Successful college students take the initiative to seek out resources they need including faculty, peers, staff, support centers, the library, and student clubs among others. How has your participation in the Community Service Project encouraged you to draw upon the expertise of faculty and staff? Which support centers have you utilized? Have you joined a student club? Describe how using these resources for your team project has given you an edge in your other courses and your future success at Baruch. How has your understanding of community service evolved as a result of your participation in the Project?
At first this Community Service Project seems like a tedious chore. It didn’t seem like something worth my time. But as the term goes on, I realize that this project has its worth. Aside from the fact that it gives me a chance to give back to the community, it also taught me to reach out of my comfort zone to seek help when needed. A community is a closely linked system; members within the community have two identities. They are both givers and receivers. That is how a community function. As a member, I received scholarship hence; it’s my responsibility to give back. Also, when I have a problem, my community will also have resources that can answer my questions. That is the most important lesson I have learned throughout this project. I have learned to seek help from librarians, peers or simply ask questions to people who are directly in charge. I saw that there is no humiliation in seeking for help. In fact, it helped me get through the project. By asking for other’s opinion and help I was able to put together the project with my group members.
Aside from this project, the skills I learned also aid me as a student in Baruch. I learned that I am part of the Baruch community. I realize that there are a lot of resources out there that will aid me in my studies and future careers. Places like: the library, Starr Career Center, Writing Center, etc. are amazing places that offer great help. There I can get information of anything I want. And with these resources, I will be able to develop an individual view of the world. All these resources can help me with my classes as well. Because I am able to do such in depth research, I will be able to elaborate more on my findings. Aside from simply placing reciting facts, I will be able to use these facts and develop my own stance. Also, I believe that research shouldn’t be superficial. For an example, in my BUS recitation class, I learned to examine my resources and look at the validity. I learned not to simply accept facts but to look at whether or not the fact presented to me subjectively.
Lastly, in combination of the freshmen seminar classes and I realized that I have a responsibility to give back to my community. And by giving back, it’s not simply “doing something.” Although I have participated in various community service programs before, I felt like I was simply doing a deed. I never went out to investigate how my deed will aid the community. It’s obvious that participating in CPC (Chinese American Planning Council) and BCA (Brooklyn Chinese Association) would help the people. How? Before attending Freshmen Seminar and participating in this Community Service Project, I would have never question the validity of my service. By having to research about the organization, I learned that volunteer work isn’t simply “punching in the hours.” It requires a lot more knowledge and research. I have to find out whether not my work is really helping the community. Hence, volunteer work is not simply about the quantity but of the quality of work.