Journal #2

What does it mean to serve your community?

Just to set things straight, I understand that this journal is 2 days late, but I hope that fact does not cause my readers to think that I did not put any effort or thought into this post. Alrighty so here goes!

First of all, before talking about being a Baruch Scholar I think that it’s already important that I’m a part of Baruch College! It’s such an honor for me to say that I’ve had the opportunity to seek higher education where so many people are not able to. Through my completion of college I will be able to give back to my community in being able to find a job to benefit my society and support myself and my family.

In the few months already that I’ve been a part of the Baruch community, I’ve noticed a drastic split among the students. Maybe this is just my personal opinion, but I see students fall into one of two categories:

1. The students who are involved–they join a club or a team; are involved with community service or volunteer work; have school spirit; enjoy life!

2. The students who are not involved–commute to class; commute home; repeat forever.

Hopefully all of the students in the Baruch community (myself included) will fall into category 1 soon! I also think it’s important for all of us at Baruch College to recognize just how significant it is that we have the honor of calling ourselves college students. This is especially important for me as a scholar as well because it means I have distinguished myself from other students in my academic pursuits to achieve a higher standard of excellence. In order to show our appreciation for the notion of higher education and idea of scholarship, I think it is our duty as students to give back to the community–whether it be through getting involved with school or taking part in community service. I think the goal overall as a scholar would be to take part in community service or some other form of giving back because we want to rather than just because it fulfills some credit requirement or that it’s mandated in the program etc. I think that we should be grateful for having such a wonderful opportunity for education and would want to help contribute back to the society around us in order to make the world a better place!

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