Upon a first look, Baruch doesn’t seem all that big. It seems like an average sized college (whatever that means), but when you step back and take a look at all the resources, opportunities, and extra-curricular events and clubs that are available to you,  you cannot help but be a little overwhelmed! Coming into this first semester as a freshman, I really had no idea what to expect. The most I was hoping for was to meet some cool people, hopefully make some long-lasting friendships, and maybe with some luck, I might actually enjoy the classes chosen for me. Most of this has managed to happen, I think, but there was still something missing – I wasn’t really involved in anything that I could call my own. Most of the time, I blame it on my commute: “Oh, I takes me 2 hours each way to get into the city and back home and vice-versa. I don’t have time. I have work. I have too much homework. BLAH. BLAH. EXCUSE. BLAH.” I went to a few club meetings, but I didn’t really find anything that I felt was something I wanted to stick with. I didn’t want to join a club I didn’t enjoy being in just for the sake of saying that I was part of a club. Clubs are supposed to be the type of things that cater to your other interests – interests outside of studying and schoolwork. For a little while, I began to panic because most of my friends managed to find and become part of organizations they really enjoyed. But, i took a breather, and decided that I still have time! Just because I didn’t find a club I particularly liked this semester, doesn’t mean I won’t find one next semester. And if I don’t find one next semester, I’ll start a new club!

As far as the other resources available go, I have gone to the study abroad department a few times already, with hopes of studying abroad next year. I have also been to the library. I had never been there before, so when I walked in, it seemed like a whole other world! It was nothing like the VC or the shabby 23rd Street building. It looked like one of those quiet, carpeted, prestigious college libraries you see in movies – A.K.A. my sanctuary. The library is definitely something I will be making more use of in the years to come, along with many of the other resources, such as the writing center, which I have a feeling I will need to use in the future.

Regarding the community service project, it’s one of the things I’m really thankful for because it is not only giving us an outlet to help the community, but it will also bring us, as groups, closer together. We had to, and will have to, work together to put our presentation together. It will give us a chance to learn more about each other and help each other. It’s one of those lessons that you can’t learn from a book – teamwork.

This first semester turned out to be a little more challenging than I expected, but I can’t believe it’s already ending. I’d like to dedicate this first semester to my LC, without whom it would just not have been as fun and interesting. I truly wish all of you luck, success, and happiness in whatever you do at Baruch and in the future. I’m definitely going to miss having class with you guys, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other around campus. It’s sort of a bittersweet moment because on one hand, we’re not going to really see each other as often, but on the other hand, there are so many new and exciting opportunities and experiences waiting for us. So, for now: Vivre sans regret! Live life to the fullest! …and whatever other life-affirming platitudes you can think of. 🙂