Attending a minors fair: Evan Nikolic

Last week I attended a majors and minors fair held during club hours at the vertical campus. I went with a friend who was also a business major to help browse and decide on a minor. The fair was huge and contained many interesting topics. This helped expand my view on subjects i hadn’t considered before. I would like to pursue a minor in mathematics but i had no idea how many variations there were or different paths i could choose. the fair didn’t help me come to an exact decision on what i want to minor in but it help me branch out from business.

Career Workshop – Austin Budhram

Austin Budhram
Ad Hoc Career Workshop

For my career workshop, I decided to attend a workshop for Ad-Hoc majors several weeks ago. Although I’m currently a Computer Information Systems (CIS) major, I’m open to other potential majors in the business field. As a result, I saw Ah-Hoc as a way to show that I’m able to “create” my own major if I’d want to. If I don’t find something that appeals me, I’ll know that I have the flexibility to create a major that appeals to me. After the workshop leader gave us a few examples of previous Ad Hoc majors created, I had a general understanding of the requirements of such a major. Even though we were “free” to create our own major, they had to be explained, which is reasonable. Baruch has to ensure our majors aren’t a “joke”, so having us explain our reasoning allows us to gain an insight on our major, field, and the possible career it leads to. We then had several Ad Hoc major students speak on their “created” majors, ranging from science and business to music and theatre. Personally, if I were to “create” my own major later down the road, I would create a major that encompasses IT, but involves mainly the business aspect of it. Since today’s society is mainly based around the ever growing technology, internet technology (IT) poses very promising job opportunities. In addition, I learned the importance of a resume, which is an individual’s first impression to a potential employer. All in all, my visit to the Ad Hoc workshop several weeks ago showed me the importance of building a strong foundation now, in order to build upon it in the future. This long term planning will hopefully lead to success in the future. All in all, I enjoyed this Ad Hoc workshop and hope to attend more career workshops on the future (preferably resume).


My friends and I attended the General Interest Meeting for this club called “Alpha Kappa Psi,” in the very beginning of the school year. It’s a business fraternity and going to this general interest meeting was interesting because it was actually a fraternity that dealt with business related things and not parties. During this general interest meeting, I was able to listen to the members’ experiences in being a part of the club and how it changed their perspectives in business. Additionally, they all travel together as a group which sounded really fun and seeing all the pictures they took together was like they were a whole, big family.

Aside from all the traveling, this club seems really serious in what they do. They talked about how the club works with some big companies and give internships to those who qualify as well as making connections with many other big companies like J.P. Morgan.

For now, I don’t think I’ll join this club as it does seem a bit too much to handle, especially since I just started college and won’t be able to handle the workload from both school work and club work at the same time. Although, it was a nice experience to see that this was one of many different clubs Baruch offered.

Nicole Arugay – LinkedIn Workshop

On November 16th I attended a LinkedIn workshop hosted by the Starr Development Center. It was the first workshop I’ve ever attended and I was curious to see how it would work. For Starr events you had to reserve a spot for yourself before the event and bring your Emplid ID number which can be found on your Baruch ID (I didn’t know that before the event). The workshop was ran by a volunteer who landed the gig by using LinkedIn. He connected with an employee of Starr at Baruch when he found out that he went to the same college as her. He started the workshop explaining what exactly LinkedIn is used for and what it is. He described it as basically a professional social network used to make connections and get jobs. The workshop then went on to talk about the logistics of using LinkedIn and its most important features. The layout of a LinkedIn is similar to other social media’s layout. The profile acts as resume with more personal language and features. Unlike a resume, a LinkedIn profile can include features like recommendations from other LinkedIn users and skill endorsements. The speaker described this interaction between users as “quid pro pro”; if we write recommendations and put skill endorsements for other people, we’ll hopefully get the same interaction back. The more recommendations and skill endorsements, the more likely opportunity a potential employer will look at the profile. These kind of features can make your profile stand out more than a simple resume can. Other simple ways to make a LinkedIn profile better is making sure to have an adequate size description in your bio and when describing previous experience. I think the idea behind LinkedIn is a really smart and efficient way to do those things and I’m glad we have this platform that previous working generations didn’t have. 

