Peer2Peer: Starting The Semester Strong

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My name is  Sam Broking and I am a senior majoring in Math and History. I am a member of the softball team and a Peer Advisor in the Advisement Services Center. I love the zoo and my favorite animals are emus! 

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There are many emotions that arise within the first month of classes. Excitement is most likely our prime emotion because we get to catch up with friends, decorate our rooms, and we get back our full independence. These things could also give us fear, since each semester brings new experiences with taking new classes and trying to make new friends. There is also some excitement about classes, especially the first week due to the minimal homework assigned. Although, once we get a couple weeks into our schoolwork, our emotions become what I like to describe as “meh”. “Meh” is that feeling when you are no longer excited about classes, but you aren’t totally washing school away – because we need to keep up those GPA’s. However, it is extremely important to start the semester strong and find any and all resources that could help you succeed so you do well during your “meh” phase.

Each semester is a fresh start. We take new classes and have different professors, but most importantly, we all start with a 4.0 GPA for the semester. Realistically, those 4.0’s may start to diminish quickly since college is extremely demanding and challenging, however, starting strong and finding the appropriate resources will allow you to succeed! Below are some tips for starting the semester strong and helping with finding resources: Continue reading “Peer2Peer: Starting The Semester Strong”

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Deadlines, Stress, and Peer Support

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Hi everyone, my name is Anita and I am currently a senior at UAlbany. I am majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.

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period-481452_960_720.pngWith “Syllabus Week” over, it is time to stay focused in order to continue starting off the semester strong. As classes are starting to settle in and the workload is piling up, it is extremely important to make sure you are keeping track of important dates. Below are important dates to keep in mind, but you can always refer back to the Academic Calendar. You may also follow @UAlbanyAdvising on Twitter to stay up to date! Continue reading “Deadlines, Stress, and Peer Support”

Planning Ahead with Your Degree Audit

Hendrix.jpgHello fellow UAlbany students. My name is Hendrix and I am a Peer Advisor in the Advisement Services Center. I hope the semester is going well for everyone so far. While it is important to make sure that you’re on top of your current classes, remember you should be planning ahead for your following semester to get the courses necessary for your degree program. One helpful tool outside of the advisement office is your degree audit.

choose-the-right-direction-1536336_960_720.jpgYour degree audit is basically your academic map to graduation during your time at UAlbany. The audit will show you and your advisor a breakdown of degree requirements for your degree and major. It will instruct you with which courses have been completed and which ones need to be completed The (+) sign indicates that the requirement has been completed. The (-) sign means that the requirement is incomplete. The (+) and (-) signs will appear throughout the audit in all sections. Your academic summary is a summary of all courses taken at the University listed by academic year. Also note that this symbol “IP>”, next to any of your courses means those courses are still in progress and for which no grade has been given.

If a requirement is incomplete, it will show you the courses you can choose from to satisfy the degree requirements. For example, a Biology major degree audit would report how completed courses and in-progress courses from UAlbany or transfer schools would apply toward the Biology degree program. It would also report if any of these courses fulfill the Gen. Ed requirements, Writing Intensive requirements and any other requirements for your major or minor. Electives are courses that do not meet any other graduation requirement in your program.  The credits are important in earning the 120 credits required for graduation.

Checking your degree audit every semester will give you a better feel for where you stand academically and how close you are to reaching graduation. This handy tool can be easily accessed anywhere on a PC or laptop. Just log on to your MyUAlbany portal and go to Academics and click on “View My Degree Audit” in the left menu. A dialog box will open. Click “process” and then click “view my degree audit” again in the new box. You may need to refresh the page several times before you are able to see your degree audit. Once again, don’t forget to check it out and enjoy the rest of your semester!

Need Help? Just stop by the Advisement Services Center. We are here to help you every day. Click Here to check out our hours!

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Tips to Surviving Midterms

I am Gabriella DiCorato a Peer Advisor and a Junior here at the University at Albany majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology and Neuroscience.

