Transfer Tuesdays VI

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Our Next Transfer Advisement Day is Tuesday, August 1.
Will You Be There?


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.


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.


Christie Project MyStory 2015

Christie Allen
Transfer Student
BSW – Class of 2014
MSW – Class of 2015
Major: Social Welfare

I left my first career in the corporate world to pursue my dream of becoming a social worker. Social work offers a depth and breadth of experience that many other careers can’t offer. I care deeply about the well-being of others and as a professional social worker, I can be utilized as a change agent to make a difference in another person’s life.

As a returning adult student, it isn’t easy to manage a family, finances, and college. My family supported my journey back to college and encouraged me to relentlessly pursue my dream of becoming a social worker.  I am grateful for their support but also the financial sacrifice that they were willing to make to help me achieve my educational goals.

I was overwhelmed when I first came to UAlbany. I didn’t know how to navigate the services available here. The university is rich with resources! I strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor and ask questions. They will strive to help you. I know that when I felt overwhelmed, I went and spoke with my advisor and she was a light in the fog! She listened, cared, and provided contact information for people who were relevant to my success at the university. I couldn’t have done it without her!

If you are a student who struggling, first take a deep breath and say to yourself, “I am not alone.”  UAlbany is committed to helping all students achieve academic and personal success. Don’t hesitate to meet with your advisor. They are here to help you. Your education is your responsibility. Own it! If you need help don’t be afraid to say so. I encourage you to reach out to other students and form study groups. If you are struggling, you may want to utilize the Counseling Center. There are counselors available to help you navigate your difficulties and bring back hope!

I would recommend that new students research services and resources available at UAlbany before you start classes. Before I started my first semester, I explored the Uptown Campus. I strongly recommend that you know how to navigate the campus. Know where you are going before your first day of class so that you feel more confident navigating around the college and can relax and enjoy your college experience. Remember to utilize your instructor’s office hours; they want to help you be successful. Remember, this is your educational experience. You must take ownership of it. Talk to people, ask questions, and embrace your learning. College isn’t easy but it is worth it. Remember, never ever give up. You will be graduating before you know it!

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Transfer Tuesdays IV

Our Next Transfer Advisement Day is Tuesday, June 20. Will You Be There?


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.


Meet Jeniva Austin

jeniva-austin-1.jpgJeniva volunteered for Project MyStory in Spring 2017 and she is currently a Transfer Transition Leader. This is Part I of her story:

When I got accepted to the University at Albany, I knew things would be different. Transferring from a community college where everyone knew each other, even if they were not friends; having no lecture halls, more one-on-one time with professors, and a smaller environment, were all things things that I knew would change with my big step into university life. But there were some things I had not realized would happen.

When I first arrived at UAlbany, I was nervous, but I did not want my mom to know. She’s the ‘okay pack your things up, you can just go to school back home’ kind of parent. But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, and I was not going to let a little anxiety change that. So when it came time to go to class, I made sure to sit somewhere in-between the first three rows. Second row… third seat to be exact. It was my birth date,  2/3, so I never forgot my unassigned, “assigned” seat. I decided that no matter how hard I thought a class was, I would do everything in my power to pass.  I was not going to let the title “university” scare me into thinking that I did not have what it took to succeed. But you see, when I got accepted to the university, the week before classes began, I was placed on a sophomore quad. So that ultimately left me out of the loop when it came to transfer events, which lead to me not attended any transfer events… not even our orientation. While most transfers were gathering to hear all about the resources and cool things the university has for them, I was making my schedule.

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.

 

Meeting Rachel Moody, my academic advisor, goes down as one of the coolest days here at UAlbany. She was upbeat, honest, and very passionate about helping me figure everything out. That quickly changed to the worst day I had at the university, the moment she pulled out my degree audit and told me that I was not graduating in two years, like I had planned to. She started asking me questions like, why did I come to UAlbany? Why did I want to study psychology? What was the rush on graduating? And what other fields could I see myself in? These were all questions I thought I knew the answers to, up until I was sitting in front of her. After my meeting with her I was done before I had even started and wanted nothing more than to figure out how I would get the credits I needed to graduate in May 2018. I told myself that I was going take the regular 15 credits my first semester, and start to add extra classes to my schedule every semester after that… Boy did I lie to myself.

Somehow I managed to make it through the fall semester with a few ups and downs in my classes, maybe only four weekends spent here in Albany… and oh, I became a resident assistant. So there I was, in the spring semester: a new RA and only taking twelve credits. So, not only did I not take the extra classes I said I would when I first got here, but I was taking less. My mom was so excited that I got the RA position, she ignored the fact that I was now another three credits behind.

