MyStory Mondays 6-19-17

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.
We are all done for the semester, but we are going to go back in time and share some posts that, we hope, will be useful to our new Danes!
New Danes – Make sure to complete your course request form and register for Orientation at www.albany.edu/welcome.

This week’s installment of MyStory Mondays focuses on identity.  As you gain more knowledge about the world and become exposed to information that will help shape your future, you are also developing – shape-shifting in amazing ways. This is a time to decide who you are and who you want to be. Several students have shared what this growth was like for them. Check it out!

Find out more about our students and how college has impacted their personal growth my clicking on the pictures below.

Brittany Newell


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The following two stories were posted by UAlbany Student Affairs on their Facebook Page. Click on the photos for more and like their page!

Chill

“I am a first generation college student. I attribute my success to myself, but mostly to my mother. She was a single mother who raised me and my brother and I watched her break her back to make sure we had everything we needed to get through life…
Click here for more.


 

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“The Honors College is fun. It fits me. I’ve come to appreciate the community of like-minded people. There’s this perception that school only teaches you what you need to know to work in the real world. People don’t look enough at how schools shape people as human beings…
Click here for more.

Belated Transfer Tuesdays III

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Our Next Transfer Advisement Day is Tuesday, June 20.
Will You Be There?


9a42c81259d79d0ceaea80c392c3cf4aWelcome to UAlbany!

As you are preparing to begin the next leg of your academic journey here, we want to share some useful and fun information to help you transition to your new educational home.

Every Tuesday, we will share one or two personal stories from our transfer students, along with information from advisors that we think would be helpful. 

It is always a great day to be a Great Dane!
The Advisement Services Center Team


Make sure to check out the Welcome Page. The Welcome Page has information about housing, registration, health forms, billing and more. Please MAKE SURE to submit all of your health information before August 1.


Tiffany is a mother of three kids. She shares what going back to school was like for her and she encourages others not to give up on their goals. Click here to read the rest of her story.

Tiffany Finkle


Nicholle was not a transfer student, but she has great things to say to students who are undecided or unsure about their major. If this is you, check out her story. She has done amazing things while at UAlbany and she graduated with a major and career path that fit her like a glove. Read how she succeeded here.  Check out her story!

Nicholle Project Mystory 2015


Many Ways to Earn Credit at UAlbany

college-2024213_960_720As you are finalizing your schedules, have you considered earning credit with applied learning experiences? At UAlbany, this list is ever growing. Here are just a few for you to ponder?

Community and Public Service Program
Earn credit by volunteering for a non-profit organization on campus or in the community.

  • RSSW 190 – 35 hours of service – 1 Credit
  • RSSW 291 – 60 hours of service – 2 Credits
  • RSSW 290 – 100 hours of service – 3 Credits
  • RSSW 390 – 100 hours of service – 3 Credit
  • For more information and to get ideas on where to serve, visit www.albany.edu/cpsp or go to Social Science Room 112

University-Wide Internship Program

  • UUNI 290 (1-4 Credits)
    Open to those University at Albany matriculated students who will have sophomore standing or higher (have completed at least 24 graduation credits) prior to the beginning of the internship and who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00.
  • UUNI 390 (1 – 15 Credits)
    Open to those University at Albany matriculated students who will have junior standing or higher (have completed at least 56 graduation credits) prior to the beginning of the internship and who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00.
  • For more information, click here, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center 30

 Applied Learning Internship

  • UUNI-288 (Applied Learning Internship) is 1-credit. S/U Graded
  • UUNI-289 (Advanced Applied Learning Internship) is 3-credits. S/U Graded
  • The courses will run fall, spring, and summer (beginning in Fall 2017).
  • They DO NOT replace the University Wide Internship courses (UUNI-290 and 390), but allow for additional internship course options.
  • Students do not need to secure a faculty sponsor.
  • Students must have an internship secured and a permission number in order to register.
  • Eligibility: 2.0 GPA and a minimum of sophomore standing or higher.
  • International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization to intern from the Center for International Education and Global Strategy.
  • Interested students may contact Debra Gelinas, dgelinas@albany.edu or the Institute for Applied Learning at appliedlearning@albany.edu

Departmental Internships

Undergraduate Research & Independent Study

  • Several departments offer the opportunity to earn credit for working independently or alongside a professor. For example, the Psychology department offers APSY297 – Directed Study in Psychology for sophomores in any major to work on a supervised project; and APSY 397 for juniors. Check out the online college bulletin to see whether there is a similar course in your area of interest.
  • Check out the UAlbany Division of Research