 

It’s no secret, it’s not syllabus week anymore, you can barely find time to brush your hair let alone study for all of your upcoming exams. Midterms are upon us and the key to getting through midterms is, DON’T PANIC. Here are some tried and true steps to making it through the upcoming few weeks:

  1. Know how to use Quizlet: I don’t know about you but my hand cramps up after filling in a scantron let alone writing out countless flashcards. Don’t get me wrong if writing them out helps you memorize them better that’s great, but quizlet is a great (and free) tool that lets you test yourself on flashcards helping a great deal with studying. Quizlet even lets you share your flashcards with friends making study groups even easier to navigate.
  2. Don’t Procrastinate: Planning out your week, knowing when you’re going to study for which exam helps alleviate a great deal of the inevitable midterms stress. Doing a little at a time over the course of the week is going to be much more beneficial than a late night cramming session the night before the exam, trust me, I’ve tried.
  3. Find a Study Space: The great part about the University at Albany being huge, is that there are countless places to find a spot to study that don’t include your room. The library most notably, with various levels of noise throughout so you can adjust to your study needs. There is also the Science Library closer to Indian Quad with the same different levels of noise and in both libraries there are “Group Study” rooms that only need the swipe of your SUNYID to rent out for a few hours. Group study rooms are a great tool if you don’t like to study alone. Grabbing a few friends and hitting the books or grabbing your study group helps you to focus on the task at hand. There is also the option of the new Massry Center for Business located right near Collins circle that has the option of the Standish living room, a more relaxed and cozy atmosphere to study in, grab a coffee and your laptop and get down to business (no pun intended).
  4. Take a Break: While you’re planning out when you’ll be studying for these tests, make sure to allow time to relax and bring the focus back to you. Studying 24 hours a day is going to burn you out, take a nap, go get some food with friends, take a walk around campus, hit the gym (there are also fitness classes like yoga, spinning and insanity hosted in the phys-ed building). There are a multitude of things to do to keep your sanity during busy midterms. Usually the University hosts therapy dogs throughout the year during stressful times for students, so follow @UAlbanyGo on Instagram or twitter or keep your eye out for therapy dog sessions throughout the week (also while you’re at it, follow your Peer Advisors @ASCPeerAdvisors for registration updates and reminders). A few events coming up next week that you should take the time out to attend are:
  5. Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm “Munch with your Major” will be hosted in the Campus Center Ballroom. “Munch with your Major” is an event that allows students to explore their major or minor, connect with faculty and staff and learn about coursework, research opportunities, career paths etc. Additionally there will be food, desserts might I add, as well as opportunities to win prizes, so be there, all are welcome!
  6. Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Dutch Quad Dining Hall Peer Advisors will be tabling for Great Dane Connections, they will be available to answer questions on registration, meeting with your advisor, how to make your schedule, etc. So bring questions if you have them!
  7. Thursday, October 20th, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 pm in Colonial Quads Flag Room Peer Advisors will be stationed again for Great Dane Connections to answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming registration season. As much as you need to be focused on this semester you also need to be thinking about next semester so come by and see your Peer Advisors!
  8. SLEEP: I know normally college kids are sleep-deprived zombies during midterms and finals but just try to get a few extra hours every night. One full sleep cycle is about 90 minutes long, that time span of a nap allows you to feel well rested. While power naps are nice to keep you sane, compiling all of them into one super 90-minute nap will likely help you in the long run and will actually help you solidify everything you just studied. Fun fact, the ability to form and retain non-emotional fact-based memories (like the ones you study for tests) is linked to slow-wave sleep (achieved right before REM sleep) which you need to sleep 60-90 minutes to achieve. Okay, maybe not “fun” but informative right?

