Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 12:02 pm by Cindy Chen
As a Baruch scholar, there are many resources for me to draw from at hand including staff, peers, the library, and various student clubs. By participating in the Community Service Project, I have been encouraged to use the resources made available to me. Although I haven’t utilized any support centers or join a student club (which I intend to do so in the near future), I have been able to “draw” from the staff’s expertise. I was able to choose an organization that best fits my interests and to open my mind to more of what happens in reality. This in part led me to choose I Challenge Myself as the organization to volunteer with. Growing up, I always had what I need provided whether it was an education, shelter, or simply people who care. Upon coming to Baruch, I realized that in underserved societies, there are people who are less fortunate. By speaking to staff and my peers, I have been able to open my eyes to reality and I believe that this will help me in other courses as well as contribute to my success as a Baruch student.
By participating in this organization, I am giving myself an experience that will last a lifetime. It is as if I am going through a metamorphosis sort of change. I am no longer the young girl- the caterpillar that is so closed minded- who volunteers merely because I need the hours or something of the sort. Instead, I will be the mature young adult- the butterfly that flies around seeing new sights- who volunteers to open my mind to new ideas, to contribute back to the society, and to bring smiles and joy to those who are less fortunate.
My next steps are then to ensure that I keep true to these words, which I obviously will, with feedback from my peers and the staff at Baruch of course!