Last fall, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and it was definitely an experience of a lifetime. While I had a few reservations about traveling to a foreign country for the first time in my life (besides Canada), I was able to get over some of those fears by doing some research and getting advice from students that have studied abroad before.
There are a lot of study abroad myths floating around, whether you've heard them through word-of-mouth or have found them on the interwebs, so I am here to bust those myths and get you one step closer to studying abroad in the country of your dreams!
Myth #1: Studying abroad is too expensive for me.
Reality: There is some truth to this myth, but it is totally up you how much you are willing to spend. The cost of study abroad is often almost equal to what you are paying at your home institution (including room & board). If you are good at budgeting your money, then you can figure out the best way to stretch your dollars. If you aren't good at budgeting, now is a great time to start learning! Chances are, whatever scholarships you have earned at your home institution will transfer over to your study abroad school. Obviously, each school has their own rules, so if you need to get a hold of some more cash there are a number of scholarships out there that are specifically for study abroad students.
Myth #2: I have to be able to speak the language of the host country.
Reality: While it is definitely helpful to know a foreign language, it is usually not necessary in order to study abroad. Again, this rule will change depending on what country/institution you choose to go to. In my experience while studying in Florence, all of my classes were taught in English and I was required to take an intro Italian class according to my school's policies. When in doubt, research your institution’s requirements, or study in an English-speaking country like Australia or the UK.
Myth #3: There are no programs that fit my academic needs and transferring credits is a pain.
Reality: Like with your college search here in the United States, you most likely chose your school based on its program offerings among other criteria. The same applies for foreign institutions; they have their strengths and weaknesses, but it's up to you to pick one that best fits your needs. As far as transferring credits, your home institution should be able to help you out with determining what credits will transfer and they will account for the different credit systems that certain countries use.
Myth #4: I can only take courses in my major.
Reality: Unless you are in danger of not graduating on time, then this should not be an issue. While it is a good idea to take a few courses in your major, it is also important to explore new things and take some interesting electives that are not offered by your home institution. I took a Food & Wine Pairing class as a free elective, and I absolutely have no regrets about that! Just make sure that you will be receiving credit at your home institution ahead of time, whether your classes count towards your major or are free electives, and you'll be golden.
Myth #5: Employers, grad schools, etc. will not care about my study abroad experience.
Reality: This myth couldn't be further from the truth! Studying abroad is a great resume builder, and it shows that you have a well-rounded educational experience. It also shows that you can adapt to a variety of situations, and it highlights your foreign language skills!
Myth #6: Studying abroad is a glorified vacation. You're only there to party and have fun.
Reality: Studying abroad is what you make of it. You can choose to study hard, learn new things, and expand your horizons. OR you can drink like a fish, become a prime target for pickpockets, and blow away your life savings. I'm not saying you can't enjoy your free time while abroad, but having fun is best done in moderation. Just balance your schoolwork and social life like you would back home, and you won't get yourself into any trouble.
When you decide to study abroad, it is best to plan ahead and try to be prepared for whatever obstacles may be in your way.
Utilize your home institution's resources and be in close contact with their study abroad office.
Have fun! Yes, you are there to study, but when will you get another chance to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time and experience so many new things? Take advantage of the opportunities you have now, and I'm sure you won't regret it!
Is your summer 2015 jam starting to get old? Worry not! Just because the summer's over, it doesn't mean your playlist has to be. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and a hoodie, and check out these trending tracks that might just be your soundtrack this Fall!
1. "Wildest Dreams" - Taylor Swift: Taking a step in a different direction than pop anthems like "Style" and "Bad Blood," Swift gives us a synthesized ballad some say remind them of Lana del Rey and Lorde.
2. "Something Better" - Audien ft. Lady Antebellum: An unexpected collaboration of artists from EDM and country, this is what Lady A sounds like remixed over dubstep.
3. "Downtown" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (and quite a few others!): Ever wonder what it's like to ride a moped around the city? Join Mackelmore, Ryan Lewis, and a bunch of old school rappers as they blend together elements from different genres and generations of music in this epic collaboration.