Overall, try not to stress out too much. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed take a mental break and don’t feel guilty for not studying during that time. While you’re at it, try not to eat Ramen for three meals a day either, you know what they say, “you are what you eat” and you WILL feel like a bowl of noodles if you don’t get proper nutrition. Just do your best and don’t procrastinate and you will survive midterms. If you look at it this way, we’re half way through the Fall semester! Good luck on your exams everyone!

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Are you ready to meet with your advisor?

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Choosing classes can be stressful for students but it doesn’t have to be!

block-1512119_960_720.jpgThere are several steps you can take to make your transition from first semester, to second semester more fluid, stress free and exciting!

1) Surf the UAlbany Site for Intel
Whether you have a direction or not, it is helpful it look at the major descriptions and check out their requirements. Click Here for a list of our majors and if you want more information, just type the major into the search box on the page. You could look at the schedule of classes to find classes that you find interesting and check out their course descriptions. The link to the schedule of classes is located under the academic’s tab of your MyUAlbany student account, specifically under Enrollment Tools. This can help give you an idea of classes that you would potentially like to take. Bring your findings to your advisement appointment. They will help to give your advisor a better idea of your interests.

2) Meet Your MAP
The second path you can take to become more aware of your pathway through a potential major, is to take a look at a “MAP“, or Major Academic Pathway. The MAPs can be extremely helpful in seeing what a semester by semester schedule would look like in each major.

3) Self-assess and Reflect
The third way any you can help prepare yourself for your appointment is to reflect on the classes that you are either taking this semester, or have taken before. Think about the classes that you truly enjoyed, or ones that were not for you! This can help narrow interests to what you enjoy, and in turn, can help you and your advisor pick classes that will suit your specific needs and academic interests.

Being prepared for your Advisement appointment will help both you and your advisor in narrowing your interests, and will give you more options and opportunities to go forward with in the future! Be open and honest about your likes and dislikes, for this will make your next semester even more productive than the last!

Written by Elizabeth Petroski


P.S. from Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor:

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#Peer2Peer: Where do you Study?

dog-734689_960_720.jpgLooking for a place to look over your notes before the big test? Are your roommates throwing a party the night before? Can’t find anywhere to settle in the library? Look no further as you’ll learn some of the secret and not-so-secret spots for studying to ensure you get that A you deserve! Continue reading “#Peer2Peer: Where do you Study?”

#Peer2Peer: Food Coma to Finals

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sam-sHi everyone! My name is Samantha Sorce and I am a junior here at UAlbany. I’m majoring in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Business Administration and Communication, and I’m a Peer Advisor in the Advisement Services Center. I am here to give you some helpful tips on how to get through those dreaded weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter break. Continue reading “#Peer2Peer: Food Coma to Finals”

Top Ten Ways to De-stress

DSC_1255.JPGHey guys! My name is Konya Margai. I am a sophomore student and Peer Advisor here at UAlbany. I’m majoring in Globalization Studies with a minor in Public Health.

Stress:

 The one monster that we all experience in our college careers at one point or another. There are various reasons why you could suddenly feel stressed. Stress everywhere.jpgIt could be finals wee, the week in December and May that college students collectively dread.  You might have a lot on your plate at the moment. You might just be feeling a range of emotions that you can’t explain, and that’s okay too. Trust me I’ve been there, which is why I made a list of the top ten ways to de-stress. The next time you find yourself feeling frazzled, try some of these stress-relieving ideas: Continue reading “Top Ten Ways to De-stress”

7 Things to Consider Before Taking an Online Course

tumblr_inline_n539lar5vw1sbz7phLike most others who consider themselves to be homebodies, you may have this strong inclination to take an online course. I don’t blame you, I as well have had and still do have this strong inclination. I’ve taken a couple online courses before and I am choosing to take a couple over this winter break. I’ve learned a lot from taking my online courses before and now believe that I’ve got a good handle on it. So here are a few things to consider before taking an online course. Continue reading “7 Things to Consider Before Taking an Online Course”