#Peer2Peer: When Everything is Due All at Once

dsc_1261Hey 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”

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

 

 

 

 

Advice From Aunt Phoebe

The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Graduation is THIS FRIDAY!
Will you be ready, when your time comes?

It is time for your dear Aunt Phoebe to offer some words of advice gentle readers. I offer it as a Senior just a few weeks from graduation. As I look back I see that there are some things I should have done differently.

I needed to ask many, many more questions. I have been a relatively passive student. I knew what I wanted my major to be, and to that end I simply found out what I needed to do in order to get the necessary classes that would lead to graduation. I never asked questions beyond that. I just floated along through the semesters doing only what was needed to pass my classes. Continue reading “Advice From Aunt Phoebe”

Fierce and Freaked and Finishing Finals

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”

#Peer2Peer: Food Coma to Finals

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sam-sHi everyone! My name is Samantha Sorce and I am a junior here at UAlbany. I’m majoring in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Business Administration and Communication, and I’m a Peer Advisor in the Advisement Services Center. I am here to give you some helpful tips on how to get through those dreaded weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter break. Continue reading “#Peer2Peer: Food Coma to Finals”

Dare to Vision & Grab Some Glue

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Let us envision our future and make plans with as many art tools as we can muster up! Finals will be right around the corner and the semester will be over. Let’s get together to get it together.


ashndamien-003Ashley Whiteside is a Junior at the University at Albany. She is majoring in Social Welfare and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and is minoring in Education and Africana Studies.  Ashley is a member of the Department of Residential Life and loves being a Great Dane. Her theme for this year is “Through the Looking Glass”.

“As you get further along in college it is easy to become less motivated and unfocused. My theme is meant to help all students keep on, keeping on.”

We hope to see you there!

3 Research Papers & 5 Final Exams: No Partridge and a Pear Tree for Me

rock-partridge-50362_960_720It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Happy Holidays everyone (If you celebrate any)! And happy… finals! Yep, that’s right. On the first day of Christmas my prfinalsofessor gave to me 3 research papers and 5 final exams. It can be overwhelming. The holidays aren’t the same anymore in college. No time for putting up the Christmas tree with the family or eating a feast that could feed an army. You’ve got finals on the way.

It can seem pretty dreary and it can be hard to stay focused when all you want to do is drink hot cocoa in front of a fire place. As a senior I’ve learned some tips and tricks on how to stay focused during this trying time, with room for holiday fun. Continue reading “3 Research Papers & 5 Final Exams: No Partridge and a Pear Tree for Me”

From Zero Point Five to Hero

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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. Continue reading “From Zero Point Five to Hero”

Tips to Surviving Midterms

I am Gabriella DiCorato a Peer Advisor and a Junior here at the University at Albany majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology and Neuroscience.

 

It’s no secret, it’s not syllabus week anymore, you can barely find time to brush your hair let alone study for all of your upcoming exams. Midterms are upon us and the key to getting through midterms is, DON’T PANIC. Here are some tried and true steps to making it through the upcoming few weeks:

  1. Know how to use Quizlet: I don’t know about you but my hand cramps up after filling in a scantron let alone writing out countless flashcards. Don’t get me wrong if writing them out helps you memorize them better that’s great, but quizlet is a great (and free) tool that lets you test yourself on flashcards helping a great deal with studying. Quizlet even lets you share your flashcards with friends making study groups even easier to navigate.
  2. Don’t Procrastinate: Planning out your week, knowing when you’re going to study for which exam helps alleviate a great deal of the inevitable midterms stress. Doing a little at a time over the course of the week is going to be much more beneficial than a late night cramming session the night before the exam, trust me, I’ve tried.
  3. Find a Study Space: The great part about the University at Albany being huge, is that there are countless places to find a spot to study that don’t include your room. The library most notably, with various levels of noise throughout so you can adjust to your study needs. There is also the Science Library closer to Indian Quad with the same different levels of noise and in both libraries there are “Group Study” rooms that only need the swipe of your SUNYID to rent out for a few hours. Group study rooms are a great tool if you don’t like to study alone. Grabbing a few friends and hitting the books or grabbing your study group helps you to focus on the task at hand. There is also the option of the new Massry Center for Business located right near Collins circle that has the option of the Standish living room, a more relaxed and cozy atmosphere to study in, grab a coffee and your laptop and get down to business (no pun intended).
  4. Take a Break: While you’re planning out when you’ll be studying for these tests, make sure to allow time to relax and bring the focus back to you. Studying 24 hours a day is going to burn you out, take a nap, go get some food with friends, take a walk around campus, hit the gym (there are also fitness classes like yoga, spinning and insanity hosted in the phys-ed building). There are a multitude of things to do to keep your sanity during busy midterms. Usually the University hosts therapy dogs throughout the year during stressful times for students, so follow @UAlbanyGo on Instagram or twitter or keep your eye out for therapy dog sessions throughout the week (also while you’re at it, follow your Peer Advisors @ASCPeerAdvisors for registration updates and reminders). A few events coming up next week that you should take the time out to attend are:
  5. Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm “Munch with your Major” will be hosted in the Campus Center Ballroom. “Munch with your Major” is an event that allows students to explore their major or minor, connect with faculty and staff and learn about coursework, research opportunities, career paths etc. Additionally there will be food, desserts might I add, as well as opportunities to win prizes, so be there, all are welcome!
  6. Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Dutch Quad Dining Hall Peer Advisors will be tabling for Great Dane Connections, they will be available to answer questions on registration, meeting with your advisor, how to make your schedule, etc. So bring questions if you have them!
  7. Thursday, October 20th, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 pm in Colonial Quads Flag Room Peer Advisors will be stationed again for Great Dane Connections to answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming registration season. As much as you need to be focused on this semester you also need to be thinking about next semester so come by and see your Peer Advisors!
  8. SLEEP: I know normally college kids are sleep-deprived zombies during midterms and finals but just try to get a few extra hours every night. One full sleep cycle is about 90 minutes long, that time span of a nap allows you to feel well rested. While power naps are nice to keep you sane, compiling all of them into one super 90-minute nap will likely help you in the long run and will actually help you solidify everything you just studied. Fun fact, the ability to form and retain non-emotional fact-based memories (like the ones you study for tests) is linked to slow-wave sleep (achieved right before REM sleep) which you need to sleep 60-90 minutes to achieve. Okay, maybe not “fun” but informative right?

Overall, try not to stress out too much. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed take a mental break and don’t feel guilty for not studying during that time. While you’re at it, try not to eat Ramen for three meals a day either, you know what they say, “you are what you eat” and you WILL feel like a bowl of noodles if you don’t get proper nutrition. Just do your best and don’t procrastinate and you will survive midterms. If you look at it this way, we’re half way through the Fall semester! Good luck on your exams everyone!

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