A new thing that my new Baruch friends have introduced me to is fashion. It’s never really been a big thing in my mind. I didn’t even know about this place being a few blocks from our school. The Dover Street Market/Museum has 8 floors of high-end clothing and fashion displays and a cafe in the lobby. This is something new to me. The concept of showcasing clothes in a museum like this. Every floor had thousands of dollars of clothing that I wanted to try on really bad, but was advised not to because of its value. Some of the floors had fashion that I didn’t even understand. I wondered how some articles could be worn on a person. This also happened to be our first outing as a whole group. It was a lot of fun getting to experience something new with a set of new peers. We’ll definitely continue to do so.
I’ve always had the idea to study abroad, but I’ve never actually taken any initiative to make that happen. I suppose I’ve always just thought it’d be too expensive or just something that wasn’t even a possibility. The thought of it seemed nice though so, I thought I’d check out this fair. The gym was layed out in a maze of booths with different country’s and their programs. It was very fun getting to meet new people with different accents and cultures. They were all very informative in what their programs had to offer. It was so overwhelming, yet totally intriguing at the same time. I now have the flyers lying all around my room. Studying abroad would offer me so many new opportunities and the bare thought of it brings a smile to my face. Who knows what’ll happen, but I’m glad this fair got my foot in the door.
Throughout middle and high school I was a part of many different clubs, organizations and activities; some of which included the student government, volunteering at my local church, and refereeing for my soccer club. Although all of these clubs were instrumental in developing my academic and social foundation, none of them were culture based. Now that I’m in college I thought I’d give one a look. Since I am Ecuadorian, I figured that the Ecuadorian club seemed the most fitting. As I stepped into the room, I was warmly greeted by a welcoming committee of fellow Ecuadorians. This immediately gave me a homely feeling that intrigued me further. Some of the members of the club were very surprised to learn that I am actually Ecuadorian because I don’t look like a typical Ecuadorian. After spending just a few minutes in the room, I realized that this was a community I would like to be apart of. I have always dreamed of visiting Ecuador but have never had the chance to go there. I’m not sure if travelling with the club would be a possibility, but if so, I would definitely be interested in accompanying them. Being in a room full of people who have the same heritage as I do gave me a sense of belonging to my roots which is hard to get when you have never visited the country. I am extremely excited to become more involved on Baruch’s campus and I feel that the Ecuadorian club will provide me with a great opportunity to do just that. I haven’t actually joined the club officially yet, but it is something that I am looking forward to doing in the near future. In addition to the club, I attended a study abroad fair where I learned about the various opportunities that Baruch offers for our students to explore new areas around the globe.
My name is Mitchell Guerra. A fun fact about me is that I used to do Tae Kwon Do. I’m not entirely sure what I want to pursue yet, so for now, my major is undecided. Below is a picture of me in Barcelona, Spain this summer. One thing I liked about “The Book of Unknown Americans” was the reality of the class differences in America. The author refused to sugarcoat the fact that they truly do exist. Especially in Maribel’s case where she is an immigrant, which is difficult enough. She had gone through a brain injury and struggled immensely during her time in the states. A dislike I had was Maribel’s mother. She was always overprotective and blamed herself for Maribel’s accident throughout the entire length of the novel. She was a bit over the top at some points.