MLK on the Purpose of Education

The Advisement Services Center will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

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The Purpose Of Education

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
Morehouse College Student Paper, The Maroon Tiger, in 1947

As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.

It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!

Taken from http://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/thepurposeofeducation.htm.


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Albany Law School Open House for UAlbany Students

The Albany Law School is hosting an Open House just for UAlbany Students on February 9, 2018; Noon to 5pm.

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Albany Law School cordially invites
University at Albany students and alumni to Our Open House.
Registration is Required. Click Here to Register.


Friday, February 9, 2018
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Ave.
East Foyer


Agenda:

  • Refreshments
  • Welcome from current students, UAlbany Alums, and remarks from Dean Ouellette
  • Pathways to the Profession
  • Mock Class
  • Student & Faculty Panel
  • Financial Aid
  • Admissions Workshops
  • Reception & Closing Remarks with Faculty and Alumni

Take an optional tour of campus at the beginning or end of the event

Job and Internship Fair on February 14

UAlbany’s Job & Internship Fair is on February 14, 2018 in the SEFCU Arena from 12 – 5 pm

The Career Fair is open to ALL MAJORS and will have a range of employers from all industries; non-profit, healthcare, government, technology, education, business, science….etc. looking to hire students for internships and entry level positions opportunities. Do not miss this great opportunity to network with over 100 employers and find out what opportunities await after graduation. If you have not already started now is the time to think about life after college. Check out and learn about the employers that have registered so far https://albany.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/3578 and stay tuned for career and professional development workshops and events leading up to the career fair.

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The Other Part of Time Management

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A large part of being a student is not being a student.

I remember storming through Spring semester. When it came time for summer, I really had no clue what to do. It kind of felt like I forgot who I was and everything I did on my free time because I was so wired up to work like a machine. I remember going to the library and reading books nonstop for a couple of weeks because I had a strong feeling that I needed to keep working and I felt guilty when I was not doing anything, even though there was absolutely nothing to do.

Being a student in college calls for amazing time management skills and endless hours of actively studying and working to succeed, but it also calls for breaks, which is something we usually neglect to do while the semester is in session.

Breaks are great to prevent semester burn outs. Now that I am in my junior year, I have realized a pattern that I have been following: For fall semesters, coming back from months of doing absolutely nothing, I usually stay on my toes until midterm point and begin to burn out right before because I get exhausted, causing me to do terrible on midterms and then spend the rest of the semester stressing and trying to get back on track by overworking. This usually ends horribly. Spring semesters, I usually start off slow because I am exhausted from my previous semester’s shenanigans, which helps me regulate breaks for myself right from the beginning so that I can easily prevent the mid semester burnout.

Taking breaks and knowing when to take them are a powerful tools for your academic achievements. These breaks also help you to remember who you are, while striving to be an A grade machine. It takes me forever to remember who I am all over again after spring semesters because I spend so much time away from being myself or when there is time I am usually too exhausted to do anything.

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Even though it sounds really easy to take a break, figuring out when to take a break when there is barely any time to finish work as is is really tricky. A lot of my free time ends up being wasted lying in bed before school dreading to start my day; falling asleep in the Science library, while trying to get work done between my classes; or laying down, after school, unable to move from the exhaustion.

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In my last blog post, I talked about time management, mostly in the sense of not procrastinating and getting work done efficiently, but there is a great deal of time management that goes behind taking breaks. To allow myself to take breaks, I need to finish all of the work I have planned for that day or for the week, so that I do not ruin my “break day” by stressing our about work I still have to get done. Setting myself up to look forward to things is a technique I use to make myself finish my work faster, instead of moping around. The thought of working hard now and being able to relax later at a set date for an event always makes me work a ton more efficiently.

Breaks are not something I am good at managing. Sometimes I am really good with self-control, and allowing myself to get back to work after a day or two of stepping away from school work, but sometimes I do not get back to the world of homework and studying. This sometimes results in me not taking breaks at all for a couple of months, in order to catch up. Doesn’t that sound stressful.

