What Do You Mean You Don't Have Your AVN?
Appointments, AVNs, & Spring Planning
Click Here for instructions on how to schedule an appointment with me. I will be the advisor-on-duty this Thursday, from 1pm-5pm. If you have a quick questions, you may stop by, no appointment needed.
I will not be in the office this Friday, but there will be an advisor-on-duty available to assist you from 1pm-5pm.
Advisement Verification Numbers (AVNs) should be available next week. You should also be able to see your registration date after Wednesday of next week. If you feel ready to plan for next semester, please schedule an appointment ASAP. Do not wait until your registration date to find me. The sooner the better, but only if you are prepared.
Make use of our Peer Advisors!
If you are new to UAlbany, NOW IS THE TIME to make full use of our peer advisors. Among many other things, they can show you
Registration Season is about to begin. Make sure that you are ready!
Need Help? Lost in a Class?
If you are having difficulty in a class, first talk about it with your professor or teaching assistant, if possible. Secondly, visit the Advising Plus Website and click on the subject giving you trouble to see what supports are available.
Advising Plus is a portal of academic support. If you do not know where to turn and I am not available, Barbara Brown and Amanda Parker in Social Science Room 308 can point you in the right direction.
In collaboration with departments, Advising Plus facilitates weekly study groups for a variety of subjects. Click Here For the Fall 2016 Study Group Schedule.
Student Success Center on State Quad
leads a discussion:
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
As students at UAlbany, we are often asked to do things that are uncomfortable, whether it is working in groups, living with strangers, seeking help, dealing with criticism of our work in a way that we may have never experienced. Let us talk about how we are forced to get out of our comfort zone and what we do about it.
If pressed, I think that most of us could name someone who became successful because of a chance meeting or a seemingly, lucky opportunity. Still, one has to be ready to move when called. At my previous job, I saw many professionals who were ineligible for promotions because they did not have their degree. In some cases, these students were one or two classes away from graduation. This sounds great until you realize that diplomas are not given on demand. If you need your degree in February to apply for a job, but graduation is not until May, you are in trouble. Having missed one opportunity, it is better to go ahead and take the classes so that you are ready the next time a position becomes available. Do not get stuck. Get ready to be ready the next time opportunity knocks on your door.
What are you doing to achieve the objectives you say are so precious to you? If you have not developed your goals, what are you doing to expose yourself to more information and experiences to be able to make an educated decision about what you want to do with your time on Earth? Heavy questions. I believe that everything that you are doing and learning will have some effect on your future opportunities. Yes, everything! Even class you say we are forcing you to take, the class that you think has nothing to do with your goals.
Taken from the BuzzFeedYellow Video, "What is Privilege?"
- If your parents worked nights and weekends to support your family, take one step back.
- If you are able to move through the world without fear of sexual assault, take one step forward.
- If you can show affection for your romantic partner in public without fear of ridicule or violence, take one step forward.
- If you have ever been diagnosed as having a physical or mental illness/disability, take one step back.
- If the primary language spoken in your household growing up was not english, take one step back.
- If you came from a supportive family environment take one step forward.
- If you have ever tried to change your speech or mannerisms to gain credibility, take one step back.
- If you can go anywhere in the country, and easily find the kinds of hair products you need and/or cosmetics that match your skin color, take one step forward.
- If you were embarrassed about your clothes or house while growing up, take one step back.
- If you can make mistakes and not have people attribute your behavior to flaws in your racial/gender group, take one step forward.
- If you can legally marry the person you love, regardless of where you live, take one step forward.
- If you were born in the United States, take one step forward.
- If you or your parents have ever gone through a divorce, take one step back.
- If you felt like you had adequate access to healthy food growing up, take one step forward
- If you are reasonably sure you would be hired for a job based on your ability and qualifications, take one step forward.
- If you would never think twice about calling the police when trouble occurs, take one step forward.
- If you can see a doctor whenever you feel the need, take one step forward.
- If you feel comfortable being emotionally expressive/open, take one step forward.
- If you have ever been the only person of your race/gender/socio-economic status/ sexual orientation in a classroom or workplace setting, please take one step back.
- If you took out loans for your education take one step backward.
- If you get time off for your religious holidays, take one step forward.
- If you had a job during your high school and college years, take one step back.
- If you feel comfortable walking home alone at night, take one step forward.
- If you have ever traveled outside the United States, take one step forward.
- If you have ever felt like there was NOT adequate or accurate representation of your racial group, sexual orientation group, gender group, and/or disability group in the media, take one step back.
- If you feel confident that your parents would be able to financially help/support you if you were going through a financial hardship, take one step forward.
- If you have ever been bullied or made fun of based on something that you can’t change, take one step back.
- If there were more than 50 books in your house growing up, take one step forward.
- If you studied the culture or the history of your ancestors in elementary school take one step forward.
- If your parents or guardians attended college, take one step forward.
- If you ever went on a family vacation, take one step forward.
- If you can buy new clothes or go out to dinner when you want to, take one step forward.
- If you were ever offered a job because of your association with a friend or family member, take one step forward.
- If one of your parents was ever laid off or unemployed not by choice, take one step back.
- If you were ever uncomfortable about a joke or a statement you overheard related to your race, ethnicity, gender, appearance, or sexual orientation but felt unsafe to confront the situation, take one step back.
Our conversation did not begin with martial arts, but with fine arts. This man is an avid painter and has begun to show his works at different galleries as well as teach courses in the community. He spoke of painting with the same passion and fervor as he did martial arts and justice. He hopes to earn his degree in Fine Arts at UAlbany one day and has already spoken to admissions counselors. There was such a glimmer in his eyes when he spoke of his future in the fine arts, that all of us in the conversation were smiling.
Meeting this retired law enforcement officer, Buddhist, painter, martial arts student and instructor, father, husband, and handy man reminded me that one does not have to silence parts of themselves in order to succeed. Success might simply be defined by being the best you in every moment, rising from the ashes when you fail, and ever striving to learn more and to grow. I believe that this man will ever be perfecting his skills in the martial and fine arts and I think that he will live a longer and happier life because of it.
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!
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