fahad.ghuman on Sep 22nd 2011
Who am I? I don’t know, who am I. Am I a figment of your imagination? Probably not. Anyways, my name is Fahad Ghuman.
“who do you think YOU are!” is the first question for this blog post. Let me just say it that there should be a “?” instead of a “!”. But to answer the question, I think I’m and outgoing individual and very competitive in anything I do. I think I’m a fun guy that people like to be around.
What are my top 3 concerns about my freshman year at Baruch? Well, probably the biggest concern is going to be my time management. I was known to be a huge procrastinator in high school, i would then never be able to actually finish the work because it would be too late. I know what i have to do in college and I intend on changing my habits. My second concern is getting these blog entries in before midnight because its 11:45 right now. Just kidding, but I seriously need to hurry up. My real second concern is getting too caught up in social life. I need to put school before anything because that’s what matters most right now. It kind of plays in with time management, I need to focus on school but also need to set time aside to be more social and have a good time at school. My third concern is finding an internship by the end of this year. I went to a club meeting where they talked about getting internships and they talked about resume’s and what not. They made it seem that u needed a bunch of things before you could make a good resume. All I have now is working a year at Baskin Robbins. I need to start working hard to be successful.
What will make my Baruch experience different than my high school experience? I know the biggest change will be the amount of studying and doing work I will be doing here is going to be probably 99% more than i did in all of highschool. Another change will probably be not being able to have more time for friends as i did in highschool.
I think my first year in college will make me more mature and less outgoing because of all the studying and working I will do. BUT IT WILL NEVER CHANGE WHO I AM AS A PERSON! Anyways, that’s pretty much all i can say about what this year will do for me, other than have me stressing a lot more than in high school.
My computer time says 11:52, my watch says 11:56 and my phone says 11:50. I think I did this on time. Thanks for spending your precious time reading my blog, i know it made you’re day 10x better, just kidding. Bye.
desmond.chan on Sep 22nd 2011
When asked who I think I am, even I do not know the answer to that question. College is the time where most people discover themselves. I wouldn’t be able to tell you the profession I would like to work as for the rest of my life, much less who I am now. Even now, while you learn more about others, you start learning about yourself as well. People are constantly being changed due to the influences around them as well as the experiences that they encounter; therefore there is never a true answer to the question of who you think of yourself as. The only answer to that question is who you would like to be viewed as and/or portrayed as. Although many people believe that they know themselves, they do not. A person will be changing every moment of their life, two minutes ago, I could have been walking with both feet, and two minutes after a car could have hit you and completely change your entire life. The beliefs that you had would and definitely change causing you to become a completely different person. The person you thought to be might no longer be there. From being a person that others would admire, you could become one that people would feel sorry for. Therefore if I were ever asked this question, I would have no answer, a single word cannot describe an entire person’s life, or the actions that they have done until after that person’s life is over. However if the person asked me this question as I was about to die, I would be able to clearly tell them what kind of person I was.
My top three concerns for Baruch College would be for me not to procrastinate, I would hope to study harder than I did in high school and give my best effort in getting the highest possible grades that I can achieve. I don’t want to be that person regretting what I did in college while I was wiping the table counter at the local McDonalds. If I were able to do my best in every class than hopefully I will be able to accomplish something in my life and perhaps one day someone will tell you who I was instead of me describing myself to you.
In college there will definitely be a lot more freedom in what each person is allowed to do, and is mostly based on how you teach yourself. Professors will provide you with the information and reading, however you are the one that has to absorb this knowledge and produce it during the test. There will no longer be taking baby steps, now a whole course is condensed into one semester making things much more difficult. Meeting new people will also be a new plus and also challenged in college as well as you near the real world.
The first year of college will definitely change my life. Depending on how well the year goes may affect the other years of my college life. If things go horribly in the first year, than everyday for the rest of my college years, I will be miserable and have a horrible start. Almost as if I was in a race, a terrible start will most likely end with a terrible finish. However, if I were able to achieve many things during my first year not to mention is able to have a good start, than perhaps I will continue that pace and finish the race with a good mark. During the first year of college, there will be many new experiences in my life that will cause changes, however for better or worse is unknown. All I know is that first year of college will most definitely be something that I will never forget.
jeremy.durbin on Sep 22nd 2011
Hi my name is Jeremy Durbin. I am a very nice and humorous person that enjoys the laughs in life. I seem to always know how to make someone laugh or make a dull moment a little lighter. I am a sports fanatic. My favorite teams are the Mets, Devils, Giants, and Nets. I follow these teams all year around. I am always looking to go to a Devils or Mets game and can not wait for the Barclays Arena to open up in Brooklyn so I can go watch my Nets. I also am a sneaker head who collects and sells sneakers.
