brandon.man on Nov 29th 2011
When I first entered the Rubin Museum, I was in awe. The spiraling staircases added to the excitement. There is always that special feeling when you enter a museum. There are so many wonders and mysteries waiting to be discovered.
While exploring the museum, I came across an artwork named “Shantarakshita and Scenes of His Life in Tibet”. The artwork tells a narrative of the legends and myths in Himalayan folklore. It shows how Shantarakshita, who has supernatural powers, is teaching Buddhism to his followers. His hands are in held in a symbolic gesture for teaching. There is also a “golden” Buddha, which symbolizes the importance of Shantarakshita’s teaching.
The narrative continues with Shantarakshita and his followers reaching a palace. In fact, his teachings are supposedly so important, that his teachings reached the king (evident by the crown on the king’s head). There are students gathered around Shantarakshita, who is teaching them the ways of Buddhism.
One of the recurring themes that I came across in the artwork is that the art is divided into panels. The panels each tell a different story and are separated by landscapes or architectures. Furthermore, the panels are not in any particular order. Each panels/stories can be look and examine separately.
I felt that I definitely learned more about Shantarakshita. I also left the museum feeling more intellectually fulfilled.
ernest.esparza on Nov 22nd 2011
So at my time at Baruch I’ve grown fond of it. It is a chill school and i have made new friends. I am overwhelmed by how much things there is to do. I want to join more clubs now. The school has a lot more than i would have ever thought. I have had a pretty good first semester hopefully i can leave every class with at least a b+. I have learned to do my work and take school seriously. I am going to continue taking my work seriously all through out college. If there was something could change it would be taking my placement exam more seriously. I took algebra and pre calc so i could have probably gotten into calc but because i did not take the test i have to start off in algebra. I like baruch and i am looking forward to the rest of my time here
selin.celebi on Nov 22nd 2011
So far, Baruch College has exceeded my expectations. I honestly though I would have such a heavy workload that I wouldn’t have any social time, but Ive actually been able to balance my schoolwork and social life . I like the classes, and Im happy with all my teachers and classmates. i especially love the freedom of college, and being able to do whatever I please. I can just walk out of class easily and go get a cup of coffee and come back.
I think my first semester at Baruch went really well. I actually have been getting really good grades, and Im happy with how Im doing in school, and I think its motivation for next semester. Even though it took a lot of studying and getting used to, the adjustment was an overall pleasant experience.
The only thing I would have done differently my first semester would have probably been picking my schedule. Even though I wouldn’t of had a choice either way, the excruciating two and half hour break 2 days a week was really annoying. If I had to have done anything differently it would have been to have my classes with as little breaks as possible.
I think one way Ive changed ever since Ive started Baruch was definitely my maturity level. High School and College are so different. There two completely different ballparks, and I think the adjustment really made me mature and see myself as an adult. I was forced to have my own responsibilities and not rely on others. I think thats one of the benefits with college. You kind of discover yourself and learn to rely on no one else but yourself.
Overall my first semester was a great one, and I look forward to the many semesters I have left. Im really anticipating getting my degree and graduating as soon as I can.
jeremy.durbin on Nov 22nd 2011
Baruch so far has been what I expected. The work has been not so bad honestly. I have been getting good grades except for Art History. I received a 64 on the first test but just received a 97 on a paper so I’m hoping I can pull a comeback. Everything else has been fine. I love the new friends I have made and I feel like our block has gotten close and we can consider every single one of us a friend.
If i could change one thing I would probably try to go to sleep earlier. I missed a lot of early classes or walk in extremely late. For now it has not effected my grade but I will need to change my habits so it never effects my grades. Honestly I wouldn’t change anything else.
Baruch has made me a lot more responsible and mature. I need to follow a schedule that contains work and school and time management is key. Baruch has also made me study a lot more than I used to. Writing 5 page papers has become an easy thing now for me because we are always doing them. In high school anything over 3 pages was like WOAH how am i going to do that?
I look forward to second semester and I hope I continue to receive good grades and make something out of my college career.
nicole.gluck on Nov 22nd 2011
I didn’t really have necessarily high expectations of Baruch coming in a couple months ago, so it isn’t a far stretch that it did exceed them. I’m really glad that I don’t hate it, because I did think that I was going to just because of the workload and the fast pace. Thankfully I actually feel really comfortable at Baruch. I think my first semester went really well and I’m actually shocked at some of the grades that I got because they were a lot better than I was used to receiving in high school. Besides math class I’m really doing a good job in all my classes and that makes me really happy. I’m also glad I made some good friends which I initially was a little worried about because I’m lazy and I don’t necessarily like to make an effort to get to know people. If I had the opportunity to do over my first semester I honestly probably wouldn’t. It seems like too much effort to go back and do all of that again and I’m used to college now so I don’t want to go back to being scared and lost and such. Being comfortable is cool. Definitely haven’t changed at all since attending Baruch, except for maybe having a lot more confidence in my brain. Now that I get better grades I’m feeling a lot better about myself and my future. Anyway I guess this is it on blog posts that was fun times the end love Nicole Gluck also that’s a picture of a glade candle v
benjamin.kim1 on Nov 22nd 2011
My experience at Baruch has so far met my expectations. The semester is almost over, time flew by! I met lots of people and saw a lot of my old friends from high school. It’s pretty cool beans.
My first semester is going pretty well. I wish i had more of a drive to go to my classes but sadly…. i don’t.I wish I studied more and didn’t go my assignments at the last minute. it sucks to get a grade and know you could have done better.
