Gloria Kang

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Resources, Resources, Resources. Journal 3

I agree 100% that successful college students are the ones who take initiative into seeking out and utilizing resources such as workshops, professors, peers, other staff, student clubs, and the library to help them with whatever they currently need help with. I have mentioned in my first journal that I hoped to find out all the tricks of using Baruch College’s resources to fully benefit me as a student. In high school I would be so used to doing all my work on my own and now, in college, I seem to be seeking more for help, which is pretty ironic considering that a college student is seen as more independent. But truth be told, the resources the college has are greatly useful in helping me with schoolwork, creating impacting relationships, and even with making smart decisions for the present or future. I have found out that, consulting and interacting with all these resources, specifically, with student clubs and advisors, have caught me by surprise in discovering and realizing things about my inner self.

My participation in the Community Service Project has indirectly encouraged me to draw upon the expertise of faculty and staff. I say indirectly because it is not so direct as to going straight out and asking faculty about the Community Service Project itself, rather my experience in participating as a whole (with the Community Service Project as the epicenter) has brought me not only comfort but a willingness to seek advisement from faculty. My participation in Fall 2011 semester’s Learning Community in general, drives me to be more involved in community, the Baruch community and our community outside in the rest of New York. I think it is safe to say that the Learning Community and all that we do in it, has led me to having a disposition towards utilizing the support systems around me at Baruch.

Actually, the resource of the Baruch Honors Department has been of great benefit to my team as our organization we picked was presented by them. Their affiliation with Change For Kids helped us by easing our efforts into finding that perfect organization to volunteer with.

I have joined a very active club and what things I once thought were a chore, became second-nature. As I start to pile more “responsibilities” on myself in the Baruch Community, they stop being responsibilities, and start being a harmonious duty that does not require so much effort in committing. The commitment is starting to come naturally and I do not think much of it, well that is, I do not think much of its strain on me, if there is any still.

By learning to use all this help that is administered to students, my team and I definitely have an edge to our other academic courses and future success as college students. You can always easily get assistance for academic work, which in turn will teach you more, and thus you become generally more intelligent. These resources all provide the opportunity to create and build relationships and foster connections with others which I think is of most importance to have for success anywhere and anytime. Continually making sealed connections can help any career for our future, or just in any type of life situation to come.

In envisioning the next three years of my life, I do not see a definite route because life’s plans constantly change. However, broadly stating, I would like to see myself sure of my next step in going forth with my career and knowing where my passion lies. Even though things don’t always go as planned, I have faith in this hope, especially with all these resources!┬áThere are so many resources provided at Baruch that if you use all of them to your advantage, it is impossible not to be the most successful student on campus.

Serving my community

As a Baruch Scholar in the Honors Program, I feel as if my role in Baruch and the broader community should be, simply put, to do well. Doing well not only means getting good grades, but it also entails the development of the personal self and professionalism. Through the Honors Program’s service culture, Baruch Scholars are much closer to understanding this concept of usage of role in the broader community. The way the Honors Program has set up the Baruch Scholars community, has indirectly promoted our roles as students who inspire other students. By igniting this inspiration between Scholars, the effect will bounce towards the rest of Baruch’s broader community.

My role in the Baruch community that I am currently undertaking as a first semester freshman Scholar, is exactly to build Baruch community. As the Honors Program’s service promotes honors students to research community service projects, do them, and even write about what it means to serve our community, we are influenced by these experiences and influence others with our molded views.

In broader terms, what does it mean to serve my community? To serve is to have responsibility, so I have a responsibility to support the environment around me by creating the culture itself. Creating culture is to initiate action, so to serve, I act. Initiating action means doing service for your community. Thus, serving my community means being responsible for creating culture and taking action. The Honors Program helps us to do this by requiring community service in organizations which leads to doing “community service” for the rest of Baruch’s community.

Journal #1

Where have you been and Where are you going?

I am definitely one to be shaped by my experiences. I’m sure everyone is, but I feel like especially I am shaped through experiences rather than acquiring knowledge or logical thought processes. Hm, so what experiences have shaped a big part of who I am? For one, just the experience of living with each of my family members molded my attitudes, values, and beliefs. My dad showed me never to settle for anything less, in all aspects. My mother showed me how to love, forgive, and understand unconditionally; because that’s what this world needs more than ever. And my brother tested my temper and gave me a light perspective of seeing things; in other words, he had part in delivering my humor.

I was pushed into going to korean school every week when I was younger, pushed into weekly piano and violin lessons, pushed into going to an academy everyday after school. More or less that was my dad. He would push me to do my best and I am thankful (not back at that moment) that he showed me to give it my all even if it was a struggling challenge; I never would have thought I had it in me until I finished through the hard-grinding process; because now I know I can do anything I put my mind to. My confidence as well as my independence was unleashed.

My expectations as a college student is to greatly develop and grow personally and professionally. I want my self to blend all my learned knowledge and experiences into one big productive, wise being. I expect myself to come out of college, the most confident being I could become with a wise mind of determination and capability. Just for my first semester I want to find out all the tricks of how all of Baruch College’s resources can benefit me to its fullest; that’s including all the clubs, workshops, professors, and facilities. The only thing I’m concerned with for this first semester is winning a bet with my friend of who will achieve the higher gpa; other than that, life is good 8).

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