I still remember when I first stepped foot onto the campus of the University of Albany. I’m a Long Island native, so the school was by no means “new” to me. Not only did I have a few friends that were attending, but I also heard a lot of good things about the university as a whole. When you’re going into one of the “hard sciences”, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. For me, UAlbany was a no brainer: good reputation, fun student activities, and they were (partially) paying me to go there. It couldn’t get much better than that. Continue reading “5 Alternative Career Paths for Life Science PhDs”
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
Reflection is the key to growth. I find value in reflecting on past experiences because it helps me realize how far I’ve actually come. Right now, as I wrap up my third week of my first fall semester of grad school, I am able to reflect on how much I’ve grown since last fall.
A year ago, I was in my third week of my senior year, brainstorming post grad plans. I was torn between taking a gap year, going straight into grad school, going to Denver, CO; staying in Albany, NY; or going back home, to Queens, NY. I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. This was odd for me, as someone who loves to plan and know what my next steps are. But for some reason, when it came to post-graduate plans, I just could not figure it out. I put too much pressure on myself to make decisions on things that I needed time to think about. I knew my ultimate career goal was to become a special education teacher, but I was unsure of which path I should take to get there. I was so worried about making the “wrong” decision and choosing a path I would not be happy with.
I talked through my ideas as much as possible with friends and family, however, there is one resource on campus I wish I had taken more advantage of during my senior year. I wish I went to Career and Professional Development to talk to a Peer Career Advisor, who could have helped me narrow my choices. I think I became too overwhelmed because I had too many options. I bet you’re wondering, “How can having too many options be a bad thing?” It is when you are indecisive like myself. I am indecisive in almost every aspect of my life: when it comes to figuring out what I should eat, what to wear, what to do for post grad—you name it. I was given so many options from people I knew in the teaching profession; from Teach for America, Blue Engine Teaching Apprentice, Relay Graduate School for Education, Denver Literacy Fellow, City Year, UAlbany Special Education & Literacy II Program (ding ding ding…we have a winner), Queens College, St. John’s University, NYU, and the list goes on.
I was also torn between going straight into a job that would give me teaching experience right away, versus going into a teacher preparation, graduate school program that would teach me about things like classroom management so I would be better prepared. I was always told, “Experience is your best teacher.” I was also told, “It’s best to feel as prepared as possible before jumping into anything in life.”
I think a year ago, I had enough research done to figure out what my next steps should have been but I did not take the right steps to eliminate options that were not best fit for me. I was able to see myself in every environment that I was considering. It is important to consider getting rid of ideas and options that are not the best fit for your personality, values, needs, etc. It takes a lot of self-reflection to do this and I did not get to this point until March of my senior year. I went all those months, from September to March, not sure what environment was the best fit for me.
If there is any senior who is unsure about what they want to do, or where they want to go, first realize there is no “wrong” path when you are deciding between two or more options. Then realize what your needs and desires are, and truly look into all options to see which one is best fit for you. You just have to take it a step at a time. Process of elimination and weighing pros and cons never hurt. Don’t be afraid to be selfish with your decision. This is your life you are planning for!
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About the Author:
Class of 2017
Minors: English and Education
Pulled Back to Move Forward
This 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”
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
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”
A roundtable and discussion
with alumni, faculty, and students
Sponsored by the Chi Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta
University at Albany, SUNY
Tuesday March 7th , 6:30 to 8:00
Social Science 145
Light refreshments served
Undergraduate Majors and Graduates students welcome Continue reading “What can you do with a History Education?”
Usually when we have a discussion about “following your dreams,” or living a happy and successful life, we look to public figures, famous people, and wealthy people to speak on their experiences. We hear their stories in hindsight, only after they’ve already gained prestige and notoriety. This model of inspiration is useful for creating a side by side image of “then” and “now,” who they were and who they eventually became, to show the great distances, to show the vast improvements, and the stark contrast between starting from the bottom and ending up at “the top.” But this model also glosses over the actual process of “becoming” because we meet these people only when they are already “successful” and “accomplished.” While this model offers a vision for us to think, “If they can get there, so can I,” I think it is important to recognize the process as it is actually happening. I think it offers genuine perspective and a sort of companionship when we see the people around us who are on that journey to where they aspire to go right now in this moment. And so for this interview series, I picked 3 people who I believe exemplify a fresh model of inspiration, a kind that invites us to watch the path as it unfolds, a kind that shows us there is no magic teleportation that takes us from point A to point B. These are real people who aspire to accomplish “big” things and who truly hope to inspire others along the way. Continue reading “The In-between: Dreams Deferred Interview Series Part 1”
What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree?
