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First Semester at Baruch College

My first semester at baruch college has been an exciting yet extremely stressful experience.  I came into school excited to begin this new chapter in my life and while i am still extrenmely proud of myself for not giving up, i am GLAD its over and i can breathe for about two weeks before doing it all over again.  I believe or rather HOPE that next semester will be much easier now that i know what to expect from my classes.  And i am DEFINETLY using rate my professor next year.  It was an exciting year and i am glad to have been able to vent in my FRO class.

Natalie Iturbides

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I really hate this certain coworker at my job. I’ve been working at my job for almost 2 years and every month there is always some new drama with him. He is known a “Drama Queen”. Makes a big deal out of everything. He tries to make himself look better than what he really is when management is around. He insinuates rumors among coworkers. The tension he brings to our staff is frustrating. Nobody likes him yet he is amazingly still employed. How is it possible? He is like a cat, but with 10 lives. Whenever he does something wrong, it somehow gets swept under the rug as a second chance. Eventually his chances will run out, but when does that happen? It’s not that I hate him personally but sometimes people don’t see the falseness of  someone until its too late. The only thing I have to do is make sure that when he makes the unrepairable mistake it gets documented. I believe in giving people second chances, but he is not a cat. He doesn’t deserve 9 chances or 10. I heard that all good things come to an end, I hope its the same with bad things.

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Tips for Coping with College Challenges

Here are the tips that we came up with in class two weeks ago. Hope you find them helpful!

  • Establish a schedule for work and stick to it
  • Get rid of distractions
  • Get enough sleep – helps concentration
  • Read on the train and between classes
  • Baruch email on iphone/cell phone
  • Communicate with professors!
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My 10 Songs

These are songs that make me remember certain times and songs that I like. There’s a lot that’s left off, from high school in particular, but here’s what I came up with:

  • Bruce Springsteen – “Thunder Road”
  • The Wolfe Tones – “Streets of New York”
  • Weezer – “Buddy Holly
  • U2 – “Bloody Sunday”
  • Ryan Adams – “To Be Young”
  • Modest Mouse – “3rd Planet”
  • The Hold Steady – “Stuck Between Stations”
  • Feist – “Feel it All”
  • The Mountain Goats – “This Year”
  • The Flaming Lips – “Flight Test”

Click here for the playlist – http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Playlist+For+FRO/78086306


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Who is Natalie Iturbides?

Looking through my photo album I start to ask myself: How can I describe myself through my pictures?  But now after completeing my assignment that question is easy for me to answer now;  my FAMILY makes up who I am! My daughter, my friends, my sister, my brother, my parents, they all contribute to the person I was, am now, and will become.  I hope you guys enjoy and learn a little bit more about me through my pictures.


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Amy’s Playlist

Playlist: FRO Blog #1

My eclectic taste in music is a good reflection of my diverse interests.

Spice Girls and the soundtrack from the movie Chicago bring back girlhood memories of my sister and I singing and dancing for hours on end.

Loaded is the theme song of my favorite WWF wrestler – it’s the closest I’d ever come to watching sports growing up.

I did my gymnastics routine to the instrumental version of Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson.

The first time I got on a motorcycle I had the Rolling Stones playing.

I psyched myself up before my first bright jump by blasting Disturbed.

I had Alice Cooper playing when I took my first solo road trip for my eighteen birthday.

On the other hand, I keep classical or blues on while I study.

Most of my childhood summers were spent reading at the library.

Between coaching gymnastics, training at school and after hours at my gym, I practically lived in gym sweats for five years.

I shop for office supplies and computer gadgets with the same enthusiasm I would for shoes.

I’d gladly keep my nose buried in my Art History book if it gets me out of washing dishes.

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10 Songs

It is very hard to say to define myself in 10 songs. I think that everyone can agree that depending on the mood, your music preference changes. I mostly grew up listening to rap, hip hop and rock. Here are some choice songs that make up who I am. Whether its good or a bad list, even some recent releases..











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The Art of Non-Conformity

Here’s a link to the blog that Amy mentioned in class this week —


Anything in particular we should check-out, Amy? Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Speaking Skills

Here is the list that we made in class on Friday.  I hope you all are enjoying the weekend.

Public speaking skills


  • Eye contact with the audience
  • Confidence
  • Appearance (match the context)
  • Movement
  • Mindful of surroundings
  • Tone


  • Fluency
  • Articulate
  • Knowledge of the material
  • Confidence
  • Persuasive
  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Powerful words
  • Engage audience
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