Monthly Archives: October 2012
Hey mom. Can we talk for a sec? Cool, but, uh, you might want to sit down. No I’m not pregnant, why would you…? Never mind. Listen, I think I should move out. No, no, no, it’s not you, it’s me. I mean…actually it’s you. Will you let me finish?…….Are you done?…….Thank you. You are way too over-protective for me. I get the whole “mama bear,” “lioness” idea, but I mean, c’mon, picking me up every night I work late gets to be pretty overwhelming considering the fact that everyone I work with is 18 or older and NONE of their parents pick them up from work because it’s late. I mean it comes in handy when I’m tired but seriously I’d rather take the bus sometimes. Especially since this really handsome guy that works with me takes the same bus I would have to take home. What? Of course, he’s like 5’11, chocolate, muscular, gorgeous…but that’s besides the point. I need some space. How do you expect me to face the world on my own if you won’t let me experience it? But mom, I need to grow and learn the way of the world. Aww, don’t cry mom. Your little girl has to grow up sometime. I found this cute little apartment downtown, and you can come visit…or better yet, we can Skype. Remind me to show you how to use that. Anyway, I’m glad we had this talk. I’m off to pack.
You lied to him? Wait, what do you mean it’s no big deal? It’s not okay. Haven’t I told you this before? Don’t you think he’ll find out eventually? I know you did it for a reason. Everything happens for a reason. But its not the way out and its not going to solve anything. It’s already terrible, but now you have to lie on top of that. I am very worried for what happens now. I’m pretty sure he’s going to find out soon by how late you come home everyday. You know he still loves you, despite the fights, which is why he always talks to me about how you’re doing, I know you’re having family and work problems lately, but your friends are here to help you. And I’m here right now talking to you. Don’t you see there are other ways to deal with problems and stress that are more reasonable? I’m just scared for you when he does find out. Then you have even more problems to deal with, but just know I’ll be around if you need advice or help. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be a big deal and that he realizes you did it to cope with your problems and know now it was just a mistake. I have to go now, but good luck and hope he is understanding of your situation.
My name is Alex and of the things that I like, what I like best is my Freshman Seminar class. I like this best because we have an awesome peer mentor leading it, who is always pertinent in getting us the information that we need, answering any questions we may have – she will never simply direct you to an email – and makes sure that we fully understand the assignments given. Another reason this class is what I like best is the importance it bears on our ability to function within not only the Baruch community, but society as a whole. If it were not for this class, we would not know of the giant, seemingly obvious, library across the street; nor would we understand the importance of making friends and being social. It is because of the writing activities and open class discussions that we have here than I have become the social butterfly I am today. Before this class I was an over-critical and sarcastic jerk. But look at me now! I appreciate the smaller things in life, like puppies.
When considering who is important to me, the first group I think of is that of my school community. During the short time I have been a student here I have found strong clubs (full of dedicated, participating students), a friendly and cooperative bureaucracy that has answered all questions I may have had and is dedicated to finding solutions to my problems, and escalators that are fully functional.
I identify myself as cooperative, easy-going, and understanding. Never in class discussions do I interrupt people or argue, and I always make sure that everyone’s point is understood without attacking anyone’s ideas or asserting my opinions over theirs. I am easy-going in that if I disagree with a point made, I will not take up class time to put it down or call it invalid. Finally I identify myself as understanding because if someone has an opinion that differs from mine, I will take the time to help them understand why they are wrong. Through this, I assert that I am not a “megalomaniac with a god-complex” like one ex-girlfriend has called me, but a true, honest, and integral part to our class and the community.
My name’s Veronica. What I like best is listening to music and going to concerts. I also love driving with my friends with the windows down, blasting our favorite songs. I can’t stand liars and people who aren’t trustworthy. I identify myself as a college student from Long Island. The roles I play in my life include student, friend, and daughter. My friends are incredibly important to me because I know I can always count on them to be there for me when I need them. I’m not afraid of anything specific, but I’m not very good at trying new things. I always try to look for the good in every situation, so pretty much anything and everything makes me happy in one way or another. However, I’m happiest when I’m at a concert listening to one of my favorite bands perform. A moment I felt embarrassed was when on a school trip to Splish Splash I tripped in the kiddie pool and smacked my head on the ground. Luckily my friends didn’t notice, even when the lifeguard came over to me and asked if I thought I had a concussion. A moment I felt empowered was when a club I co-founded my senior year of high school managed to raise $5,600 to build a freshwater well in Uganda after only 3 months of fundraising.
Hi, I’m Jenny, and I’m generally a quiet person. I like to listen rather than speak, and observe my surroundings rather than participate in it. I like playing the piano, listening to instrumental music (sometimes alternative rock, Asian ballads, or metal), hanging out with friends (movies, karaoke, etc.), watching horror movies, playing MMOs, Morgan Freeman’s voice, and settling down to a good book. I hate public speaking, people who blow cigarette smoke in front of your face, loud noises in a quiet environment, fresh phlegm on the streets, slow walkers, hot weather, and Tracy Morgan’s bad acting.
I identify myself as an independent person, a sister, and a student. I try not to depend on other people too much, but I appreciate anyone who tries to help me. My future, my friends, my family, and my life is important to me.
It is through hard work and dedication that I managed to get myself to where I am now. Actually, that’s a lie. It is through lots of procrastination, cramming, and all-nighters to get where I am now. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to succeed in the future, or die early without doing any of the things on my bucket list. I hate the term “You Only Live Once”, and I tend to be a risk-taker only if the risk is never that big.