Figuring out how to balance a social life, school, sleep and pretty much everything is something I have been trying to do since starting college. Sure I have improved a lot, and I do not end my semesters scarred for life and hating myself anymore. Still, I could really improve my efficiency by a ton, if I keep trying to figure out what is not working for me. This is something I strive to continue doing. I am getting better and better.


Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories and their voices.
About the Author:

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Simonti B.
Class of 2019
Majors: Biology and English
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The New Global Distinction Program

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Global Distinction Demos:
Follow your Major towards Global Competence

Undergraduate students, pursuing any Major, come learn how you can make the most of your University at Albany degree, graduate globally competent and on time! Let us guide you through your unique combination of

  1. Interdisciplinary globally focused coursework,
  2. 2 years of foreign language study, and
  3. International immersion (a study abroad semester and an 8-10 week internship or research placement abroad), so that you enter today’s dynamic multicultural workplaces with Global Distinction.

Be Here Now!

Tuesday, 12/5
2:30-3:30pm
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12:30-1:30pm
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Thursday, 12/7
10:30-11:30am
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The End and the Beginning: Around the World and Into Myself

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If you are considering an Education Abroad experience, visit their office on the first floor of the Science Library, check out their website, and/or stop by the Education Abroad Fair when it takes place during the Spring and Fall semesters. Whatever you do, get the information you need. There are options for every budget.  What may seem impossible, might be highly probable!

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Last semester, Erica Bertucio shared her study abroad experience in Italy. These are the last three installments of her series, “Around the World and Into Myself.” If you were wondering what happened to the lady who flew off of the ATV in Italy, your wait is over.  For context, you may want to read Mountains & Broken Things: No Stopping Me.  If you are ready, read on!

Continue reading “The End and the Beginning: Around the World and Into Myself”

Moving Forward

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I thought I was all set. I thought I was ready.  All of my core coursework was completed.  I was working on the weekends and whatever free time I had was devoted to helping care for my grandfather.  I thought I was motivated.  I thought my goal to be a nurse was the end all, be all.  Acceptance letter received, required materials purchased, physical examination done, student I.D. obtained, first couple of weeks done  –   I had to make a choice: adapt or become defeated.  When I thought I had my life all planned out, suddenly: BOOM! I felt a big smack in the face. Continue reading “Moving Forward”

TODAY: Last Day to Apply S/U Grading & to Withdraw from a Semester-Length Course

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Last day to S/U or W

Today, Monday, November 6 is the last day to apply S/U grading and to withdraw from a semester-length course.

If you are thinking about these options and you are unsure of what to do, speak to your respective instructors and to your advisors.

The advisors in the Advisement Services Center, located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library,  will have walk-in hours from 1pm-5pm. These are open to all undergraduate students.  We are here to help you make the best decision for your situation. Our peer advisors will also be here to help you register for classes, drop a course, or apply the S/U grading option.


The S/U Grading Option

The S/U Option allows students to change the grade mode of a lower level (100-299) class from A-E to S (Satisfactory)/U (Unsatisfactory).

​ Before you consider applying this option consider the following:

  • You can only use this option twice.
  • Typically, you should not S/U prerequisites to get into a major. Some majors do not accept S/U graded prerequisite courses. If you are not sure, see your advisor.
  • You MUST earn a C or higher in order to earn the S and the credit for the course. If you earn a C- or lower, you will receive a U grade and will not earn credit for your course.
  • A grade of S or U will not affect your GPA.

Withdrawing from Classes
Facts about withdrawing:

  • A “W” grade will not affect your GPA but it may detrimentally affect your Financial Aid Eligibility. Make sure to speak with both an advisor and a Financial Aid Counselor before dropping a course.

Before you S/U or W ask yourself:
Before you S/U or W ask yourself:

  • What have I done to succeed in this class?
  • How poorly am I doing? Look at your syllabus and calculate your grade!
  • Have I spoken with my professor?
  • Am I aware of the resources available to help me?
    If not, ask your advisor and/or ask Advising Plus.
  • Am I using those resources to the best of my ability?