Transfer to Transfer Tuesdays II

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Today is Transfer Advisement Tuesday
Welcome New Danes! 

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 a few 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.

Liz 1Any one transferring to UAlbany from a small town? From a small college? You are among many others. Liz writes about her experience transitioning to UAlbany from Whitesboro, New York, in her series, Homebody for Everybody.

UAlbany is an amazing, beautiful, diverse place with people of all sorts of backgrounds. My background? I’m from a small town in a little place called Whitesboro, NY in upstate. I lived most of my life in a tiny neighborhood of four streets on top of a hill, surrounded by woods and farm land. Sure, I was exposed to some city life every now and then but nothing could prepare me for the Capital of New York State, Albany. I never even drove through a round-about before. I had no idea how this city would soon shape me into the person I am today.

pe-6Phoebe Everson graduated from UAlbany in 2016. She had transferred to UAlbany from Hudson Valley Community College and writes about the trials of non-traditional students. Her posts are quirky, fun, helpful and raw. If you are an English major or History major, you will especially benefit from reading her series, as she gives great tips on working with professors on senior projects.

In 2012 at the ripe old age of forty-eight, I lost my mind — or so some folks would have me think — and returned to school as a student at Hudson Valley Community College. I hadn’t stopped to consider my age or the fact that I had been away from school for over thirty years. I just jumped in with both feet and took up a full schedule of classes. Read More.


Transfer to Transfer Tuesdays I

Transfer to Transfer logo

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 a few 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 Continue reading “Transfer to Transfer Tuesdays I”

It’s About Time

As I sit here in the campus library at the beginning of the third week of classes for this Fall 2016 Semester, I find myself already feeling a little stressed over issues of MY time and how and where to allot it. You see, when one is a non-traditional college student it literally is all about TIME . There are so many aspects of your life demanding a share of your time. Classes/Homework, family/home/relationship, work, YOU — they ALL want a share of your precious time. Continue reading “It’s About Time”

Meet Tiffany F.

Tiffany is a non-traditional student who came to UAlbany as a non-matriculated Student. She is currently in graduate school here and she wants other non-trads to know that they are not alone and that they have what it takes to finish strong! Click Here for Her Story!

Tiffany Finkle
Tiffany Finkle

UAlbanese and the L Sees: Deciphering Frequently Used Terms for a Successful Semester


parkingDay One: You call ahead to find out where to park. “Not in the circle; students park in Gold Parking,” says a voice on the other end. Super. Too bad you have no idea where either are. When you arrive, you find an empty spot close to campus because you have arrived early. What a relief. You look over your schedule one last time; it’s a strange LC number, but no buildings say ‘LC’ on the outside. A student, who looks a little more experienced than you, tells you to take the tunnels to the L Sees, or  you can ask the students at The Podium. There is no sign for either anywhere and the UAlbany map looks more like a small city rather than a school. Everyone tells you that you will get used to it after day one, but then day one comes to a close and you find a warning on your car about your parking. Apparently that wasn’t Gold Parking.  

Parlez-vous UAlbanese?

Sometimes we take for granted that we are speaking UAlbanese, using institutional lingo that gets lost in translation. Here are  some explanations of just a few terms to help ease your transition into UAlbany:  Continue reading “UAlbanese and the L Sees: Deciphering Frequently Used Terms for a Successful Semester”

Meet Drew

Drew Murphy is a senior Criminal Justice and History major. He shares his academic and mental health struggles and successes here. Have a bit of inspiration to be the best you – check out Drew’s story!

Drew Murphy
Drew Murphy

Asking for Help is Smart

meadow-1082270_960_720.jpgPathways. According to Oxford Dictionaries (,  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.

As I slowly started my downward course, thoughts of my future and what I would do crashed into my mind. I knew that even though college was not the only option for having future success, I knew that it was a very helpful and crucial process. I also definitely knew that failing in college would do nothing but hurt me in the future. Even as these thoughts filled my mind though, I started to rationalize them. I would tell myself that I would be fine, that I didn’t need anyone’s help, that I just needed to suck it up and work harder. But while this helped me for a time, that motivation would go away and I would fall back into the same routines and patterns of failure and self sabotage. So for me it took me hitting rock-bottom, my point-break, to realize that I needed help – that I could not do it alone.

refugees-1020266_960_720.jpgI share this because I do not want you to reach that place. Now I don’t want you to think that I think you are weak or unable to succeed on your own. I am sure that all of you are amazing individuals who have done and will continue to do amazing things in the future. Because of this I don’t want the struggles you may be going through now to hurt your potential in the future. I only mean to say that letting people in to help you is not a sign of weakness but just a way and a means to help you through the struggle. As Desiree Adaway, an expert in helping companies succeed, says, “Here is a secret: One of the fundamental building blocks of grit is understanding that asking for, and accepting help, does not equate to weakness. It is really a strength. A strength that expands your network and opens you up to increased opportunities.”

