Author Archives: Yasmin Majeed
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When I first set out to find potential community service organizations to work with for this project I naturally followed the advice of Sandy and Rawlisha and went to the Community Service Fair! The fair was extremely informative. There were booths manned by representatives from a variety of organizations – from AIESEC to Dress for Success to Meals on Wheels – the organization my group eventually chose to work with. All of these representatives had flyers, videos and lots of information for me to relay back to my group. The fair gave me a taste not only of the many community organizations there are in this area but of some of the organizations we have here at Baruch.
While I attended the fair to work on the FRO community service project I was also there to cover it for a news story for The Ticker. I joined The Ticker at the beginning of the year and it has been a great experience. I have met a lot of smart, driven people and gotten the opportunity to cover many events such as the Community Service Fair. I have also gotten to do one of my favorite things – write.
Over the coming semesters I plan to continue to write for The Ticker and to be involved in my community by helping out at some of the organizations that I saw at the fair.
As a student at Baruch I have the responsibility of representing Baruch college and the Scholar program in my community. Beyond my obvious responsibilities as a student (working hard in school, being involved in Baruch clubs and activities, supporting fellow students) I must also give back to Baruch and to the larger community that I am a part of. I am very privileged and proud to be a part of the Scholar program and so giving back to Baruch is extremely important to my role as a scholar and showing how thankful and proud I am.
I volunteer at the Housing Works bookstore cafe every Friday afternoon because I want to support my community. Housing Works is a nonprofit that fights AIDS and homelessness in New York City and the proceeds from the bookstore café go to the organization. They also hold events such as readings and concerts. All of these things help to make the New York community a more livable and better place which is why I volunteer my time there. It is my responsibility to use my position of privilege as an Honors student to help others and I am doing so through my position at Housing Works as well as the current community service project that we are working on in FRO currently.
This question is really vague so I’ll just start with this: I’m Yasmin, I’m 18, I grew up in the Bay Area and now I live in the city. I’ve lived in California, Virgina, Pakistan and New York. I like The Sopranos and Fiona Apple and peanut butter sandwiches.
I feel that, in my life at least, I have no stand out life shaping experiences. I just don’t think that life is like, Atonement, where you have one moment that makes you the person you ‘are’. People can’t just be defined by one choice that they made or one experience they went through. Life is made up of lots of tiny moments that shape you because every experience shapes you in some way.
A tiny moment: My first night in New York after I moved here I had to walk across the Roosevelt Island Bridge at 3 a.m. carrying my suitcases. I was jetlagged, freezing and depressed and hated New York City because of it. I expected life in the city to be like a Woody Allen movie and this was my rude awakening.
Another moment: I started volunteering at a nonprofit bookstore café downtown. They donate all their profits to help fight various causes. I spent last Friday afternoon shelving and organizing books. I went up and down the stairs carrying piles of books, placing them in Fiction, in Memoir, in Economics, in Occult & Superstition. It was basically my first job even though I don’t get paid – the store is largely run by volunteers. A man was asleep in a corner reading a book on the old west. A group of old women asked me if it was okay to block up the aisle with their chairs. I felt tired and sore at the end of my shift but also really good and happy. I was helping to fight a cause, I got to talk to people about my favorite books, I was a part of a bookstore that I loved spending time in, and I bought a David Bowie record with my volunteer discount for 50 cents.
Another moment: Once, a homeless man asked me to marry him. I said no. He said he would wait until I got older.
Hopes for college: to join the paper, to be in the literary magazine, to work with the radio, to get a good gpa, to make friends, to meet interesting people, to write more, to not be too stressed, to enjoy myself, to do study abroad, to travel more, to have internships, to learn, to graduate.
Concerns for college: that I won’t get to fulfill any of my hopes.