October 1, 2009
Journal #1 - Where Have You Been and Where Are You Going?
Help us get to know you. Describe experiences that have shaped who you are. How have they defined your values and your beliefs? What are your expectations as a college student? What are your hopes and concerns for your first semester? [250 words]
Hi Everyone, My name is Sorin Grigore and I am a freshman at Baruch College in the Honors Program. I was born in Moldova which is a small Eastern European country formerly part of the U.S.S.R. I grew up in Moldova which is a completely different world from America. In such a country there is a still a lot of chaos. Moldova is currently in the process of moving towards Democracy, however there is much turmoil. About a year ago, elections were held to vote a new president into office. Unfortunately, the government of that time was re-elected and thousands of young people came to the center of the city to protest. Violence broke out and the Parliament was burned down to the ground. It was very crazy time for my family and I. Growing up in Moldova has taught me some very important values. Because in Moldova, even the most basic of rights are sometimes not granted, I was always taught to work hard and respect my family so that I could potentially better the world for the future generation. In many ways, this is the reason I came to Baruch College. I think that I can really succeed here, seeing as how I have all of the tools I could ever want and need to accomplish great things. I have a few concerns for the first semester like figuring out how I will manage to work and go to school at the same time without compromising either one of my responsibilities. However, I very hopeful for the future and I know that the people at Baruch will help me do whatever I need to do in order to achieve my dreams. I have come here to learn from the brilliant professors. I have come here to learn about my place in the world.