New York State Assembly Session Internship Program

  • UUNI 391 (15 Credits)
  • Eligibility: 56 Credits Completed; 2.50 GPA; All majors applicable.
  • For more information click here, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center 30

New York State Senate Session Assistants Program

  • UUNI 391 (15 Credits)
  • Eligibility: 56 Credits Completed; 3.00 GPA; All majors applicable.
  • For more information, click here, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center  30

Semester in Washington

  • Students are provided the unique opportunity to live and work in Washington D.C.  for one semester.  This program allows students to complete an internship specific to their career interests and passions for four days a week, take two full courses, and earn fifteen credits toward graduation.   Six of these credits count toward a major or minor in political science, public policy, and several other majors or minors.  Students who are not in these specific majors or minors have also received credits and are managed individually.
  • For more information, click here, or contact the Undergraduate Office for Public Affairs and Policy in Humanities Room 016

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program & Project SHAPE
The deadline has passed to join this semester, but check it out anyway so that you are prepared to apply in the future!

  • Middle Earth is the peer assistance arm of the University Counseling Center and Career Services, within the Division of Student Success. It consists of four major components: Hotline Service, Peer Education Service, Peer Career Advisor Service, and Staff Development/Training Component.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students can apply to become a Project SHAPE volunteer member. Selection is done once a year; interviews are conducted in April. The selection process consists of an individual interview with the Director of Project SHAPE and a group interview conducted by the Project SHAPE Executive Board. Applicants will be notified by email in early May of their status.
  • For more information, click on the following

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Thank you in advance for your support.


Submitted by Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor
UAlbany Advisement Services Center

Do You Want to be a Global Leader?

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience
Applications Due May 31st!

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What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and SUNY’s SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership for the Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience in New York City, July 10-13, 2017.

Develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world. Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments, and society today. A Global Leader Experience (GLE) gives you real and practical experiences, instills in you a global perspective, and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

What happens?

The Challenge for 2017/2018 is “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” As a participant, you will explore this major world Challenge from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations to help you and your fellow participants understand the Challenge in order to create innovative solutions. Best of all, you won’t be alone; you will build your connections and make new friends – and the solutions and knowledge you all build will be passed to participants on other GLEs around the world. Common Purpose runs GLEs in cities around the world, where large numbers of the world’s talent convene to study, so you will meet fellow students from across the globe amongst this diverse group of participants.

Please visit http://www.albany.edu/involvement/commonpurpose.shtml for more details and to apply before the May 31st deadline.

Transformation

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It was August of 2014. I was a freshman. This picture was taken in between classes on my first ever day of college. Back then, I had no idea who I would turn into at this university. I didn’t know what things I would learn about myself, or in what ways I would mature. I didn’t know what lessons I was in for, and I definitely didn’t expect a lot of the things that happened. I didn’t even know what I was going to be studying for the next four years! I was just a young high school graduate, ready for the adventure that is college. Continue reading “Transformation”

Brave. Bold. You.

6352b3054bc7fb6ca768d155b189fdf4When I first started this blog, practically 4 months ago, I thought I would be writing about all of the chances I would start to take since it was my last semester at the University at Albany. I wanted to inspire boldness not only in my life, but in others as well.

However as the semester started, and we were a couple blog posts in, I started to realize that my definition of being bold was not what I thought it was going to be. Instead of writing about taking chances, I wrote about rebounding after disappointment, love, the importance of asking for help, my anxiety, my various thoughts and conclusions about my future, being vulnerable, and of course, self-love.  I had no idea I would write about all of these things, and yet, looking back, it completely makes sense. Continue reading “Brave. Bold. You.”

Vulnerability

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This week I noticed a theme in conversations that surrounded me. The topic of vulnerability came up not only as the subject of a classroom discussion, but also within the confines of a conversation I was having with a friend.  While we both agreed and discussed  how scary it can be to take that chance to open up to someone in that way, I surprised myself by also adding something else:

“I also think, it’s kind of empowering,” I texted hesitatingly, and ironically for the same fear we were just previously discussing.

