.

Being on the liquid diet, I stop at Jamba Juice a little more often than usual and always have straws on hand.  But still, I am hungry – All. The. Time.

Doing things that are part of my normal routine help me feel more like myself. I cannot work for 2-3 weeks, I cannot workout for 6 weeks and I cannot participate in contact sports for 6 months. For right now, I feel dizzy after just 2 hours of walking around. But, I take a picture every day to remind myself how far I have come.

I do not know anyone who has had the procedure done but that’s where online blogs and YouTube videos have come in handy. Everyone says their lives have dramatically changed for the better so that helps keep me thinking positively. It will all be worth it and I can’t wait to show my before and after photos!