Life is a Journey not a Destination

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Kayla looks back on her life and she has some lessons that she wants to share with you before she graduates. Her guiding theme last Fall was “Let God Take the Wheel.” This was not her theme because she was particularly religious, but this theme resonated with her because it spoke to how she learned the hard way about the many things were outside of her control, and about those things that were in her control which she may have taken for granted.  Click Here for Kayla’s Past Posts.

As a child I grew up in reverse.  I allowed my parent’s lifestyle to guide mine.  Their lifestyle was and is the family business, so I allowed my lifestyle to be structured around the family business.  Their lifestyle was taking care of their parents, so I allowed my lifestyle to be structured around helping take care of my grandparents.  Their social life lacked, so I allowed my social life to lack.  I was a child, and now as a young adult reflecting, I have learned and I want to share:

1) Lead your own lifestyle.
2) Take care of yourself: eat healthy, exercise, and go to the doctor.
3) Think about the type of social life you want/would want.

I decided to get my feet wet early.  As a child, watching my parents work influenced me to want to work.  My first job, as a cashier, was what I thought would be my last job.  What had been a constant routine, helping take care of my grandparents, was what I thought would be my lifelong career.  What had been a lacking social life was what I thought would be a permanent problem.  Apparently, it was time for a wake up call.  I have learned and I want to share:

1) Do not limit yourself to one job .
2) Take some time to really explore different fields.
3) Find someone who is similar to you.

Once I got my feet wet, next was to get soaked.  I had worked so hard to keep a job where I thought I could move up.  I had worked so hard to prepare for what I thought would be my lifelong career and I worked so hard to only realize that I was not having any fun.  I got a big smack in the face; another wake up call, and from that smack in the face I learned and I want to share:

1) A dead end means getting back up to move forward; try a different job .
2) Find what interests YOU to move forward; take classes from a variety of majors.
3) When you feel overworked,  move forward, have some fun, and then try again.  

Getting soaked helped me move forward. After trials of different tasks at my family’s business, I moved forward to another job.  After trials of preparing for becoming a nurse, I moved forward to UAlbany and enrolled in different classes from a variety of majors.  After trials of all working and no playing, I moved forward by accepting to enjoy the fun in life.  From finding ways to move forward, I have learned and I want to share:

1) New experiences and new relationships come with a new job
2) Changing your environment and learning new concepts can help redefine your interests.
3) Accepting and having fun is one of the best ways to keep moving forward.  

Life is a challenge.  For any UAlbany student who is reading this, do not give up.  If you appreciate the lessons I have learned and shared, please use them to your advantage. Know you are not alone at this time in your life. Lead your own lifestyle, get some experience (learn from it), work hard, and keep moving forward.  Whenever you feel uncertain, stressed, or anxious: stop, step back and. . .

Let God take The Wheel


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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.
About the Author:

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Kayla K. 
Class of 2018 | Transfer
Major: Psychology
Minor: Business
Past Blog Theme:
Let God Take the Wheel
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Advising PLUS Tutoring Spring 2018

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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
E-mail: advisingplus@albany.edu

Subject Course Day Time Location*
Accounting BACC 211 Monday 2:40-3:40pm SSC
BACC 211/222 Wed 12:35-2:35pm Sci Lib
Anthropology AANT 110 Monday 1:40-2:35pm SSC
Art History AARH 171 TBA Before exams TBA
AARH 260 Monday 6:30-7:30pm Sci Lib
Biology ABIO 131

 

 

 

Monday 2:45-3:45pm Sci Lib
Wed 2:45-3:45pm Sci Lib
Wed 7:15-8:15pm Sci Lib
Thursday 11:45am-12:45pm Sci Lib
ABIO 212 Sunday 4:00-5:00pm SSC
ABIO 217 Thursday 4:00-5:00pm SSC
Chemistry ACHM 120/121

 

Monday 12:35-1:30pm Sci Lib
Thursday 5:00-6:00pm SSC
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
ICSI 201/210/213/333/405 Tuesday 5:15-7:15pm SSC
Criminal Justice RCRJ 201/202/203 Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm Sci Lib
Economics AECO 110/111 Wed 3:00-5:00pm SSC
All levels Monday 11:30am-12:25pm Sci Lib
Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity CEHC 101/210/242/

321/343/344/345

Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm Sci Lib
History All 100-level courses Tuesday 3:15-4:15pm SSC
Informatics IINF 100X Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm SSC
Mathematics AMAT 106 Sunday 2:00-3:00pm SSC
AMAT 108

 

Tuesday 2:45-3:45pm SSC
Wed 11:30am-12:25pm SSC
AMAT 111/112/113 Thursday 2:15-3:15pm Sci Lib
AMAT 101 through 299 Tuesday 5:15-7:15pm SSC
Physics APHY 105/108 Sunday 3:00-4:00pm SSC
Political Science All levels Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm Sci Lib
Thursday 6:15-7:15pm Sci Lib
Psychology APSY 101

 

 

Sunday 5:00-6:00pm SSC
Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm SSC
Thursday 8:00-9:00pm SSC
APSY 214/314 Tuesday 4:15-5:15pm Sci Lib
All levels

 

 

Monday 10:00am-12:00pm Sci Lib
Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm Sci Lib
Wed 12:00-1:00pm Sci Lib
Public Administration RPAD 140/302 Sunday 2:00-3:00pm SSC
Sociology ASOC 115 Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm 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

 

 

Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm Sci Lib
Tuesday 4:15-5:15pm SSC
Wed 4:00-5:00pm Sci Lib
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What Happens When You Let Other People Tell You Who You Are?

