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Patrick Kennelly

Patrick Kennelly

I am a Business major at UB with a 3.92 GPA. Following my undergraduate career at UB, I plan to go on and pursue my MBA. I would love to get into a Management Development program to further advance myself after graduating. One day I hope to own my own business and become a successful entrepreneur.

The Access to College Excellence (ACE) program at UB has helped me out immensely during my first year of college. Coming into a big school like UB can be a complete culture shock leaving a student to feel extremely isolated. My assigned ACE Advisor, Sarah helped to make me feel as though I have someone I can come to for help whenever I need it. This has been so important for me in making the adjustment to a large university. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) for tutoring is also a great resource associated with the ACE program where students can receive private tutors for free. This can be especially helpful around finals time.

Christina Pastol

Christina Pastol

I am a UB Occupational Therapy, Access to College Excellence (ACE) undergraduate student. I just ended my first year of college at UB with a 3.145 GPA. I plan to graduate from UB with my B.S./M.S combined degree in Occupational Therapy. After receiving my degree, I would love to work with children, helping to improve their lives through OT interventional services.

During my first year here at UB, I participated in the UB International Fiesta 2015 with UB’s Filipino American Student Association (FASA). As a new student, club participation helped me to make a real connection to campus. The ACE program has helped me to be an academically successful student. With help from my ACE Advisor, I was able to learn about resources that I can utilize to help me to improve my grades. The (ARC) Academic Resource Center for tutoring is one of the many valuable resources that ACE provides for their students. ARC tutoring was especially beneficial for me for those classes that I struggled with. With this resource along with the support and guidance from my ACE Advisor, I was able to succeed during my first year of college at UB!

Tomas Segura

Tomas Segura

I am a Sophomore Geology major at UB with a 3.0 GPA. So far UB has been a wonderful experience for me! Although transitioning to college can be rocky at first, I started making a few new friends right at the beginning of my very first semester last fall.

The one accomplishment that I am the most proud of from this year at UB was presenting my research findings for UB’s 2015 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence. I was able to orally present and showcase my research, along with more than 400 undergraduate student participants. My topic of choice was fracking which I demonstrated through a poster presentation titled, "Oil and the Economy.” I feel fortunate to have been able to engage in undergraduate research during my very first year of college!

At this point I can see myself continuing on a career trajectory leading towards an ultimate goal of becoming a Paleontologist. However, there may be an alternate career path for me within the Geological Sciences field conducting research. At this point, it is too soon to tell so I am keeping my options open.

When I reflect on my transition to college, I must note that the Access to College Excellence (ACE) Program at UB has helped me so very much over the course of the past year! Before I was admitted to UB, the ACE program supported me in allowing me access into the college that I wanted to attend. Once admitted to UB, my assigned ACE Advisor helped me to manage everything from scheduling my classes to assisting me in scholarship searches and applications. One of the best perks of being admitted to UB as an ACE student is the free tutoring available through the Academic Resource Center (ARC). ARC helped me personally by providing me with tutoring services for my classes when I needed it most.

Brian Stuhlmiller

Brian Stuhlmiller

I am a sophomore at UB majoring in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Education. I try to take an active role in the university by being treasurer of the Water Polo Club Team, member of the Environmental Network, and an Orientation Leader for the past two summers. My experiences at UB have been shaped by my involvement, my classes and relationships I have with my professors and advisors. But my awareness of how to get involved and guidance through the university came from my active participation in the ACE program.

ACE stands for Access to College Excellence, and has helped me stay on track with a 3.5 GPA, made me aware of my major and general education requirements, as well as utilize the ACE workshops that aid in my knowledge of the university and how to get the most out of my time here at UB. My greatest take away after completing the program is the one-on-one assistance I received for class planning and advisement, tutoring help, and searching for majors and minors that fit me. Not every student at such a large school has that comfort.

As first year students entering UB I want to let you know that there is a major here that suits you, there is a club for you to get involved in and many friends for you to make, but it comes down to your drive to make it happen. Being a member of the ACE program is starting you off on the right foot! Good luck and have a great UB experience!!

Rachel Tsang

Rachel Tsang

I am a sophomore pre-Pharmacy student at UB. I hope to work one day as a Pharmacist and through Pharmacy I aspire to help those in my community who are in need. Working within my local community, I hope to gain experience and knowledge so I can ultimately reach out globally to countries that are in need of health care services.

Being a student at UB has allowed me to fully engage in both my academics as well as extracurricular activities simultaneously. During my first year at UB, I have worked on several unique projects and papers, one which allowed me to research the social behaviors of customers of the campus’ Starbucks. Also, chemistry laboratory classes have allowed me to gain hands on experience by conducting supervised experiments. I have also engaged in a plethora of extracurricular activities at UB including club membership, school events and even building my own Victor E. Bull UB mascot doll!

The Access to College Excellence Program (ACE) program at UB has assisted me in reaching my full potential as a student. With the help of Tutors and my dedicated ACE Advisor, I have been able to stay on track in balancing my time and studies. ACE is an excellent program that provides helpful workshops that benefit and teach students skills they can carry with them throughout life. In particular, I attended a workshop that taught techniques for stress relief. In this workshop we learned breathing techniques and specific foods that can actually assist in relieving stress! In addition, at the end of each semester, ACE students receive goodie bags filled with stress relieving products. Overall, ACE provides countless resources that, when utilized will ensure success. I am glad to be a part of the ACE program at UB!

Last updated: September 21, 2016 4:24 pm EST

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