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Io and Jove

Io and Jove was a story of metamorphosis and adventure. The only thing that was questionable was when Io was turned into a heifer how her emotions were besides the feeling of sad and lonely. When Io found her father and when she explained what happened the most peculiar thing happened. He said “What misery! I was intent on all your wedding rites, your marriage torch, and I was hoping for a son in law and then grandsons. But now it is a bull whom you must we; you’ll bear a bull as son. And I can’t kill myself, however deep my grief”

This was quite unfortunate that her father was more concerned of the fact that she couldn’t give him human grandson’s and that she would get married to a bull, which was unlikely. He even stated he would have killed himself but he explained that was impossible since he was a God. Being a female I thought this was very depressing that this father saw his daughter nothing more than to keep his legacy. His feelings was displaced in my eyes for he should have cared that his daughter had gone through so much and the trials she had to endure. Also the fact that he didn’t even seek for any solutions to change her back. Strength is not measured on the physical appearance but as well as the strength of the heart.

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Blood drive- student life

The blood drive was really cool. I thought it was really nice that Baruch offered an opportunity like that to their students to help make a difference in someone’s life. At first I was a little confused with all the questionnaire and stuff. I wasnt sure if they would actually let me donate blood since I had recently traveled to Africa not too long ago, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I filled out the forms, I waited in the line, and I was screened by one of the representatives. In the end, I was right they rejected me because of my recent travel saying that it means my blood could be at risk for infection, even though I knew I wasn’t sick because it had been over six weeks and I think by then I would have had some symptoms. Nonetheless, in the end, I still felt that I had done the right thing by trying, and they still signed my book for making the effort and they offered me cookies and juice even though I hadn’t given a y blood which was kind of cool I guess…cookies and juice are always nice.

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Academic Advisement- Academic enrichment

The Academic Advisement session was interesting and quick.  To start us of, we played a small ice breaker and then we were presented with a small presentation on what the academic advisement center was all about. Once the workshop was over, I decided that I would like to meet with a peer advisor right away, and so I did. The advisor gave me some useful advice on what classes I should and can take and what direction I should be headed for in line of my major which really helped a lot.

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suicide prevention- personal enrichment

Suicide prevention was a very deep workshop. We watched a documentary that followed about five college kids from different backgrounds. They all gave accounts on their personal experiences with suicide. Some of them had either attempted before or knew somebody who had tried to. After watching the documentary, we had a discussion. This is where things got a little heated. People had different opinions and viewpoints at how to approach the issue of suicide but thankfully, the professors where there to referee.

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Basic Interviweing skills- career exploration

Basic interviewing was a very informative workshop. I had always heard about what to do and what not to do at an interview but in this workshop, they broke down everything and not only told what not to do but why you shouldn’t do it and gave you some alternatives. It even introduced me to some of Baruch’s career development programs that I plan took look into eventually.

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Mercedes Matter- Arts at Baruch

Mercedes Matters was at first a very disappointing workshop because you had to wait forever to get in. I wasn’t even sure of what to expect to see inside. Once it was finally my groups turn, and we were let in, I was kind of able to understand why they only took small groups at a time.  It was a small mini gallery, which held some of Mercedes Matters most famous paintings from the time she was a young girl at age nine up until a few years before her death. Mercedes was an abstract painter, and on that day, I came to realize that I don’t like abstract paint.

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Immigration workshop

Perspectives on immigration was an interesting lecture, although there were a lot of statistics to keep up with. It turned out to be a little bit different from what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting to hear a discussion on immigrants in a much more general sense. The professor also mainly focused on Mexican immigrants. Probably because that’s what he’s done most of his case studies on but it would have been a bit more interesting to hear  a little bit about some of the other immigrant ethnic groups in America.

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Perspectives on Immigration

While a bit bookish (literally), and focused more on the economic aspect of immigration than the cultural, this lecture was interesting and informative.  While there was an emphasis put on how the data was collected, it was interesting to hear how children from ethnic neighborhoods thought their lives were going to turn out as far as education and employment.  While I don’t think anything said in the lecture was particularly groundbreaking, it was interesting to hear some concrete facts about a topic I normally don’t pay much attention to.

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Mercedes Matters

After an absurdly long wait a small group of people, including myself, were let into the Mishkin Gallery to view the Mercedes Matter exhibition.  The exhibition covered something like 60 years of her work, starting in the 1930s when she was 9 (as told by our knowledgeable tour-guide).  It was interesting to see a lifetime of work from an artist I had never heard of before.

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Perspectives on Immigration Lecture(community-global awareness)

Last Monday I attended a community-global awareness workshop which was a scientific analysis on immigrant life from an economic standpoint. It was particular interesting, although it felt more like a actual class and not a workshop. I really learned about some thing that i never paid much attention to. now I think I understand if even if its just a little the position of someone in a truly difficult situation how some people would approach such a situation.

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