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Basic Interviewing Skills

On November 12th, 2009 I attended the basic interviewing skills workshop. The goal of the workshop was to teach us how to properly prepare for and conduct a successful interview. The speaker was an advisor from Baruch’s STARR Center. She had personal experience with conducting interviews and I found her to be very insightful on the subject. She was able to give us a perspective from both the side of the interviewer and interviewee. She explained the basics of interviewing and what to do to prepare before an interview. She explained such things as how to dress, what to prepare to say beforehand, and how to act during the actual interview. Overall, the workshop was helpful and the speaker informed us, that as perspective candidates for the work force we must prepare extensively in order to make a good impression. She let us know that at the STARR Career Development Center we could find all of the support that we need in not only preparing for an interview but any other career related questions that we have.

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Mercedes Matters Gallery Tour

On December 1st, 2009, I attended the Mercedes Matters Gallery Tour in the Sydney Mishkin Gallery. The tour guide took us through several rooms where some of Mercedes Matters’ work was displayed. The guide spoke about the paintings briefly and told us to analyze them. Most of the paintings were abstract and it was difficult to determine what each painting was actually of. Although they were quite abstract, each painting provided its own sense of deep emotion. Initially most of the paintings looked very similar but as the tour went on I began to notice slight differences with respect to the time that the artist created the painting . The tour itself was not very intriguing. The guide did nothing to make the tour any more exciting but did provide some insight into the life of Mercedes Matters. I would like to revisit the gallery again on my own time to further develop my appreciation of her work and understand her perspective.

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Personal Enrichment

For my Art History Classes we had to do research papers and exams based on certain artworks and art periods. We could use the internet, books, libraries, but what I thought it would be great to go to the Modern Museum of Art, MoMA, on 53rd street between 5th and 6th avenues. This museum is so close to where I live, that I had to go to enhance my work. My essays were based on the Impressionist period, which the Modern Museum of Art has an extensive collection of. Unlike the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MoMA requires people to pay for tickets unless you present your Baruch College Card making access into the Museum for free, which is great since I am on a budget. The MoMA has a great collection of Vincent Van Gogh Artworks including the Starry Night, a very popular piece known to many people around the world. I also saw a very interesting piece of work called “The Olive Trees” by Vincent Van Gogh. I decided to write about this artwork because it was so unusual. It was a landscape consisting of heavy brush strokes and it really made me think what possessed this artist to draw a landscape so chaotically. Therefore I decided to write about this artwork. This museum was so convenient to me and helped me write a better essay for my Art History Class at Baruch College.

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Career Exploration

On November 10th 2009, I attended the Internship and Goal Setting Workshop. It was probably the most important workshop that I have attended. I am aware that Baruch Colloege has many job opportunities for students and now I now how to get started. I had to register for this workshop online and then signed in on a computer when I arrived. When I sat down, the instructor began after ten minutes. From the start of her lecture, she set her agenda, which was to teach us about Starr Search under the Career Development Center which helps us find internships. She told us about leadership programs, internships and the many finance and accounting companies/firms that recruit from Baruch, which is something that I am interested in. She told us how companies are trying to reach out to the underclassmen through leadership programs that occur during the summer which could potentially lead to a possible internship for the same company. She told us that we could set up an appointment with her to go over our resumes and basically help us find a leadership program/internship/job. This workshop was great and rewarding and really opened up my eyes for the future. I plan on setting an appointment with this woman to revise my resume and to find a leadership program for the summer.

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Community-Global Awareness

On November 11, 2009, I attended the Veteran’s Day parade here in New York City. Walking to school that day, I saw the city really honoring the soldiers and veterans in a big way. Walking down the streets of Broadway and Lexington, I saw thousands of soldiers. Personally I was surprised school was in session that day since all this was going on right next to Baruch. After finishing classes that day, I decided to go get lunch on Madison. After eating, I headed to Penn Station to go home. On my way there, I crossed 5th avenue and saw a parade going on. I decided to stay and watch the parade with the huge crowd. I haven’t really showed my support for America too much throughout my life, so this was a good way to give support. It was fun seeing all the bands and soldiers and veterans walk down the street and hearing everyone cheer for them. I even got interviewed by a news-woman from China. Overall, attending this parade was a fun and exciting experience.