Come and talk to Professor Rosellini; Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Psychology & Dayna Newton; Director of Psychology Advising and we will tell you ALL about:
- Careers in Psychology
- How to prepare for graduate school
- Timeline for your undergraduate career
Monday, February 29th
6pm – 7pm
Business Building Room 225
BSW – Class of 2014
MSW – Class of 2015
Major: Social Welfare
I left my first career in the corporate world to pursue my dream of becoming a social worker. Social work offers a depth and breadth of experience that many other careers can’t offer. I care deeply about the well-being of others and as a professional social worker, I can be utilized as a change agent to make a difference in another person’s life.
As a returning adult student, it isn’t easy to manage a family, finances, and college. My family supported my journey back to college and encouraged me to relentlessly pursue my dream of becoming a social worker. I am grateful for their support but also the financial sacrifice that they were willing to make to help me achieve my educational goals.
I was overwhelmed when I first came to UAlbany. I didn’t know how to navigate the services available here. The university is rich with resources! I strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor and ask questions. They will strive to help you. I know that when I felt overwhelmed, I went and spoke with my advisor and she was a light in the fog! She listened, cared, and provided contact information for people who were relevant to my success at the university. I couldn’t have done it without her!
If you are a student who struggling, first take a deep breath and say to yourself, “I am not alone.” UAlbany is committed to helping all students achieve academic and personal success. Don’t hesitate to meet with your advisor. They are here to help you. Your education is your responsibility. Own it! If you need help don’t be afraid to say so. I encourage you to reach out to other students and form study groups. If you are struggling, you may want to utilize the Counseling Center. There are counselors available to help you navigate your difficulties and bring back hope!
I would recommend that new students research services and resources available at UAlbany before you start classes. Before I started my first semester, I explored the Uptown Campus. I strongly recommend that you know how to navigate the campus. Know where you are going before your first day of class so that you feel more confident navigating around the college and can relax and enjoy your college experience. Remember to utilize your instructor’s office hours; they want to help you be successful. Remember, this is your educational experience. You must take ownership of it. Talk to people, ask questions, and embrace your learning. College isn’t easy but it is worth it. Remember, never ever give up. You will be graduating before you know it!
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By Project MyStory Ambassador, Tiffany Araya
There are many misconceptions about every different major you can think of. Some are more pervasive than others and some majors experience much more side-eye glances from their peers (you know the kinds of looks I’m talking about). The liberal arts have notoriously been taken for granted and regarded as lesser degrees than almost anything else, but especially majors like business or biology (just to list the more popular ones). Perhaps one of the majors that experiences the most condescension is the art major. Most people think the art major has it easy – that they do not have as much work as other students. All they have to do is paint stuff, right? Maybe people think that it’s something like finger painting when we were in elementary school or something. Even worse still, it seems that many people think that the art major is strictly a solitary experience, an isolated career for the glory only of the artist, with no real-world application. This may be true to a certain extent. Art is very often an expression of the individual’s vision. However, this doesn’t mean that art, and the very process of creating itself, cannot influence people and the world.
Art therapy is a relatively new field that combines several fields of education including but not limited to art, psychology and human development. According to The Art Therapy Blog, Art therapy “is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t collect data on art therapists specifically, instead including this profession under “therapists, all other.” The more specific numbers are provided by the American Art Therapy Association, which currently estimates 5,000 members in the United States who own approximately between $30,000 and $80,000. The numbers tell us a few things about the profession, depending on how you think about it. Some people may look at the number 5,000 and think this means that it is more difficult to get a job as an art therapist. This may be true, but when I look at these numbers, I see a field bursting with opportunities for artists to apply their craft to this cutting-edge mental health profession.
Though many people may not have even heard of art therapy (I certainly hadn’t before my friend shared her aspirations), it is actually practiced on a bigger scale than people think. On the American Art Therapy Association’s website they state that art therapy is “practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. “ Many people can benefit from art therapy depending on what their personal needs are. And as it seems, there is an added bonus to art therapy beyond resolving internal conflict: learning, practicing and enjoying the “life-affirming pleasures of art making.” Not only can art therapy help someone work through the problems that already exist in their life, it can also add to their quality of life by encouraging them to practice art beyond the therapist’s office.
An art therapist is required to get a master’s in a selected field related to therapy and then the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc must credit them as a licensed professional. Like many other professions, an art therapist is required to go through rigorous academic training, especially because their chosen field involves a broad interconnection of studies including psychotherapeutic theories, “knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques” (AATA). It may seem to others like the art major isn’t engaging in valuable study, but of course, this simply isn’t true only because bigger institutions do not see the value in the arts.
Art therapy is only one of the many professions that an art major could eventually pursue. The message to gain from this career profile is simply that misconceptions about career opportunities or about the usefulness of a particular subject can be harmful not only to the people who study them but also to those who may not benefit from the knowledge that someone has to offer because they were discouraged from seeking anything beyond what they were told they could do. Every major, even if others cannot see it, has valuable insight and information to share. And besides, as I mentioned in my first post, a major is only a course of study, not a stone that has your destiny engraved in it.