Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone.
Academic Success From Wherever You Are
Whether you are taking your courses remotely or in-person, some of our MyStory bloggers have words of wisdom about succeeding wherever you are.
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Last semester, our Spring 2019 MyStory Volunteer and Exchange Student, Jade sent us a submission from China about successfully managing remote learning experiences. Her university had switched to virtual learning in January, so she had a 2-month head start to experience the emergency switch from in-person classes to learning from home. Check out her post, “Wisdom From a Dane Who Has Been Home-bound for 2 Months.” Jade also write about adjusting to the USA and to UAlbany in her series, “Wherever You Go, Be the Best You.”
Liz, Class of 2018, was extremely involved on campus and we were happy to have her join our team. As a person juggling many to-dos, she also has some good advice about taking online courses. Check out her advice here. If you are an introvert, you may also want to check out her blog series: Homebody for Everybody. Introverts can be engaged too!
Transfer Student and Class of 2020 MyStory Volunteer, Tayvonne had been supporting our Spring 2020, in-person, Dinner and Discussion Success Series when we had to abruptly switch modalities. No longer were we sharing a small meal with 20-40 students while working together to become more engaged and more academically successful. In a yet to be published post, Tayvonne wrote about the difficulty of leaving her peaceful UAlbany apartment space and the struggles of learning from home last spring:
Many professors have received lengthy emails from me regarding my struggles academically pertaining to my brother and I having to share the computer. My brother has been struggling with this transition very badly. I am however trying to lead by an example, and I was able to get him a computer so now we don’t have to share the same device. My motto is to not dwell on the negatives so I try to stress positivity to my family because at the end of the day we’re living till the next day. Why would we be saddened at the moment when we have another day to live ?
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In 2016, former Academic Support Center Peer Advising blogger Sam (Class of 2018) wrote a Peer2Peer post entitled, Starting The Semester Strong. She did not come up with this list by doing a Google search. As an athlete, she learned time management and study skills the hard way. She practices what she preaches and she has benefited from establishing better habits. It is so easy to get off track.
Wherever You Are
Class of 2018, Melissa wrote about how she went from almost being dismissed to being on the Dean’s list and what she learned along the way. Check out her Blog post and her Blog Series about being both “Fierce and Freaked.” If you are nervous about this process, you are not alone. Speak to your advisor or to one of our counselors in Counseling and Psychological Services.