Why Can’t I Get into a Class that is Open?

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During the next few weeks, we are going to address some frequently asked registration questions. If you have a general registration question and you think other UAlbany students would benefit from the answer, please leave it in the comments and we will address it in a post. Continue reading “Why Can’t I Get into a Class that is Open?”

Deadline – LAST DAY TO S/U/W

hourglass-40376_960_720.pngToday (Wednesday, April 5),  is the last day to withdraw or to apply the S/U grading option to a semester-length course. If you need help deciding on the best option for you, talk to your professors and meet with our advisors-on-duty, available today. 1pm-5pm.  No Appointment In Needed for our Advisors on Duty. (Yes “Advisors” – We will have more than one today!)

Continue reading “Deadline – LAST DAY TO S/U/W”

Semester-Specific Course Descriptions

Fall 2017 Classes

Did you know that several departments offer semester-specific course descriptions? 

Some professors give you insight into the type of readings you will examine, how your performance will be evaluated, and their goals for the courses they are teaching. This can be especially useful for courses like Rewriting America and Selected Topics in Political Science where the topics vary. Don’t you want to know more about the classes you are selecting? For a link to the course descriptions in our catalog, click here. Click on the links below to access the semester-specific descriptions. 

English:
Summer 2017 | Fall 2017

History, Judaic Studies, Documentary Studies, Religious Studies
Fall 2017

Philosophy:
Fall 2017

Political Science & Public Administration:
Summer 2017 Political Science & Public Administration Course Descriptions
Fall 2017 Political Science
Fall 2017 Public Administration 


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Majors and Audits – Come on Over!

mystory-what-are-you-going-to-do-with-that-majorWhat are you going to do with that Major?

If you are thinking about a major in the Humanities (English, Philosophy, History, Art, Music, Theatre, the Classics, Languages etc.), we have two workshops planned with you in mind! Mondays, February 27 and March 8, at 6:30pm in Humanities Room 354


degree-auditWhat do you need in order to graduate?

Registration Season is about to begin! Are you ready? Does DARS mean anything to you? Come and review your degree audit with our Peer Advisors. Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30pm in the Advisement Services Center, located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library.

Compass for Success

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semester map.jpgThis morning, we tweeted a picture of the semester length planner, created by our partners in student success, the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP). This planner has been an academic life-saver to many of our students, and we strongly recommend getting one ASAP. We have them in our office. Please come and pick one up today!

Planning is just one part of being successful. Execution is the bread and butter of goal achievement,so what else do you need to be your best self this semester?

Several of our Peer Advisors, Project MyStory Ambassadors, and MyStory Bloggers have something to say about this.

I am going to highlight just a few of their posts, but I invite you to surf our blog and see what nuggets can work for you. 


Sam Broking 3Sam B., has a tool kit for starting well in her post, Starting the Semester Strong. She did not come up with this list by doing a Google search. As an athlete, she learned time management and study skills the hard way. She practices what she preaches and she has benefited from establishing better habits.  It is so easy to get off track.

Also check out From Zero Point Five to Hero by Melissa F. and Midterms, Finals, and Due Dates by Kate E. If you are working on your senior thesis, or are on the cusp of graduating, check out Phoebe’s blog series: Trials of Non-Traditional Students. It is filled with useful information for preparing for your next steps, right now!


Lee MLee’s entire blog is about how he learned to succeed at UAlbany. Lee had many things working against him, and academics were quite a struggle. Hence the title of his blog: C Average Student: Struggles on the Pathway to Success.

 

 


dsc_1252Jon writes about finding the best place to study. There are so many nooks and crannies on campus that you might miss if you fail to explore. For some of you, your room or suite, works like magic. You may have already
found your favorite tree, or spot in the library. Do what works for you. But if you want a fun exploration break, or need more ideas about where to study, check out this post: Where do You Study?


dsc_1255Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your academic responsibilities. Konya shares different strategies to de-stress and self-care in her post,  Top Ten Ways to De-stress. In Addition, Check out Liz B’s 3 Research Papers & 5 Final Exams: No Partridge and a Pear Tree for Me; Leo’s Advice from a Crazy Person;

 


I hope that these resource have been helpful. There is a Help Me! tab at the top of the page, that links to a lengthy list of academic and personal resources, available to all UAlbany students. If you do not know where to turn, feel free to come see the advisor-on-duty, available on a walk-in basis, 1pm-5pm, Monday -Friday in the Advisement Services Center.


