MyStory Mondays 11-6-2017 – Time & Grit

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.

Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. 
This week, our bloggers, focus on grit, grief, time, and goals achieved.

Join the Spring 2018 MyStory Team

Next semester, in addition to blogging and conducting workshops, we, in conjunction with Skribblerswill host a Storytelling Conference for a class of 5th graders. If you are interested in sharing your story and helping others to share theirs, CLICK HERE!


statue-1515390_960_720Heather Moore shares how hearing Tammy Duckworth’s Ted Talk,  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance resonated with her.

“Like all college students, I am vulnerable to procrastination, laziness, and discouragement. School is hard. And life is harder! No one is on their game 100% of the time. The great thing about grit is that it is not something you are born with or born into. Which means it can be learned over time. It also means that there is potential inside of everyone to succeed.” Click here to read the whole story.


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Anik writes about how understanding the value of work and the arduous task of seeking a job has taught him much about perseverance, motivation, and time-management.

Some have mixed feelings for work. Certain people love what they do, and then there are others who work just to survive.  Growing up I would observe my parents going to work and coming back home. All I knew was that they went to work for a few hours, and then came back home. I did not realize the actual meaning of work, so I just brushed it off.  I took their work for granted. Click here to read more.


“Working on time management was not a choice I had, it was something I had to do to survive college.” Click here to check out out Simonti’s battle with time.


Moving Forward:  Get a glimpse of Kayla’s long, and continuing,  road to success. 

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I thought I was all set. I thought I was ready.  All of my core coursework was completed.  I was working on the weekends and whatever free time I had was devoted to helping care for my grandfather.  I thought I was motivated.  I thought my goal to be a nurse was the end all, be all.  Acceptance letter received, required materials purchased, physical examination done, student I.D. obtained, first couple of weeks done  –   I had to make a choice: adapt or become defeated.  When I thought I had my life all planned out, suddenly: BOOM! I felt a big smack in the face. Click here to read more


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MyStory Mondays 10-23-17 Adjusting

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.

Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. 

This week, we are focusing on adjusting socially and academically.

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Click here to read about how Anik addressed his social fears.
When I was in a large group, I was afraid people would judge me. I would ask myself the same set of random questions in my head every time I was around a lot of people. “Is there something in my teeth?” “Is there a stain on my clothes?” “Does my breath smell okay?”

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In her last post, Simonti shared her love of music, especially Hindi music.  This week, she writes about how music had become a distraction and how she wrenched herself from her addiction to sound. Click here to read more. 

Music has always found a way to make me feel more excited about doing whatever it was I had to do. It made my life more colorful. There are certain songs, in which, I have a period of my life stored. This is something no picture or book has ever been able to do. I have been the type of person that always needed a song playing in the background, anything, just to avoid having to be without a tune. But there was a problem…

Navigating RoomHATE

 

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Kate Engert offers several steps to addressing difficult roommate situations, in her post, “Navigating RoomHATE.”  This post was part of her MyStory blog series, Metamorphosis. Click here to read her offerings.

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Alex went through almost everything. Click on the image to read her story.

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MyStory Mondays 10-9-17 It is #TransferStudentWeek!

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.

Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. 

This week, get ready to dance, write, be in suspense, and to focus on being more focused.

We are featuring some of our older stories from our, current and former, UAlbany Transfers in celebration of the First National Transfer Student Week.

 

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“You feel all over the place, you get tired and stop working as efficiently as you could. You are using up energy you could be using to achieve your goals.” 

bokeh-2552956_960_720UAlbany transfer student, Heather talks about the difficulties of staying focused and how mastering the mountain of distraction has helped her to overcome the naysayers, academic hurdles, and more.  Click here to check out her latest post.


Every one of our transfer students has a unique story of how they became a Great Dane. This week, Kayla, who is thriving at UAlbany, takes us through the first part of her journey here, through a time when things were not going so well. Click here to read Soaked: Breakdown to Breakthrough Pt. 1.


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Lee MUAlbany graduate and transfer student, Lee McPeters, shares how he really struggled to succeed academically. Click here to check out his series: Struggling on the Pathway to Success – Thoughts of C Average Student.

“When I transferred to UAlbany, the almost 360 degree change was overwhelming. Classes were now much larger, and I had to start fresh and make new friends and mentors. With this change, I started to retreat inward and the pattern of self-sabotage started.” 

His story does not end there!


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This week, our “Resolutionary” bloggers Simonti and Anik write about two very different resolutions. Anik shared how he is resolved to love writing. He used to hate writing, so anything less than hate is progress right? Click here to check out his transition from being a person who hates writing to someone who tolerates it with a smile. In case you were wondering, yes, our blogger hates writing. We thing that he is doing a social experiment on himself through MyStory.

