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.
I still remember when I first stepped foot onto the campus of the University of Albany. I’m a Long Island native, so the school was by no means “new” to me. Not only did I have a few friends that were attending, but I also heard a lot of good things about the university as a whole. When you’re going into one of the “hard sciences”, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. For me, UAlbany was a no brainer: good reputation, fun student activities, and they were (partially) paying me to go there. It couldn’t get much better than that. Continue reading “5 Alternative Career Paths for Life Science PhDs”
The Albany Law School is hosting an Open House just for UAlbany Students on February 9, 2018; Noon to 5pm.
Albany Law School cordially invites
University at Albany students and alumni to Our Open House.
Registration is Required. Click Here to Register.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Ave.
- Welcome from current students, UAlbany Alums, and remarks from Dean Ouellette
- Pathways to the Profession
- Mock Class
- Student & Faculty Panel
- Financial Aid
- Admissions Workshops
- Reception & Closing Remarks with Faculty and Alumni
Take an optional tour of campus at the beginning or end of the event
Reflection is the key to growth. I find value in reflecting on past experiences because it helps me realize how far I’ve actually come. Right now, as I wrap up my third week of my first fall semester of grad school, I am able to reflect on how much I’ve grown since last fall.
A year ago, I was in my third week of my senior year, brainstorming post grad plans. I was torn between taking a gap year, going straight into grad school, going to Denver, CO; staying in Albany, NY; or going back home, to Queens, NY. I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. This was odd for me, as someone who loves to plan and know what my next steps are. But for some reason, when it came to post-graduate plans, I just could not figure it out. I put too much pressure on myself to make decisions on things that I needed time to think about. I knew my ultimate career goal was to become a special education teacher, but I was unsure of which path I should take to get there. I was so worried about making the “wrong” decision and choosing a path I would not be happy with.
I talked through my ideas as much as possible with friends and family, however, there is one resource on campus I wish I had taken more advantage of during my senior year. I wish I went to Career and Professional Development to talk to a Peer Career Advisor, who could have helped me narrow my choices. I think I became too overwhelmed because I had too many options. I bet you’re wondering, “How can having too many options be a bad thing?” It is when you are indecisive like myself. I am indecisive in almost every aspect of my life: when it comes to figuring out what I should eat, what to wear, what to do for post grad—you name it. I was given so many options from people I knew in the teaching profession; from Teach for America, Blue Engine Teaching Apprentice, Relay Graduate School for Education, Denver Literacy Fellow, City Year, UAlbany Special Education & Literacy II Program (ding ding ding…we have a winner), Queens College, St. John’s University, NYU, and the list goes on.
I was also torn between going straight into a job that would give me teaching experience right away, versus going into a teacher preparation, graduate school program that would teach me about things like classroom management so I would be better prepared. I was always told, “Experience is your best teacher.” I was also told, “It’s best to feel as prepared as possible before jumping into anything in life.”
I think a year ago, I had enough research done to figure out what my next steps should have been but I did not take the right steps to eliminate options that were not best fit for me. I was able to see myself in every environment that I was considering. It is important to consider getting rid of ideas and options that are not the best fit for your personality, values, needs, etc. It takes a lot of self-reflection to do this and I did not get to this point until March of my senior year. I went all those months, from September to March, not sure what environment was the best fit for me.
If there is any senior who is unsure about what they want to do, or where they want to go, first realize there is no “wrong” path when you are deciding between two or more options. Then realize what your needs and desires are, and truly look into all options to see which one is best fit for you. You just have to take it a step at a time. Process of elimination and weighing pros and cons never hurt. Don’t be afraid to be selfish with your decision. This is your life you are planning for!
Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories – their voices.
About the Author:
Class of 2017
Minors: English and Education
Pulled Back to Move Forward
This last week I found myself making slow but deliberate steps towards my future, and it feels great to know that I am finally on a path. In my last post I wrote about the impact of meeting my favorite poet this week. He inspired me to dig a little deeper and go for the things I want out of life, even if it is only for just now. So this past weekend, not only have I have finally started my application to graduate school at the University at Albany, but I have decided what program and field of work I want to get into as well, though it may not be what you think.
Many of you may be thinking, “Oh you definitely applied to continue with your English students”, or “maybe she’ll start working on her MFA since she loves creative writing so much”. But nope, while these were all, definitely, real options that I have mulled over in my mind, I actually decided something completely out of the norm of what I ever thought I would be doing after graduation. Continue reading “My Path is Bright”
A roundtable and discussion
with alumni, faculty, and students
Sponsored by the Chi Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta
University at Albany, SUNY
Tuesday March 7th , 6:30 to 8:00
Social Science 145
Light refreshments served
Undergraduate Majors and Graduates students welcome Continue reading “What can you do with a History Education?”