- Community Global awareness
I went to watch “Bach and Before II”, performance by Repast Baroque Ensemble, including Amelia Roosevelt, the baroque violin player, John Mark Rozendaal, the viola da gamba player, and Avi Stein, the harpsichord player in Baruch Performing Arts Center on Thursday night, November 12, 2009. The programs include Trio Sonata No.1 in D Major, Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, Sonata in D Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1028, Sonata in B Minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1014, and Trio Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, BuxWV 261. The production is very fun and it’s a new experience to me. Even though I like to listen to symphony, but I never actually sit in a theatre and listen the players play. It is a very good way to relax. That night, I put everything down, immerse into the music. Also, I get to know a very nice man, Harry Will, I don’t know if I spell his name right, but his picture stays in my mind. He is really nice gentleman, and also willing to help you.
- Academic enrichment
This is the first workshop I went in the beginning of the school year. There are hundreds of people waiting for the line to get in. People full with the hole, it is even hard to walk or pass the hole. Staff says that they didn’t think there will be that much people come to the workshop, because usually, only able two hundred people were coming. I was waiting in the line with my friend, and then staff let all the people get in without sign the name. After we get into the room and get the cookie and one drink, finally get a set to sit down, then….the party is over. Yeah, that’s right, we waiting a hour just for a signature. I hope this is not going to happen to our next freshmen.
- Career Exploration
This is the most helpful workshop I attend of six workshops I went this semester. It is called “Basic Interviewing Techniques Workshop”. Because I have been too many similar workshops on this topic, I thought it will be very boring. However, it was like that. Even though I have been many interview workshops, this workshop still teach me a lot of stuff and it is so detail and professional. Actually, the workshop already attract me at the first minute, presenter ask us to finish the questions about personal pitch. This is a very important for a person to know and it is hardest for most people to say their strength and weakness, my teacher in high school ask us to do that once. Even though I have experience, when these questions come to me, I still don’t know where to start. Then we gone over some other point I never thought we need to do before, such as company research, and the presenter not only present why we need to do the company research, but also list the point which areas should we pay attention. For example, company history, products/services, competitive profile, direction, net worth, reputation, company size and growth patterns…etc. Time went so quickly in the boring workshop I thought I would have. I learned a lot from this workshop, hope I can have time go their center and learn more things.
- Arts of Baruch
I went to see Einstein’s Dream in Bernie West Theatre at 7:30p.m. on the Nov. 19. The play is more fun since I have theatre course this year. Personally, I don’t like watch a drama at all. However, theatre course changes my point of view. I realized how much work and how hard every person in the production group needs to do to make a play shows in front of audiences. They need to rehearsal many times to make it perfect. Actors need to memorized pages of lines and action during the one hour show. Designers, include set designers, costume designers, light and sound designers also need to put everything together, establish the theme, characteristics, time period, location…etc. The light designers are great. I think he has as much as pressure and responsibility as actors on the stage, because in this show, there is not much setting going on, therefore, lighting needs to create the center image in the stage to audience. And in this play, lighting changes a lot, since the locations of the play are change all the time during the whole show. I really enjoy the show and think them for the hard work.
- Student Life
I go over my 2mins presentation with my Freshmen Seminar professor. As we know, a lot of people afraid to have speech in front of large amount of people. Even though I had a lot experience speak in front of people and prepare so well for the presentation, but I still nerves. And I think I can do better, but I haven’t think deeper what should I continue work on. In this workshop, Susan helps me to define the place I need to focus on and pay more attention on. I was preparing so well and remember all the lines I am going to say that day, so I choose to have a presentation off paper. However, I am little nerves when I in the front, and start forgetting the lines, so I try to think the lines, and therefore, I lost the eye contact with listeners. She give me some advertizes which will help me in the presentation or speech, such as a paper with some main points I am going to speak, so even though I forget what I want to say, I can find it on the paper, and continue my speech.
- Personal Enrichment Workshop
This workshop is sets limited. Even though you sign online, but if you come after the sets are full, you can’t get in I finally got in, but many people who are not since not so happy. This workshop also has a very interesting topic. It is surround should we speak out what we think even thought people surround us are different. This workshop unlike others having a presenter speak in the front, it is conversation between presenter and students. We brought some problems we have, some experience we had when we have the situation that our opinions are different than others. And we ended up with a problem about whether we should have workshops or not. And the solution is having people go to the seminar center to explain the issue we have, and if we should have, is there a way to improve the system. It is a nice conversation in the crowded room and presenter is very nice.