Simonti’s blog is musical. Get ready to dance to Hindi music and smell the good food through her writing. She shared how she learned to embrace her culture on her own time. Click here for more.


Finally the New York State Writers Institute has prepared an incredible series: Telling the Truth in a Post-truth WorldA multi-event symposium of topics crucial to an open democratic society. Talk about stories! Check out their program.

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MyStory Mondays 10-2-17

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.

Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. 

bodybuilder-646482_960_720.jpgIs there a goal that you have set for yourself, that you have failed to meet over and over again? What happened to it? Anik writes about his repeated failure to meet his health goals. He did not give up on himself. Eventually, with the support of his friends, he was able to fulfill his resolutions.

Click here to check out Anik’s post.

 


Simonti writes about her difficulty with change, and how she is slowly learning to appreciate the power of adaptation. Click here to read her post.


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mountain-2565372_960_720.jpgHeather writes about how focusing on the many little wins helps one to deal with their failures, no matter how huge those failures might be.

If you pay attention to all your little wins throughout the day, it is easier to deal with the losses when they happen. And they will happen. And you will fixate on them. You are going to feel the loss way more intensely than the win. So, that being said, each little win needs to count. You need them to stay strong. You need at least 5 little wins for every loss. They are your backup. They are your soldiers marching behind you. Click here to read more.


barefoot-1835661_960_720How does one find their passion? Kayla shares the beginning of her search. Click here for more. 

 

 

 


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MyStory Mondays are Back Again!

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.

Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. 

“Even though I always tried, I had no confidence in my own abilities. I was convinced that my brain was broken.”  – Heather M.

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Heather’s blog series, One Life’s Potential, addresses the negative voices that we, sometimes, allow to build a nest in our heads, hindering us from doing our best. She urges us not to let a garbage pile of negativity blind us to our true potential. Click here to check out her latest post.


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Liz is completing her degree in abstentia and will graduate in May. Although she is not with us, physically, Liz has left us several posts to share. Her theme was Homebody for Everybody, in which she gave us a glimpse of her life as a very introverted, yet highly involved person. In her latest installment, she gives five suggestions on how to maintain long-distance relationships and on how to let them go. Click here to read more.


kerry-debruceKerry graduated last May, and is currently a graduate student at UAlbany. Last spring, her blog series, Pulled Back to Move Forward, focused on grief, loss, healing, and self-care. After reading some of her series, several students made the decision to seek help in addressing their diverse losses. Words have power.

This week, Kerry writes about how difficult it was to decide on what to do after graduation, and how she, eventually came to the best decision for her. Check out her latest piece here.


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Simonti and Anik are both writing separate pieces under the same theme, “Resolutionary.”  Using the idea of making New Year’s resolutions, they focus on how the pressure to change your habits, attitude, or your heart, can be a significant hurdle. They share their experiences in how they have made changes that have allowed them to succeed and to grow.  Click here to see how, you too can become “resolutionary!”


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Kayla’s series, Let God take the Wheel, focuses on how she has learned to be less of a perfectionist so that she can appreciate where she is in the here and now. This is her final year here and she has much to say about letting go. Click here to check out her latest post. 


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MyStory Mondays 7-17-17

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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.

Scheduling and registration:
Click here to get a glimpse of our process and to see answers to frequently asked questions about registration.


Making Major Plans

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This week, we share stories about how students have selected their majors. Some students enter UAlbany 100% sure about their plans and then they discover pathways, they had never imagined. Some enter sure and, after taking classes in their respective fields, discover, that the major was not what they thought. Some enter and graduate with the same majors they intended to pursue; and some are totally undecided. Whoever you are, there is a place for you to grow and thrive at UAlbany in preparation for your next steps.  Continue reading “MyStory Mondays 7-17-17”

MyStory Mondays 7-3-17

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4
in observance of Independence Day.

This week, we are not sharing student stories, but a piece of the American story, our Declaration of Independence. Whether you were born in the United States or abroad, the significance of a people gathering together to fight for their freedom, likely resonates with you. Many of you will take HIS101 – American and Social History I,  POS101  – American Politics, or a similar themed course in the Fall, and will examine the ideas in this document – this document that continues to shape, frame, and challenge our identity and our policies.  We hope that you will take the time to read it and share what comes to mind as you think about your freedom, your upcoming semester at UAlbany, and the possibilities for your future. 

