MyStory Mondays 6-19-17

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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 focuses on identity.  As you gain more knowledge about the world and become exposed to information that will help shape your future, you are also developing – shape-shifting in amazing ways. This is a time to decide who you are and who you want to be. Several students have shared what this growth was like for them. Check it out!

Find out more about our students and how college has impacted their personal growth my clicking on the pictures below.

Brittany Newell


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The following two stories were posted by UAlbany Student Affairs on their Facebook Page. Click on the photos for more and like their page!

Chill

“I am a first generation college student. I attribute my success to myself, but mostly to my mother. She was a single mother who raised me and my brother and I watched her break her back to make sure we had everything we needed to get through life…
Click here for more.


 

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“The Honors College is fun. It fits me. I’ve come to appreciate the community of like-minded people. There’s this perception that school only teaches you what you need to know to work in the real world. People don’t look enough at how schools shape people as human beings…
Click here for more.

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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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.


brittany-newell

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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Do You Want to be a Global Leader?

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience
Applications Due May 31st!

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What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and SUNY’s SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership for the Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience in New York City, July 10-13, 2017.

Develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world. Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments, and society today. A Global Leader Experience (GLE) gives you real and practical experiences, instills in you a global perspective, and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

What happens?

The Challenge for 2017/2018 is “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” As a participant, you will explore this major world Challenge from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations to help you and your fellow participants understand the Challenge in order to create innovative solutions. Best of all, you won’t be alone; you will build your connections and make new friends – and the solutions and knowledge you all build will be passed to participants on other GLEs around the world. Common Purpose runs GLEs in cities around the world, where large numbers of the world’s talent convene to study, so you will meet fellow students from across the globe amongst this diverse group of participants.

Please visit http://www.albany.edu/involvement/commonpurpose.shtml for more details and to apply before the May 31st deadline.

Outside of My Control

chaos-1820464_960_720.jpgMany students have circumstances, outside of their control that interfere with their ability to succeed in college. If this is your situation, right now, please know that there are systems in place to assist you. In some cases, students may be eligible for late withdrawals or special accommodation or through Undergraduate Education or the Disability Resource Center. If you are not sure what to do or where to turn, please contact any of the persons/offices listed below and they will connect you or provide you with the support you need:

Sally A. D’Alessandro
Director of Student CARE Services
Campus Center 361
(518) 442-5501
ualbanycares@albany.edu

Barbara Brown
Coordinator, Advising PLUS
Social Science 308
(518) 442-3971
advisingplus@albany.edu

Your RA or RD

Your Advisor or the Advisor-on-Duty in the Advisement Services Center
The Advisement Services Center is located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library. The Advisor-on-duty is available M-F, 1pm-5pm.

Counseling and Psychological Services
400 Patroon Creek Blvd., Suite 104
Accessible via the UAlbany Shuttle
(518) 442-5800
consultation@albany.edu

ON CAMPUS COUNSELING  – Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to informal and confidential conversations with CAPS staff at various sites on campus. No appointments are necessary. It can help provide insight, support, solutions, and information about other resources. Let’s Talk is available when classes are in session. When Let’s Talk is not available, you can call us at (518) 442-5800 or email us at consultation@albany.edu

  • Mondays 1pm-3pm Science Library in Career and Professional Development
  • Tuesdays 11am-1pm Department of Athletics, SEFCU Arena, Arena Level A35
  • Wednesdays 3pm-5pm Office of Access & Academic Enrichment, (EOP, CSTEP, Project Excel), LI 94
  • Click here for more information.

The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence
Indian Quad, Seneca Hall Basement, Suite 009
(518) 442-CARE (2273)
advocacycenter@albany.edu

The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence provides a safe and welcoming environment for students to receive support and advocacy services in the aftermath of sexual violence including, but not limited to, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or stalking.

Disability Resource Center
Business Administration 120
(518) 442-5490
DRC@albany.edu

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Campus Center 329
(518) 442-5015
GSRC@albany.edu


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Help Me!

Helping Hands

Whether you need academic, emotional or physical support, UAlbany has resources available to assist you. If you do not know where to  turn, speak to your academic advisor or your residential assistant. Even if we do not know the answer, we will be able to connect you to office or person who can. Whatever you are going through, we care and we are here for you. Please come and see us!

 


 

Here are some of our support services at UAlbany:

Advising PLUS is the place to go when you aren’t sure where to get what you need to be successful. We will work with you to identify what will help, and get you connected with campus resources.

  • If you need tutoring or are looking for a study group in ANY subject, Advising Plus is a great place to start when seeking help. On their Academic Assistance page, you may look for academic support by class subject to find out what supports are available. If you do not find what you are looking for, e-mail advisingplus@albany.edu. Barbara Brown and Amanda Parker can usually find the help that you need!

The Center for Achievement Retention and Student Success (CARSS) is a support service that was created to provide free academic assistance to intended or declared science majors. in Fall 2016, study group sessions are available for the following classes:

  • BIO 212Y, Introductory Genetics
  • CHM 120, General Chemistry I
  • CHM 220, Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 221, Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 350, Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM 444, Biophysical Chemistry I
  • PHY 105, General Physics I
  • PHY 140, Physics I

Math Tutoring Room The Mathematics department maintains a tutoring room in ES 138, staffed during business hours Monday-Friday. Students in 100 level courses have priority for this service.

The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence provides a safe and welcoming environment for students to receive support and advocacy services in the aftermath of sexual violence including, but not limited to, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or stalking.