Jessica Chen – The Met

For the last blog, I had to fulfill the academic portion of the blogs, so I decided to write about my experience in the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Honestly, I had to go to the museum because we had an assignment for art history and since I went to a museum for another class, might as well use it for another class! To me, everything in the Met was pretty fascinating. I normally don’t go to the museum because I find them boring, but coming to this one has made me realize that not all museums are boring. Coming into the museum, I was pretty amazed already because the stairs are so wide and big that it made it feel like it was calling my name to enter.

In this particular picture, I am standing in front of the painting named Death of Socrates and in this particular painting, it shows the death of a very important Greek philosopher, Socrates. As you can see, he did not die in a bloody scene. He looks like he is reaching out for the cup of poison that another person is holding out extending to him. This painting is very significant because in this painting, it shows that Socrates was willing to die for his beliefs instead of change his beliefs and it can teach us humans who live in the 21st century, to never give up on what we believe in.

I also went to the Egyptian side of the museum with my friend in the Met. On their instagram page, they posted a picture of this place inside the museum and it was beautiful. There was a lot of sun entering in through the huge glass windows with water in the center and people are allowed to sit on the edges of it. I would go there again if another person was willing to go with me, since I only got to see one side of the museum and not the other. 

CUNY BA Workshop

Last week, I attended a CUNY BA workshop. CUNY BA is a program within the CUNY system that allows students to design their own unique majors. Its like Ad-Hoc in that you would be creating something unique for yourself, but different in terms of what the student would be open to. With Ad-Hoc, the student would only have access to classes in his or her college. However, if one were pursuing a CUNY BA, then the entire CUNY campus would be open to choose from. I was interested in this program at first because it was recommended to me because of my indecisiveness as to what I was interested in doing. I know I have time to think about this type of stuff, but the earlier the better, no?

I attended the meeting with one of my friends who was also interested in the program. When we went in I noticed that a lot of the people in there were much older than we are. It made me feel all the more unsure. However, it seemed like the people there were in the same spot as us; not having what they needed and needing more options.

I learned in the meeting that with CUNY BA, one could study virtually anything. They gave me a list of sample ‘majors’ (they call them concentrations, but it means the same thing), and it surprised me to see the uniqueness of what people were able to come up with. I had some worries about the program as well, about how the degree itself would be perceived as when it came to searching for jobs. I was rest assured that CUNY BA degrees are seen no differently than the standard degree. Overall, I was glad I went to this meeting because I know now that there’s a whole world of options out there for me. While it does make things a little more daunting to approach, its nice to know that there’s more.

Academic:Study Abroad

For my academic blog post, I went to the Baruch Study Abroad Fair to learn about how to study abroad at Baruch. Before I entered college, I dreamed about study abroad in European countries, such as the United Kingdom, and Asian countries, such as South Korea. I would like to put myself in a different environment for five months and learn something new about a country and discover my new potentials. Plus, I didn’t study in the United States for all my life, I have study experience in another country as well. To me, study in the U.S. was like “study abroad” to me when I first arrived in the U.S. When I entered the gym where Baruch hosted the event, I saw schools from all around the world, and of course, I went to the desks of countries I’m familiar with. I had the most interest in study abroad in South Korea since I’m a huge lover of Korean pop music. The school that partners with Baruch College for study abroad is Yonsei University. Yonsei University itself is a very highly-ranked school in South Korea. I learned from the staff that if I go there, I will be enrolled by a program called Yonsei University Program for Foreigners, where international undergraduate students are provided with the opportunity to learn Korean language and experience Korean culture. I wouldn’t need to be afraid of not being proficient in Korean since courses there are taught in English. Baruch’s GPA requirement for study abroad is 2.75. Sometimes one receives credits from Baruch for the courses taken while study abroad, sometimes not, depending on the contents of the courses. Financial aids can be applied to study abroad classes. There are also various scholarship programs that can help students finance their study abroad trips. From this event, I have learned a lot about study abroad and I will keep considering study abroad as an option for me by the time I reach junior or senior year.

