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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.

 

 

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….

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…..

Wednesday
11/22/17

It’s a Wrap

Posted by caaponte on November 22, 2017 in Fall Semester, Reflection, Senior Year

After physical testing, academic review, interviewing, and a boat load of paperwork. I am finally finished with my application to the Health Professions Scholarship Program through the United States Navy. If I’m one of the lucky few, the fingerprints I took this morning will lead to serving our military personnel as a General Dentist.

 

Are you tough enough for this?

Are you ready to wake up at 4am to workout?

Are you aware you may be at sea?

Are you able to assert yourself in a group full of veterans?

 

For me, it is a crucial portion of my ultimate goal. The combination of serving my country and traveling while utilizing the skillset I will have acquired in dental school….I cannot think of anything better.

In the next few months, so much is about to be uncovered. I have never been in a position where I won’t know where I’ll be in the next year. But in less than 20 days…. I will know where I stand for the rest of my life. This career offers so much growth and I cannot wait to begin the next chapter of my journey.

Tuesday
10/10/17

AmeriCorps Here She Comes

Posted by caaponte on October 10, 2017 in Reflection, Senior Year

Amidst the semester, it is so important to have a support group. While you’re finding your own path, it’s a beautiful thing to have someone working alongside you while they find theirs.

That being said – today my best friend is leaving for a year to work with AmeriCorps. She is older than I am and is ready to take the next step in helping others the best way she can. Her work to assist in emergency relief will bring smiles to many and her charisma will certainly lift a burden off of those who need it the most. To recognize how blessed you are and how much you have to give – is one of the most admirable qualities a person can have. And I call her my best friend.

Selfishly, I would love to have her here with me in Buffalo. But I know that I should look at the big picture. What is the big picture? People are placed strategically in our lives – at least that is what I believe – and she was here when I needed her and now its time for her to be there for others that need her.

Take a long, hard look at your friend circle. You pick out a social worker named Emily, a future Physical Trainer named Mardi, a future engineer named Zack, a future doctor named Shawn, and a future dentist in yourself. At some point we will all take a turn that we feel is best for our personal and professional development. It is the most bittersweet thing I’ve ever known. Our time here at UB has a time limit but the memories we have made here do not have to.

Moral of the story – Good luck Emily! Buffalo will miss you so much. We cannot wait to hear about the difference you have made.

Tuesday
09/26/17

90 in September

Posted by caaponte on September 26, 2017 in Fall Semester, Reflection, Senior Year

I will not be complaining about this one. It’s incredible and extremely relaxing that it is so beautiful out in Buffalo. Not a cloud in the sky and I even got myself some tan lines. I’m not the girl that gets excited for fall festivities by any means so I am absorbing every bit of sunshine that I can.

Homework outside, games outside, Bills tailgates in the blazing sun, running outside…I am not ready to give it up.

It brings about a completely different element when you can actually get work done while enjoying the sunshine. The sun makes people happy and you can see it everywhere on campus.

Wherever I end up next year and whether there are more cloudy days than sunny days – Buffalo has taught me to appreciate the little things and take advantage of the sunshine when I can.

Thursday
09/21/17

How Do You Decompress?

Posted by caaponte on September 21, 2017 in Fall Semester, Mental Health, Reflection, Senior Year

We get so focused on managing our “To-Do” list that we forget to do fun and simple things. I remember being asked, “what do you do for fun?” and I did not have an answer.

What do you mean?

“I have 3 homework assignments due this week, an exam tomorrow, a group project with a group that can never find a time to meet, my friend’s birthday is tomorrow, and I should probably go grocery shopping before I starve. So what exactly do you mean I need to make time for fun.”

With a little less sass, that was my response. But after reflecting on how living a life SO focused on my surroundings – I see that the end result is far from what I had anticipated. When I did not take time for myself to decompose and do things that I enjoyed doing on my own, my academics and personal life took a heavy toll.

There’s no perfect formula with how to manage your time. If you find one – let me know. You’ll probably make millions. But if there is any advice I can give underclassmen (or anyone for that matter), it is to find balance. Otherwise, you will wear yourself out.

Choose a monotonous activity that decompresses you. Our brains are not designed to work hard from the minute we wake up to the minute we go to sleep. So BE KIND to your hard-working, mental machine.