Journal #3

When I was in high school, I was involved in many extracurricular activities such as band, National Honor Society, Student Government, and Varsity tennis. What I have experienced from high school made me realize that being involved in clubs and organizations is important since it offers many opportunities and information.

Here at Baruch, I am currently a member of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Wall Street Club, Baruch Japan Club, and Korean Students Association. So far, these clubs offered me many opportunities such as social meetings, conferences, workshops, classes, corporation briefing sessions, and training sessions. I was so glad to be a part of these clubs because I learned so much and met many people in different grades with different majors. For example, Wall Street Club’s meeting is on every Friday, and the office members always give presentations to members about finance and economy, and they also host professionals such as accountants and finance managers so the members can listen to their stories and ask them questions. I was very amazed because I have never expected to experience something like this and I was so glad that I am a member of this club. And I have also used support centers at Baruch such as the writing center. I went to the writing center because I wanted somebody to proofread my book critique, but unfortunately the session was not really helpful because the instructor did not know about the book at all so she just marked some grammatical errors.

As mentioned above, I already knew the importance of getting involved. However, my participation in the Community Service Project encouraged me to use the appropriate online resources, which does not include Google or Wikipedia. In addition, the project also gave me an opportunity to work as a group, which can develop my skills in terms of teamwork. The psychological test I did for the grouping was very interesting and interestingly, I think the psychological test results make sense because our group’s teamwork is great. (Thank you, Maria. 🙂 Our group’s understanding of community service was pretty thorough since all members have many community service experiences, but from this project, we were able to find out that many organizations provide community services in many forms such as supporting the programs of other non-profit organizations.

In next three years, I will be a senior student if I am lucky and work hard enough. I will have completed the community service requirements, and I might be busy because of internship, schoolwork, etc., but I will try to make time for additional community service.

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Journal #2

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have been participating in the community services until now. To tell you the truth, it was not because I wanted to. It was because my dear mother would always sign up for community services, and when she signs her own name on the sign-up sheet, she always signed my name as well for some reason. At first, I only felt tired and thought of ways I could pretend as if I am working, but later on, when I became older, I realized that I became more mature by not only helping others but also sharing the moments with others. By participating in community services, I was able to share the burden of people who are troubled such as the handicapped and the old, and I was also able to broaden and deepen my perspective.

And I grew up even more, and I am now a college student in honors program. I still remember the moment when I received the acceptance letter from CUNY Baruch. It was one of the most joyous moments of my life because being a Baruch scholar means that my role is to be a role model to other students. In addition, my tuition is fully covered as long as I take care of my GPA and other requirements, I have an opportunity to take honors classes, and I get to register for classes earlier than regular students. With such prerogatives, I think honors students to give back to the community by participating in the community services. Being a book-smart person is easy because focusing on one thing is simple. However, since honors students are chosen individuals who proved themselves with their accomplishments, I think all honors students should be mindful of contributing back to others.

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Hello, my name is Do Kyung Na and I go by Erica. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and lived there whole my life. After middle school, I was transferred to American high school and the biggest obstacle I faced was my English because my English was not good enough for communicating or understanding lectures. Improving my English and learning American culture were hard, but I was able to learn the importance of having confidence and opening up.

I am enjoying my life at CUNY Baruch so far. Classes are interesting and professors are nice and passionate overall. My essay grades were not as good as I expected and there are a lot reading assignments I have to do, but it makes me realize that I am now getting advanced education which means it is quite different from high school; it makes me work harder.

I hope I can maintain my GPA high enough throughout my college life and I want to be involved in many extracurricular activities, but there is a problem, which is that my time management skill is poor. I am an all-nighter, definitely not a morning person so I tend to stay up until 4:30 a.m. then go to bed and wake up at 10:00 a.m. However, I think I will have to change my schedule a little bit because it is not working well as it used to back in high school and I want to improve my time management skill so I can work efficiently.

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