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Image taken from: http://howigrewtoday.com/2013/10/how-i-grew-today-19/

I heard it, I felt it, and then I took ownership of it.
The label was my enemy, and my scapegoat.

When I was in fourth grade, I was called dumb for the first time by a classmate. I was called dumb because fourth grade was the first year I was put into a reading help class. I could not read as fast or as well as the other kids. I specifically remember sitting in class one day during reading time and looking over to see the girl next to me reading Harry Potter and then looking, shamefully, back down at my Junie B. Jones book. I could not even fathom trying to read a Harry Potter book. Harry Potter looked like a dictionary compared to the books I was reading. I know it should not have, but this set the tone for me for the rest of elementary school, and even followed me through my high school career. Because of that, I always felt behind everyone else. I was always struggling to keep up, even with the extra help classes. Continue reading “What Happens When You Let Other People Tell You Who You Are?”

The Fall 17′ Advising PLUS Schedule is Here!

Have you been to the Advising PLUS page? They offer much more than what is listed on here. Check them out: albany.edu/advisingplus | advisingplus@albany.edu

Two Locations: The State Quad Success Center & the 2nd Floor of the Science Library

What is Offered?

Help with Study Skills and Time Management 
Honors College Strategies for Success
Study Clusters for: BIO 130, 131, 212, 217
Tutoring for:

  • Anthropology (Intro to Human Evolution and Cultural Anthropology)
  • BITM215
  • Chemistry (General Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry)
  • Computer Science and Computer Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • EHC Courses
  • Financial Accounting
  • Globalization Studies
  • History
  • Information for the 21st Century
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science & Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology (Intro to Sociology & Sociology of Gender)
  • Spanish

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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”

Final Thoughts: Move Forward

amazon-1300350_960_720On,Tuesday, April 18th, I had my first interactive tabling session and it was a success! Many students participated by taking the time to reflect on the many types of losses and by answering one of the following questions:

  • What’s one thing you told yourself to get through one of these types of losses?
  • What’s one thing you would tell someone going through one of these types of losses?
  • What is one thing you wish you could tell a loved one you lost or a person you lost as a friend?

The types of losses that the students reflected on were loss of motivation, loved one, identity/sense of self,  friendship and academic/career opportunity. I was amazed that so many students could identify with at least one of these types of losses and/or would know what to say to someone who was going through a similar situation. Something I’ve talked about a lot in my blog posts this semester was the power that words hold, and it was evident that other students are aware of that power as well. Continue reading “Final Thoughts: Move Forward”

Outside of My Control

chaos-1820464_960_720.jpgMany students have circumstances, outside of their control that interfere with their ability to succeed in college. If this is your situation, right now, please know that there are systems in place to assist you. In some cases, students may be eligible for late withdrawals or special accommodation or through Undergraduate Education or the Disability Resource Center. If you are not sure what to do or where to turn, please contact any of the persons/offices listed below and they will connect you or provide you with the support you need:

Sally A. D’Alessandro
Director of Student CARE Services
Campus Center 361
(518) 442-5501
ualbanycares@albany.edu

Barbara Brown
Coordinator, Advising PLUS
Social Science 308
(518) 442-3971
advisingplus@albany.edu

Your RA or RD

Your Advisor or the Advisor-on-Duty in the Advisement Services Center
The Advisement Services Center is located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library. The Advisor-on-duty is available M-F, 1pm-5pm.

Counseling and Psychological Services
400 Patroon Creek Blvd., Suite 104
Accessible via the UAlbany Shuttle
(518) 442-5800
consultation@albany.edu

ON CAMPUS COUNSELING  – Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to informal and confidential conversations with CAPS staff at various sites on campus. No appointments are necessary. It can help provide insight, support, solutions, and information about other resources. Let’s Talk is available when classes are in session. When Let’s Talk is not available, you can call us at (518) 442-5800 or email us at consultation@albany.edu

  • Mondays 1pm-3pm Science Library in Career and Professional Development
  • Tuesdays 11am-1pm Department of Athletics, SEFCU Arena, Arena Level A35
  • Wednesdays 3pm-5pm Office of Access & Academic Enrichment, (EOP, CSTEP, Project Excel), LI 94
  • Click here for more information.

The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence
Indian Quad, Seneca Hall Basement, Suite 009
(518) 442-CARE (2273)
advocacycenter@albany.edu

The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence provides a safe and welcoming environment for students to receive support and advocacy services in the aftermath of sexual violence including, but not limited to, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or stalking.

Disability Resource Center
Business Administration 120
(518) 442-5490
DRC@albany.edu

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Campus Center 329
(518) 442-5015
GSRC@albany.edu


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Don’t Panic

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Some times there’s a breakdown before there’s a break through. For me it seems as though this is always the case. As I write this blog from my bedroom, back home, my mind is consumed with a million and one different thoughts I’d like to share, and I’m puzzled by the best way to start. I guess I can begin by trying to make you understand… Continue reading “Don’t Panic”

Self-Care for A Positive Mindset

Sisyphean toilSelf-care is so important to me and I know sometimes I do not do enough of it.  I have a tendency to take on too much. When you combine this with needing time to just de-stress and reflect, it becomes nearly impossible to actually do.

Even my supervisor, Kim, is aware that I take on too much and we have talked about this in one-on-one meetings and in evaluations as well. In my most recent evaluation, as my area of improvement, Kim stated, “Kerry has dealt with a lot of loss this past year. It is important for her to take the time for self care.” We have talked about certain goals that I have for myself in relation to self-care and I appreciate her for being so supportive. Continue reading “Self-Care for A Positive Mindset”