Meet Kayla and Franshelis
My name is Kayla Kennedy and I am a transfer student. This is my second semester and
final year here at Albany. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in business. As a
volunteer, I have chosen to focus on the theme of: Let God take the Wheel. I am by no means a religious person, but, I recently turned 22 and am realizing that I have spent a great portion of my childhood, adolescent and early young adult years striving so hard to be a perfectionist that if I do not start to open my eyes, I will miss out on everything that can happen in my 20’s. My ultimate goal is to share my experiences and enlighten other students to: Let God take the Wheel.
My name is Franshelis Calderon. I am a senior, and a linguistics major, with a double minor in Italian and sociology. When I first arrived at the University at Albany, I had no idea who I was. I didn’t know what I wanted to study, and I was lost in the idea of who I was supposed to be rather than who I am. After my journey thus far, I can confidently say I am exactly where I need to be at this point in my life. I discovered a passion for learning and studying how language works and that this is what I want to establish my career in. I also realized a big part of myself I had been hiding, which is my sexuality.
Coming to this university, I felt the freedom I needed to begin to become the best version of myself. I want to use this platform to encourage new students to let themselves experience life and the challenges that it presents, even if you don’t want to. I was terrified to even contemplate the possibility that I wasn’t straight. If I hadn’t gone through all the growth I did, I would still be struggling to accept myself, and I know I wouldn’t be as successful as I am now. And don’t get me wrong, I still struggle, with my sexuality, and with a lot of other things. I haven’t reached nirvana, but I believe I’m well on my way there. And I wouldn’t be here had it not been for this university and the growth I went through once I arrived. I want my story to encourage my readers to embrace this phase of our lives, and not to fight the process, but to trust and believe in it.
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