Meet our Fall 17′ @UAlbanyMyStory Bloggers Pt. 2

Through videos, blogs, posters, small group meetings, community outreach, and presentations, our UAlbany Project MyStory bloggers their experiences – the good and the  bad; the ugly and the beautiful. Check us out every Monday, after 12 pm, for MyStory Mondays, when we share the latest posts. 


Meet Simonti and Anik

My name is Simonti Banik and I am a very talkative, travel-loving, dog-loving, Biology and English major at UAlbany.

Simonti and Anik

And this is us, just two kids that happened to grow up right around each other in Sutphin, Queens with all the same mutual friends but didn’t meet until we accepted to join the 21k Student-wide UAlbany family. Anik having moved to Albany through his middle school years, and me surfing the MTA and enjoying NYC public high schooling, has forcibly and unknowingly led us to grow up in two very different environments.

In this blog, we decided to work together to talk about some of our resolutions, past present and future that we have made, broke, are in the process of becoming resolutions or are working on to see how different we are. Having a resolution itself, big or small is important because it indicates that you want to work on something –  anything, to improve yourself. This is an important first step, especially in today’s world, considering everything that is happening around us, such as incidents of racism, police brutality, and bullying.

One person working on one slight aspect of themselves to improve for the better can affect many individuals in their path and can lead to a more aware, open minded, and sensitive society. That person’s little resolution may help some of societies issues to subside or, may even,  start a transformation that will be captured in textbooks, many years from now. Be sure to check out both my and Anik’s blog to read about our successful and failed resolutions along with the ones in progress and hopefully it will influence you to make a resolution, big or small, for yourself.

Click here to check out Simonti’s previous posts.


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My name is Anik Paul. I am just entering my junior year here at UAlbany. My friend, Simonti, is also entering junior year with me. I am an economics major with a business minor and she is a double major in biology and English. In my two years here at the university, I have learned a lot and have grown significantly as a person. Time management is a major thing that I have grown in. I used to be a huge procrastinator. Over the semesters I have learned how essential it is to plan ahead of time because sometimes professors may give last minute assignments. Another aspect I have grown in is staying motivated. Every semester, lots of students go in to the semester thinking this is their semester, they are going to study a lot and do amazing, but as the semester goes on, they get tired and loose motivation. I was one of these students as well. In my blogs, I hope to address all the obstacles I encountered as a freshman, and a commuter student, and in general to  help the other students get through these obstacles by telling them how I have dealt with situations and what other ways there are to deal with these various situations by setting goals to make changes/ improvements. As a result, seeing that other students are dealing with the same problems they are will make them feel like they are not alone.

Knowing that this semester ends around New Year’s, Simonti and I have decided to collaborate on resolutions to speak out about the many ways we’ve improved through the years with resolutions that we’ve set that were successful, not so successful, and in the progress. I made a personal goal of comparing my resolutions with Simonti because I expect them to be very different and our ways of dealing with goals to be very different which may represent how everyone in a society are tackling their own goals and making their own ways for improvement. As a result of this, I hope that our readers can take the idea that it’s necessary to be kind and respectful of others in a world where it is hard to improve for oneself and maybe even make a resolution for themselves, big or small.


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Transfer Tuesdays V

TODAY is Transfer Advisement Day! 

WELCOME TO UALBANY

If you are here, please comment below and say, “Hello!”


9a42c81259d79d0ceaea80c392c3cf4aWelcome to UAlbany!

As you are preparing to begin the next leg of your academic journey here, we want to share some useful and fun information to help you transition to your new educational home.

Every Tuesday, we will share one or two personal stories from our transfer students, along with information from advisors that we think would be helpful. 

It is always a great day to be a Great Dane!
The Advisement Services Center Team


Make sure to check out the Welcome Page. The Welcome Page has information about housing, registration, health forms, billing and more. Please MAKE SURE to submit all of your health information before August 1.


Last week, we introduced Jeniva Austin, a Transfer Transition Leader and one of our former MyStory Volunteers. Here is part II of her story:

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Jeniva Austin – Picture by Micheal Geroux

The social aspect of college is something people try to make seem unimportant but it plays a bigger role than people like to admit. It is not easy being a new student on campus, and it is even harder being a new student, and going to a school where you do not already have friends. College is not like high school where there may be maybe  just over one hundred students in your grade. It is more like thousands depending on what college you decide to attend. And being a transfer student definitely makes entering a new school so much more complicated. You are not THE new kid but you become just another new kid. Like myself…

As a transfer student, there is a great chance you will be place on Alumni quad. And if you have friends like mine, then you will hear that it really sucks to have to live “off campus.” But what students who are not transfers do not know is that, although Alumni quad is filled with transfer students, and about 10-12 minutes away from the main campus, Alumni quad is for students like me – students like us!  It is for students who come into a school with few  or no friends and not really sure how to get involved. On Alumni quad, they build a community for the transfer student population, and from what I know now, a lot of incoming transfers tend to enjoy living there.

