What Happens When You Let Other People Tell You Who You Are?

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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?”

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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”

Help Me!

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Whether you need academic, emotional or physical support, UAlbany has resources available to assist you. If you do not know where to  turn, speak to your academic advisor or your residential assistant. Even if we do not know the answer, we will be able to connect you to office or person who can. Whatever you are going through, we care and we are here for you. Please come and see us!

 


 

Here are some of our support services at UAlbany:

Advising PLUS is the place to go when you aren’t sure where to get what you need to be successful. We will work with you to identify what will help, and get you connected with campus resources.

  • If you need tutoring or are looking for a study group in ANY subject, Advising Plus is a great place to start when seeking help. On their Academic Assistance page, you may look for academic support by class subject to find out what supports are available. If you do not find what you are looking for, e-mail advisingplus@albany.edu. Barbara Brown and Amanda Parker can usually find the help that you need!

The Center for Achievement Retention and Student Success (CARSS) is a support service that was created to provide free academic assistance to intended or declared science majors. in Fall 2016, study group sessions are available for the following classes:

  • BIO 212Y, Introductory Genetics
  • CHM 120, General Chemistry I
  • CHM 220, Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 221, Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 350, Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM 444, Biophysical Chemistry I
  • PHY 105, General Physics I
  • PHY 140, Physics I

Math Tutoring Room The Mathematics department maintains a tutoring room in ES 138, staffed during business hours Monday-Friday. Students in 100 level courses have priority for this service.

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.

The Middle Earth Hotline is available if you are distressed, depressed or upset and you need someone to talk to ASAP. The Hotline is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 24 hours a day Friday through Sunday on weekends when University at Albany classes are in session during the academic year. Call 518-442-5777

Are you a Veteran?  First, we thank you for your service. The Veteran Educational Team (VET) is a newly formed committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students. VET aims to:

  • Identifying veteran priorities
  • Implementing, expanding and improving veteran services
  • Streamlined advisement and counseling resources for veterans

Help me questionsThe Counseling and Psychological Services Center promotes the behavioral and emotional health, furthers the social development, and enhances the academic success and personal resilience of University at Albany students.

  • Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to informal and confidential conversations with Counseling and Psychological Services staff. Students can walk in at various sites around campus Monday to Wednesday and speak with CAPS staff. No appointments are necessary. It can help provide insight, support, solutions, & information about other resources.

Disability Resource Center. Whether your disability is visible or invisible, this is the office that can assist you. Help step up

LGBTQ Resources. The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC),
located on the third floor of the Campus Center in room 329, is a safe space for all students to engage in dialogue around the intersections of Gender & Sexuality on our campus and in our society.

Spiritual Services. There are many faith-based student groups on campus and spiritual leaders available to assist students.

Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advisement is available through the Advisement Services Center.

Project Excel offers academic Counseling, free-study group tutorials, and study skills workshops, supplemental advisement, personal counseling, and free peer tutoring to low income, first generation, and disabled students.

The CSTEP Program is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) who belong to groups historically underrepresented and economically disadvantage in scientific, technical, health-related, or licensed professions and who demonstrate interest in pursuing professional careers.

The Writing Center offers students, faculty and staff a process-based approach to writing at any stage of the writing process. Please note: Tutors do not proofread or simply correct grammatical errors; instead they engage the whole writer and his/her writing process.

Campus Recreation Physical Activity can be a GREAT stress reliever! UAlbany’s Campus Recreation is devoted to you being your best. Check out their programs and events!

Connecting to Students with Similar Interests. Click here to view a list of all UAlbany Student organizations.

Advisement Services Center Advisors. The advisors in ASC are here to help you as you map out this chapter of your life and make plans for the next one. Come on over. Let’s chat!

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.