Even though I’m not doing the best i know I’ve becomes less lazy and am now getting back into the rhythm of doing work, slowly yet surely >:3
brandon.man on Nov 22nd 2011
To be honest, Baruch was more or less what I expected. Commuting makes Baruch seem like “high school part two”, but the alternating schedules make up for it. Baruch is a very career-orientated college in my opinion, so it is fair to say that college culture in Baruch is not that stellar.
I felt that I could have worked harder for my first semester. There were a lot of assignments to do and I had to memorize a lot of information. College professors are also harsh graders. I lost a number of points on a test for not giving “enough details”. I also still haven’t found a good place to eat yet, unfortunately.
If I could re-do my first semester, I would definitely study harder for my tests and attend all my classes. Then again, I have a feeling that I might repeat most of the things that I’ve done.
I think Baruch might have woken me up to the obligations placed in front of me. High school felt like a cruise, but college feels like a roller coaster. There seems to be so many bumps on the road that I will have to watch out for. I feel as though I might get left behind if I don’t put more effort in everything I do. Hopefully, I can carve a better future through Baruch.
wasim.salim on Nov 21st 2011
My first semester at Baruch has gone pretty well. After realizing that I could get college credit for both pre-calc and calculus, I dropped my pre-calc class. Now on thursdays I start school at 2:30 which have made me very happy. In my other classes I am doing extremely well. The only class that has been giving me trouble is Art history. I think its because of all the memorization that is involved with that class. Overall, lecture classes don’t appeal to me. I get bored easily and I find my self falling asleep. Maybe its because my professors in my lecture classes are not that interesting.
Going into my second semester in Baruch I look forward to meeting new people and getting more involved. I also look forward to building a stronger resume. Socially, I thought that I may suffer at Baruch because of its quality of being a commuter school, but so far this has not been the case. Contrary, my social life has gotten better because of Baruch. I have made a few friends in freshman seminar and outside of freshman seminar. Although our freshman seminar class is coming to a close I am confident that most of us will keep in contact because of that fabulous Facebook group that we created.
Baruch has definitely changed me. I have become a more independent person because of college. My communication skills have especially been improved because of Baruch. The constant social obligations forced me to become a better speaker. Now, I have become more responsible because I have to follow schedules. I have never used the calendar application on my phone so much before Baruch. Baruch is a great school and right now I really like it.
isabell.dumitrasconiu on Nov 21st 2011
My first semester at Baruch has been going smoothly. It’s been a lot of work, but it didn’t come as a surprise because after all, it is college. I commute to school, but I really don’t mind because it’s only one train for about 40 minutes. I love the city and the atmosphere and I love Baruch’s location. It’s close to everything and I usually find myself walking around during my breaks. Of course I do still wish Baruch had more of a campus, but at least it’s located in such an awesome city. The library has also been a place I’ve been visiting because I usually do work, print out things or just lounge around if I have nothing else to do.
I really enjoy the fact that college is so different from high school. I don’t have the same classes everyday and that’s really great because I found that so annoying. Also, I think you are able to relax a bit more. Sure we get more work, but it’s not like it’s from the same class daily. I feel I’m more independent because there are no teachers or guidance counselors to tell you what to do with your life. Instead, it’s something I have to do by myself. I don’t mind going to school because it’s not boring and tedious like high school was. There are people and places to see and again, I love Baruch’s location.
I think I’ve changed since entering Baruch because I’m always busy. I’m at school most of the day and if not, I usually hang out in the city. I find it strange now to be at home because I’m not used to it anymore. I feel like an adult because of this and it’s something refreshing. Although, of course, there are times when I just want to relax and enjoy being at home. I’m doing well in all my courses and I only hope that this will continue for the rest of my time at Baruch. I also hope to meet more people who are outgoing and up for a good time.
james.selig on Nov 20th 2011
Now that my first semester at Baruch College is coming to an end, I would say that it’s been a great, life-changing experience. Since I started college, I can definitely say that I’ve changed as a person and become more independent. College has taught me to think and act for myself. For instance, in high school the teachers basically held your hand and offered lots of help. If you had a problem with a teacher or with another student, you could go to the guidance counselor or principal and they would take care of it for you. This is not the case in college, and I’ve learned that in order to get things done you have to take matters into your own hands.
My experience at Baruch has exceeded my expectations thus far. For the first few weeks, I truly didn’t want to go because I used to hate school and learning. It may sound strange, but I now actually look forward to waking up to come to school everyday here at Baruch. I think this new attitude stems from the fact that in college, there is a lot more independence. In my opinion, high school felt like it was a chore and it wasn’t fun at all, perhaps because it was so regimented. However, Baruch has a nice atmosphere and it’s very enjoyable for some reason. I think my first semester at Baruch has gone well and I have actually surprised myself in terms of the grades I’m getting. In high school, I would get 60′s or 70′s on tests, but here the lowest grade I’ve received is an 86%. Again, I have no idea why I am doing well, but I hope it stays that way.
If I could do it all again, I would probably start my first semester off with a better attitude…like I said, I really dreaded coming here for the first week or two because I expected it to be just as boring as high school. Attending college has made me realize that the key to success is to always see the bright side of things and not second-guess yourself. I once heard a quote that says “success is a journey, not a destination.” Looking back, I think coming to Baruch was the right choice and will be an interesting, exciting part of my “journey.”