We all have a unique story to tell. What's yours?
What drives you? How have your life experiences shaped the way you view the world? How do you plan to achieve your goals? What difference do you intend to make in your community, your city or the world?
The answers to these questions are what make us unique. They guide us and help us achieve what may appear to be impossible. They give us the foundation to achieve success.
UB Student Success and Support Services believes in fostering an inclusive environment that values the diversity of all individuals and their capacity for community and democratic engagement. We aim to support and enhance a dynamic community where the needs of all students at UB are paramount.
To support our efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive culture, the Division of Student Success and Support Services launched the Be YOU at UB campaign. It's a movement with a mission to tell the stories that shape us and empower the UB community to embrace what makes each of us unique.
We want to learn more about YOU! Join a diverse voice of student experiences by submitting your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or email us to schedule an in-person interview. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@ubaltss) and join the conversation. Be sure to use the hashtag #BeYOUatUB.
“ My life’s mission is to constantly question things that don’t seem right, always amplify the voices that aren’t being heard and protect people that are being hurt …”
“ My life’s mission statement is to spread love and to be a light …”
“My hope is to leave the world better than I found it …”
“I was very skeptical about returning to school …”
“I learned to accept failure because if you accept your failure and learn from it, it will make you stronger for your next adventure …”
“It is truly by the grace of God that I am still standing and doing well in school …”
“Standing out means you are not afraid to be different …”
“It's important for me to use my own experiences to help people better themselves …”
“I wanted to show my younger sisters that success is possible no matter where you come from …”
“I believe that every young person should be educated, find their passion and, ultimately, develop a plan for themselves …”
“The one thing I want people to know about me is that I am not afraid to speak out about recovery …”
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“My passion is fighting for justice …”
“I always wanted to be adventurous, explore new places and try new things, but before I came to UB, I never had the confidence or the tools …”
“I found myself 20 years ago making bad decision after bad decision until my poor coping skills finally destroyed any chance of a bright future …”
“I am a product of domestic violence, labeled and placed into undesirable boxes; disease and addiction are all part of my story …”
“Three years ago I was trudging my way through a very challenging time in my life …”
“I was the person who slept on a stone park bench in the winter and had nowhere to go, no direction and no idea what to do in life …”
“I have always had a passion for people, teaching, coaching and seeking knowledge …”
“I faced many challenges growing up including housing instability with occasional bouts of homelessness …”
“I grew up amid constant civic unrest …”