As a Baruch student, I have access to several programs that will help me achieve success through college and my future afterwards. These include the STARR Career development program, writing center as well as many tutoring opportunities. The one negative side of these programs is that it is often hard for students to take initiative and seek help, however due to my freshman seminar class and community service project I no longer have this problem. My seminar class has introduced me to these programs and allowed me to see how accessible they really are. The community service program has taught me that no matter who you are or what stage of life you are in, someone is always willing to help you succeed. After conducting research for the community service project, I now realize the plethora of organizations that are willing to help and understand that in the world there are actually many people willing to assist others. This has taught me that just because I am an “honors” student does not mean I do not need assistance from others.
Currently, I have not yet attended any workshop by myself, however as a class we attended the STARR career development program, which I will be attending many more times in the near future. Furthermore, I have made connections with a few of my professors, whether it means talking to them after class or asking them for help. Knowing their assistance is by my side often makes assignments easier and motivates me to do better. This has allowed me to be more knowledgeable of the subjects I am learning as well as having confusing information clarified. The community service project has taught me to ask others for help and I believe this will help me become a successful college student.
Initially, my understanding of doing community service was to help those who truly need help. However, because of Mr. Medina I now truly consider community service to be a much greater part of life. He stated something along the lines of, “It is not the food, but the conversation.” This has made me appreciate every opportunity I have to meet someone or learn something new from somebody else. Therefore, I think this will be a major influence on me in the next 3 years. For example, I will push myself to learn as much as possible, take various internships to ultimately build a great resume and strive to obtain that prestigious career opportunity after graduating college.