Blog Post 3

It is not unknown to people that community services holds many benefits, not only externally to those we have helped, but also internally to ourselves by building our character. It has taught me to not only be dependent on my own sources, but to also draw from the experiences of the heads of these charitable organizations and how as a team we can work to help the community in need. I am not sure if community service will exactly help me perform better in my courses, but I do feel that the effort I put into my academia intertwined with my effort of service will help me become someone who is not only idealistically intelligent, but also has the capability to put those ideas into action. I have not yet joined a club in Baruch, but I do plan on joining the Drama Club in the spring. I personally feel very confident with speaking out and presenting myself in front of large audiences, so I feel this is a niche where I can work on that ability and use it to help me in future situations. This project has showed me that community service is more than just picking up trash at the park. There are so many more aspects to it, and that there are difficulties in many people’s lives that we don’t even realize because we take them for granted. In the next three years, I see myself a senior in college who has not only developed an intellectual, tolerant, creative mind through vigorous scholarly work, but also a developed soul willing to do the extra work with no physical reward, just the reward of knowing myself that I have made a difference in the world for the better, and ability top handle anything life throws at me.

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Blog Post #2

when i was accepted to the Baruch Scholars Program, i knew my goals had to be higher than just achieving a degree.  With my tuition covered, i knew i wouldn’t need to worry too much about earning money. So I knew community service would be not only an educational, but also a moral obligation. In todays world, simply having high grades is not enough.  We must show we are truly beneficial and compassionate to our community and society to obtain high ranking positions in the working world, and high prestige and respect in communities across the globe.

Our role should be to help other others who can’t help themselves. I am looking forward to our community service project because doing volunteer work gives me a good sense of accomplishment and good will to know I am helping others with no benefit being reciprocated to myself. This is related to the culture of service the Honors Program promotes Because the programs strives to sculpt intelligent, selfless men and women to not only give themselves success, but to couple that success with helping others have a life they may not be able to afford or provide. As our economy becomes more competitive and companies start to make volunteer service not only superfluous but a requirement, being “smart” is no longer enough for them.  People must go beyond their call of duty.

I feel if we can create a community not motivated so much by momentary gain, but out of respect for others just for the sake of being human like us, and if we can eliminate the saying “It doesn’t affect me,” we can become a much better society.  Because no matter what, what hurts one person hurts us all as a whole, and service should not be seen as burdensome, but as a responsibility.



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Greetings my fellow LC, Baruch students and faculty, and well, everyone reading this blog.  My name is Alex Boumoussa, I’m 18 years old, and I started Baruch this year as a little freshman, even though no one in the school thinks I’m a freshman.  Beside enjoying long walks on the beach, I also have many other passions, such working on cars, hunting, watching NFL football (The New England Patriots are my favorite team), working out, and meeting new people.  Knowing only 2 people entering Baruch, making new friends and connections is something i have been doing almost every day since I have started here.

Everyone has had events occur in their life that have shaped their values and beliefs.  Though not one specific event comes to mind, my general experiences growing up in a catholic high school, financial plummeting of the U.S. market, and the passings of my grandmother and dog have taught me to be loving and accepting of all people.  To have respect for everyone and not take anything granted because you never know when something you, such as your family and financial security, is going to be taken away in an instant.

My expectations as a college student is to not only make new friends and associates, but to become a better educated person.  I hold education as the foremost important thing in life, for without it it is difficult to earn a good living, help others in your family and community, and be a informed citizens to improve your country.  I know college will equip me the skills I need to succeed in my future.  For my first semester I hope to maintain high grades so I keep my scholarship and to remain a fighter in todays competitive society.  I hope I adapt to the very different college style of taking notes, reading textbooks, and writing papers to do well in my classes. I also hope to absorb the information being taught to me, but most importantly, enjoy the city environment around me that offers such an abundance of great and diverse people, and even better food. My only concern is I hope I control this adventurous want to try new foods and to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen.”


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