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.”