Baruch Voices – Andy Figueroa

I attended Baruch Voices the other day casually. I honestly didn’t know what I was going to one of my friends just told me to follow him. The room was pretty crowded with first year students all excited to see their classmates share their monologues. My friend dragged me with him because he said the kid that won from his class had a hilarious monologue and I couldn’t miss it. When we arrived, there were no more seats left. Waves of students were coming and going as each presenter went on and off the stage. The atmosphere was nice and comfortable everyone was very respectful of every kid presenting. This was a nice small social event that allowed lots of kids to express themselves through their monologues. I didn’t know many of the kids, but I did recognize a few faces. It’s interesting to think about because these are all kids who just started their college journey like myself. We’re all the class of 2021. The monologues were all very authentic and different. Lots of these kids were very creative. One of my favorites was this one monologue where the kid explained a SpongeBob scene from the perspective of Squidward. Other kids shared very personal experiences about who they were and how they felt about school. Another one that stood out to me was this rap song this kid made. They sadly couldn’t get the beat up, so he rapped it acapella. He had everyone in the room listening closely and hyping him up. The experience was better than what I expected. I was amazed by the creativity and the support kids had for their classmates. Baruch creates a very comfortable environment for students and this was recognized at this event. I hope to attend more events like this one.

second blog post

shawn tatynskiy

This week I was able to attend a Hillel event which is an organization of jewish students that is led by a rabbi and many guests are brought in to share their experiences as a jew. This week the club had invited a holocaust survivor to speak about her experiences during the second world war. The stories she told greatly resonated with me and many of the people attending because I have family members that either lost their lives or lived through the holocaust. people around we were also clearly moved by her experiences because they probably have relatives who lived through this terrible time as well. The topic of her stories, the holocaust, is a monumental event effecting countless groups of people but was especially significant for people of the jewish faith. Because of the holocaust many of us have lost family and millions of other jews around the world experienced the same tragedy we did. While I wasn’t alive at the time of the holocaust the conditions and hardships faced by the jewish people during this time were very vivid in my imagination. This club not is very enjoyable because we have the opportunity to learn the history of people of the same religion and culture. We are able to find out how and why certain practices were created and what their purpose is. The club also allows members to learn and grow from the experiences of the people that come in to give a presentation. By hearing the various struggles and experiences they had throughout their life as a jew we are able to apply their advice into our own lives and possibly learn from their examples. Overall I felt very welcome in this club as everyone was very kind and polite and they even offer free pizza during their proceedings. I highly recommend anyone to join this club, weather jewish or not, because of the valuable lessons about life and jewish history that can be obtained through this organization.

Metropolitan Museum- Academic

Over the past weekend I attended the Metropolitan museum near Central Park. Not that I wanted to go by choice, but to my surprise, I really ended up liking the museum. The reason I went was for my Art History class with professor Karen Shelby. The first thing I realized was how big the museum was. It stretched almost two blocks down, and was probably one of the biggest buildings I had ever seen in terms of length. Even the stairs seemed so grand, there were a bunch of tourists just taking pictures on the stairs in front of the museum. One thing I really liked was that the museum’s entry fee was just a suggested donation so pretty much anyone could go there. I personally only had three dollars so that was enough to get me into the museum.

Going to this museum helped me academically because I needed to go in order to pass my 100 point assignment in art history. However, aside from just the class it helped me academically because I learned a lot about different art during different time periods. For example, the Neoclassical art was much more intellectual as opposed to the Rococo art. Also the figures in the Neoclassical period were much more defined and toned compared to the art from the Rococo time period. I think I may have been to this museum once in middle school but I don’t remember if I have. I liked the organization of the museum because it was easy to find exactly what I was looking for. I liked how going to this museum fulfilled the requirement for art history and freshman seminar as well. It kind of shows that all ours classes as a freshman are connected.

Overall, going to the metropolitan was initially just for a requirement. However, after going I realized that I really liked it and would recommend it to every person who lives in New York.