4. "Marvin Gaye" - Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor: Just like they say it in the song, groove on through Kissmas Bash artist Charlie Puth's fresh take on an old classic.
5. "Here" - Alessia Cara: This atypical low key song shows a new side of life at a house party. So "kick it and just listen to some music with a message."
6. "Stitches" - Shawn Mendes: Gaining popularity after opening for Taylor Swift, this Kissmas Bash artist sings about a painful past relationship on this upbeat acoustic track.
7. "Hula Hoop" - OMI: OMI's second single borrows our favorite musical elements of "Cheelreader" and pairs them wiith a catchy hook that will be stuck in your head all day.
8. "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" - Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend: You'll find yourself dreaming of this relaxed love song produced in Meghan Trainor's signature 50's style swag.
9. "Ex's and Oh's" - Elle King: Crossing over from alternative to pop, Elle King dominates in this rock-inspired anthem.
10. "Hold Each Other" - A Great Big World ft. Futuristic: "When the days get short and the nights get a little bit colder," listen to this inspirational soft pop song.
What are interns? Do they just grab coffee, make copies, and then stare into the abyss just to receive college credit? Well… For the most part… Not at all! At least that hasn’t been my experience at Kiss whatsoever!
Hey everyone! My name is Matt Lunghino and I'm a new intern with Jud at Kiss 98.5.
What is my job as a Kiss intern? For starters, if you’ve ever wondered who the voice is on the other line when you’re calling in for a contest, it’s most likely me! I also post on the station’s Facebook page, update sections of the Kiss website, and sometimes I even man the front desk and hand out prizes to our lucky listeners!
However, my responsibilities don’t stop there. Over the course of the semester, I will be dabbling in the more technical aspects of radio, including sound production and learning how to operate the sound board.
Outside of my role as a Kiss intern, I am a Communication Studies major at Canisius College. In my spare time I sing with the school’s acapella group and I participate in a number of theatrical productions on-campus.
For my actual source of income, I make coffee… And I’m not kidding about that! I’m a barista at the Wegmans Coffee Shop (yes, we make pumpkin spice lattes…)
I hope you learned a little bit about me and what I do here at the station. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks for some more blog posts, so let me know what interests you and what you would like me to write about!
Imagine walking into a live radio broadcast right after sending a moped to Macklemore in LA. And that’s just week one.
It’s the life of an intern with Jud at Kiss 98.5.
As soon as I walked in on my first day, I was surrounded by the media culture; people all over the room were browsing top Facebook posts, calling record labels, and broadcasting live.
Before long, I was inside one of those live sessions, shadowing Jud as he scheduled music, recorded spots, and checked trends, seamlessly tying songs together and promoting station events.
The biggest event: Kissmas Bash 2015. The station is buzzing with updates on potential acts and tickets. I’ve spent time researching artist stats and hearing about who just might be in or out. The concert is conveniently scheduled on December 13th, right at the end of my semester – the grand finale to my internship.
As an intern, most of my work involves social media. I’ve been scheduling posts for Kiss’s 80,000 Facebook fans and updating concert information on the Kiss website’s homepage. But my internship expands beyond just social media to helping the station with other things like taking calls and contacting winners.
Throughout the semester, I can’t wait to learn more about the inner workings of the radio station, like how to schedule music and eventually how to write and produce my own spot.
And of course, I'll be writing updates for As the Kiss-terns!
Tests, nightlife, and being on a budget are all part of college life. Sometimes it’s hard to go home after a long day and cook a full meal. Personally, I don’t like cooking everyday so finding cheap & quick ways to eat around campus was important for me. Here are my 5 favorite places to eat around the Buffalo Area…
Fuji Lunch Special is a cheap way to get your sushi fix.
Lunch special is served 11am-3pm, Monday-Saturday.
Located a quick 10 minutes away from UB North Campus on Maple Road.
They have 2 rolls for around $7.50 or 3 rolls for around $10.50 under their lunch special options and a bunch of other stuff.
I love their Hibachi Steak with fried rice.
25% of Burgers on Thursdays.
Located right near UB South Campus, on Main Street.
