The end of the semester is near and I can hardly believe how fast I went through it. Though I wish I did better in some classes but you can’t help but fall asleep in some classes, especially music. A thing that I really disliked about the semester is the fact that many people were excluded from taking the anthropology class and were forcefully put into sociology without notice; however, it was an easy A so I can’t argue. My GPA could be higher; if I can get around a 3.5 I would pretty happy. I’ll miss the FRO class, it was a unique experience that really opened up to me how dedicated Baruch is to its freshmen. The lively ambiance around Baruch is something that other colleges don’t have but the commuting life isn’t the experience I strive for. For my future, I think it would be best if I transfer to a place with more versatility on which career paths I can take. Overall, the friends I’ve made in Baruch are what made my Baruch experience the way it is: special.
December 17, 2011
December 16, 2011
Now that the semester is over, I can look back and reflect on my time at Baruch as a whole. I can lament on the fact that I had a weak start and wish my GPA was higher or reminesce on how difficult it was adjusting to city life. Yet, I think it is most important to cite how much I have learned about life. Yes, life itself. I think my move to the big city and independent life, have truly helped me discover who I am. I know what I want to achieve in life and what makes me happy. Although I’m not totally convinced that the city is for me or if Baruch was a good choice, I know that without this experience I would not be who I am today. Whether I choose to remember making great friends or playing basketball at Baruch in my first semester, or choose to remember feeling home sick or sick for other reasons… I will know that everything I have done has defined who I am today. Looking onto the next semester, I hope that I will be more focused and happier to be where I am. I hope to continue to learn as a person, basketball player, and student.
December 12, 2011
We are now a few more classes away from the end of the semester and it has really amazed me how fast this semester has gone by. For the most part, I thought that the work given would be much harder. But, I’m glad that it wasn’t because it would’ve been a lot harder to keep up since I juggle school and work. I thought this semester went good and that I did a good job of staying focused on getting my work done on time, which I never used to be able to do in high school. If I had a chance to do this semester over again, the only thing I’d change would’ve probably been to have more fun, instead of being preoccupied with some of the little things I was dealing with. Since I’ve came to Baruch, I’ve been a lot more focused on school wise compared to back in high school where I was laid back and used to joke around all the time.
December 10, 2011
My first semester of college is finally coming to a close. I came in with many expectations and many were met. I was able to keep up with the work and found my entry level courses fairly easy. However, I did hope it would be easier to socialize with new kids. Since Baruch is primarily a commuter school, it is hard to hang out with these people outside of school. I enjoyed the freedoms college has to offer. I feel that this lack of pressure on top of me allowed me to work most effectively while making time for leisure as well. College has taught me how to manage my time effectively too. If I could do this semester all over I would try to take better notes in class. Often times I rely on listening in class or reading the textbook for the tests. The only way I feel I have changed is that I am in full control of my life. I decide everything I do from a day to day basis. I have the decision whether to show up or not to class. This provided me with the motivation to take this responsibility and use it to have a successful semester. I am looking forward to building on this good start into a flourishing college career.
December 9, 2011
Baruch has not lived up to my expectations. First thing: I know that Baruch is a business school, but can’t they offer any biomed degree? Now I might want to switch to hunter. Second: One of he security guard is a complete ***. It might sound like trivial little things, but it’s these tiny things that make a difference. Aside from that, I don’t really have anything else to say.
My first semester at Baruch probably didn’t go too well. I still haven’t kicked off my senior year highschool bad habbits. I’ve been slacking off a lot and hope my grade does not reflect upon it. Also, Calculus is ridiculously difficult. I have trouble understanding anything my teacher says because she goes way too fast. I used to like math, but not anymore.
One thing I would do differently in my first semester is that I will study more and stop slacking off I had the chance to retake the semester. I haven’t really changed since I started at Baruch. I’m still a hardcore gamer and slacker when it comes to school. It is because I have no interest in school at all. And, I still love to play Mario Kart with my friends during my free.
The first semester at baruch is winding down and now that I have time to reflect on the semester it has added to my personal insights and was an experience that I will learn from for my continuing time at college. My classes have been going really well. College isn’t as hard as I thought it was but, I am still weary because I have only taken introduction classes so far. I found that Baruch has exceeded my expectations. One thing I learned was to be better at organization and manage procrastination. I feel that I have been successful with that so far in my college career.I feel that I made the most out of the experience as I could and that is all I co could ask for. However after my first semester I do want to get more involved with activities in Baruch
December 8, 2011
Well the semester is almost done and finals are coming up. Thus far college has been pretty good, I really cant complain. Aside from calc (which I dropped) classes have also been fairly easy. My first semester of college has tought me alot. It has also showed me what improvements i should make for next semester. This semester I really didnt do much of the readings for sociology or poli sci, even though I am doing well in these classes, I feel like I could have done even better if I studied and read with the class. My first semester also has thought me were to go after classes, and what places have the best food to eat. I t has made me more comfortable of the city. My semester had few bumps on the road but overall it has tought me so much and the steps I should take to better my self in future semesters.
December 7, 2011
I didn’t think the end would come so soon. Before it started I found myself wanting it to start already. Now I can’t wait for it to end so I can get my well deserved rest. I am, of course, talking about my first semester.
I definitely didn’t expect how it would turn out. I came into school with my only friends being in different blocks. Now my friends range from mine to all others. I just can’t believe how friendly I became.
College was definitely an adjustment for me from high school. The independence I have been given has definitely helped me grow and learn from my experiences.
I hope that my future semesters will be like this one.
December 6, 2011
Well here we are at the end of the semester and this is probably the first time I’m truly acknowledging that fact. Surprisingly, I have lived each day this semester day by day, which was certainly helpful for my nonchalance but probably not as helpful for my motivation, or lack thereof that is. My experience thus far has been one of which I cannot complain though; I came to Baruch with little to no expectations—a defense mechanism so that I am always surprised and never disappointed—and it’s safe to say that my experience has exceeded my lack of expectation. I think this semester has gone fairly well, maybe next semester I’ll put in more effort—or maybe that’s a blatant lie because I’ll definitely have to learn to care before that happens.
In all, I’m not exactly sure I would do much differently even if I could because I don’t know if I care for any other outcome. And in terms of how I have changed, I’m definitely a little less pretentious—or maybe I just learned to hide it better—and I’m a little more knowledgeable of myself overall. All in all, first semester has been more enjoyable than expected and there’s not more to ask for than that.
I definitely am surprised at how this semester ended up. I came into the school with two friends, and am leaving this semester with a whole bunch. That was my biggest fear. I feared I wouldn’t make any friends, and I’d be a loner. But now that I have these friends, they have made my experiences in school even better and more enjoyable.
It doesn’t feel like almost 4 months have passed. I went from being this shy, introspected kid to an outgoing and bubbly person. I am now active in seeking out new friendships. My work ethic has changed as well. I used to push things off until the last minute. I now can proudly say that I do almost all of my work early, which allowed me the much needed rest and relaxation time all us freshmen deserve.
I can come out of this semester knowing that I have learned a lot. It is this learning that will enable me to continue in my education and in my life as well.