The Power of Focus


If you listen to any successful person talk about how they got to where they are, a lot of times, the word focus will be mentioned at some point. Everyone wants to be successful, but many of us lack focus. Although we live in this multitasking age, multitasking just does not work. And I am not just talking about daily tasks. I am talking about greater focus in life. Look back and be honest with yourself. Do you consider yourself to be a focused person? I personally do not consider myself  to be a focused person. I constantly have to remind myself, “Heather, be focused.” We are constantly getting distracted from what we need to be focused on. Whether we are distracted by our phones, other people, worried thoughts or, you fill in the blank. Continue reading “The Power of Focus”


Soaked: Breakdown to Breakthrough Part I


Working for my family’s business was my first real job.  It was flexible and an opportunity for me to get some work experience, develop my communication skills, and it was an opportunity for me to learn the basic foundations of working in the world of retail.  New Visions forced me to adapt in ways that were unfamiliar to me. It forced me to throw myself into chaotic environments and allowed me to explore a field I thought I wanted to be part of.     Continue reading “Soaked: Breakdown to Breakthrough Part I”

Embracing My Culture

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Growing up, I was always, in a way ashamed, of my culture because of the ridiculous stereotypes that came along with being south-Asian, so I never really wanted anything to do with being south-Asian. I remember my parents always trying to force me into listening to Hindi and Bengali music or fit me into traditional attire and I was having none of it. They would be so angry, that I was trying “so hard to become American”. Although they never understood that it was not because I wanted to become “American,” but rather, it was because I did not want anything to do with the stereotypes. To me, Hindi music was always something foreign because of the very different instruments and rhythm used. Not knowing Hindi was also a major setback because I had no idea what the singers were singing about. My parents used to play the core Bollywood classics like “Kal Ho Naa Ho” or “Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam” to the point where I have the words engraved in my brain but I have no idea what they meant. Continue reading “Embracing My Culture”

MyStory Mondays 10-2-17


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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Getting My Feet Wet


I was raised by a hard working, motivating, and humble family.  My grandparents  started a business geared toward outdoor enthusiasts.  Shortly after, my father started his own business. When both grandparents fell ill, my family worked hard to maintain both businesses. This was a long period of great stress. Through all of this, I had to get through elementary, middle, and high school.  My social life was lacking. I did not fit in with my peers, and while I was involved in extracurricular activities, I still struggled with answering the question of, “What is my passion?” Continue reading “Getting My Feet Wet”

It’s About the Little Wins



College can be an incredibly tumultuous time for people, filled with high highs and low lows. The school year can be so stressful. Between homework, studying for tests, working, going to class, and having a social life; it is hard to remain sane. Although it is important to keep your grades up and remain diligent, you also have to keep your mental and emotional well-being in check. This is way easier said, than done. Continue reading “It’s About the Little Wins”

Cha Cha Changes


If adaptability is key to human evolution, I am surprised I made it this far.

I seemed to have always had an issue with adapting to my surroundings or change. Either I never fully adapt or it takes me forever to successfully adjust. In fact, my Project MyStory blog from last year was all about my time adapting to moving out of Queens, New York to Albany, New York the summer before freshman year. It is incredible how much I let that transition affect my mental and physical health, which then, affected my academic performance tremendously. Since finishing that semester and since completing my blogs, I made a little mental note to myself to figure out what works and does not, in order to help face newness without fear.  And in case you were wondering, I would not say that I am fully adapted to living in Albany yet, even though I have been here for almost three years. Continue reading “Cha Cha Changes”

MyStory Mondays are Back Again!


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.


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.


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.


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!”


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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