Adjusting Goals Help Non-Traditional Student Resources Veteran

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traditional 2.pngLast semester,  UAlbany BA/MA English student, Transfer Transition Leader, Writing Center tutor and non-traditional student advocate, Jamie Frankenfield, spoke with two of us in ASC to let us know about the plight of non-traditional students and to work together to better inform Nontrads about the services available to them at UAlbany. Jaime is the owner and editor of, a blog “dedicated to the voices and successes of nontraditional students in college.”  A few weeks after our discussion, I was contacted by Jamie’s co-blogger, another UAlbany student and advocate for Nontrads, Tiffany Finkle, who also has her own blog through the Odyssey.  Tiffany thought that we might be interested in sharing one of her posts, but after reading most of what she has written on her site, I really think that Nontrads and anyone working toward their goals would be inspired  by checking out her blog. Since I know that your time is precious, I will highlight two posts, respectively, by Jamie and Tiffany:

Posse for Adult Learners: Five People Non-traditional Students Need for Success

A Not So Traditional Life: Everyday Struggles to Balance Family, Life, Work and School

different 1Are you an nontraditional student? The NODA Nontraditional Student Populations Network  considers students to be non-traditional if they fit any of the the following categories.

  • part-time
  • returning (re-entry)
  • commuter
  • veteran
  • works full-time while enrolled
  • has dependents other than a spouse/partner
  • does not have a high school diploma (completed a GED or equivalent or did not finish high school)

If you are a non-traditional student, you are among many, although you may not know it. Part of our role as advisors is to connect students with campus and community resources that will help you to fulfill your objectives. Sometimes the support that is needed is simply to be connected with someone or ‘someones’ with whom you relate. Hopefully, this post will help you to find the support you need.

Transfer Student Services

UKids Child Care Center
We have a child care center located on campus!

The “Help Me!” tab in our navigation menu, lists many academic and support services. I am not going to duplicate the services listed there – well, I will duplicate at least one!

Veteran Services
In addition to having a VA representative, there is a UAlbany Veterans Student Club, a designated Veterans student lounge  and more.

Services for Commuting Students
We have a Transfer & Commuter Lounge and lockers available so you do not have to lug heavy textbooks or supplies back and forth every day.

study after hours.jpgAcademic Support Services After 5pm

Some of the supports listed are for classes that are offered during the day, but we are listing them since everyone’s schedule is different. After all, there is diversity among non-traditional students too.

  • Online Tutoring for Financial Accounting, Chemistry, Biology, all 100-level Math Courses, any statistics course and writing are offered on certain days, 7pm-Midnight. Click on the link for details.
  • The Writing Center serves students after 5pm in the Library.
  • Advising PLUS and Various Departments offer evening tutoring options. Every semester, you may check out the Advising PLUS Academic Assistance page to see who is offering what.
  • Check out the CSTEP and CARSS (for science majors) programs for additional offerings too!

Discounts for UAlbany Students

This is a developing list. As more information comes to us, I will update this post and share it again. Services and programs for non-traditional students are increasing. We have an online Informatics (Information Technology Concentration) B.S. degree program and our departments are beginning to offer more evening and online classes.  In ASC, we can help you to design an academic plan to graduate based on your goals. If you need help trying to figure this out, please come and see us. We have walk-in advisement Monday – Friday 1pm-5pm. We are located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library.

Written by Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor in ASC and Coordinator of Project MyStory.

If you are a non-traditional student at UAlbany and think that your story might help another student, please contact Rachel at

Established in March 2015, Project MyStory is a community building effort to help students better acclimate to UAlbany and to work more effectively toward their goals. We began in UAlbany’s Academic Support Center (ASC), where you will see many of the posters featured above. We are now co-housed in ASC and in the Center for International Education and Global Strategy (CIEGS).

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