Written by Rachel Moody,
Academic Advisor, Advisement Services Center

 

 

 

 

The Minor Problem with Picking a Major

So here’s the deal. You graduate high school and go to college for 4 years, studying so that you can get the degree of your choice, so that you can get a job with that degree, so that you can provide for yourself and the family you’ll eventually have and so that one day you can send your kids to college. It’s the circle of life, how beautiful. Not. Not for me at least. You see I unfortunately wasn’t blessed with knowing exactly what I want to do with my life. There are some people, actually many people who come into college fully aware of what path they want to take in. This benefits them in many ways, the biggest being that they are able to plan. Plan what classes to take, what grad schools to look into, what internships to apply for. Continue reading “The Minor Problem with Picking a Major”

Are you ready to meet with your advisor?

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Choosing classes can be stressful for students but it doesn’t have to be!

block-1512119_960_720.jpgThere are several steps you can take to make your transition from first semester, to second semester more fluid, stress free and exciting!

1) Surf the UAlbany Site for Intel
Whether you have a direction or not, it is helpful it look at the major descriptions and check out their requirements. Click Here for a list of our majors and if you want more information, just type the major into the search box on the page. You could look at the schedule of classes to find classes that you find interesting and check out their course descriptions. The link to the schedule of classes is located under the academic’s tab of your MyUAlbany student account, specifically under Enrollment Tools. This can help give you an idea of classes that you would potentially like to take. Bring your findings to your advisement appointment. They will help to give your advisor a better idea of your interests.

2) Meet Your MAP
The second path you can take to become more aware of your pathway through a potential major, is to take a look at a “MAP“, or Major Academic Pathway. The MAPs can be extremely helpful in seeing what a semester by semester schedule would look like in each major.

3) Self-assess and Reflect
The third way any you can help prepare yourself for your appointment is to reflect on the classes that you are either taking this semester, or have taken before. Think about the classes that you truly enjoyed, or ones that were not for you! This can help narrow interests to what you enjoy, and in turn, can help you and your advisor pick classes that will suit your specific needs and academic interests.

Being prepared for your Advisement appointment will help both you and your advisor in narrowing your interests, and will give you more options and opportunities to go forward with in the future! Be open and honest about your likes and dislikes, for this will make your next semester even more productive than the last!

Written by Elizabeth Petroski


P.S. from Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor:

Some additional resources that you may find helpful:

It’s About Time

As I sit here in the campus library at the beginning of the third week of classes for this Fall 2016 Semester, I find myself already feeling a little stressed over issues of MY time and how and where to allot it. You see, when one is a non-traditional college student it literally is all about TIME . There are so many aspects of your life demanding a share of your time. Classes/Homework, family/home/relationship, work, YOU — they ALL want a share of your precious time. Continue reading “It’s About Time”

Planning Ahead with Your Degree Audit

Hendrix.jpgHello fellow UAlbany students. My name is Hendrix and I am a Peer Advisor in the Advisement Services Center. I hope the semester is going well for everyone so far. While it is important to make sure that you’re on top of your current classes, remember you should be planning ahead for your following semester to get the courses necessary for your degree program. One helpful tool outside of the advisement office is your degree audit.

choose-the-right-direction-1536336_960_720.jpgYour degree audit is basically your academic map to graduation during your time at UAlbany. The audit will show you and your advisor a breakdown of degree requirements for your degree and major. It will instruct you with which courses have been completed and which ones need to be completed The (+) sign indicates that the requirement has been completed. The (-) sign means that the requirement is incomplete. The (+) and (-) signs will appear throughout the audit in all sections. Your academic summary is a summary of all courses taken at the University listed by academic year. Also note that this symbol “IP>”, next to any of your courses means those courses are still in progress and for which no grade has been given.

If a requirement is incomplete, it will show you the courses you can choose from to satisfy the degree requirements. For example, a Biology major degree audit would report how completed courses and in-progress courses from UAlbany or transfer schools would apply toward the Biology degree program. It would also report if any of these courses fulfill the Gen. Ed requirements, Writing Intensive requirements and any other requirements for your major or minor. Electives are courses that do not meet any other graduation requirement in your program.  The credits are important in earning the 120 credits required for graduation.

Checking your degree audit every semester will give you a better feel for where you stand academically and how close you are to reaching graduation. This handy tool can be easily accessed anywhere on a PC or laptop. Just log on to your MyUAlbany portal and go to Academics and click on “View My Degree Audit” in the left menu. A dialog box will open. Click “process” and then click “view my degree audit” again in the new box. You may need to refresh the page several times before you are able to see your degree audit. Once again, don’t forget to check it out and enjoy the rest of your semester!

Need Help? Just stop by the Advisement Services Center. We are here to help you every day. Click Here to check out our hours!

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The Fall 2016 MyStory Team

Project MyStory BrochureGreetings! We are excited to usher in the 2nd year of Project MyStory. We are students who share our personal stories and encourage others to share in order to help one another succeed at UAlbany. This semester, we have mix of returning and new MyStory participants who will be blogging, vlogging and conducting story circles and workshops. We hope to ease the stress of college while also building each other up for the future. Meet the Team: Continue reading “The Fall 2016 MyStory Team”