…And so it begins!
Summers are exciting at UAlbany because of you, the future of this university – your new home away from home. Your academic advisors in the Academic Services Center look forward to meeting every one of you and to helping you achieve your goals.
Here are a few stories from our alumni and current students to help you to dream big while you are thinking about your purple and gold future.
Click on the images below to read about Buo and Chisom, two UAlbany graduates, who are now in medical school.
Learn more about Pre-Health Advising at the Resource Fair.
Networking Can Start Now!
Joseph DeSantis, served as one of our Project MyStory volunteers, and blogged about finding a home here. Click HERE to check out his posts. He demonstrated how to seek out opportunity when he used our UCAN Alumni networking tool to reach out to one of our graduates for career advice. He did not wait until he was a Junior, but began searching for possibilities as a freshmen. Check out his story:
Explore the World
Exploring more of the world, allowed Erica to heal and learn more about herself. Click HERE to check out her Project MyStory blog series, “Around the World and Into Myself.”
Visit Education Abroad at the Resource Fair
to find out more about how to Study Abroad
and how to earn Global Distinction Recognition
for your International Activities.
Putting Your Naysayers to Shame
Have you ever been told that you were not smart enough or not good enough to achieve your objectives? Heather Moore knows all about this. If you are nervous about what is going to happen after you get here, her words may bring you life! Check out her blog series, “One Life’s Potential”.
A-PLUS Tutoring Schedule by Subject
Sci Lib = Second Floor, Science Library
SSC = State Quad Student Success Center (Second Floor, Whitman Hall)
Advising PLUS can also refer you to many other tutoring resources across campus. If you do not see what you need, contact them!
Location: Science Library – Second floor | Phone: (518)437-3976
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday; 8:30am to 5pm
|BACC 211/222||Wed||12:35-2:35pm||Sci Lib|
|Art History||AARH 171||TBA||Before exams||TBA|
|AARH 260||Monday||6:30-7:30pm||Sci Lib|
|ACHM 220/221||Wed||10:00am-12:00pm||Sci Lib|
|Computer Engineering||ICEN 150/200||Sunday||7:00-8:00pm||SSC|
|ICEN 213||Thursday||4:15-5:15pm||Sci Lib|
|Computer Science||ICSI 201/210/213/333||Monday||5:00-6:00pm||SSC|
|Criminal Justice||RCRJ 201/202/203||Tuesday||12:00-2:00pm||Sci Lib|
|All levels||Monday||11:30am-12:25pm||Sci Lib|
|Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity||CEHC 101/210/242/
|History||All 100-level courses||Tuesday||3:15-4:15pm||SSC|
|AMAT 111/112/113||Thursday||2:15-3:15pm||Sci Lib|
|AMAT 101 through 299||Tuesday||5:15-7:15pm||SSC|
|Political Science||All levels||Tuesday||6:15-7:15pm||Sci Lib|
|APSY 214/314||Tuesday||4:15-5:15pm||Sci Lib|
|Public Administration||RPAD 140/302||Sunday||2:00-3:00pm||SSC|
|Spanish||Up to ASPN 208||Wed||4:00-5:00pm||SSC|
|All levels||Tuesday||7:15-8:15pm||Sci Lib|
|Study Skills||All levels
Sunday through Thursday
On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm, OUTLaw will be hosting “Authenticity on the Bench.” The event will feature an intimate conversation with the Hon. Paul G. Feinman, the first openly gay judge to be appointed to the New York Court of Appeals, our state’s highest court. The event will take place in the Dean Alexander Moot Court (DAMC) room, with a reception to follow. Authenticity on the Bench is free and open to the public; parking will be available in the senior lot, accessed off Holland Ave.
Need an Advisor? Just Come in!
This week, the Advisement Services Center is open for walk-ins from 8:30am to 5pm. We are not taking any appointments, just come in, swipe in at the kiosk, and an advisor will meet with you.
If you need help with finding a resource; with adding, swapping, or dropping a class; with finding a class; or some other general question, have no fear. Our Peer Advisors are here!
