MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.
Yes. We know. It is not Monday.
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 share more Finals Week inspiration, conclusions from last semesters’ posts, and some follow-ups to old themes. But first…
“Since last semester, I feel like I can say that, through time, I have learned to let Albany in and I am just beginning to enjoy it. In the beginning I felt like I didn’t have an identity but after a while I realized that the world doesn’t stop turning.”
Was this your first year at UAlbany? Are you like Simonti? Check out the rest of her post, and consider volunteering with Project MyStory. While students are not asked to be biographical, they usually join MyStory to tell their stories. If there are topics that you feel would help other Danes to adjust to UAlbany and to thrive here, Join the Team!
This week Franshelis Calderon shared her last MyStory posts. On Thursday, she will receive the Unsung Hero Award at the Lavender Graduation for sharing her personal journey with the world. Several persons have expressed how her blog has helped them through difficult moments. Your story matters. Own it.
Craig Stropkay graduated from UAlbany in Spring 2007. He has since earned a doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Brandeis University, and is now an entrepreneur. Many graduates are unsure about their future. Even those who intend on going to graduate school, may not be sure of their next steps. Craig has some information and words of career advice for those thinking about pursuing a PhD.
Taylor Grant will graduate in a few days and he wanted to share a bit of his journey with future Danes.
The past four years at the University at Albany have been nothing short of life changing. Each year, I have grown academically, socially, and mentally.
As a freshman, I was thrust out of my comfort zone, which was quite an adjustment. Growing up in Long Island, I had the same group of friends since 1st grade. I had to actively force myself to engage with my classmates from various backgrounds and to not just rely on my stable friend group back home. I was also challenged by the new demands of time management – balancing my free time with my course load. – Click here for more.
Brittany Newell graduated in Spring 2017. We are sharing her last post for everyone who has no idea what is next. We want you to know that your future is bright. Click here for more.
MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts. Except when it is not. This semester, Project MyStory joined Skribblers Magazine, Inc. to focus wholly on gearing up for a storytelling conference for a group of 5th graders from a local school in Albany, New York. The conference took place on April 18, and now a group of kids cannot wait to become Great Danes! This week, we will share some of the UAlbany volunteers’ reflections about their role in bringing this conference to fruition. You may have noticed that public engagement is very important to us Danes. Our MyStory students helped children to bring their stories to life using art, drama, and the written word. Thank you Justin, Khadijah, Daniel, Casey, Franshelis, and Robert! Special thanks to Jessica Richards from UAlbany’s Precizun Step Team. The children LOVED you.
If you would like to volunteer with Project MyStory, click here. Don’t worry about the deadline!
As this semester comes to a close, we will share some finals week wisdom from our ASC peer advisors, encouragement from some of our seniors and alumni, and the conclusions of last semester’s MyStory bloggers. Are you ready? Let’s roll!
Former ASC Peer Advisor, Sam Source, wants YOU to stay focused as you prepare for finals week. Check out what she has to say here.
Kayla looks back on her life and she has some lessons that she wants to share with you before she graduates. Her guiding theme last Fall was “Let God Take the Wheel.” This was not her theme because she was particularly religious, but this theme resonated with her, because it spoke to how she learned the hard way about how so many things were outside of her control; and about those things that were in her control that she may have taken for granted.Click here for Kayla’s past posts, and her conclusion post.
Anik and Simonti blogged last Fall about being Resolutionary. As you may have guessed, both of them wrote about the goals we set, keep and sometimes fail to keep.
“I think that deciding that there are aspects one wants to address in themselves is a courageous first step to self-improvement and it is nothing to ridicule, big or small.”
This week, the Advisement Services Center is open for walk-ins from 8:30am to 5pm. We are not taking any appointments, just come in, swipe in at the kiosk, and an advisor will meet with you.
If you need help with finding a resource; with adding, swapping, or dropping a class; with finding a class; or some other general question, have no fear. Our Peer Advisors are here!
Our Peer Advisors will be here to serve you this week, at the following times:
Tuesday – 10am to 11:30am; 12pm to 5pm
Wednesday – 9am to 5pm
Thursday – 10am to 11:30am; 12:30pm to 5pm
Friday – 9am – 12:30pm
Credit available for RSSW 190 – 1 Credit 35 Hours of Service On Wednesday, April 18, UAlbany’s Project MyStory and Skribblers will host a storytelling conference for a 5th grade class from our local community. This conference will focus on identity. The children are quite excited! We are seeking volunteers to prepare the storytelling “stations” and to work with the students on the day of the conference. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rachel Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All throughout high school I would have considered myself a certified slacker. Procrastination is one of my biggest weaknesses and is something I have struggled with my whole schooling career, including now. The idea of doing school work days before it was due didn’t appeal to me much especially if there was something better I could be doing with my time. The ticking hours before a deadline was my motivation to power through an assignment or study for a test. In spite of this, I wasn’t always handing in quality work, rushing to finish in time. I knew I could do better if I tried, but my laziness pulled me into doing the bare minimum. Due to my good memory and test taking skills I was able to slide by in high school despite missing home works and handing in assignments late. I often think that if I had put the effort into my high school classes that I put into my work now, I would be going to Harvard. One of the biggest challenges a student experiences when transitioning into college is the work load.
