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There is something special about numbers. Any day - really, any moment is a perfect time to refresh, revitalize, reflect, reassess, and redirect. But there is something about that number 1. It is a number that sometimes causes anxiety because we strive to be whatever we think it is or someone is pressuring us to do whatever it takes to be whatever they think it is.
Sometimes “1” is a wake-up call and a relief because, though we may have failed the first time we tried at some task, we know that we can try again and again. There is a “2” available to us.
Track and field sprinter and Olympic gold medalist, Wilma Rudolph says this:
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
In the case of January 1, the whole world has given it a special place to commemorate new beginnings. Why fight it? As I said before, anytime is a perfect time to look back, learn, and press ahead. When I think of the new year, I think of the person I am, have been and want to be. This guides my every action. The songs attached to this post truly reflect how I aim to live every day. Any solution or resolution in my life works to make me better fit to be this person. What about you? Who do you aim to be? Do you know why you cling to your goals (if you are clinging)? Are you doing everything you can with what you have to reach your objectives?
Aside from the world celebrating January 1 because it is the beginning of a new year, this date is special to me because it is the anniversary of Haitian Independence from French Colonization in 1804. Most Haitian families, regardless of where they are on this earth, eat Soup Joumou (Pumpkin Soup) to honor this independence day. It is yummy and my family came from NYC with a cauldron of it! The last song, Ti Moune Yo (The Children), sung in Haitian Creole, is begging us to make this world a better place for our current and future children. You may not understand the words, but maybe you can swing to the beat while knowing that the message is powerful.
I wish you much growth and joy in this new year. RM
Remember, there are MANY ways to earn credit through applied learning while you are at UAlbany: faculty-guided research, independent study, community and public service, internships, Middle Earth, Project Shape, and more! Click Here For a Printable Sheet of These Options. My advice to you is to reflect on your values and your interests . Think about the type of person you are and the type of person you want to be. Think about the life you want to have and then ask questions from experts in the fields of interest. If you are open, use your Freshmen and Sophomore year to sample a few options. There are some majors that require certain courses to be taken earlier in one's college career in order to graduate in four years. Speak to your advisor about your options. If you are my advisee and I am booked, e-mail me!
What does this moment mean to you? Are you a continuing student seeking to be declared into your major? Are you an incoming transfer student or are you fresh out of high school? Are you anxious because you have no idea what you want to study at UAlbany or because you have no idea what career or careers you would like to explore? Are you excited because, you have no idea and you cannot wait to fill your heart and brain with a potpourri of everything college has to offer? Are you nervous because this is the first time that you will be away from home? What does this moment mean to you? Is attending college just another to-do on your list of life expectations or is it a rite-of-passage that takes your breath away? Are you the first person in your family to go to college? What does this moment mean to you? It is good to take some time to reflect on where you are, where you have been, and where you are going, even if you can only see the next footstep. Time is fleeting, I hope that you do not take it for granted. 21 days until classes start! What does this moment mean to you?
“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
I am not using Advisortrac this week! If you want to make an appointment, e-mail me 2-3 possible dates and times that work for you and I will reply with confirmation.
POETS ALICIA OSTRIKER AND JOAN MURRAY TO READ FROM NEW WORK
NYS Writers Institute April 23, 2015
4:15 p.m. Seminar
8:00 p.m. Reading
Campus Center 375
First things first...
Do you know that there is an internship which could earn you a $5,000 stipend to which NO ONE HAS YET APPLIED?
The University At Albany
The Massry Community Fellows
All materials are due on or before May 1st, 2015 and should be submitted to Deirdre Sweeney, Director of Career Services, School of Business, BB 203 C. Please email Ms. Sweeney with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Massry Community Fellows Internship Program Application
Should you live for today...
... or for tomorrow?
“I wish I’d partied a little less. People always say ‘be true to yourself.’ But that’s misleading, because there are two selves. There’s your short term self, and there’s your long term self. And if you’re only true to your short term self, your long term self slowly decays.” Taken from Humans of New York
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. - Dr. Seuss
This weekend, I had the fortune of watching The Great Debaters with two teens. One is thinking about joining her school's debate team and the other is about to graduate high school and is thinking about law school. Neither had seen the movie so I had to right this wrong! I highly recommend this movie. It is based on a true story, so you will get a piece of history as you enjoy a great film that is quite layered. There is a quote in the movie that most of my southern friends have heard from their parents or grandparents all of their lives: "You do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do."
This statement made me think about all of the uncomfortable things we do, in every stage of our lives, in preparation to meet some future goal. If you want to lose weight, you have to alter your diet and exercise routine. If you want to understand course material better and improve your grade, you may have to seek tutoring, alter your life schedule to meet with your professor/s, and radically change your study habits. There are somethings that you have to do now to be true to your future self. The problem is, those "things" are sometimes uncomfortable and unpleasant. How do you make the most out of this blip in time that you will never get back while preparing for an promised?
It can be difficult to rest by the fountain for 1/2 an hour when there are papers due, exams scheduled, work, and other responsibilities. It can be frustrating to take a course for which you have no interest when you do not know where you are headed or why you are really here? It can be very difficult to be at peace, when you are anxious about your future, getting into your intended major, figuring out what major your want, addressing a tense living or financial situation, and countless other pressures. It can be difficult, but not impossible! The same list of to-dos that make being still and being present hard, is the same list that necessitates stillness.
So live in the present moment most of the time - perhaps 95-99% of it.
Making time to be still, to reflect on who you are, who you want to be in this moment, what you want, and why you want it, will help you to be true to both your short-term and your long-term self. It will help you to be your best-self right now. If you fail to do this, you will just be running around like a hamster in a cage. Unlike the happy rodent, you will likely become frustrated with almost everything you are doing. You will not be able to concentrate on what is needed in this moment. You will not know why what you are doing right now matters. You will be in a most awful place.
In the midst of scheduling courses, final papers, exams, projects and presentations, I suggest that you make time to be present, even if it is a few minutes. Take a deep breath, stretch, ask for help, and address your multitude of stuff one step at a time.
Please do not rest with the question, "What can I do with this major?" There are other questions that will better help you plan for the future:
- "What matters most to me?"
- "What do I want to do with the life I have been given?"
- "How do I prepare to do those things?"
- "What do I want to learn? What do I want to explore while in college?"
If you are completely lost and confused about selecting a career and a major, the fantastic people in UAlbany Career Services would love to speak with you. They are located on the first floor of the Science Library. I highly recommend that you take the Focus-2 Career Assessment before you go. Focus-2 will give you some ideas about careers and majors that match your skills, values and interests. It is not a crystal ball, but it is a great way to begin the process. A career counselor will discuss your results with you and help you to set short-term and long-term goals.
If you have decided on a major or career path, gather more intel! Find out what professors in your major are researching and arrange to meet with a few whose interests match yours. Conduct informational interviews with people in careers that interest you. Click here for handy informational interview questions!
Whatever you choose to do, for whatever reason you choose to do it, be ready to sweat! Sweating is good for you. It rids you of toxins which slow your growth and development.
The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary." - Vidal Sassoon
"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark
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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