My very first concerns about college were grades and making close friends. Being at a commuter school and hearing about how they work it seemed like Baruch would be like high school all over again. Pertaining to the grades, I was a little scared when I read how rigorous some people said the work load was in Baruch.
So far here at Baruch, I have no complaints whatsoever. The classes have not been impossible as many people made them out to be and I enjoy the people here better than I did at high school. I have already made a group of good friends and I think that will benefit all of us with our grades. I love my schedule since I am a person who doesn’t wake up very well. One thing that surprises me about Baruch is I have always dreaded getting up for school and for Baruch I really don’t dread coming here. The opportunities Baruch offers keeps me intrigued to learn more.
I think over my 4 years at Baruch I will become more of an all around person. I feel Baruch stresses not only knowledge but people skills to be able to network and open up opportunities for yourself. I have always believed that being a people person and being able to communicate well would help more in life than necessarily being extremely smart. I feel like when I look back, I will be able to say WOW, I have learned a lot here!
ernest.esparza on Sep 22nd 2011
Hi, my name is Ernest Esparza. I am a kid born and raised in the Bronx. I went to a catholic high school, Fordham Prep. I played football for four years, ran track for a year and threw shot-put and discus for three years. I loved high school, senior year was great. I did no work and got good grades. I chilled on the football field cause i used to have so many free periods. Life was easy until May hit. I did not know what college i was going to end up going too. I got into a lot of schools like Syracuse, Rutgers, UMass, and others but i didn’t get enough money. I sent my deposit to UAlbany but i thought it was the ugliest school i have ever seen in my life. I applied to Baruch last minute and found out i got accepted mid-June. The school sucks at listening to voicemails and replying. I had to come in so many times to find out what was happening.
My top three concerns in college are grades first and for most. College is the first step to the rest of my life. If i get bad grades now, that’s messing with my future. Second, enjoying the school. I don’t want to be a kid that runs home after school everyday. I want to get involved in the school. Lastly, it might be transferring. I came into the school with the mentality that i wanted to leave as soon as possible. The school is better than what i thought it would be. I like it i’ll probably stay here all four years.
I think from my first year, ill get accustomed to managing my time. I will get used to being more independent and getting my work done on time. I also eventually want to use the pool in the school.
brandon.man on Sep 22nd 2011
So do you actually want to know more about me? Probably not, but I still have to give you the low-down on me, since it’s required/sadface. So my name is Brandon Man and I’m just an ordinary student attending Baruch College. However, what people don’t know is that, at night I’m a superhero getting rid of crime in the city. Okay, now that you know my biggest secret it’s time to tell you my less fun and more ordinary information (blurgh).
I am kind of shy (kind of obvious because I’m too quiet sometimes), but now I want to be more of a social butterfly. Not that I didn’t try to be one in high school, I tried, but I’m in a new school and most of my high school friends are not in this school. So I have to gather allies to fight evi-, err, I meant my shy demeanor.
My top 3 concerns about my freshman year in Baruch are evil professors, being trapped in the elevator and forgetting to wear pants.
Okay fine, on a more serious note, I do not want to be overwhelm by homework, to embarrass myself if I were to present my work, and to be forever alone (in this college).
We all I dislike homework..right? Well, I take it up a notch and feed my dog homework when I experience a homework overload. Joking aside, homework is something I usually push away till the last minute..or forget about (I’m not alone in this, right?). Hopefully I won’t procrastinate till the last minute anymore (oh never mind, late blog).
Going up stage seems to be a scary prospect. Speaking in front of a large audience seems to be much scarier. However, embarrassing myself in front of a large audience? Yeah, time to get the rope. I definitely want to be able to do public speaking, however, if I only to overcome a fear.
It would really suck to graduate college with no social connections. I mean I’m going to need to know people so I can know people who knows important people (so that involves knowing a lot of people!).
If there’s one thing that I can get out of Baruch that I couldn’t get out of my high school, it would be buying one dollar pizza and two dollar hotdogs near the college…everyday. Other than that, I think I would have to see what more I can get out of Baruch. Commuting to Baruch everyday feels like high school all over again. Maybe something that piques my interest in Baruch.
