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Resolving to Make Resolutions

– Written by Jesse Saperstein, College Experience Habilitation Liaison My colleague, Judy Hartley and I started off the second-to-last Morning Meeting with a topic relevant to the culmination of the Holiday Season – New Year’s Resolutions. I asked anyone in the class if they would be able to provide a definition.  An ambitious woman raised…

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Decking the Halls

The holiday season is in full swing at the College Experience! Last weekend prior to Finals Week, students found some time to unwind by creating salt dough and cinnamon dough Christmas ornaments. Crafting can definitely be therapeutic!       Nice work, everyone! We hope to see some of those glittery ornaments hanging from our College…

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Thanksgiving Advice

The following post is written by staff member, Jesse Saperstein. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!   As the old and tired cliché goes, “Time really flies.”  It seems like yesterday I had my first days within the College Experience Program (CEP) last July and was listening to reasonable complaints about the brutal summer from the CEP students who…

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Public Speaking Practice

In Jesse Saperstein’s Creative Writing class, students have been practicing writing and  delivering speeches to their classmates. Although many people fear public speaking (and as Jesse pointed out, public speaking is the top fear in the United States – people fear it more than heights, bugs and even death!), our students have stepped outside of…

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Real-World Cooking Skills

A major focus of the The College Experience is ensuring that students have the skills they will need to live independently and really thrive on their own after completing the program. Our students work hard to hone their cooking skills both in cooking class and while preparing meals in the evening because after all, everyone…

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Internship/Job Experience

Preparing for the Working World Preparation for a career College Experience seniors participate in two semester long paid or unpaid internships. These internships assist students in learning specific job skills, evaluate potential career paths and prepare them for competitive employment. The Internship Coordinator works closely with each student to find an internship in a career…

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Haunted Happenings

This post comes a little bit late, but we wanted to share some of the festivities our CEP students and staff participated in leading up to Halloween! Michelle Brown’s History Class participated in the “Capitol Hauntings” Tour at the NYS Capitol. Apparently, the Capitol building is said to be full of historical ghosts and ghouls.…

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Haunted Happenings

This post comes a little bit late, but we wanted to share some of the festivities our CEP students and staff participated in leading up to Halloween! Michelle Brown’s History Class participated in the “Capitol Hauntings” Tour at the NYS Capitol. Apparently, the Capitol building is said to be full of historical ghosts and ghouls. I…

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Emily Dawson Student in The College Experience

Being “Special”

Today, we have an awesome entry from Senior College Experience Student Emily Dawson Emily Dawson composed a beautifully written essay on her experiences as a College Experience student and special education student in high school. She attributes a lot of her own insight and confidence today to our very own Jesse Saperstein, a College Experience…

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The College Experience students prepare for independence

Newbie Navigators

One of the most difficult tasks that many college students encounter when moving to a new city for the first time is learning how to successfully navigate unfamiliar surroundings. I have very vivid memories myself of getting lost during my freshman year at the University at Albany – both on the sprawling campus and in…

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