I know a lot of you are probably wondering how this story ties back to me being a transfer student… but it does. The moment I decided to schedule my classes at Transfer Orientation, the Friday before classes began, was the moment, I unknowingly missed everything Orientation had to offer. It was the day I slipped into the group of many transfer students who know nothing about anything the university has to offer us.  I was not connected on the UAlbany Transfers Facebook Page to let me know what I was missing. That page was not even created until last Spring. I had slipped through the cracks and I was lost. Coming into the university as a second, semester sophomore instead of a junior, is the day that I became a story that many other transfer students are able to resonate with. Now, I am in a position to help incoming transfer students, just like me. I am working hard to reach the goals I set for myself the first day I stepped onto this campus, because being a transfer did not break me as a student but made me a stronger one.

Click Here for the 2017
Transfer Orientation Guidebook


Next week, Jeniva will share the second part of her story. She will talk about housing, getting connected and more. Stay tuned!

Belated Transfer Tuesdays III

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Our Next Transfer Advisement Day is Tuesday, June 20.
Will You Be There?


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.


Tiffany is a mother of three kids. She shares what going back to school was like for her and she encourages others not to give up on their goals. Click here to read the rest of her story.

Tiffany Finkle


Nicholle was not a transfer student, but she has great things to say to students who are undecided or unsure about their major. If this is you, check out her story. She has done amazing things while at UAlbany and she graduated with a major and career path that fit her like a glove. Read how she succeeded here.  Check out her story!

Nicholle Project Mystory 2015


Many Ways to Earn Credit at UAlbany

college-2024213_960_720As you are finalizing your schedules, have you considered earning credit with applied learning experiences? At UAlbany, this list is ever growing. Here are just a few for you to ponder?

Community and Public Service Program
Earn credit by volunteering for a non-profit organization on campus or in the community.

  • RSSW 190 – 35 hours of service – 1 Credit
  • RSSW 291 – 60 hours of service – 2 Credits
  • RSSW 290 – 100 hours of service – 3 Credits
  • RSSW 390 – 100 hours of service – 3 Credit
  • For more information and to get ideas on where to serve, visit www.albany.edu/cpsp or go to Social Science Room 112

University-Wide Internship Program

  • UUNI 290 (1-4 Credits)
    Open to those University at Albany matriculated students who will have sophomore standing or higher (have completed at least 24 graduation credits) prior to the beginning of the internship and who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00.
  • UUNI 390 (1 – 15 Credits)
    Open to those University at Albany matriculated students who will have junior standing or higher (have completed at least 56 graduation credits) prior to the beginning of the internship and who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00.
  • For more information, click here, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center 30

 Applied Learning Internship

  • UUNI-288 (Applied Learning Internship) is 1-credit. S/U Graded
  • UUNI-289 (Advanced Applied Learning Internship) is 3-credits. S/U Graded
  • The courses will run fall, spring, and summer (beginning in Fall 2017).
  • They DO NOT replace the University Wide Internship courses (UUNI-290 and 390), but allow for additional internship course options.
  • Students do not need to secure a faculty sponsor.
  • Students must have an internship secured and a permission number in order to register.
  • Eligibility: 2.0 GPA and a minimum of sophomore standing or higher.
  • International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization to intern from the Center for International Education and Global Strategy.
  • Interested students may contact Debra Gelinas, dgelinas@albany.edu or the Institute for Applied Learning at appliedlearning@albany.edu

Departmental Internships

Undergraduate Research & Independent Study

  • Several departments offer the opportunity to earn credit for working independently or alongside a professor. For example, the Psychology department offers APSY297 – Directed Study in Psychology for sophomores in any major to work on a supervised project; and APSY 397 for juniors. Check out the online college bulletin to see whether there is a similar course in your area of interest.
  • Check out the UAlbany Division of Research

New York State Assembly Session Internship Program

  • UUNI 391 (15 Credits)
  • Eligibility: 56 Credits Completed; 2.50 GPA; All majors applicable.
  • For more information click here, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center 30

New York State Senate Session Assistants Program

  • UUNI 391 (15 Credits)
  • Eligibility: 56 Credits Completed; 3.00 GPA; All majors applicable.
  • For more information, click here, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education located in Lecture Center  30

Semester in Washington

  • Students are provided the unique opportunity to live and work in Washington D.C.  for one semester.  This program allows students to complete an internship specific to their career interests and passions for four days a week, take two full courses, and earn fifteen credits toward graduation.   Six of these credits count toward a major or minor in political science, public policy, and several other majors or minors.  Students who are not in these specific majors or minors have also received credits and are managed individually.
  • For more information, click here, or contact the Undergraduate Office for Public Affairs and Policy in Humanities Room 016

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program & Project SHAPE
The deadline has passed to join this semester, but check it out anyway so that you are prepared to apply in the future!

