During the beginning of the semester I went to the Baruch study abroad fair event. Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity that students in Baruch have the chance to take advantage of. It gives us a chance to get acquainted with new cultures, which is really important in the business world, because you’ll most likely work with people who come from various place of the world. I’m extremely interested in studying abroad in London, so this fair was really important for me. The staff members were really educated and answered every single question very promptly. The event was well organized so It was easy for me to navigate myself around. They offer programs by the year, semester or season. I would most likely study abroad for a semester, hopefully next spring term.
I’ve always been intrigued by photography, especially photos taken by film cameras. So clearly because of my interest for photography I wanted to see what the photography club in baruch was like. Many people have mentioned that employers typically look for people are involved in activities outside of school, which is another reason to encourage yourself to join a club. In high-school I wasn’t very involved in clubs until my junior year, which helped me realized how much you can learn about yourself from doing specific activities with others that have a shared interest in that activity. Photography club aims to bring arts to a very business oriented school. I believe it’s a good escape from the norms this school provides. The club attends galleries and reviews work from professional photographers, which something I would definitely enjoy doing. Although I’m not apart of this club yet, I’m very interested in joining it!
During mid-September I visited the Whitney Museum of American Art with a few of my friends. I’ve visited this museum before but only viewed it for a short amount of time. Honestly, my favorite part of this museum is the insane view of the city. We sat outside for a while and watched the sunset. The architecture is amazing, thanks to Renzo Piano. He’s truly a genius, and I loved the flow of the building. We were recommended to view each exhibit from the top floor to the bottom. Majority of the time I was appreciating the building craftsmanship over the art pieces. The upper stories of the building overlook the Hudson River, and to the east you can see the High Line Park. The exhibit that struck me the most was, “An Incomplete History of Protest.” All the work is related to activism and politics. One of the art pieces wrote, “Ignorance=Fear, Silence=Death, Fight Aids Act Up.” Definitely a strong quote and something very important for everyone to acknowledge. Ignorance only leads to greater fears in this world, and silence does nothing but bring more destruction. The big themes of race, nation, gender and movement are all here. This exhibit really opens your eyes, it’s more than just pretty art, but something to learn from. The stairs in the exhibit were also cool, until you realize what it depicted. It was a bunch of children-like-figures that were linked to each other through a rope. They each symbolized something different, one figure wore an “all holes matter” t-shirt, the other wore a “remembering 9/11” t-shirt. It was a very interesting piece.
My name is Tajinur Jafarli, I’d prefer to be called Taja. A “fun fact” about myself is that I enjoy painting in my free time. My perspective major is CIS (computer information systems.) I’ve developed several opinions on, The Book of Unknown Americans. While reading the book I found myself relating to the main character because we’re both immigrants. There’s many things that one may like about this book, one particular thing I liked was that this story emphasis that most immigrants that come to America have a complicated background and reason to why they migrated. Although this book is generally good, I found it to be a bit boring. If author added more realistic details to this novel, it would be more intriguing. I would’ve also appreciated to see more character development.