Our Peer Advisors will be here to serve you this week, at the following times:
- Tuesday – 10am to 11:30am; 12pm to 5pm
- Wednesday – 9am to 5pm
- Thursday – 10am to 11:30am; 12:30pm to 5pm
- Friday – 9am – 12:30pm
Credit available for RSSW 190 – 1 Credit 35 Hours of Service
On Wednesday, April 18, UAlbany’s Project MyStory and Skribblers will host a storytelling conference for a 5th grade class from our local community. This conference will focus on identity. The children are quite excited! We are seeking volunteers to prepare the storytelling “stations” and to work with the students on the day of the conference. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rachel Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Project MyStory inspiration for your first week of classes:
All throughout high school I would have considered myself a certified slacker. Procrastination is one of my biggest weaknesses and is something I have struggled with my whole schooling career, including now. The idea of doing school work days before it was due didn’t appeal to me much especially if there was something better I could be doing with my time. The ticking hours before a deadline was my motivation to power through an assignment or study for a test. In spite of this, I wasn’t always handing in quality work, rushing to finish in time. I knew I could do better if I tried, but my laziness pulled me into doing the bare minimum. Due to my good memory and test taking skills I was able to slide by in high school despite missing home works and handing in assignments late. I often think that if I had put the effort into my high school classes that I put into my work now, I would be going to Harvard. One of the biggest challenges a student experiences when transitioning into college is the work load.
“A 0.5 was the number
I read to my parents when
they asked about my GPA.”
When I arrived here, I didn’t realize how important it was to do all assignments, to go to all classes, and to study for all tests in advance. I would miss an assignment and brush it off, thinking it wouldn’t impact my grade THAT much. There was one time I missed a test because I didn’t feel like leaving bed. It’s just one test right? My attitude towards college school work reflected that of high school. I didn’t even realize I was so far behind in school until I returned home at the end of the semester and received my grades. A 0.5 was the number I read to my parents when they asked about my GPA. I felt like a complete failure letting my parents down. I had to beg for a second chance for weeks as my parents weren’t going to let me go back the following semester. By the time I finally convinced them to let me return my mind was set that I had to take my education seriously. It took a little time to figure out the best ways to perform in school but with a little hard work my grades slowly improved. The best advice I can give any new students is to not fall behind. It’s been really tough digging myself out of the hole I was in and all because of a mistake I made one semester. Although this experience was a setback it’s taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of doing if I put my mind to something.
Here are some tips on how to stay on top of your work I’ve learned through my personal struggle with school.
- Go to class. I can’t stress how important this is. Even if there’s no attendance and even if you really don’t want to go, push yourself to. When you go to class and pay attention to what is being taught it makes easier to study because you actually learned what you’re about to take a test on. Also going to class gives you the opportunity to meet other students in the class and it’s always beneficial to have a friend in a class. You can study the material together and help each other learn the subject if one of you are confused.
- Don’t cram. Putting off studying till the last minute is setting yourself up for failure. When you are rushed you don’t take the time to fully understand all of the material as you are more focused getting through it all. Study throughout the week a little bit at a time and save yourself from sitting in the library for hours the night before a test. This is the same for papers and other assignments. You’re more likely to get a good grade on a paper if it’s done correctly and well developed.
- Go to office hours. If you are confused with something that you are learning stop by office hours and talk to your professors. They are there to help you and they really want. With how big UAlbany is it’s easier understand something one on one instead of in a lecture hall filled with hundreds of people.
- Utilize the library. I know the library isn’t the most appealing place but even if you go for a short amount of time you’re more likely to get all your work done there than anywhere else. It’s also reassuring to know that the people around you are also working hard.
- Practice your study habits. Every person learns things in their own way. Sometime you don’t know which way works best for you unless you try different things. There many different studying methods from everything from a quizlet to flashcards, or even making up songs in your head.
College is only 4 years and it’s hard to lose sight of school with everything going on around you. It’s important to enjoy this time of your life because it will only happen once but it’s also important to work hard for your future.
Melissa F. Class of 2018 Majors: 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.
The Albany Law School is hosting an Open House just for UAlbany Students on February 9, 2018; Noon to 5pm.
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.
- 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
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.
The Advisement Services Center will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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!
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