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Continue reading “MyStory Mondays 7-3-17”

MyStory Mondays 6-26-17

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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!

ORIENTATION SEASON BEGINS TODAY!
Welcome New Danes!

New Danes: Make sure to complete your course request form and register for Orientation at www.albany.edu/welcome.
Click here for frequently asked questions about Frosh scheduling.

This week’s installment of MyStory Mondays focuses on the idea of home. We hope that UAlbany becomes your home away from home. Check out the stories from students who, though very differently, found comfort and peace right here.

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My home is always crowded and filled with some polite and some rude strangers but many familiar faces. Music is always loud in my house; sometimes it’s Spanish, sometimes it’s something indistinguishable, sometimes it’s whatever’s playing too loudly from the headphones off the dude next to me. The TV is always blaring- somewhere. And if you listen just close enough in the summer, you’ll always hear a basketball bouncing, a horn blowing, and a couple having an argument. My house is known to party a little bit too hard and a lot bit too loud but in my opinion, its endless epicness.

If you were to ask me where my home is, I would say to you that it is New York City.

When I think of home, I think of the Rufus King Park where I spent my childhood trying to learn how to ride a bike without training wheels (I’ve yet to learn by the way.) and how the walk to school would be a killer in the winter snow. I think of the students bullying me in elementary school and teachers not doing anything about it and how I would end up sitting next to my teacher on every school trip because I didn’t have friends. I think of switching schools and being put in the top honors classes where I took classes years ahead my grade level. Jackson Heights; where I bought my first cell phone and the Queens Center Mall where my mum bought me my first skinny jeans (after great debate haha). But the best of it all- I think of Forest Hills high school. Read More from Simonti Banik’s MyStory Series, “Writing My Own Chapter


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Freedom is a beautiful thing. It can also be a dangerous thing. Growing up in my household could be suffocating at times. My dad is a hard worker who, because of his job, has seen what real dangers exist in the world, dangers a teenage girl like me never take seriously. Because of this my dad was very protective of me and my siblings, tracking our phones and constantly checking in on us. It made him hard to talk to when all it seemed like he was doing was ruining my fun. My mom went along with whatever my dad decided, often acting as the enforcer of my dad’s rules. It made it hard to experience anything and it definitely made me naïve. Click Here to Read More.

MyStory Mondays 6-12-17

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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.

This week’s installment of MyStory Mondays is dedicated to the introverts. These are the ones who will not jump at the chance to join a club, but who may be the best assets in a club. Hanging in crowds may be fun, but exhausting. They have no problem in solitude, but that does not mean that they do not cherish friendships. Introverts: UAlbany welcomes you!

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Liz Brigham is not only an introvert, she is an introvert from a very small town. Her favorite space is her room with a cup full of coffee in her hand.  She even has a blog liz-1.jpgentitled, Coffee Chat. Liz, may be the most outgoing loner you will ever meet. She is a member of several student organizations, and has served as an Orientation Leader, UAlbany Tour Guide, and a Project MyStory Volunteer.  She shares her journey in her MyStory blog series, Homebody for Everybody.  Here is a snippet from her first post:

Downtown was a whole other area for me that scared me half to death. I didn’t know how to use a bus, Taxis were sketchy, and driving there was an absolute no. I was used to open country roads and never really even had to deal with a one-way. It was annihilating because I never really had those “Downtown Experiences” that everyone else talked about on the weekend. I just wanted to set up a bonfire and park a truck in front so I could chill under the stars. I didn’t understand slang, I never talked to an International Student before, and I constantly missed the quiet and fresh air. It was an extremely difficult process.

It was a whole new world and even though it scared me… I wanted to learn to love it. After all, I would be spending quite a bit of time here. If you’re someone from a small town, you may understand that meeting people from around the world is simply something that does not happen in your area. We’re used to seeing the same faces day in and day out. When there is a constant switch in interaction with people it can become overwhelming. People were even listening to music that I hadn’t even heard of before. But the only way to happy in a new environment is to learn, understand, and accept. Click here for more.


 

Belated MyStory Mondays 6-5-17

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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.

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Are you thinking about studying abroad? Take a trip with Erica Bertucio in her blog series, Around the World and Into Myself.


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Billy Lang did not study abroad, but he did spend a semester in New York City, interning at a marketing firm while earning credit for his experience. Yes, you can do that! We have several opportunities for students to earn credit through applied learning. Click here for more information.

Billy ended up transferring to another school, that was closer to his internship site because they were so impressed with his work that they wanted him to stay. Although he is no longer at UAlbany, he is still a Great Dane and he has left his mark by sharing his experiences with future generations!

 


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