Keep these concepts in mind: You've failed many times, although you don't remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. ....
The HONY post below is quite RAW. I have had several conversations with students living in the world of "I Can't". If you think about your long-term goals and immediately think, "I can't", stop and try to think about what it would take to get from point A to point B. Don't confuse your short-term goals (major, minor, first job etc.) with your long-term goals! For example: Perhaps you cannot enter the School of Business, but you can still become an accountant via an Accounting Masters Program. We have one at UAlbany! Click here for more information about our 2-year Accounting Program. Perhaps your grades are not high enough for you to pursue medical school, but you can enter the medical field in an allied health career and perhaps, pursue further study later. In my former life as an advisor at a local community college, I met with several established health practitioners who were taking prerequisites for medical school. Don't get stuck! Work out a plan and if you need help, the advisors in the Advisement Services Center and the counselors in Career Services, are here to help!
“My mom left me with my grandparents so she could prepare a way for us in America. But my grandparents passed away, so I came to America before my mother was ready. There were eight of us in one apartment. In my mind at the time, I thought that if I began to misbehave, I’d be sent back home. So one day I got in a fight at school, and when the teacher tried to restrain me, I hit her with a chair. I was only nine years old, but from that moment on, I became a system baby. My mom gave me up and I went to a foster home, then a boy’s home, then jail, then prison. When you go to prison, they make you strip naked, spread your ass cheeks, and cough. I refused to do it. So they beat me and threw me alone into the box. And I remember sitting in there alone, reflecting on my life, and where it had ended up. I started thinking about the other members of my family. My sister was a registered nurse. My grandmother owned two houses. My aunt was a payroll supervisor. My mother worked in advertising. I realized that success was in my DNA. For the first time, I developed a thought that prison was not a place that I belonged.”
Barry is a current staff member and former client of The Fortune Society. The Fortune Society’s mission is to “create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society.”
Welcome! My name is Rachel Moody. I post weekly announcements and messages to motivate and inspire my UAlbany advisees, and any one else who visits. Comments are welcome! While you are here, have a virtual cup of tea!