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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?
I heard it, I felt it, and then I took ownership of it. The label was my enemy, and my scapegoat.
When I was in fourth grade, I was called dumb for the first time by a classmate. I was called dumb because fourth grade was the first year I was put into a reading help class. I could not read as fast or as well as the other kids. I specifically remember sitting in class one day during reading time and looking over to see the girl next to me reading Harry Potter and then looking, shamefully, back down at my Junie B. Jones book. I could not even fathom trying to read a Harry Potter book. Harry Potter looked like a dictionary compared to the books I was reading. I know it should not have, but this set the tone for me for the rest of elementary school, and even followed me through my high school career. Because of that, I always felt behind everyone else. I was always struggling to keep up, even with the extra help classes. Continue reading “What Happens When You Let Other People Tell You Who You Are?”→
Hey Everyone! My name is Danielle DeAcutis and I am a junior majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology as well as Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity! Yes, you read that correctly, I’m triple majoring. I’m also a Peer Advisor in the Advisement Services Center, serve on the E-Board for the Albany Criminal Justice Association and I work part time. As you can tell, I have a lot of things going on most of the time. You might be wondering how I manage to do it all; balance schoolwork, responsibilities, a job and a social life. I’m going to be completely honest, it’s not easy all the time. There are days where I get overwhelmed by everything and struggle to keep up, but I’ve learned to make it work. Many students might feel like there’s no way to have it all without making sacrifices. I’m here to tell you that it’s certainly possible to be able to do it all. Here are some tips that I learned over the past few semesters that help attribute to being successful, while keeping stress at the minimum level. Continue reading “#Peer2Peer: When Everything is Due All at Once”→
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Congrats on completing Fall semester 2016. After 16 straight weeks of school, winter break brings the end to a long strenuous semester as well as an end to what can only be described as a very interesting year. A well needed break from education, winter break is a month of relaxation and reunion. College students across the nation return home in time for the holiday season and all the joy it brings with it. Every person spends their time differently, with some picking up shifts at the job they’ve worked at since high school, and others jetting of to tropical locations for vacation. I personally spend my time catching up on hours of sleep and eating take out from all my favorite places. Returning to the home town means running into a lot of familiar faces and giving a general overview of your life to them. “Oh I’m up at Albany.” “Yeah I love it there.” “What about you, how have you been” “Oh that’s great, I’m so happy for you.” “Alright I’ll see you around.” It’s really repetitive and at times annoying but It’s definitely a common occurrence, especially where I am from. When you’re away at college, your life in high school feels like a million years ago, but returning home brings back the people who known you for so many years. The funny thing is they don’t really know you at all. One semester at college and you’ve already learned so much that has shaped you as a person. Among those awkward high school reunions come the reunion of friends and family. Me and my group of about 14 friends do a secret Santa party every year since, which is one of the only times we’re all together at the same time. We also get together for New Years Eve, decking ourselves out in sparkly dresses and ties. I hate to say that I forget about my close friends while I’m away but distance does make the heart grow fonder and the more time that goes on the more I see us staying a unit of friends into adulthood. Seeing family over the holidays is what makes coming home really worth it. Besides the obvious benefit of being showered in gifts, it also really great to spend quality time with people who love you the most. Although my family drives me nuts sometimes, it can be quite nice waking up to my mother and brothers in the morning. Of course as sweet as coming home is, it gets old pretty quickly and I personally spend the last weeks of break excited to return to my friends and my life in Albany.
Melissa F.Class of 2018Majors: Spanish & Communication
Blog Theme: Fierce & Freaked
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.
So here we are about to face finals week then off for Christmas break. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure as hell-happy this semester is over. We have faced a lot of challenges together. Though I may not have known your circumstances, I have felt comfortable enough to share my stories with you all. Just to be able to help someone who might be going through the same thing as me is motivating. You guys inspired me to open up and be my true self, Without you, I wouldn’t have kept it together this semester. I know there are many of us who have walked past someone, and didn’t know the story behind that persons smile; why there seems to be so much sadness behind their eyes, even why they seemed so closed off from the world. I am here to tell you not to be afraid to smile. Smile at someone and ask them how their day is going? Share a positive energy even if you’re not feeling so up. That one compliant or cheerful word, could brighten someone’s day.Continue reading ““Trouble Don’t Last Always””→
For most people the beginning of December brings holiday joy and cheer. For the overworked and mentally deteriorating college student the only thing it brings is stress, anxiety, and late nights in the library. The perfect ending to 16 weeks of classes is an accumulation of exams, projects, and papers, all conveniently condensed into a short strenuous time period. The final stretch before a well needed and earned break from school, Finals week is universally dreaded by all who encounter it. That being said the desperation of students actually brings the UAlbany community together. Continue reading “Fierce and Freaked and Finishing Finals”→