As a student at Baruch I have found success in utilizing the many resources that have provided to me by the school. I have had to use the library database multiple times during this semester, especially for english and business classes. Having a FRO session dedicated to using the library and its database was a huge help. Its a very comforting feeling to know that I can find a reliable internet source and do not just have to search through many, many links on google search results to find an honest source.
I have not joined any clubs as of yet, however, in the beginning of the semester I did participate in several interest club meetings such as Finance Economics Society and Wall Street Club. I did not follow up on the clubs and join them not because I did not like like them but because I wanted to focus on my school work and GPA. I plan on joining clubs and other groups next semester because I feel that I will be more adjusted to the college workload and also I have a schedule that allows me to have more time go to clubs and various other organizations.
The most useful resource that I have found in my time in Baruch is my peers. What I have learned is that it would be very difficult to try to tackle college life on my own. By using my fellow students and friends as a support system I have found that I am able to get more work done and I am more focused. I have also developed a sense that we are all in this together and through a combined effort we can accomplish a common goal. Not to say that I cannot or do not get things done on my own, but that I feel more comfortable with group work.
In the next three years I see myself as being more involve in the school and with an internship. I also believe that I will have formed lot of connections with the community due to the community service projects.
As a Baruch Scholar in a the Honors Program I have been given the gift of a fully paid tuition. To me this means two things: on the one hand, I am one of the fortunate students that will leave college without owning a huge debt: on the other hand, I am left with a social responsibility to the community that has taken care of my tuition. In a way, this social responsibility has become my debt and just any other debt, it is my duty to pay it off. At first I felt that the Honors Program promotes us to do community service to repay this debt and that our role in Baruch was to set a higher standard for ever other student. Yes, we are held to a higher standard than every other student and of course it is still a medium through which we can all give back, but now in my eyes, community service has become more of a rite of passage that all students must go through. It is an experience that we all will share together. Coming from a high school that did not require community service, I have personally never done any form of community service and I never actually understood how much of a big deal it was. Now that I am apart of a culture that promotes it and stresses its importance, I can see what I had missed out on and I am grateful to the Baruch Scholars Honors Program for yet another reason.
I remember being so unsure about my future when I first entered high school. My school, Stuyvesant High School, was in the city and I had only been to the city a handful of times prior to starting it. I had no clue as to how hard the work load would be. Everything seemed so new and uncertain. I did not even know anyone in the school. In addition to all of this, I did not know what profession or field of professions I would like to pursue. Eventually, I decided that I would become a doctor. I did not know or care what kind of doctor, I just felt that doctors are paid well and that it would probably be a good job. One day, I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about how a person’s career should not be chosen based on how much money they make, but should instead be chosen based on whether or not they are happy with their career. I realized that I did not want to be a doctor and that I had only want to become one because I thought that doctor’s have a large salary. After some careful consideration, I decide to get a degree in finance for two reasons. The first reason is that I had a class called Wall Street in which I participated in the Stock Market Game. I found stocks to be interesting and therefore finance to be interesting. The second reason is that I came to the realization that many jobs and many aspects of life relate to economics. Thus it would be a good idea to be business savvy even if at a later date in my life I decide to pursue a different profession.
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