Favorites: Napa Valley Burger- Griddled Goat Cheese, Tomato, Baby Basil or Buffalo Burger- Hot Sauce, Blue Cheese, and Romaine Heart. You can substitute any ground beef burger with a ground chicken or veggie burger. I always go with a chicken burger. Also all burgers comes with fries!
Summer 2014 has officially begun! Last summer, we jammed to songs like “We Can’t Stop,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Get Lucky” all summer long. Now the time has come to choose a new song as the “official” song of the summer. A summer anthem must be catchy, upbeat, and exciting. Many songs have the potential to become THE summer track, but a majority of music-lovers have narrowed the search down. Below is a list of the top 10 tunes to get you in the mood for some summer fun! Which of these songs do you think should be the summer 2014 anthem?
As the sunshine and humidity take over, there's no better way to stay energized than these 3 Do It Yourself snacks. For the quick cool-off snack in between running errands, we have the frozen greek yogurt and pomegranate cubes. Need an on-the-go breakfast? These no-bake granola bars are easy to make, healthy for your body and great for a quick boost! And an easy anytime snack, frozen fruit dipped in chocolate.
1. Frozen Greek Yogurt Pom Squares
First, you will need 2 cups of 2% Greek yogurt. This is a personal preference, so pick whatever! You'll also need 1 cup powdered sugar (also known as confectinoary sugar in different packaging). And, about 2 pomegranates. You can substitute the pom seeds for anything else you'd like to add, but these are small and easy to throw in the mix. You'll also need ice cube trays for easy, no-cut cubes as a finished product.
When you have all of your ingredients together, combine them in a bowl and mix until creamy. Toss in the pom seeds and mix well. Pour the batter into ice cube trays and place trays in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours. When they're ready, just pop them out of the trays and enjoy!
2. No-Bake Granola Bars
For these bars, you will need these ingredients:
2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup agave
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
dark chocolate chips
If you have an allergy to anything in this mixture, these ingredients are easily replacable with other things! And, for a better crunch to the granola bars, bake the almonds, coconut and oats on a cookie sheet for a few minutes until lightly brown and toasted.
Over the stove in a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, agave, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Mix these ingredients until all of the brown sugar disolves. Add the toasted mixture from previously into this stove mix, and coat the oat clusters well. Pour this combined mixture into a brownie pan, and let cool completely before cutting into bars. For an extra sweet-treat, heat and drizzle spoonfuls of Nutella on top of the bars!
3. Frozen Dipped Fruit
For this snack, find any fruit of preference (mandarin oranges, apple slices and banana pieces seem to work best!) and slice them or peel them into pieces. In a double boiler on the stove, melt any kind of chocolate until smooth. Dip half of the fruit pieces in the chocoloate and lay on a prepared, wax-coated sheet. You can add coconut sprinkles, nuts, or anything on top of the melted chocolate. Freeze until solid and enjoy!
This recipe allows for lots of flexibility and creativity, so don't feel restricted!
Contrary to popular stereotype, Buffalo is not always snow and ice. Though summertime seems to come and go all too quickly, the few months of sunshine we’re blessed with are actually near perfect. With daytime temperatures generally falling in the 70s and 80s, it’s never too hot. Adequate rainfall that peaks in the overnight hours is also optimal. Unlike in the south, Western New York’s comfortable climate allows its inhabitants to genuinely enjoy the outdoors—and that’s something we certainly never take for granted.
2. The Waterfront
Foreigners always seem shocked to learn that Buffalo is surrounded by water. Nestled along the Niagara River between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario lies the City of Good Neighbors. A few minutes up the river, you’ll find the great Niagara Falls and its corresponding tourist attractions. In addition, let’s not forget the historic Erie Canal which meets the River between downtown Buffalo and the Falls. Whether you own a boat or simply appreciate the view, with so much available to us, it’s easy to get out and enjoy Western New York’s beautiful waters.
3. Outdoor Recreation
As well as the exciting activities that take place on the water, the Buffalo-Niagara region is home to a number of bike paths, hiking trails, and other areas designated for outdoor recreation. Did you know Delaware Park was designed by the same two men credited for Central Park in Manhattan?!
