CORRECTION: Monday, December 11, is the last day to totally withdraw from the university.
What Do You Mean You Don't Have Your AVN?
I grew up in Brooklyn, and my dad used to say, “Grant, people are people.” My dad is in business with people who are Pakistani, Iranian, Iraqi, Afghan, Jewish, every type of people who you would think would be enemies. The kind of things that he’s shown me is that there’s differences in everyone. Whether you agree with them or not, at the end of the day, everyone lives and everyone’s gonna die. When you’re alive, respect the people that you’re living with. You don’t have to agree with them, but respect them. I read the news, I watch the election cycle, with such hatred coming from every side. There is a basic amount of respect that people need to show each other. And watching how that isn’t shown is making me grow and say “I do not want to be that.” I see my dad as my real role model of how to orient myself in this world and how to be an overall decent human being.There’s always a goal in business. So social agendas shouldn’t come into it. That’s how I plan on leading my life. There shouldn’t be any social agenda that leads to fighting coming into my business deals. It’s about simple, respectful discourse in a business world.
My long term plan is to just keep growing and working my way up as far as I can possibly go, and to continually learn from different people. If the opportunity shows itself where I could do what I love, which is music, and combine that with the business world, then that’s the ultimate goal. Accounting came naturally when I took it Sophomore year, so I decided to stick with it. There’s a strong ceiling that you hit if you’re not certified, so next semester I plan on beginning studying for the CPA exam. Once I have that foundation, I can do almost anything in business with a CPA. I’m going to work for a year or two, then go into an MBA program.
I get all the Handshake emails and saw a mid-sized accounting firm looking for a full time employee for the next year. It didn’t require a cover letter, and I hate writing cover letters, so I plugged in my resume, and a few days later I got a response. I met them at the UAlbany Career and Professional Development Career Fair, went to the informational, had a few interviews here and in the city, and then I got the job. I graduate in May, and the job begins next November. I signed up for Handshake last year because I was looking for an internship. I didn’t really think anything would happen with it, but I usually go with the mentality, “What do I have to lose?” If I have nothing to lose, then why not?"
Majors: Accounting and Music
Hometown: Woodmere, New York
Photo by Naomi McPeters
Appointments, AVNs, & Spring Planning
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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.
Why am I sharing an article about a man who was fired from his job?
1. Sree is so on top of his game, that being fired only creates opportunities. This does not dismiss his vulnerability or that feeling you might get when deciding whether to jump into a pool of water that you know is too cold!
2. Sree was not fired because of any inability to perform, but rather because of budget cuts. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in all of its grandeur, is a non-profit organization that often has to make difficult financial decisions. I love the Met.
3. In 2009, Sree was named one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter; in 2010 he was named one of Poynter's 35 most influential people in social media; and in 2014, he was named one of the most influential Chief Digital Officers by CDO Club. (Taken from the introduction from his TED talk below.
4. Don't you want a life where getting fired does not scare you, but rather motivates and emboldens you to rise? I believe that if you read this article about Sree's departure, you will glean tools that will help you to make critical choices about your future.
If you live in NYC and take Sree up on his offer to walk and have a "meaningful conversation" and a cup of coffee or tea, please share your experiences in the comments!
Look who was selected to be the Chief Digital Officer of NYC: www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2016/08/mayor-appoints-sree-sreenivasan-as-chief-digital-officer-104381
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.
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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