Spring into Buffalo!

By Tyler Compo

With spring quickly coming upon us everyone is forming a huge case of Spring Fever after living through another cold Buffalo winter. With the warmer weather finally moving in, the activities to do in Buffalo is about to rise! Here’s a list of things to do in Buffalo once the spring weather finally blossoms:

1 – Attend a Bisons game – Going to a Bisons game is a classic Buffalo past time. The home opener is on April 17th at 6 pm against Rochester. These games are always action packed and full of passionate baseball fans. The home opener will be capped off with an amazing firework show!

2 – Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin Square – Food Truck Tuesday is a classic Buffalo night that happens weekly once the weather gets warmer. The Flying Bison and Buffalo Brewing Company give out samples of famous and new drafts and many different buffalo food places bring food trucks. Live music and good food bring a fun and entertaining atmosphere!

3 – Visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – There’s no better way to experience spring than being surrounded by bright and colorful flowers. The Botanical Gardens are home of many different vibrant flowers which can make any normal afternoon into an adventure. The combination of the flower amorous and color should make you feel that spring is finally here!

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Valentine’s Day is Here!

February, 14th the day to celebrate love with your loved one

Valentine’s Day, the one day a year meant for the people you love. It could be the most important man or woman in your life, your best friend or even your furry friend. Today is a day to celebrate love and the joy of being able to share your heart with another person.

If you are looking for something to do for your special someone whomever it may be these ideas may be just something you can look out for. A Starry Night Valentine Hike for those who are a little more adventurous. The cold won’t stop you as you go snowshoeing through Buffalo’s Tifft Nature Preserve.

For those who are a little scared of the cold, Casablanca will be shown at the Screening Room in Amherst to cuddle up with for dinner and a movie. This traditional, laid back Valentine’s Day date will be relaxing and enjoyable for you and your loved one as you relax and celebrate the love you have created.

The article boasts several amazing, simple and inexpensive ideas for those who are truly busy but want to spend a quality day together to celebrate each other. For more information, you can click the link below to indulge in some sweet dates to make your loved one feel loved and appreciated this Valentine’s Day.

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Tyler’s College Experience

After a couple of weeks at Red door I feel like I am settling into the work and the atmosphere. I feel as though I am already learning a lot and gaining valuable experience outside of schoolwork, but in this blog, I wanted to talk about school, specifically Daemen College which is where I am currently finishing up my undergraduate degree in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I also wanted to talk about college as a whole and talk about my own experience with it.

              At first glance I feel as though people see Daemen College as a small school that doesn’t have much to offer. With the small size of campus people seem to give it a bad reputation, as colleges are often judged based on their student body and campus size. Daemen college may be a small school but it uses that to its advantage. When going to a small school, students can connect more with other students and their professors, as class sizes are significantly smaller. I am currently in a class that has 5 other students in it and we all sit around a meeting table and discuss marketing trends. It’s with these smaller class sizes and connections we can make to our professors that allow us to make the most of our years in college in terms of academics.

              I was skeptical at first of going to Daemen for the same reason I’m sure many people fear it. Smaller classes and campus size means you’ll have to talk more in class and be noticed. Why do that when you can go to a bigger school? Looking at Daemen from the outside you see it as a small school that doesn’t have much campus life to it. If you want the typical college experience why would you choose Daemen? Every college has its benefits and different schools fit different people, but I feel as though choosing Daemen allowed me to make more connections with my professors. As I continue my college career, I learn more about just how important connections are, especially in a smaller close-knit area like Buffalo where everyone somehow knows each other. A professor I look up to and who influenced me to focus my Business Administration degree in marketing said it this way; walk into every room as if you’re about to meet your next employer. In Buffalo you never really know who knows each other and having personal connections with people and having your own personal network in Buffalo is the most important thing you can do as a young adult who is about to enter the working world. Going to Daemen allowed me to learn just how important these aspects are and I feel honored to graduate in the may from there.

              While in college I learned a lot of information that will hopefully help me in my future. Not only did I learn a lot about my major specifically, but I feel as though I learned a lot about myself and who I am as a person. When I was a senior in High School, college was just an assumed thing all students should and would go on to do. College is described to us by our parents as the next step in your “career”. After going for almost 4 years now I know that college isn’t for everyone and that is completely okay. It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life after graduating high school because how can anyone just make the decision so simply? Students shouldn’t have to sit in senior year stressing about where they’ll be in the next 4 years and feel like they only have 1 option. I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do and I feel like I’m still not exactly sure but the whole point is to learn about yourself as you go.

              Overall, I wanted to write this post to any inspiring students who don’t know what to do next after high school graduation. College can seem like this scary beast that is only there to hurt you when it’s actually a helpful tool for your future if that’s what you think you need. Us it as a time to find out who you are and where you want to be in the future.

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Lena’s Summer 19′ Adventures

I was determined to make the most out of Summer 2019. Even with a part-time job and an internship, I still made time to travel, show up for my friends, and take some much needed me time. My first trip was to a small rural town in Virginia. My dad thought it was important that I knew where my family originally came from. Being a city girl, I wasn’t super interested in the mountains and wildlife that would come with the visit. Still, it wasn’t every year my family, which stretches on the East Coast from Canada to Florida, came together as one. The drive began Brooklyn, where I grew up, to the South where my grandmother grew up. My grandmother left the South and headed to Long Island, NY when she was in her late teens. As I observed how isolated and quiet the town was, I admired my grandmother’s courage to go from somewhere with a population of less than 20,000 to New York City. I loved how peaceful her town was but I silently thanked her for leaving, if not I would have never grown up in NYC!

After talking about my travel aspirations to a close friend she surprised me by buying my plane ticket to join her family vacation in July! I told her I had never been out of the country before and I was interested in getting a stamp or ten on my passport. I was super excited but my parents were concerned. The trip was to the Dominican Republic! It seemed like every day there was a new update on American’s visiting the Dominican Republic… and never returning. I told them no matter what I was still going and I promised I would come back in one piece. They trusted me and I had the best time. I touched dolphins, tried new foods, and brushed up on my swimming skills. It was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of NYC.

My last visit was to Toronto. I am a HUGE Drake fan so to be in the place he talks about so much felt surreal. As a quick pre-Senior year trip my dad booked a cute hotel in Downtown Toronto and we had a blast together. Our first stop was a small diner called Lena’s Restaurant. We thought it was so cute because Lena is my nickname. We snapped a quick photo in front of the diner and started our tour of the city. One thing we noticed was how nice and welcoming the people of Toronto were. In NYC you could fall in broad daylight and people would probably step on you to keep going! We walked for hours and ended up at the aquarium. That was my favorite stop of all, my inner child was pleased.

Last summer I worked just as hard as I played. Days I woke up early and went to bed late all seemed worth it when I think about all of the new experiences I had. I stayed balanced within and when I felt like I needed a break, I took one. I hope after I graduate and have a career of my own I have all these luxuries.

Lena Restaurante
A cute parrot!

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