For my career workshop blog post I attended an Ad-Hoc. This Ad-Hoc showed us a way that we can create our own major in Baruch. This was good for me because I haven’t decided on a major yet so this started to get me thinking. They then took us through the process of getting an approval for an Ad-Hoc major. The main step is getting approved by the school and to get this approval the school has to deem your Ad-Hoc major idea as profitable and a good idea for your career going forward. They brought in previous students who were Ad-Hoc majors and they spoke about their experience. They were all satisfied with the field and job they have now and showed that even if you are interested in one field your options aren’t limited to one job or one major.
For my second blog post I decided to got to the Museum of Mathematics. The main reason I chose this museum was because it was very close to Baruch, being only a 5 minute walk away. Being that math has always been my achilles heal in school I wasn’t expecting to have a good time. As I walked in to the museum I was expecting my visit to be free but as it turns out, the school ID isn’t as magical as it seems as I still had to shell out 11 dollars. At this point I was a bit upset because not only was I somewhere I didn’t really want to be but I also had to pay to be there. I began to look around at the various exhibits in the museum and realized that this museum had two floors and over 20 exhibits. The first exhibit on my right was an exhibit about number lines. My brain instantly thought, “skip” but I decided to wander in just in case there was something worth seeing. As it turns out the exhibit explained in simplicity exactly what number lines are and what their practical life application is. The next exhibit I looked at was actually pretty cool. Basically every visitor can design their own shape virtually, and if the shape is unique enough, it is selected to be 3d printed and put on display. My design was an 18 sided die but unfortunately it wasn’t selected to be displayed. After I finished my attempt at a cool shape I realized that I had been working on it for almost an hour and that it was time for me to leave. I guess I kind of had fun in the end, but I still wouldn’t go back.
In this blog I’m going to talk about this week’s “Kesher” meeting in Baruch College. Kesher is a club where 40 jewish boys meet once or twice a week depending on availability. Every week A rabbi comes and lectures us on a range of different topics, this week’s lecture being on the holidays coming up. The first of the holidays is called “Rosh Hashana.” Rosh Hashana translates to new year. This year Rosh Hashana starts on Wednesday night and ending Friday night going straight into Shabbos essentially making it a 3-day holiday. This holiday lasts for two days and the basic idea of the holiday is to start a fresh year and ask god for forgiveness of all the sins you have made in the past year. There is ten days in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and these ten days are vital in the forgiveness process. In these ten days there are many prayers added to the daily prayers where we admit to our sins and promise god to be better in the upcoming year. The next holiday is Yom Kippur and this is the most important day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is a fast day where you can’t eat, shower, put perfume or wear leather for 25 hours. The rabbi told us that it is said that forgiveness is right in front of us and it in upon every single Jew to ask for forgiveness on this day because this is the day where god is the most forgiving. The Kesher program happens in a range of different colleges where a different rabbi comes to every college and lectures the community members in that school. Kesher is a great place to catch up with my friends from high school that are also in Baruch.