I am honestly glad that FYS is over because it frees up a slot of time for me to study for other classes as just like on Thursdays it gives me a four hour break to work problems, different subject, etc. The main thing that I took from this class is the many opportunities that Baruch has to offer and all the events that are consistently popping up. With this in mind I can try to balance my life with some fun things to do without going too far from the college. Beside entertainment, information on the academic scope such as the tutoring center also gave me away to fix my grades in the present and the future.
I am very stressed because of slow fall into failing of math because of its intensity and timing. It begins extremely early in the morning and even earlier for me as I have to travel over an hour to make it on time. Mixed with the lack of sleep due to early waking because of my stupid schedule especially on the transition from Tuesday to Wednesday. It gets even worse because of the teacher’s thick accent so not only am I sleep deprived in a complicated class but I also believe to certain extent that he is speaking in s different language which is most likely due to delusion from the sleep deprivation
It started getting colder and even if it is somewhat mild for now I just absolutely hate it. Getting up every morning has become like torture because as I wait for the bus every part of me feelings like it is turning into a popsicle. Maybe it is because I was born near the Equator but it’s probably not though. It is most likely because I get sick very easily like fore example I get slightly rained, I am probably going to feel awful for the next few days. If I left my jacket open even with a couples layers underneath on a cold windy day, I get a coughing fit.
All the classes were really stressing me out because of the difficulty and the lack of sleep and the travel so I decided to relax by playing a game of basketball with some of my friends. Unfortunately, I did not check the weather and when I left my house I realized it was about 30 degrees with a lot of wind, making it feel even colder. I probably should have gone back inside but against my better judgement, I decided to go play basketball. It was awful, even with four layers of clothing, and I could barely see as the wind kept causing my eyes to shut. It was so cold I could not even grasp the basketball because fingers started to freeze. Then the next day I was just dying from a cold and it was not worth it at all.
On Halloween, I was at school late so some friends and I went to the Halloween Parade in the city because we were bored. We bought a five dollar masks and tried to see what was happening in the parade but there was too many people and we were packed between a lot people. Eventually, we gave up and started walking towards the train station and then I jumped into a fountain and got soaked and had to go home with no shoes because they were leaking. Looking back, it was kind of worth it because the everything else that day was a disappointment.
Last week during FYS, we had a presentation from the STARR Center on many benefcial opportunities given by Baruch. The presenter discussed the many workshops available to the students such as building a resume with a cover letter, preparing for a career and discussing majors. The presentation also talked about getting internships and explained on the website why internships are relevant, the types of internships and preparation for the internships. The presentation explained self assessment, one’s interest, values, skills, personality, etc.
For the Enrichment Workshop, I decided to go to the Tibet House on 15th St mainly because I was pretty close to it at the time. It was also good that there was no admission so I decided to explore the museum. The Tibet House, as the name suggest, had cultural works focusing on Tibetan culture and religion. I saw lots of images and depiction of bodhisattvas, which is a person who is trying to become a Buddha. There were statues and artwork of Buddha and bodhisattvas whose names I can not pronounce and these works were pretty vibrant. The main exhibit that was being presented was by an artist called Tenzing Rigdol, a contemporary Tibetan artist. His artwork called “My World Is In Your Blind Spot” depicts five Buddhas all in different colored clothing:red, blue, yellow, green, etc, on fire. Their posture seemed relaxed despite the fact they were burning alive. and it was pleasing to the eye despite its gruesome nature because the Buddhas were depicted in a silhouette like form.
This week was pretty uneventful as I did not do much during the weekend. The reason for this was because I had gotten sick due to the cold and the reaction was worsened by my allergies. I dislike the colder months of the year because I always get sick and much rather enjoy the summer. The weather becoming colder has also worsened my commute because in the morning it can be freezing.
The week was pretty eventful as it shocked me that class got canceled on Tuesday as this had never happened in such a sudden manner. This short break was perfect as I had not gotten enough sleep and this was a miracle as I went and took a five hour nap after getting home. I also did well on my math quiz getting an 85% despite coming in late and not looking over the question carefully. Another event was that a good friend of mine was going to the Air Force so he and some of our other friends hung out all day before he left.
I was very curious of the option to travel abroad for a semester when the representative from that department came in to talk to the class. It did seem like a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a different country’s culture while still keeping up with my studies. However I am on the fence about whether I should try at all for this program as the expense for it does not seem appealing to me. I do not get financial aid so I would have to take out a loan for this trip and I am hesitant to spend more money than necessary for my degree. The Honors Program was also a matter that I took interest in as I did not apply through the traditional way but I do not know if I can maintain the standards of the Honors Program academically but I believe there was some sort of monetary assistance for being in the program which is certainly a form of encouragement to keep my grades as high as possible.