When I first transferred to the University at Albany, I was so excited to have been placed on colonial quad. That meant that I did not have to worry about traveling to the main campus in the morning for class, and I didn’t have to worry about how I would get to take my mini-naps in-between classes. But along with all the pros of living in the main campus quads, there came cons. I was placed in a suite where one triple-room was filled with friends who knew each other from back home, and a roommate who had friends and plans of her own. So as anyone would, I got lonely and kind of annoyed with not having people to go to different events with. This lead to me going home every weekend and a pretty empty bank account due to all of those Trailways tickets I had to buy in order to go back and forth. And let me not forget that, because I usually didn’t have someone to go to the dining hall with, I ordered out VERY often during the week. So my first semester at UAlbany was not the best, but being able to realize that I wanted to be involved, helped me make my spring semester so much more worth transferring here.

In the spring, I got hired as a resident assistant and managed to make a few friends and even go out with people, I would not, normally, hang with on a regular day. I stopped going home every weekend and started to enjoy being in Albany more. I  even applied to be a Transfer Transition Leader (TTL), and got the job! A TTL is a resource for transfers, helping them adjust to socially and academically to the university. Many people asked why I wanted to be a TTL, since I was not an active transfer student during my first semester, but I believe that I could be of help to new incoming transfers that could resonate with me and my story.


Are YOU Coming to one of our Transfer Advising Days?
June 20 | August 1 | August 22 | August 24
If not, you may miss out on the
August 25 Transfer Orientation!

This does not apply if you have already
connected 
with your academic advisor
and have made your schedule.


Click Here for the 2017
Transfer Orientation Guidebook

MyStory Mondays 5-22-2017

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.
We are all done for the semester, but we are going to go back in time and share some posts that, we hope, will be useful to our new Danes!

New Danes – Make sure to complete your course request form and register for Orientation at www.albany.edu/welcome.


Excited or Straight-Up Nervous
about the Transition to College?

The following posts focus on this great change and what adjusting to college was like for other students. Enjoy! 

Many students have great difficulty asking for help. Some may not want to look ignorant, others may have had a bad experience with the help they received, others may simply not know who to turn to. If YOU have a question or your are struggling at any point in your UAlbany journey,  please know that WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS! Even if we do not know the answer or have the help you need, we will connect you with whoever can.  The Help Me tab above, has a long list of resources. Check it out. The following students share what it was like for them to ask for help.


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Brittany just graduated from UAlbany and she has some things to say about what it was like for her to ask for help.

Being at the University has taught me a lot over the course of these last couple years.  It’s taught me the importance of diversity and inclusion, the power in speaking your mind, the strength that’s found in a community, the will to set and meet your goals, and the most crucial lesson of all, never be afraid to ask for help.  I say this to you guys now as a second semester senior at this University, with a very high tendency to run from anything that throws me in the spot light. Read More


Jayvon Evans at right with his mentor Barbara Brown, Coordinator of Advising PLUS. (Photo by Naomi McPeters

Javon Evans found great help with Barbara Brown, Coordinator of Advising PLUS, a program designed to help students through various academic and personal struggles.

The following article is reposted from the UAlbany Students Facebook Page

I 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. Read More 


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Lee McPeters graduated today. He has overcome many struggles and he had to learn how to ask for help the hard way.

Pathways. According to Oxford Dictionaries (www.oxforddictionaries.com),  a pathway is “a way that constitutes or serves as a path. a way of achieving a specified result; a course of action.” Whatever you call it or how you define it, this concept of a journey or path through life is always on our minds. The future is always present in our thoughts and the decisions we make and how we spend our time impacts our futures. I mention this because in order  to overcome the obstacles I faced and start working to my full potential, I had to overcome my own mind and  find validation within  myself. As I have said, I was my own worst enemy and I want to help those of you who see the same things happening in your life. Read More.


Click on the image below to read Drew’s story:

Drew Murphy

 


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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

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.