My favorite enrichment program was “Ouch”. It was a workshop talking about racial tolerance. This honestly helped me. I realize I’ve been extremely since I’ve come to this school but as I go along it bothers me less and less. I realized I tried not to wear certain things I made more jokes so no one had to. Now I realize that there are easy ways to stop the situations. You could simply walk away. You could change the topic or simply just say “Woah I’m not going there”. When things offend you make it known you could even say Ouch. It can lead to a better more friendly environment.
It seems that finals are the giant monster we feared as a children. My nightmares have consisted of being chased by giant quantities and arriving to the testing room only to look at my test and seeing hieroglyphics. As I study more I can feel myself relax but that’s the misconception right? When you’re sure is when you’re likely to fail right? Ok so let me just pretend I don’t care tell everyone I got this handled but my palms are sweaty and I’ve been eating way too much. I have some of these finals handled but some of the material I don’t remember and some of the material I haven’t even gone over. Music has certainly helps me through college. I heard horror story of strict weird professors I just never thought Id get one. Ive had quite a few bad days. On a lighter note I’ve had the most amazing times with my team I can honestly say I love those girls. Being brought together for a common love even though it took a while for me to come around I’ve had my bonding moments. I’ve learned something from all of them. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing team. The radio station has been amazing. They taught me the ins-and-outs the tricks you learn in your sophmore and junior year even senior. Experiences with them has been unmatched. My english class I have to say was my favorite. My professor is amazing. I remember reading somewhere that an amazing teacher inspires, well he surely inspired me. I have to say that I learned a better way to live. I learned to look for the beauty in life because there’s so much of it. I’ve learned to remove negatives from from my life and mind and I’ve gotten the full enjoyment of college and life since I’ve done it. I started college depressed and alone but I’ve learned I’m never actually alone I’m all I need.
I used the image of Christopher Columbus discovering the new world because this picture clearly defined my experience here at Baruch. Coming into college is kind of like an adventure your not really sure exactly what to expect, what your professors are going to be like, and if you’ll make any friends. Its a journey that requires courage and patience. Everyday I learned something like what type of services are available at Baruch and where I can find them. Sometimes you make journeys alone at first and later on find people to come with you. During your journey you run through obstacles and find ways to overcome them. This is how my experience at Baruch has been like. It has been a continuous journey of good days and bad days. At first I was lonely and I wasn’t knowledgeable about my surrounding now I have a few friends and can help direct other on where to find a classroom or professor. Every journey is a lesson and a reward presents itself. If someone we didn’t take a risk we might not have discovered America or go to the moon. You have to be open to the journey and whatever may come along with it. So far I have had a decent time at Baruch and I’m still open to what this journey has in store for me.
My favorite workshop was the one against stereotyping and hurting others. I really like this workshop because I could relate to what the speakers were saying. I tried put myself in the shoes of people who are might suffer from verbal abuse even if not intended. This workshop helped me learn things I didn’t know who hurt others and be careful of the way I interact t with others. I think it is crucial in a city like New York that you learn to speak with others without being offensive. This workshop was also a way for me to remember times when I offended others people unintentionally. I also like the Baruch voices‘s workshop but the Ouch! Workshop was my favorite.
Well, as my first semester at Baruch is coming to an end. I reminisce on some of the truths and misconceptions I’ve had about college. Yes college is tough; especially Baruch and I really need to work twice as much as I did. In fact my first misconception of college was that of a cool place, where you don’t have to be stressed all the time. Well, I was really under a lot of pressure throughout the semester and I found myself lucky not to have any classes on Friday. Fridays became my favorite days as they were days in which I could catch my breath and do some other things not college related. Fridays also were days in which I could catch up with whatever I needed to catch up to. For me a Friday is like the extension of the weekend. My first semester at Baruch was kind of hellish but I learnt a lot from it and I know that there are things I need to work on to maximize my studies and get to get past that hellish side of college. As the semester is ending, and I’m studying all days except for Fridays, I ‘m really thinking: “Thank God, it’s Friday.”
I particularly really enjoyed attending the Voices performance of this year’s semester freshman seminar class. It was really interesting to hear the monologues and opinions of my fellow classmates. In a sense it made me feel as if I was much more closer to my peers. The actors were quite engaging. I learned a lot more about my peers and realized that although we are all different we have much more in common than I thought. Being here at Baruch, commutting from the bouroughs to school, taking all these credits sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of being a college student we forget about dealing with our emotions. The monologues gave me a change to express my life and feeling in a nutshell. In class I got to hear my classmates monologues and learned so much more about them. The voices performance exposed me to the immense talent that my freshman class possess. I enjoyed every performance. Some were thought provoking others were completely hysterical. I love acting so I felt right in my element and was impressed how they gave life to words.
The first Voices that I attended dealt with discrimination and the ways we learn to spot and deal with it in the diverse world that exist. Many of the lessons in the video had already been taught to me (and I say that in the least arrogant tone). What was interesting was the section of the video that geared towards giving respect to people who say offensive things. I agreed that it seems more reasonable to see someone as making a mistake rather than trying to directly insult you. It also seems more reasonable that we respond calmly and without reverting to profanities and insults. The fact that Baruch is such a diverse college makes it even more crucial that all of us understand the effects of the words we say or how we respond.
Entrance to college has been full of confusion. Learning to adapt has been taking time and I’ve managed to catch myself running in the wrong direction a few times. When starting out it’s difficult to know where to go, what to do, who to trust, and how you will go about the rest of your day. Sometimes I would end up on the wrong floor or forget that I had an assignment due. After a while it starts to get clearer, but mistakes still come and go. In the mean time, there’s still much more to look forward to as we wrap up the first semester of our college experience.