I think my first year in college might be a little uneventful, it’s like an appetizer and you haven’t got to the main course yet. Hopefully, the main course will taste good.
cihan.yildiz on Sep 22nd 2011
Hi my name is Cihan Yildiz. I’m a nice and friendly person that likes to go out and spend time with people i like. I moved to United States three years ago from Turkey and when i first moved here I didn’t speak a word of English. It was really hard for me to adopt but now I don’t really have problems with the language. I’m a hard worker I always work hard for something i really want. I love spending time with my family, and girlfriend. Even if I am in a really bad mood, just seeing them can put me back in a good mood.
My top 3 concerns about college are getting good grades, enjoying the college life, and learning how to study. I need to get good grades to pass my classes so i don’t think I need to explain why I need good grades. I didn’t just come here to learn, i want to have some fun too. I don’t think I have ever studied for a test in my life, that’s why I always have to pay attention in class and get everything. After I get home only school work I do is my homework, I never spend any time going over the stuff we learned, and i know that that has to change for me to be accomplished.
Baruch College is not that different from the high school i went to. I went to high school for one year in Turkey and I can tell that that was so much harder than my freshman year here. The only difference I’ve seen so far from high school is that we actually have to do our homework. I think I only did like four or five homeworks in high school. I would just use the lie that my English is not good enough so I didn’t really get what we had to do so they wouldn’t really say anything, but here that probably won’t work. I actually want to do my homework because I believe it will help me know more about the stuff we learned in class so I don’t really have a problem with that.
I think my first year of College will make me a more mature person. I used to not care about anything and just think about having fun, drinking, going out, getting with some hot girls but since College started I’m trying to figure out what I want to be and I don’t have as much time as I used to, to do that stuff. I already feel more mature than I used to be. I respect people more than I used to do, I don’t make fun of people as much as I used to. I also believe College helps us finds friends that we may be friends with for the rest of our lives, or the people that we’re going to do business with.
selin.celebi on Sep 22nd 2011
By Selin Celebi
I think I am a very well rounded individual. I think Im unique in my own ways, and Im very competitive when it comes to a challenge. I enjoy being pushed to my limits because then I feel like I always tried my best and thats all that matters. Im also a very fun person and I love to explore new things, and travel to new places and find out new things about myself all the time.
My top three concerns about my freshman year at Baruch would be time management, studying, and being able to keep my social life. I think time management is my main concern because everything else ties into that. I was never an organized person before college, but I think college is somewhat making me become an organized person. Its important that I manage my time accordingly, and I get all my work done on time so that I can have a social life outside of school. Studying is also another concern, because I really despise studying, but I’m somewhat forced to study now that Im in college and the work is a a lot more than in high school. My social life is my last concern because I think its really important that you have a good balance between work and leisure, so that your never too overwhelmed. I think having a social life balances everything out because its your free time to just get away from school and forget all the things you have to do for a couple of hours.
The one thing that makes the Baruch College experience different from High School is the freedom. I think in college you have a lot more freedom to do whatever you want. You have a lot more options to make choices on your own, and you don’t have teachers constantly bugging you to get things done, its all your own responsibility. I think having this freedom makes life a lot easier. You get to finally be an adult and do things on your own and make your own choices.
I think my first year in college will help me mature and take on my own responsibilities. I think it will help me “grow up” into an adult, and learn how to do things on my own, and realize that someone isn’t always going to be there to remind me that I have to do certain things. Its all my own responsibility now, and its up to me to get things done. I think my first year here will change me in many ways, but all for the better, and in all ways which will be beneficial to my future.
michelle.persico on Sep 21st 2011
My name is Michelle Persico. I don’t think I really know exactly who I am yet. I think that college is going to help me figure that out. I know that I am a good person. I feel better about myself when I help other people. I tend to put others before myself, and sometimes that does not always work out in my favor. I am an independent person. I like doing things for myself, like working. I work as a waitress but I really grew up a lot from my job. I am a lot more mature because I have had to handle money and other things on my own.
My top three concerns are
1) Adjusting to the different types of classes:
College classes are a lot different than high school. The teachers in high school are on top of everything you do. They always make sure you are doing your work. In college it is up to you to get things done. Everything is your own responsibility. I am a responsible person, but the adjustment might be difficult.