Hello I’m Jonathan here to give you a little insight on Jonathan’s life, Jonathan’s likes and dislikes and basically who Jonathan is, and yes this will all be in third person. Jonathan’s life can be confusing, fun, exciting well how about I tell you a little and let you be the judge. Hmm let’s see I guess Jonathan is a nerd in many aspects, books, manga, anime, tv, video games, etc., but still very fun to talk and hang out with. Jonathan loves cartoon and Asian related stuff which gives Jonathan a love towards anime and manga but also loves the British sometimes so he likes British shows too, such Doctor Who and Misfits. Huge Video Game Nerd if it’s a popular game Jonathan probably has it which may seem as a waste of time to many people but makes Jonathan who he is. Jonathan is also a family guy, ha-ha, and loves to hang with his friends and his girlfriend. Loves to try new things as in if you ask Jonathan and Jonathan thinks it sound fun he’ll go for it. Jonathan love robots and well any type of technology coming from his high school he was on the Robotics team and learned how to build and program his own robot and guess it stuck with Jonathan.
Enough of what Jonathan likes how about stuff he doesn’t like. Hmmm this is actually harder than stuff he likes since he doesn’t really have anything to hate. I guess Jonathan hates stupidity not even going to say stupid people because he thinks everybody is smart in one way or another. Sorry that was so short but as I said Jonathan doesn’t really hate much.
P.s Jonathan also like corny things as you can see, seeing how Jonathan wrote this in third person
When I first came to Baruch I expected to be lonely for a while because none of my friends from Highschool came here. I was afraid that I would be lonely just like how I was in middle school. You see I had problems with making friends in middle school because I wasn’t born in the United States, so English wasn’t my first language. I came to America when I was in 4th grade. I was scared out of my mind because it’s an unfamiliar environment for me. I was often bullied in middle school because I couldn’t speak the language that well. That was when I decided to boost my English as quick as possible. I guess my determination paid off and I was able to have normal conversions with everyone. After that I opened up more and since then I was able to make many friends. After a while in Baruch I met a bunch of people and I wasn’t so lonely anymore. So I learned from my experience that if I have determination I would succeed in life. I hope everyone will have a great time in college.
My name is Isuru. I describe myself as being omnipotent, hardworking, and indecisive. I like sleeping. I like laughing. I like movies. I like reading and I love food. I identify myself like any other college student in America. Getting distracted by facebook or tv when what I really should be is studying. I play the role of being a brother, a son, and a student. For me family comes first. They’re the ones who will be there for you during the good times and stay with you throughout the rough times. I’m afraid of old age. Going senile doesn’t seem too fun. I’m also a bit skeptical of ties that are not clip-on. It’s like having a ready-made noose around your neck. Going on adventures and experiencing new things are what makes me happy. Besides family, Education and good health is very important to me. In the 5th grade I remember getting caught cheating on a math test and to make matters worse my teacher made sure that I would never do it again by isolating me whenever the class had a test. It made me feel guilty and ashamed. My favorite personal motto is the speech Al Pachino gives at the end of the movie, Any Given Sunday. It inspires me to push myself in whatever the subject may be.
I’m Sherry Nguyen. I’m just a person going through life trying to find all the amazing things it has to offer. My favorite thing is shopping, spending time with friends, and having deep conversations. Some other hobbies I have are making origami stars, reading, organizing my house, and painting. On the contrary, things I dislike are the sound of styrofoam and balloons rubbing against each other or popping. I don’t like people who are close-minded, pessimistic, and dishonest. In my life, I am a daughter, a sister, and a friend. My family and friends are the most important thing to me. My family has always supported me no matter what I do. They guide me through life and offer me advice when I need it. I can just talk for hours and I know they’ll listen to what I have to say. My friends are the ones I confide my problems to and I know they’re always there whether I just want to cry about something or have a good time. My biggest fear would be failure. I can’t imagine not succeeding in life because I feel like I have let everyone I care about down; especially my family. I honestly can’t list all the things that make me happy because there are so many. I find great joy in seeing the simplicity of everyday life. One time when I was a child, I accidently broke my aunt’s GameBoy and I was so scared of getting in trouble so I threw it into the depths of her closet. She couldn’t find it for weeks and I felt extremely guilty because she never found out it was me who did it. My personal motto is “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts” – Marcus Aelius Aurelius. This quote reminds me every day that I keep to keep thinking positive. You can never be happy with your life if you don’t believe you can.
Once upon a time, I was fearless.
I acted on every impulse, whether it was wise or not.
I smiled kindly at passing strangers.
I always voiced my opinions, usually loudly and with no filter.
I was scrappy. I had spunk.
I knew there was really nothing to be afraid of in the dark:
No monsters lurked inside my closet,
the only things under my bed were dust bunnies,
and the weird noises I heard at night was just the wind passing through.
See, I was oddly fearless… once upon a time. I was awfully care-free.
Now, when I reflect on that short stretch of time, I can only note the irony:
While some people grew out of their childhood delusions, I grew into mine.
As the years passed, the threat of monsters became real.
The darkness began to awaken sinister shadows.
Strange faces looked less friendly.
And speaking up, finding my voice, became a challenge.
As the years passed, I saw things I wish I had never seen,
and I met people I wish I’d never meet.
What once was pleasant became twisted,
and the things that used to make sense now baffles me.
How is possible that I’m shrinking as I grow?
I look to my former self, my younger self, as a better version of “me”.
Care-free and audacious. Young-spirited and defiant.
I wish for that old flame to awaken inside me again.
I wish it would flicker until it becomes a brilliant fire, one that burns brightly within my soul.
I’d then move freely and sing loudly and dream dangerously and act daringly again.
The muzzle around my mouth would be broken.
The chains I bounded around my own feet and wrists would break free.
I’ll be fearless once more.
- Sasha Rampersaud