Monthly Archives: May 2012
The students at Baruch College value a great education are goal-oriented and want to get a head start in life. Being a student at Baruch for the last 4 years, I’ve surrounded myself with a lot of successful students who have always dreamed big and are ambitious since their Freshmen year. Being around so many independent, quick-thinkers allows me push myself harder and not only excel academically, but aspire to achieve many personal goals as well. We as students at Baruch understand opportunity cost and know that time cannot be wasted and “free days” and gaps should not be taken lightly. The library is always crowded for instance, and that shows something. Even when I stop by school on a Sunday, I still see the library full of students. We believe in working hard in order to play harder later on in the future.
We all envision a better life for ourselves in the future. Whether we are being mentored to work hard to build our resumes and coach ourselves to speak better, we all want to achieve that 6-figure or million dollar mark. Students involved on campus learn to work in teams and run organizations as if it were an actual business. I’ve seen many student leaders on campus come and go, but their mark on Baruch forever stays. In Collins and Porras “Building Your Company’s Vision”, what stood out to me was “You must be able to translate the vision from words to pictures with a vivid description of what it will be like to achieve your goal. I think Baruch students have a pretty good idea collectively of what they want to achieve. In terms of values, integrity and honesty definitely plays an integral part in their success.
Baruch being the most diverse school in the most diverse city in the world really bring a lot of different views and perspectives on issues and problem solving. Students are brought together by one common goal and that is their desire to succeed financially which starts for many at not owing debt. I remember freshmen and sophomore year my BHAG was to graduate and have a six figure corporate job. Now so close to graduation I begin to think about core ideologies and purpose. I believe that anyone can make a 6 figure salary however sacrifices will have to be made. An individual observing one’s core values reveal who they are and guides in the direction of where they want to go. After all sacrifices are suppose to be made when it is worth the trade-off. It is much healthier working for a purpose and taking the steps toward an envisioned future.
The students here at Baruch are thirsty and strive for a success. Everybody wants to graduate and group projects have been great in preparing us for the next step in our career. Group projects are about learning to work as a team and the diversity at Baruch make it so that students gain much more experience and become open to newer and innovative ideas and problem solving. It can be fun and other times there are many obstacles to overcome but it is all useful experience. You never know what kind of managers and coworkers you may be stuck with. Envisioned future for students after graduation is as diverse as the student body. Everyone has a different plan but our path will be guided by our value of value itself. Never giving up too much for what we want.
Amazingly, schools being so diverse coming from different backgrounds attending Baruch College, students here, share the same value. I believe that the overall core values for students I notice throughout my years at Baruch consistently were independency, professional growth, and commitment. Many of us have some pursuit in becoming working business people after graduation some time in life. As I said earlier Baruch is a very diverse school and some students travel here from across the country even the world to come to this school for a good education. Some may be here alone in the city and with no family members around to help guide you it can be very challenging to find your way around. Students are responsible for completely tasks Yes, Baruch academics alone is very challenging but students here know of the benefits they will gain once they graduate and so commitment is the key to one’s success. Core values are important to stay true to. It is a guide to defining who you are and when you are going in life as mentioned in by Collins “Building Your Company’s Vision”. Most Students here at Baruch, will agree that it is important to live up to these core values and it will aid in their future.
Values are the beliefs by which people live. On Building your company’s vision, Collins and Porras identify how a company can build their vision through their core ideology and by envisioning the future. Building a vision is not enough if it is not supported by core values.
The students at Baruch have a core ideology that is present and as visible as something you could really touch. It surrounds our campus and has a certain feel to it. It is amazing how such a large group can be so diverse, yet lively, independent and functioning at full speed. As many posted, we come from different backgrounds, different countries, and different cultures: we are the most diverse business school. However or maybe just because of that, we are still ONE since we share so many VALUES: a passion for life, commitment to excellence in our education, respect for one another, pride in ourselves and what we represent, achievement of our goals even in challenging times.
Porras & Collins say that cores define a company and Dennis Jaffe on Campden FB stated that “values are not created by a values statement … Values are created by people’s behaviour, though they aren’t always clear or explicit. They are hard to find because they aren’t objects, but rather principles and goals that underlie the way people treat each other and make important decisions”. These intrinsic values are the beliefs by which people or company live and pass the test of time.
At Baruch, we define ourselves to what we really are and we are not afraid to BE ourselves because we know that acceptance is part of our DNA. The diversity of the many clubs existing or a look at the people in the group assignments is proof in itself. Take an elevator trip during rush hour, from the ground to any other floor or stroll by the library and you will have the spiciest taste of this most amazing vibrant and cultural sample which makes out our school. From the student body, to our esteemed educators, to the working personnel, we are different and proud of it. Our students are all very ambitious and believe in greatness in the future through the vehicle of education. That’s why, tired or not, working or not, living with our parents or having heavy responsibilities, we still strive for excellence, and do the best we can. We know that education is the surest path to mold our future to our BHAGS and we dream big!
Not living up to the potential we know we were created for would bring shame to ourselves and what our school represents and lives by and that’s not something to be added to Baruch’s culture!
The topic of values is one that brings to mind ethics and beliefs, as values are core to who a person is. At Baruch diversity is the norm, both ethnically and culturally. Though the overarching commonality in near all baruch students is a drive to succeed professionally, I have yet to meet a Baruch student either male or female who doesnt consider themselves a future breadwiner for their family and it is that hardworking passion that can be found at Baruch. I also find that Baruch students are a lot more pragmatic then Columbia or NYU students, we tend to know that we want to get into business and aren’t willing even when accpeted to NYU or Columbia to bog ourselves in over a hundredthousand dollars in debt to achive professional success, which is why by and large their is disdain for the Occupy Wall St. movement at Baruch, for at its core are college students who went to pretestigous universities, boged themselves down in debt and now want the goverment to bail them out of their obligations, to have their cake and eat it too.
So if I would have to sum up Baruch students I would call us pragmatic, a value quite frankly lacking in a large number of the student body of other colleges.
Building Your Company’s Vision by, Collins and Porras, expressed that it is important to know who you are than where you are going, for where you are going will change as the world around your changes. The journey of life has its curves and bumps, ups and downs but if you identify and clearly define your inner core values you can not only survive life but adapt and change to make the most of your life. Core ideology, “defines the enduring character” of each and every individual. At Baruch we are fortunate to have a very diverse background of many different individuals from different places all around the world. I find it fascinating that even with all of these differences in not only culture but beliefs and attitudes we have very similar core values, values which we hold close to us, values that withhold the change of time and life. The students at Baruch seem to have a very deep respect for culture and diversity. An appreciation for secondary education and within this a drive for personal growth and development. Next, Baruch students show value for independence, getting tasks done by themselves in a city where it is easy to get lost. Baruch students have a sense of community, which is shown in the dedication to school clubs and events. Lastly, Baruch students have a sense of unity. Despite being in the busiest cities and known for the typical NY “unfriendliness,” Baruch students have each others back. This is witnessed even if you are in the library, students who I have never spoke to before will watch my belongings as I take a break. Students in class are willing to do group studies to help each other prepare for an exam. We may always be in a hurry and running off to work or an internship but when it really comes down to it all we remember we are all the same, humans, driving towards the same goal of success, happiness and self-fulfilment.