2) Studying more:
I am not the type of person that can sit down for hours and study. I was never like that and I never did that in high school. I know that I will need to figure out a way to study better. My grades wont be good if I just wing it on every test.
3) Meeting people:
Since I commute every day from Staten Island I am always going home after school. Most of the people I am meeting dorm. They all hang out in their building and go out together at night. I am home every night. I have been meeting people, but only spending time with them during school hours.
The professors are making a huge difference. They are not at all like high school teachers. They don’t check up on you to make sure your doing your work. If you don’t do something in high school you are reprimanded. In college the professors don’t say anything, you just won’t get a good grade. I am used to being around a lot of people because my high school had 4,000 students. However I was with the same people everyday for 4 years. I feel like every time I walk around Baruch I am seeing different people.
I think that I will grow up more in my first year. I am going to be on my own. This will force me into becoming more mature. I also think that I will introduced to a mixture of different people, and that is going to help me learn and grow more too.
isabell.dumitrasconiu on Sep 21st 2011
My name is Isabell Dumitrasconiu, but a lot of people tend to call me Izzy, Izzy D, Izzy Last-Name-Too-Long, etc. I tend to think that I’m a very friendly person and extremely open minded. I have a great sense of humor, but at times I can be terribly sarcastic. Sometimes people don’t understand that and I have to explain that I am indeed being sarcastic. Anyway, the point is that I’m very outgoing and willing to talk about anything. I also love to have fun, shop and drink iced coffee. Even if it’s seventeen degrees outside,I’ll be that one nutcase with an iced coffee in hand.
My first concern about freshman year would be maintaining good grades especially in math. Baruch puts such an emphasis on the subject that it nauseates me , but if I want to major in business, I have to make sure those grades are good. Another concern of mine is actually enjoying college despite Baruch being a commuter school. I’ve met some pretty cool people so far and we’ve had some great times, which is why I hope more of this will follow. Lastly, I hope to find a subject that I have true interest in. I think I’ll definitely be doing something with business and perhaps Spanish as a minor, but for now I’m still thinking.
So far, college hasn’t been that different from high school. Every single class in high school was either honors, AP or classes at Queens College. In fact, it was a graduation requirement that you take at least four classes at Queens College during your senior year (two each semester). I’m very familiar with how college classes run and all that. One thing that is different from high school is that Baruch has such a fantastic location; I’m constantly seeing new people or learning about new places. I also love that for at least this first semester, I have three day weekends and start at 10:20 Mondays through Thursdays.
I’m not exactly sure how my first year at Baruch will change me. I only hope that if it does, it is for the better. I just want to continue to be chill and go with the flow and not overthink things all the time.
Joseph Catarcio on Sep 21st 2011
My name is Joseph Catarcio though I don’t think anyone says Joseph, most people just call me Joe or by my last name. I consider myself a quiet person that usually keeps to myself especially if I’m around people I don’t know. Once I get to know someone though, I can become extremely outgoing.
Some of the concerns I have about Baruch and college in general are ones that have already been brought up by others. The first one is the amount of work I’m going to get and how I’m adjusting to it. I did take AP classes in high school (five to be exact) and I was also in honors classes so I already have a feel for what college may be like. The thing that worries me is going from senior year of high school to freshman year of college. Admittedly, I slacked off in senior year not doing much of anything. People I knew that had graduated the year before said one of their hardest adjustments was doing nothing their final year of high school to doing tons of work freshman year. So far, I’ve done pretty good in that aspect but it should get more challenging as more reports come up. The hardest part was getting into the groove of doing work again which I believe I’ve done.
Another concern I have is managing time. One thing that I’m big on is getting things done on time and early. In my four years at high school, I was never late to school once nor handed in any major assignments late. As I start college though, I have a job which takes away some time where I would do homework and study and I get home later now than I had in any of my previous years of school. I have to figure out how to balance my increased workload at school with my job as well as downtime for myself. It won’t be easy and it’s something I’m still getting adjusted to at this moment but it’s something I have to do in order to get good grades.
Though there are obstacles and adjustments to go through this year, I feel that this is the easiest transition from school to school for me so far. It helped that I already knew people here and that I knew what I was getting into work wise. Also, Baruch did a good job showing us around the school’s campus and library prior to classes starting so that we get a feel of where everything is. The first semester is usually rough with all of the things I’ve listed but I’m already starting to feel comfortable in the school.