The Community Service Project pushed me to use Baruch’s databases to find out more information about not just the organization I will be volunteering at but also its mission: to fight against poverty. Using the databases helped me become used to the different kinds of search engines which I ended up using for some of my classes such as as Intro to Business and Speech Communication. In the beginning, however, the expanse of the Baruch databases overwhelmed me. Although there were so many reliable sources I could use, I could not find the right one that would give the information I wanted. Since my second speech was related to the organization I chose, I ended up telling my Speech professor about the problems I had with researching information. He suggested I try using Baruch’s “Ask a Librarian” feature. I did. The librarian suggested a website I could go to to find out about the preparation that goes on in a typical soup kitchen in NYC. At first, I thought I was going to get the information I needed for my speech, but it was later when my speech date was approaching that I realized I had to change my topic. Nevertheless, I continue to ask a librarian for help in my researches.
Asking someone for help is usually not the first thing I have in mind when I come across a problem. I would try to solve it on my own until approaching deadlines give me the push I need to ask for help. However, relying on another only gets easier. Each time I “Ask a Librarian,” I become more assured that someone is there to help me instead of worrying whether my questions made me seem stupid. One should make good impressions on others but it isn’t a bad thing to get help from someone and his/her expertise.
Using as much resources as I can now will enable me to use them in the future more effectively. That can only spell good things for my future at Baruch, even if I don’t have a clear idea what my future entails. Although I see myself as a future accountant working with numbers and helping others with their financial situations, a career as an accountant is only a detached dream waiting to be lifted…or to be sealed. I hope that taking more classes will help me discover my passions and that joining clubs will help me learn more about myself. Right now, I am in the process of joining VITA, but I am in search of a club that is geared more towards my personal interests.
My future remains a mystery as of yet but there are things I have learned so far. From my participation in the Project, I have learned the importance of time management to succeed at Baruch. Putting together the Project has been the least stressful assignment so far in college because of my advisor and my peer mentor. (Thank you!) I really appreciate their sincerity to help me succeed and for making me see that I have been procrastinating (despite once thinking otherwise). The Project has also made me come to understand that community service is considered community service when one does it with the desire to help those in the community.