The Middle Earth Hotline is available if you are distressed, depressed or upset and you need someone to talk to ASAP. The Hotline is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 24 hours a day Friday through Sunday on weekends when University at Albany classes are in session during the academic year. Call 518-442-5777

Are you a Veteran?  First, we thank you for your service. The Veteran Educational Team (VET) is a newly formed committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students. VET aims to:

  • Identifying veteran priorities
  • Implementing, expanding and improving veteran services
  • Streamlined advisement and counseling resources for veterans

Help me questionsThe Counseling and Psychological Services Center promotes the behavioral and emotional health, furthers the social development, and enhances the academic success and personal resilience of University at Albany students.

  • Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to informal and confidential conversations with Counseling and Psychological Services staff. Students can walk in at various sites around campus Monday to Wednesday and speak with CAPS staff. No appointments are necessary. It can help provide insight, support, solutions, & information about other resources.

Disability Resource Center. Whether your disability is visible or invisible, this is the office that can assist you. Help step up

LGBTQ Resources. The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC),
located on the third floor of the Campus Center in room 329, is a safe space for all students to engage in dialogue around the intersections of Gender & Sexuality on our campus and in our society.

Spiritual Services. There are many faith-based student groups on campus and spiritual leaders available to assist students.

Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advisement is available through the Advisement Services Center.

Project Excel offers academic Counseling, free-study group tutorials, and study skills workshops, supplemental advisement, personal counseling, and free peer tutoring to low income, first generation, and disabled students.

The CSTEP Program is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) who belong to groups historically underrepresented and economically disadvantage in scientific, technical, health-related, or licensed professions and who demonstrate interest in pursuing professional careers.

The Writing Center offers students, faculty and staff a process-based approach to writing at any stage of the writing process. Please note: Tutors do not proofread or simply correct grammatical errors; instead they engage the whole writer and his/her writing process.

Campus Recreation Physical Activity can be a GREAT stress reliever! UAlbany’s Campus Recreation is devoted to you being your best. Check out their programs and events!

Connecting to Students with Similar Interests. Click here to view a list of all UAlbany Student organizations.

Advisement Services Center Advisors. The advisors in ASC are here to help you as you map out this chapter of your life and make plans for the next one. Come on over. Let’s chat!

Motivation Plus Compassion – Advising Plus

17201377_1306486016107772_4566494713974496269_nI 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.

Fitness shouldn’t be about the aesthetic display of your physique, it should be a reflection of who you are. Take advantage of all the wellness centers that we have here, and all the free group instruction classes. It all comes down to intrinsic motivation. You should be able to wake up in the morning and say, “today is the day that I’m going to take charge of my health, take charge of my life, and take charge of me.”

Sophomore year, before I started Insanity, I was depressed, for a while. There’s a mentor I had, an advisor. Her name is Barbara Brown from Advising Plus. She is literally my second mom. She helped me realize that I wasn’t alone. She helped me stay on track. You cannot allow yourself to plunge deeper into that nasty abyss. Because once you get used to that feeling, it becomes second nature. I felt like I was weak to ask for help. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting help. If I didn’t get help, I would probably still be where I was or even worse. That’s the scariest thing. It’s not about you. You always have at least one person who cares about you. You never want that person to see something bad happen to you. You don’t want that to be the very last memory that you leave here. You will never know your full potential unless you wake up and get started on something. Even if it’s just one goal a day, get started on it. Don’t leave things to chance. Because then you’ll never get anything done.

College is a time for discovering yourself and what gives you goosebumps, your passion. Learn to see things and live for the present, and learn to love yourself. Nowadays we’re not taught how to love ourselves. Where ever you are, whatever sort of state of mind that you’re at, it’s all temporary. Make sure that you leave your mark on earth. We live very short life spans. You want to be able to say “I actually made a difference.” That’s my goal. That’s really what I want everybody to aspire to.”

-Jayvon Evans
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Communications
Minor: Business
Year: Senior

Photo by Naomi McPeters

— at University at Albany, SUNY.

Grieving While Pursuing Your Dreams

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This is not an easy subject to talk about, but it is a subject that I think people just need to hear about sometimes to know that they are not alone. I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s just this past summer and, believe me, it is still a day to day struggle. I have been experiencing the holidays without her and it still bothers me that she will never see me graduate. I went through a lot to maintain my grades and keep up a steady performance but I did it, and I am glad I did. Continue reading “Grieving While Pursuing Your Dreams”

Unexpected Grief

5b35c43f4e757d97dffe3a6ee731e34cSome people like seeing things that remind them of a loved one they lost. But if you’re anything like me, you don’t necessarily like it—not because you don’t miss that person, but because you don’t like having to acknowledge the feelings associated with that loss. It is especially hard when those feelings catch you off guard, and if you don’t have a safe space to acknowledge the impact of those feelings .

That happened to me two weeks ago. I was already in a rush because I was late for work one morning and I was at a location that reminded me of a friend who passed away last year.  It triggered many emotions that I have not felt in many months. In that moment, I felt my heart break all over again and the worst part was that I couldn’t find time to express how I was feeling since I was already in a rush. Continue reading “Unexpected Grief”

Unboxed

audre-lorde-quotes-2So far I have written about coming out, dealing with family members who are not supportive of my sexuality, and struggling with self-identity. Writing this blog is actually very therapeutic. It is a way for me to help others, as well as expressing my emotions and thoughts about this topic in a healthy manner.

One thing I really want to emphasize as I reflect on my previous posts is that we are not defined by one aspect of our person. To be in that mindset of being equated to only one part of your personality is a very frustrating thing. I am a person. An afro-Latina, a daughter, a sister, a student, a lover of languages, a feminist, an advocate of human rights. I am more than a queer person. I am more than a girl who likes girls. And I think it’s important for people to remember that. Don’t focus solely on what makes you stand out, whether it is your weight, your mental illness, your disability, your sexuality, your race, or your gender. You are MORE than any these things. They do not define you. Continue reading “Unboxed”