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”

Doing Too Much: A Thick Black Line

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Time to refocus your focus. Next stop, the 

This post is dedicated to the over dedicated, spread thin, hand-in-every-pot, yes-people. I feel your pain. I know what it is like to want to do everything and be everywhere. I know what it is like to have so many conflicting things that you want to do you wish you could clone yourself and be everywhere at once. I know what it is like to miss a bus and have it throw off your whole day. This post is for you all.

One major lesson I learned this semester was quality over quantity. It is much better to be awesome at a few things than be mediocre at a lot of things. Continue reading “Doing Too Much: A Thick Black Line”

Creatively Envisioning Your Future

 

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Again, this was AWESOME!

At the end of Fall 2016,  we had a workshop creating vision boards for Project MyStory and it was AWESOME! We had a conference table full of magazines, scissors, glue, and various snack ems. Again, I cannot stress how awesome this was.

In mainstream media, many people have been talking about making vision boards. Even Oprah and Steve Harvey have spoken about it! Many people have usually heard of vision boards and there are still a lot of people who don’t understand what they are or their purpose.

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Just me and my board!

First thing, there is no one way to complete a vision board. Vision boards are literally a visual reminder or representation of various things you want to actualize in your life. The goal is to surround yourself with various images of what you want your life to become. You can use magazines, quotes, you can write in words, draw things, put up selfies, whatever you believe would exemplify a goal that you have in your life.

Vision boards can be as large or as small as you want. They can be as broad or specific as you’d like, bottom line IT IS YOUR BOARD, DO YOU! You can have multiple smaller vision boards geared specifically towards various goals that you have (ie. travel, academics, personal life). Continue reading “Creatively Envisioning Your Future”

Fransexual

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My name is Franshelis Calderon. I’m a junior here at UAlbany, and I identify as queer.

From the moment I arrived on the UAlbany campus in August of 2014, I knew I had a lot of self-exploring to do. It was finally my chance find myself independently, without the worry of what anyone else had to say. I had been waiting for this moment for, what felt like, a lifetime. Some of the things I discovered about myself during this time were that I loved to learn languages, Wings over Albany was my favorite place to order from, living with a random roommate was tough, and that I liked girls. Continue reading “Fransexual”

Pulled Back to Move Forward

Kerry BW.jpgMy name is Kerry DeBruce and I get it. As a senior, I get it. Even as just a person going through the motions in this thing we call life, I get it. It’s hard to move on, trust me.

It was hard to move on when I realized my friendship with my suitemate from freshmen year will never be the same. It was hard to move on when I found out my old manager from back home passed away. It was hard to move on when I didn’t get the job position I wanted for post-graduation. It was even harder to move on when my dad passed away. Continue reading “Pulled Back to Move Forward”

This is the End, or Maybe Not…

This semester has been one wild ride! I really hope by you reading this that you’ve gained something worthwhile to take away. This semester we’ve reflected on the person in the past, in the present, and imagined what they could be in the future. You, in this moment, are a compilation of experiences that you have gone through, yet those experiences do not have to define who you will be in the future. Always remember you hold the power to your own future, and it’s success depends on you and only you.

This semester, we talked about everything under the sun, from dealing with dying friendships back home, to working through the stress of midterms and finals, as well as finding out how to take charge of one’s future through applied learning and internships. Like said in one of my previous posts, “college is known as a time of experimentation and growth,” and it is important to frame your collegiate experience thinking about your future and building for a life that you love.

smilesFind your passion and your purpose and let that propel you into your future.

Be happy,

Be healthy,

Be successful,

Ashley

 

 

 


About the Author:

ashndamien-003Ashley W.
Class of 2017
Major: Social Welfare
Blog/Workshop Theme: 
Through the Looking Glass
A Look at the Past and Present...

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.

Ho-Ho-Hometown Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Congrats on completing Fall semester 2016. After 16 straight weeks of school, winter break brings the end to a long strenuous semester as well as an end to what can only be described as a very interesting year. A well needed break from education, winter break is a month of relaxation and reunion. College students across the nation return home in time for the holiday season and all the joy it brings with it. Every person spends their time differently, with some picking up shifts at the job they’ve worked at since high school, and others jetting of to tropical locations for vacation. I pwinter-1882723_960_720ersonally spend my time catching up on hours of sleep and eating take out from all my favorite places. Returning to the home town means running into a lot of familiar faces and giving a general overview of your life to them. “Oh I’m up at Albany.” “Yeah I love it there.” “What about you, how have you been” “Oh that’s great, I’m so happy for you.” “Alright I’ll see you around.” It’s really repetitive and at times annoying but It’s definitely a common occurrence, especially where I am from. When you’re away at college, your life in high school feels like a million years ago, but returning home brings back the people who known you for so many years. The funny thing is they don’t really know you at all. One semester at college and you’ve already learned so much that has shaped you as a person. Among those awkward high school reunions come the reunion of friends and family. Me and my group of about 14 friends do a secret Santa party every year since, which is one of the only times we’re all together at the same time. We also get together for New Years Eve,graphic-1066390__340 decking ourselves out in sparkly dresses and ties. I hate to say that I forget about my close friends while I’m away but distance does make the heart grow fonder and the more time that goes on the more I see us staying a unit of friends into adulthood. Seeing family over the holidays is what makes coming home really worth it. Besides the obvious benefit of being showered in gifts, it also really great to spend quality time with people who love you the most. Although my family drives me nuts sometimes, it can be quite nice waking up to my mother and brothers in the morning. Of course as sweet as coming home is, it gets old pretty quickly and I personally spend the last weeks of break excited to return to my friends and my life in Albany.


melissa-ferringMelissa F.
Class of 2018
Majors: Spanish & Communication
Blog Theme: Fierce & Freaked

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“Trouble Don’t Last Always”

So here we are about to face finals week then off for Christmas break. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure as hell-happy this semester is over. We have faced a lot of challenges together. Though I may not have known your circumstances, I have felt comfortable enough to share my stories with you all. Just to be able to help someone who might be going through the same thing as me is motivating.  You guys inspired me to open up and be my true self, Without you, I wouldn’t have kept it together this semester. I know there are many of us who have walked past someone, and didn’t know the story behind that persons smile; why there seems to be so much sadness behind their eyes,  even why they seemed so closed off from the world. I am here to tell you not to be afraid to smile. Smile at someone and ask them how their day is going? Share a positive energy even if you’re not feeling so up. That one compliant or cheerful word, could brighten someone’s day. Continue reading ““Trouble Don’t Last Always””

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”

No Sugarcoating the Pain of Persistence

stress.jpgMany times we are faced with challenges that are hard to explain, or get through. I have gone through a lot of things that are hard to speak about. I have been broken, uplifted, then broken again. Many times I feel like giving up, and this week has been a prime example. Here is what I wrote initially: Continue reading “No Sugarcoating the Pain of Persistence”