  • Middle Earth is the peer assistance arm of the University Counseling Center and Career Services, within the Division of Student Success. It consists of four major components: Hotline Service, Peer Education Service, Peer Career Advisor Service, and Staff Development/Training Component.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students can apply to become a Project SHAPE volunteer member. Selection is done once a year; interviews are conducted in April. The selection process consists of an individual interview with the Director of Project SHAPE and a group interview conducted by the Project SHAPE Executive Board. Applicants will be notified by email in early May of their status.
  • For more information, click on the following

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Submitted by Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor
UAlbany Advisement Services Center

Transfer to Transfer Tuesdays II

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Today is Transfer Advisement Tuesday
Welcome New Danes! 


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 a few 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.


Liz 1Any one transferring to UAlbany from a small town? From a small college? You are among many others. Liz writes about her experience transitioning to UAlbany from Whitesboro, New York, in her series, Homebody for Everybody.

UAlbany is an amazing, beautiful, diverse place with people of all sorts of backgrounds. My background? I’m from a small town in a little place called Whitesboro, NY in upstate. I lived most of my life in a tiny neighborhood of four streets on top of a hill, surrounded by woods and farm land. Sure, I was exposed to some city life every now and then but nothing could prepare me for the Capital of New York State, Albany. I never even drove through a round-about before. I had no idea how this city would soon shape me into the person I am today.


pe-6Phoebe Everson graduated from UAlbany in 2016. She had transferred to UAlbany from Hudson Valley Community College and writes about the trials of non-traditional students. Her posts are quirky, fun, helpful and raw. If you are an English major or History major, you will especially benefit from reading her series, as she gives great tips on working with professors on senior projects.

In 2012 at the ripe old age of forty-eight, I lost my mind — or so some folks would have me think — and returned to school as a student at Hudson Valley Community College. I hadn’t stopped to consider my age or the fact that I had been away from school for over thirty years. I just jumped in with both feet and took up a full schedule of classes. Read More.

 

Transfer to Transfer Tuesdays I

Transfer to Transfer logo

Welcome 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 a few 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 Continue reading “Transfer to Transfer Tuesdays I”

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”

Squirrels, Fountains, and the Non-Traditional Student

squirrel-111258_960_720As a non-traditional student I have sometimes felt left out of the full college experience because some aspects of college life are simply not open to me at my age/in my situation. I won’t have fond college memories of going to sporting events with my friends or of living in a dorm and making new friends, or of joining a sorority or other on-campus type group. Those things just don’t happen for the non-traditional student (and I must also add they often don’t happen for a commuter student who lives in a community more than a few minutes from campus from what I’ve heard several commuter students talk about). Non-traditional students simply don’t make the — well traditional types of connections— to their college that on-campus students in their late teens and early twenties do.
For some reason I’ve thought a lot about what memories I will be taking away from my college experience as I have entered into this, my last semester, as an undergrad student. I’ve come to realize that I will have unique and lasting memories of my college years that go beyond simply going to classes and writing papers. While none of these experiences are likely to be unique to me as a non-traditional student, they may be unique as “college years” memories. Continue reading “Squirrels, Fountains, and the Non-Traditional Student”

Hitting the Re-Start Button

     Currently, I am struggling with my Senior History Capstone Thesis paper. Never in my life have I had so much trouble coming up with a topic, finding resources and getting started in general! Honestly, I can’t even tell you why this is being so difficult. I’ve written dozens of papers and never had a minute’s trouble with them. I love to write and I enjoy research of historical topics.  Not sure what is different about this one. Continue reading “Hitting the Re-Start Button”

Decisions—Decisions

History majors have to write a Senior Thesis on some historical topic (duh, what else would we write it on?) , many of us are finding it difficult to pin down a topic. Our topics need to be something unique, of timely interest, and we need many primary sources (first person accounts of events surrounding our topic which can be letters, journals, court proceedings and various other things that are directly related to what happened WHEN it happened).

As you may have guessed, we can’t just pick a topic out of the air because it interests us and run with it. We have to be able to BUILD a factual story using reasonably reliable evidence.  This can be quite difficult. We may be interested in something but there simply may not be the material we need to research it. Continue reading “Decisions—Decisions”

Gnats

Gnats are tiny insects that annoy us. For the most part they are harmless and we can carry on successfully with whatever we are doing in spite of their presence. Gnats are what I like to call all the little stuff that annoys us that we encounter all the time. Nothing major just stuff that-if you will pardon the pun-bugs us.

I figure since this is MY STORY I may as well share some of my college life gnats with you.

hatena-1184896__180Very annoying for me have been the things that no one tells us about directly. In fact, there are things that I have no idea HOW other students know about them. No one told me about Senior Seminar and Capstone papers. Every now and then a Capstone paper would be vaguely mentioned but I had no idea what it involved.  I also had no idea what would be involved in doing an Honors Senior Seminar until it was too late in my student career to participate in it-even though I was qualified to take the course. Continue reading “Gnats”