As a student in the Baruch Scholars program, I feel I am given opportunities that not many other CUNY students, or college students in general receive. We all know the perks such as free Macs, early registration rights, etc., etc. But the opportunities I am referring to are those that help us enrich ourselves.
As a Baruch Scholar, I feel the responsibility to give back. We live in the greatest city in the world and owe it to that same city to help out. The Honors Program promotes a culture of service that I haven’t before seen. Of course, all of us in high school had certain community service requirements to fulfill prior to graduating, but what was different about that was just that. It was a requirement. It was promoted as such and therefore not celebrated. Community service is not something that people should do solely out of requirement, but something that they do because they understand it is important to give back. Rather, the Honors program teaches us the importance of service, and it almost feels as if it would be wrong to not contribute something to the community.
As a Baruch Scholar, I believe my role is to enrich myself intellectually and culturally. In my classes, I should keep an open mind and absorb all of the information given to me that should help me succeed in the future. Along with this, it is important to dive into the surrounding cultures of the city, and one way of doing this is by volunteering. Nothing teaches being open-minded like seeing how other people live, and helping them.