My first term was without a doubt one of the most unique experiences of my life.
There was the obvious new environment. I knew I was going to love the campus and the environment of Baruch, I knew that since taking tours Junior and Senior years of high school. Obviously the structure of the classes and the workload was different than high school, but nothing unexpected. The classes I’m taking are for the most part easy and I think I’m going to end the term with a solid GPA even though I put in little effort and did not manage my time very well. What did catch me off guard was the reason I had little time or energy for my school work.
They tell you from the very start of college, join a club get involved with the school outside of your classes, make friends. Definitely did that. Nothing in the world could have prepared me for pledging Alpha Phi Delta. One of the only things I have ever done that was actually as difficult as it claims to be, probably the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. Through pledging I learned a lot about myself, what I am capable of, what my weaknesses are, and how I can improve them. It also taught me a lot about the value of respect, unity, being humble, and so much more. Now that I have gotten through pledging I can honestly say I am better for it and now that I have more free time and have learned to manage time I know I will be able to excel in school, work, and beyond.
In addition to the things I learned through pledging, I am now reaping the benefits of all the hard work. I have over 30 brothers in this school, who I may have never otherwise known. I have over 30 other young men to hang out with, go to for help with school, finding a job, basically anything I need, and I am there for 30 young men for whatever they need. It’s pretty cool being an organization that is a brotherhood nationwide and does so much from philanthropy to partying like its going out of style.
How am I going to finish my first term? I’m going to OD on my finals and some how steal a GPA over 3.5 and laugh about it afterwords. I’m going to smoke and drink until I can’t think. I love college 🙂