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Personal Enrichment Workshop

In my Art 1012 class, we are required to make visits to museums for our 2 papers that are required for the semester. We are instructed to go to a specific museum given by the professor, and find an artwork that we find interesting. We have guidelines to fulfill in the paper. On my recent visit to the Museum of Modern Art, I found an Adam and Eve artwork quite interesting. Another reason I chose this picture was because I was interested in learning about Adam and Eve and the creation of the world. Before entering this class I was not interested in art whatsoever. I would never bother to go to museums or any art exhibits. As a result of taking this class, I saw the beauty of art and how fascinating it is to study art. Overall, visiting the museum was a good experience for me because I became more familiarized with art and the artists that draw these pieces.

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Career Exploration

On November 10, 2009, I went to the Internship and Goal Setting workshop provided by the STARR Career Development Center. When I got the room, there was a long line for signing in. After signing in to the workshop, I took a seat and waited 15 minutes for the program to begin. The kind lady introduced herself and her agenda. Right then I realized this workshop was going to be extremely valuable. She told us that if we were looking for jobs and internships during college, we were at the right school. There was a career fair around the time of this workshop, so she let us know how valuable it would be for us to go to this fair and give our name out to companies like Ernst &Young and Deloitte. This career fair was targeted at underclassmen. If it wasn’t for this workshop, I would not have know about this career fair that was going to go on, as well as the number of companies that recruit from Baruch. The presenter let us know that she was the person we would want to meet if we were interested in getting an internship or job while at Baruch. I was very surprised with how many opportunities Baruch offers to become employed, with all the different companies that come to this school. This workshop was the most valuable for me, in my opinion, because my goal is to have a good job after college, and this workshop introduced me with many steps to achieve this goal.

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Job Fair Prep

On November 19, I attended a workshop called Job Fair Prep. The annual job fair at Baruch was going to occur the following day, so this was the purpose for holding a job fair prep. There were a variety of Baruch students ranging from freshman to sophomores. This workshop was very helpful in a few ways. First, I would like to say the speaker did a pretty good job. He kept the audience fairly interested and presented the material very well. I thought the information presented was very helpful. Although I am only a freshman at the moment, I believe it was good to be presented with information about how to present yourself, how to start up conversation with company representatives at the job fair, and how to create healthy relationships with these people for future connections. This workshop was very helpful to me and I felt that as a business student, every student at Baruch should be presented with this type of material.

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Job Fair Prep

On November 19, 2009 I attended the career workshop called Job Fair Prep in the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus. It was held on the first floor of the multi-purpose room. The workshop was supposed to begin at 12.30 p.m, however when I arrived there at twelve, I saw a line of people waiting to enter and be seated. At approximately 12.30 p.m, two men from the Verizon Company arrived to talk to us about getting ready for job interviews. They gave us packets that consisted of useful papers that had information about how to “sell ourselves” to the interviewer. This means to make sure that we present ourselves wearing professional clothes and with professional language. We should always be confident, yet never over confident. I recommend this workshop to anyone that goes on interviews because it was really helpful. There not only freshman, but also sophomores, juniors and seniors that attended, and found it very helpful. I’m sure that when I go on my first interview, I will remember everything I learned from the instructors.

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Stress Relief Workshop

On Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, I was feeling stressed. I had only one workshop left to go and none of them were conveniently timed. On my way out of the building, there happened to be a student conveniently standing there telling everybody to attend a stress relief workshop that was going to happen in mere minutes. I rushed over to the workshop and sat down. They discussed how with finals week coming up, everybody was stressed out and everybody, including myself agreed. They asked us how we dealt with stress and all the usual answers, plus a few funny and odd ones, and then we did some stress relieving activities. They did breathing exercises, and silly, but fun little games. I left the workshop feeling relaxed and thinking that of all the workshops, this was probably the least educational but the most fun.

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