This was so true for me personally. One thing that hurt me the most, when I realized that I was just continuing to fail, was my pride. It was something that made me feel worthless, and not good enough. But when I finally opened up and let the people in that really could help me, I learned that I was not worthless and that seeking and accepting help was something that I needed to do and would only help me in the future.

So here we have come full circle to the future. As a concept, the future is daunting and something that can be scary. But it does not have to be. The combined effort of ourselves and those we are willing to let help us is amazing and powerful. Just remember that we are stronger as a group more than we are as individuals. Also, always remember to stay awesome and keep keeping it real.


Need Help? Click on the “Help Me” link on the menu above. UAlbany has a many academic, emotional, spiritual and social resources to help you make it through!


Your comments are welcomed and appreciated!

About the author:

Lee MLee M. 
Class of 2017 | Transfer 
Major: Communication and English 
Spring 2016 Blog Theme: Struggling on the Pathway to Success 
- Thoughts of C Average Student

Struggling on the Pathway to Success – Thoughts from a C Average Student


letter-1052665_960_720My name is Lee McPeters and this is my story.

So the first question on all of your minds is probably, “Why would he broadcast the fact that he is a C average student?” And my answer is that I accept it and am content with that fact. Now I don’t mean content as I only try hard enough to get C’s. I mean content because I know that I have tried and I know that I have gone through things that have made me struggle and have brought me to this point.  Throughout the last 5 years I have struggled with many health issues that have hurt my experience and performance. I can’t blame that as the cause of all my issues with school though, as I can sometimes be my own worst enemy. Procrastination, shame, and denial were all things I struggled with as well. I started my college life at a community college where my GPA was a 3.6. Graduating with my Associates Degree, I transferred to UAlbany and after my first semester my grades had dropped dramatically. I
am now in my 3rd year here at UAlbany and my GPA is a 2.5.

So although outside issues affected me greatly, there were things inside me that affected me just as much, maybe even more. I know now that I am not alone and I want to use this blog as a way to reach others like me so that you can gain hope from my experience and know you are not alone.

Iholzfigur-980784_960_720 wanted to write about this topic because I know I felt ashamed and alone. I felt like I was the only one who was doing poorly, and that I must not be good enough to succeed. I would tell people that I was doing ok and make it look like I was happy on the outside, while in reality inside I was fighting an inner struggle. I wouldn’t accept help from my parents, friends, teachers, or advisors. This only caused me to sink farther which led to denial. I would fall into the mentality of just being good enough. Thoughts like “At least I’m passing” or “If I fail it’s just one class, no big deal” started to fill my mind. All this time there were people and resources that were readily and easily available. All I had to do was ask. But my shame and my pride kept me from taking advantage of those resources. So although outside issues affected me greatly, there were things inside me that affected me just as much, maybe even more. I know now that I am not alone and I want to use this blog as a way to reach others like me so that you can gain hope from my experience and know you are not alone.

So a little about me: I am 23 years old, and a senior in standing. I started at UAlbany as a full-time student. I am now part-time. I work part-time as well. All these things lend to the experience I have had while in school and have made me the person, student, and worker I am today. All the way through high school I was home-schooled and it was an experience I will always cherish and I know it was influential in shaping me and my knowledge. Throughout high school I was active, participating in various sports. Rowing, skiing, and basketball were my three main sports. These activities kept me in relatively good shape as well as healthy. When I was 18, I broke my collarbone in a skiing accident. This led to my health declining and I believe it was the start of the issues that I have been dealing with for the last 5 years. Upon entering community college I adjusted well, as it was small and everything was easily hiking-1031383_960_720accessible. Over the 3 years I was there, I made friends as well as mentors who helped me succeed. When I transferred to UAlbany, the almost 360 degree change was overwhelming. Classes were now much larger, and I had to start fresh and make new friends and mentors. With this change, I started to retreat inward and the pattern of self-sabotage started. This continued until about a year ago when I realized I wasn’t alone and I had people and resources who were there for me and wanted me to succeed. Since then things have been much easier.” It is a slow journey but a journey that I must say I wish I started sooner, and I hope that my story will help others.


Your Comments are Welcome!

About the Author:

Lee MLee M. 
Class of 2017 | Transfer 
Major: Communication and English
Spring 2016 Blog Theme: Struggling on the Pathway to Success 
- Thoughts of C Average Student



Veteran-Parent-Worker-UAlbany Student

traditional 2.pngLast semester,  UAlbany BA/MA English student, Transfer Transition Leader, Writing Center tutor and non-traditional student advocate, Jamie Frankenfield, spoke with two of us in ASC to let us know about the plight of non-traditional students and to work together to better inform Nontrads about the services available to them at UAlbany. Jaime is the owner and editor of, a blog “dedicated to the voices and successes of nontraditional students in college.”  A few weeks after our discussion, I was contacted by Jamie’s co-blogger, another UAlbany student and advocate for Nontrads, Tiffany Finkle, who also has her own blog through the Odyssey.  Tiffany thought that we might be interested in sharing one of her posts, but after reading most of what she has written on her site, I really think that Nontrads and anyone working toward their goals would be inspired  by checking out her blog. Since I know that your time is precious, I will highlight two posts, respectively, by Jamie and Tiffany:

Posse for Adult Learners: Five People Non-traditional Students Need for Success

A Not So Traditional Life: Everyday Struggles to Balance Family, Life, Work and School

different 1Are you an nontraditional student? The NODA Nontraditional Student Populations Network  considers students to be non-traditional if they fit any of the the following categories.