I wasn’t sure how I would explain myself, and re- recording probably 5 different voice memos (don’t you love modern technology), I finally got something right.  To quote it exactly, this is what I said:

“Being vulnerable is terrifying…but at the same time I feel as if I have surrounded myself with people in college who weren’t as afraid of it as I was.  So being able to be vulnerable with someone now feels more of a testament to myself, than a testament to whether or not I can trust that person…”  Continue reading “Vulnerability”

My Path is Bright

 

path-bannerThis last week I found myself making slow but deliberate steps towards my future, and it feels great to know that I am finally on a path.  In my last post I wrote about the impact of  meeting my favorite poet this week.  He inspired me to dig a little deeper and go for the things I want out of life, even if it is only for just now.  So this past weekend, not only have I have finally started my application to graduate school at the University at Albany, but I have decided what program and field of work I want to get into as well, though it may not be what you think.

Many of you may be thinking, “Oh you definitely applied to continue with your English students”, or “maybe she’ll start working on her MFA since she loves creative writing so much”. But nope, while these were all, definitely, real options that I have mulled over in my mind, I actually decided something completely out of the norm of what I ever thought I would be doing after graduation.  Continue reading “My Path is Bright”

Somewhere Towards the Horizon

I hope I haven’t already
driven past my greatest moments.

I hope there is something beautiful in the horizon
That’s just as impatient as I am.
Something so eager,
It wants to meet halfway.
A moment that is diligently staring at its watch, frustrated,
Butting at the seams
And wondering at the seams
And wondering what’s taking me so long to arrive.

Horizon – Rudy Francisco

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One of the biggest things influencing me this semester, is the question, “What will I do once the semester ends?”

Truthfully, I have never known what I would like to do after college.  All I knew was that I have always had a love for words.  I have always had a love for books, but poetry, as I have been expressing lately,  is something I really  just grew into.  When I was younger I didn’t much attention to it.  It was stories that that I liked.  Nonetheless, poetry has become a rock. Continue reading “Somewhere Towards the Horizon”

Motivation Plus Compassion – Advising Plus

17201377_1306486016107772_4566494713974496269_nI didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school. The one thing I really felt passionate about was fitness. I used to be overweight, and I looked for schools to help me with that. I found the World of Fitness Living-Learning Community, and it ended up changing my life. Not only have I grown as a leader, but I’ve also learned that I really do love helping people. Right now I’m working for University at Albany Campus Recreation at the SEFCU and Indian Quad gyms teaching Insanity on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. After I started Insanity, I realized that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Being in college and teaching and instructing all these different kinds of people, with different backgrounds, and different personalities, has enabled me to integrate them into my own being and knowledge. I’m able to talk to and relate to so many different people.

Fitness shouldn’t be about the aesthetic display of your physique, it should be a reflection of who you are. Take advantage of all the wellness centers that we have here, and all the free group instruction classes. It all comes down to intrinsic motivation. You should be able to wake up in the morning and say, “today is the day that I’m going to take charge of my health, take charge of my life, and take charge of me.”

Sophomore year, before I started Insanity, I was depressed, for a while. There’s a mentor I had, an advisor. Her name is Barbara Brown from Advising Plus. She is literally my second mom. She helped me realize that I wasn’t alone. She helped me stay on track. You cannot allow yourself to plunge deeper into that nasty abyss. Because once you get used to that feeling, it becomes second nature. I felt like I was weak to ask for help. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting help. If I didn’t get help, I would probably still be where I was or even worse. That’s the scariest thing. It’s not about you. You always have at least one person who cares about you. You never want that person to see something bad happen to you. You don’t want that to be the very last memory that you leave here. You will never know your full potential unless you wake up and get started on something. Even if it’s just one goal a day, get started on it. Don’t leave things to chance. Because then you’ll never get anything done.

College is a time for discovering yourself and what gives you goosebumps, your passion. Learn to see things and live for the present, and learn to love yourself. Nowadays we’re not taught how to love ourselves. Where ever you are, whatever sort of state of mind that you’re at, it’s all temporary. Make sure that you leave your mark on earth. We live very short life spans. You want to be able to say “I actually made a difference.” That’s my goal. That’s really what I want everybody to aspire to.”

-Jayvon Evans
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Communications
Minor: Business
Year: Senior

Photo by Naomi McPeters

— at University at Albany, SUNY.

Dealing with Disappointment

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It is hard to believe that the things you carefully planned for in life don’t always turn out the way you wanted them too. Sometimes people spend days or weeks preparing for their plans and it does not follow through, as a result people lose hope, get discourage, feel anxious or angry and in drastic cases fall into depression. Sometimes we are so focused on the end goal that we forget to enjoy the journey, or we get too caught up in future plans and feel lost when it doesn’t become reality. These times are inevitable, but there are things that we can do to prevent ourselves from  falling into dark places. Continue reading “Dealing with Disappointment”