4. The Music Scene
Excited for Dave Matthew's annual show at Darien Lake? Or simply looking to enjoy a cheap night night out with your friends? Between First Niagara Center, Canalside, and Artpark, we've got performances to satisfy everyone. There are also many smaller venues hosting some great shows this year! The Fray will be playing at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda on July 27th —definitely something to check out.
Canal Fest, Italian Fest, Wing Fest—the list is never-ending. We've got a lot going on here in Western New York, and in true Buffalonian fashion, we're proud of it. Whether you're sampling fine dining at the Taste of Buffalo or exploring your artistic side at the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, there's always some sort of celebration happening. How wonderful is it to live in a place so lively?
6. The Wineries
Located along the lower Niagara River one can find the Niagara Wine Trail. These wineries offer a diverse selection of wines to serve all tastes. Regarded as an up-and-coming region, the Niagara Wine Trail is the perfect adventure for a multitude of occasions.
7. The Transit Drive-In
With around 360 drive-in movie theaters left across the US, the communal experience previous generations were once accustomed to has now become a rarity. Not to worry though, because Western New York has kept the tradition going strong! Looking to enjoy a night under the stars? The Transit Drive-In has got you covered. With double-features offered every night, it's a steal compared to your average movie theater. Not only that, but Tuesdays are retro movie night! They cover all your favorites from The Goonies and Jurassic Park, to Dirty Dancing and Stand By Me. My suggestion—follow @TransitDriveIn on Twitter for the latest updates on exciting events. You won't be disappointed.
Sure, we all say we're working towards those 'summer bodies' while we're at school. But what's the occasional mile here or there going towards? Goals are the biggest thing. To successfully set yourself up for a fit and toned summer, set a goal for yourself. Want to strengthen your core? Or increase flexibility? These are all achievable things that anyone can do, and with a few simple steps! Take the steps in the right direction to a fun and fit summer, starting with the basics:
1. Sneakers: To start any kind of training, make sure you're in the right pair of sneakers. Each pair is composed for different strengths and weaknesses. Some have more stability in the arches for support ad pronation (over rotation of the foot while walking or running), some have more cushioning for alleviating heel pressure or even have additinoal purposes to allow for transitioning to cross training. My suggestion is to go to a specialized store to find what your fit and need is, and then shop around for a brand you like that carries what your feet require. I'm biased towards Asics, but it's all personal preference!
2. Attire: As cliche as it may be, the running 'look' does not a runner make. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that you're ready to sweat in! There's no special type of clothing that will make you perform better, run faster, or lift more. There's clothing that have moisture wicking abililties, or other added features that will help maintain comfort while working out. Again, it's more of a personal preference than anything, simple athletic shorts and cotton t's will do the trick just fine!
3. Hydrate: The big rule, is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! No matter how much physical activity you're planning on participating in per day, your body must be prepped and able to perform without dehydrating. Your muscles need to be functioning to their peak ability to perform at their best, especially for training purposes. Before working out, depending on what you will be doing, a minimum of 32 oz. should be consumed within the hour and a half leading up to working out. Hydrate in between exercise, and replenish after as well. About 64 oz. should be consumed post-workout to replenish and continue to hydrate for the rest of the day. In addition to hydrating, consuming small meals will benefit your workouts. Eat a small meal with protein an hour and a half prior to working out, and small snacks throughout if needed. Things like nuts and dried fruit are perfect for boosting energy and regulating metabolism. And as always, carbohydrates are the best for prepping for long endurance workouts two days in advance!
These few tips are the basics for starting any kind of training, no matter how intensive. Every new beginning comes from somewhere, and these three tips will prepare you for anything that will kick start summer in a fit and fun way!
The Class of 2014 will be graduating high school within these next few weeks! Before you leave for college in the fall, take time to appreciate these every day luxuries.
#1: Home cooking This goes without saying…the worst part about going away to school is eating the dining hall food. While most college campuses provide a couple of different dining halls, there isn’t much variety among them. If you want to purchase your own food to cook in the tiny kitchens, that’s not always a bad idea. Grocery shopping can add up, so beware!