Words of Encouragement

logoWhen I first started this blog, I didn’t know how much of an impact it would have on people. As much as I had hoped for at least one person to be able to relate to my experiences and feel some comfort, I did not actually think I would get the feedback I have received.

The past few weeks have shown me that I am supported by so many people, such as co-workers, my current Res Life supervisor, other Pro-Staff members, one of my professors, my counselor at CAPS, family and friends.

My post from last week was actually inspired by a conversation my friend Felix and I had back in August. We both experienced grief the previous semester, and did not reach out to anyone, nor each other, and we had similar reasons why we didn’t. He shared my post from last week on Facebook, remembering our conversation on that topic and reminded me, “Just know you’re not alone.” Continue reading “Words of Encouragement”

Pulled Back to Move Forward

Kerry BW.jpgMy name is Kerry DeBruce and I get it. As a senior, I get it. Even as just a person going through the motions in this thing we call life, I get it. It’s hard to move on, trust me.

It was hard to move on when I realized my friendship with my suitemate from freshmen year will never be the same. It was hard to move on when I found out my old manager from back home passed away. It was hard to move on when I didn’t get the job position I wanted for post-graduation. It was even harder to move on when my dad passed away. Continue reading “Pulled Back to Move Forward”

Why ASC Chat Lounge?

Why does this blog exist?

The Advisement Services Center has over 15 advisors that each have over 300 student advisees, not including the students we see from other departments. We have academic advisors, peer advisors, Pre-Law advisors, Pre-Health advisors, Advising Plus support services and more. During advance registration season, we collectively speak with over 350 students daily. That is a lot of talking. Still, so much is left unsaid.  There are so many things we want to share with and hear from our UAlbany students, faculty, staff,  our community neighbors, and our colleagues from other institutions. This medium allows us to better connect with all of you to the degree that you use it to interact with us!

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble”.  – Yehuda Berg

Our blog is entitled the “ASC Chat Lounge” because we are inviting you to converse with us as you would with any friend in a cafe with very comfortable seating. Here, we share information regarding registration, new academic programs, support services, advisement updates, and events/programs offered by our office. We share UAlbany students’ personal stories and their musings via Project MyStory. We invite you (whoever you are reading this post) to share your story about your academic and professional journey because we believe that it will help and inspire other readers. We invite you to comment on our posts because we truly want to hear what you have to say.

This semester, we have several Project MyStory student bloggers who will be writing about gender bias in education, transitioning to college, self-actualization, studying abroad in NYC, being a non-traditional student, struggling, forming linkages through shared past experiences, and so much more. Our bloggers and our ASC Peer Advisors will facilitate several small group discussion and presentations in our office. Many exciting things are happening in our office.

Please visit this space often. Read and connect with us. We believe that we will all become better by our exchanges.

If you want to share your personal story, please e-mail Rachel Moody at rsmoody@albany.edu