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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.




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)


Pearl Street

Bellevue Hotel


Enjoy exploring Buffalo!


Love for Squad

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


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.



The Buffalo Experience

Posted by caaponte on February 13, 2017 in Buffalo

I remember feeling guilty so guilty as I approached my first Thursday concert at Canalside. Less than 30 minutes away, every Thursday, was a free concert. Going into my sophomore year, I thought I at least had a pretty good idea of what it was like to live in Buffalo but apparently I was all wrong.

First off, if you’re planning on going to a chain restaurant for dinner, think again. Buffalo is home to a number of unique, diverse places to go out and eat. Buffalo gets the idea that it isn’t just about the food..but it is also about the experience as a whole.


If you’re looking to try a new burger..try Grover’s.


If you’re looking to go out and watch the game…head to the 716.


If you’re a cheese-fanatic…bring your friends to Chef’s.


If it’s the time of the week for tacos…La Casa Azul will be the place to go.


If you’re looking for quality breakfast and a nice cup of coffee…check out Sophia’s.


If you need your fill of chocolate…The Chocolate Bar is here to satisfy your craving.


If you can’t find parking for the Sabres game…park at the casino nearby (for free I should add).


If spring has begun and you’re still feeling the freshman fifteen as you’re about to finish your junior year…go online to see the free classes Canalside offers throughout the week (Zumba included).


AND if you have never been…one of the 7 wonders of the World is practically right around the corner and across the Peace Bridge. Even in the winter, as I have included, Niagara Falls is absolutely beautiful.


So for those of you who were like me and lived on campus, I advise you to spend one night every week/month/semester trying something new at a place unique to Buffalo. That way, upon graduation, you can honestly say you have truly experienced Buffalo (and four of its winters).