“It says in the email that they won’t let you in if you’re too late,” my friend texted me. That’s all I needed to hear to sprint like a high school freshman from the train station to the conference room where the meeting was held. After grabbing the closest chair, I stayed in that position for thirty minutes listening to very lit music blasting very loudly by a nearby club/association until the instructor finally came.
Although I had created a resume over the past summer, mine was based off of what I Googled and I did not really have too much knowledge on making one. This workshop was the perfect opportunity for me to find out more since resumes are a crucial part for opportunities such as internships and jobs. Immediately after the instructor started the power point, I was interested in the abundance of information being presented to me. Even though learning about resumes may sound dull to some, she was very thorough with what she was presenting, and walked us through each step. After each step, there was a short quiz that tested whether we understood the what we had just learned.
I learned about which fonts were acceptable (ex. Times New Roman, Arial), acceptable lengths (one page), acceptable action verbs (ex. assisted, evaluated), and how to list experiences and interests. Although the meeting only lasted an hour or so, I learned so much useful information about resumes that I will definitely implement into my future ones, as well as go to the STARR center for assistance and review there after I completely revise my old one from the past summer. Despite the fact that I walked (in my case, sprinted) into this meeting knowing I would be learning and gaining knowledge, I was still taken aback by how I expanded my skills.
^ ft. friend who texted me 🙂 and ft. stranger
Located on Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has always been one of my favorite and most frequently visited art museums. Ever since I was a child, art has been my outlet and my escape. Museums always gave me inspiration and also tested my amazing ability to get lost. Although the Met is a familiar place, I learn something new each time I went, and always leave with a calm and content feeling.
Usually, I’m a visitor of the Greek sculptures and the abstract art, but this time on September 25th, I observed the European art from 1250-1800. Since I never really looked too much into art from this time period, I didn’t have many expectations other than paintings of Jesus Christ and maybe some landscape art. After getting lost trying to find the correct gallery, I turned out to be correct about paintings of Jesus Christ and landscape art. However, because I had seen some of these paintings in my Art History class, I wasn’t completely lost.
Because many of the paintings were related to each other in terms of theme and structure, my experience was enhanced by my previous knowledge. Even though most of the paintings were of Christ, they each were different, representing him anywhere from childhood to adulthood, and portrayed him in different ways. Some paintings depicted him in a stiff way, with a hard to read facial expression, whereas a few others showed him in the arms of Virgin Mary as a baby, playing and having fun on her lap. The artists also used elements of light, shadow, contrast, and pyramidal structure to illustrate how they viewed holy figures and were also influenced by the historical events in that time period as well as the popular style.
By stepping out of my usual routine and my comfort zone, I gained a new experience while learning to appreciate different kinds of art, not just the ones I’m used to and already admire.
Pho. That was the extent of my knowledge about anything related to Vietnam, other than the fact that it tastes amazing. I went to this workshop hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association impulsively and with no expectations since this was my first club meeting at Baruch.
After stepping into the room, I noticed how the official club members/executives made sure to greet and talk to everyone in the room. Within the first few minutes I could tell the friendliness and inclusiveness in this association, especially by the smiles on their faces. I never made a spring roll in my life before, but there’s a first time for everything and September 7th seemed to be the day. It was simple (pretty similar to making dumplings): hold the rice wrapper under water for a few seconds, remove and place the ingredients (lettuce, rice vermicelli, shrimp) on top, roll, dip in sauce, and enjoy. Although my spring roll looked more like a spring ball, it tasted delicious.
Shortly after, the first language workshop to be hosted began. A variety of teachings were presented on the PowerPoint, from greetings “xin chao” which translates to “hello” to the names of different ethnic dishes such as “com suron”. Furthermore, I appreciated how the PowerPoint consisted of the pronunciation broken down since I had some trouble accentuating the vowels without a native tongue.
The next activity was a matching game using the phrases we just learned with photos and the proper Vietnamese translation. Since I didn’t expect to be quizzed on the material, I somewhat struggled but my group finished with correct answers. Thankfully, the names of a few dishes stuck with me and looked so tempting that I’ll have to try them out next time I go to a Vietnamese restaurant.
My first meeting at VSA and Baruch taught me not only about Vietnamese culture, but also about the atmospheres and communities in Baruch’s clubs. The great vibes, laughter, food (!!), and learning made this experience enjoyable and rewarding. Additionally, these reasons go back to my goal of being a part of the community in college since I was active in high school. I’m excited to participate in more events and student life activities. 🙂