  • part-time
  • returning (re-entry)
  • commuter
  • veteran
  • works full-time while enrolled
  • has dependents other than a spouse/partner
  • does not have a high school diploma (completed a GED or equivalent or did not finish high school)

If you are a non-traditional student, you are among many, although you may not know it. Part of our role as advisors is to connect students with campus and community resources that will help you to fulfill your objectives. Sometimes the support that is needed is simply to be connected with someone or ‘someones’ with whom you relate. Hopefully, this post will help you to find the support you need.

Transfer Student Services

UKids Child Care Center
We have a child care center located on campus!

The “Help Me!” tab in our navigation menu, lists many academic and support services. I am not going to duplicate the services listed there – well, I will duplicate at least one!

Veteran Services
In addition to having a VA representative, there is a UAlbany Veterans Student Club, a designated Veterans student lounge  and more.

Services for Commuting Students
We have a Transfer & Commuter Lounge and lockers available so you do not have to lug heavy textbooks or supplies back and forth every day.

study after hours.jpgAcademic Support Services After 5pm

Some of the supports listed are for classes that are offered during the day, but we are listing them since everyone’s schedule is different. After all, there is diversity among non-traditional students too.

  • Online Tutoring for Financial Accounting, Chemistry, Biology, all 100-level Math Courses, any statistics course and writing are offered on certain days, 7pm-Midnight. Click on the link for details.
  • The Writing Center serves students after 5pm in the Library.
  • Advising PLUS and Various Departments offer evening tutoring options. Every semester, you may check out the Advising PLUS Academic Assistance page to see who is offering what.
  • Check out the CSTEP and CARSS (for science majors) programs for additional offerings too!

Discounts for UAlbany Students

This is a developing list. As more information comes to us, I will update this post and share it again. Services and programs for non-traditional students are increasing. We have an online Informatics (Information Technology Concentration) B.S. degree program and our departments are beginning to offer more evening and online classes.  In ASC, we can help you to design an academic plan to graduate based on your goals. If you need help trying to figure this out, please come and see us. We have walk-in advisement Monday – Friday 1pm-5pm. We are located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library.

Written by Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor in ASC and Coordinator of Project MyStory.

If you are a non-traditional student at UAlbany and think that your story might help another student, please contact Rachel at

Meet Christie Allen

Christie Allen
Transfer Student
BSW – Class of 2014
MSW – Class of 2015
Major: Social Welfare

I left my first career in the corporate world to pursue my dream of becoming a social worker. Social work offers a depth and breadth of experience that many other careers can’t offer. I care deeply about the well-being of others and as a professional social worker, I can be utilized as a change agent to make a difference in another person’s life.

As a returning adult student, it isn’t easy to manage a family, finances, and college. My family supported my journey back to college and encouraged me to relentlessly pursue my dream of becoming a social worker.  I am grateful for their support but also the financial sacrifice that they were willing to make to help me achieve my educational goals.

I was overwhelmed when I first came to UAlbany. I didn’t know how to navigate the services available here. The university is rich with resources! I strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor and ask questions. They will strive to help you. I know that when I felt overwhelmed, I went and spoke with my advisor and she was a light in the fog! She listened, cared, and provided contact information for people who were relevant to my success at the university. I couldn’t have done it without her!

If you are a student who struggling, first take a deep breath and say to yourself, “I am not alone.”  UAlbany is committed to helping all students achieve academic and personal success. Don’t hesitate to meet with your advisor. They are here to help you. Your education is your responsibility. Own it! If you need help don’t be afraid to say so. I encourage you to reach out to other students and form study groups. If you are struggling, you may want to utilize the Counseling Center. There are counselors available to help you navigate your difficulties and bring back hope!

I would recommend that new students research services and resources available at UAlbany before you start classes. Before I started my first semester, I explored the Uptown Campus. I strongly recommend that you know how to navigate the campus. Know where you are going before your first day of class so that you feel more confident navigating around the college and can relax and enjoy your college experience. Remember to utilize your instructor’s office hours; they want to help you be successful. Remember, this is your educational experience. You must take ownership of it. Talk to people, ask questions, and embrace your learning. College isn’t easy but it is worth it. Remember, never ever give up. You will be graduating before you know it!

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