“A 0.5 was the number I read to my parents when
they asked about my GPA.”
When I arrived here, I didn’t realize how important it was to do all assignments, to go to all classes, and to study for all tests in advance. I would miss an assignment and brush it off, thinking it wouldn’t impact my grade THAT much. There was one time I missed a test because I didn’t feel like leaving bed. It’s just one test right? My attitude towards college school work reflected that of high school. I didn’t even realize I was so far behind in school until I returned home at the end of the semester and received my grades. A 0.5 was the number I read to my parents when they asked about my GPA. I felt like a complete failure letting my parents down. I had to beg for a second chance for weeks as my parents weren’t going to let me go back the following semester. By the time I finally convinced them to let me return my mind was set that I had to take my education seriously. It took a little time to figure out the best ways to perform in school but with a little hard work my grades slowly improved. The best advice I can give any new students is to not fall behind. It’s been really tough digging myself out of the hole I was in and all because of a mistake I made one semester. Although this experience was a setback it’s taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of doing if I put my mind to something.
Here are some tips on how to stay on top of your work I’ve learned through my personal struggle with school.
Go to class. I can’t stress how important this is. Even if there’s no attendance and even if you really don’t want to go, push yourself to. When you go to class and pay attention to what is being taught it makes easier to study because you actually learned what you’re about to take a test on. Also going to class gives you the opportunity to meet other students in the class and it’s always beneficial to have a friend in a class. You can study the material together and help each other learn the subject if one of you are confused.
Don’t cram. Putting off studying till the last minute is setting yourself up for failure. When you are rushed you don’t take the time to fully understand all of the material as you are more focused getting through it all. Study throughout the week a little bit at a time and save yourself from sitting in the library for hours the night before a test. This is the same for papers and other assignments. You’re more likely to get a good grade on a paper if it’s done correctly and well developed.
Go to office hours. If you are confused with something that you are learning stop by office hours and talk to your professors. They are there to help you and they really want. With how big UAlbany is it’s easier understand something one on one instead of in a lecture hall filled with hundreds of people.
Utilize the library. I know the library isn’t the most appealing place but even if you go for a short amount of time you’re more likely to get all your work done there than anywhere else. It’s also reassuring to know that the people around you are also working hard.
Practice your study habits. Every person learns things in their own way. Sometime you don’t know which way works best for you unless you try different things. There many different studying methods from everything from a quizlet to flashcards, or even making up songs in your head.
College is only 4 years and it’s hard to lose sight of school with everything going on around you. It’s important to enjoy this time of your life because it will only happen once but it’s also important to work hard for your future.
Melissa F.Class of 2018Majors: Spanish & Communication
Blog Theme: Fierce & Freaked
Please Note:The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories and their voices.
Our Next Transfer Advisement Day is Tuesday, June 20. Will You Be There?
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 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.
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!
Many Ways to Earn Credit at UAlbany
As 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.
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.
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 SHAPEvolunteer 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.
This post is dedicated to the over dedicated, spread thin, hand-in-every-pot, yes-people. I feel your pain. I know what it is like to want to do everything and be everywhere. I know what it is like to have so many conflicting things that you want to do you wish you could clone yourself and be everywhere at once. I know what it is like to miss a bus and have it throw off your whole day. This post is for you all.
UAlbany students are able to earn Community and Public Service Credit by blogging, vlogging, and facilitating workshops about their academic journeys or about topics they feel would help students to better acclimate to the university and to be more effective at pursuing their goals. We build connections through the telling of stories.
In the past students have blogged about overcoming academic difficulties, loneliness, becoming a feminist at UAlbany, pursuing dreams without a support system, coming out as LGBTQ at UAlbany, learning to succeed here, grief and loss, self-love and self-care, life as a non-traditional student on campus, life as a commuter, and much more. We have held workshops and interactive tabling events on creating vision boards, being undecided about your major, majoring in the humanities, self-care, identity, reconciling with your past, pursuing your dreams when you are not supported, and many other topics.
Project MyStory is ever in development and we are open to new ideas.
RSSW190 – 1 Credit – 35 Hours – S/U Graded
RSSW291 – 2 Credits – 60 Hours – S/U Graded
RSSW290 – 3 Credits – 100 Hours – S/U Graded
RSSW390 – 3 Credits – 100 Hours – A-E Graded
For Spring Semester Community Service – December 15