Journal #3

Baruch is a great school in that it offers countless resources to its students. I’ve taken advantage of this, and it has helped me tremendously. The writing center was a great resource and they helped me improve my essay writing skills and on how to properly cite pieces of work. One of the best things about Baruch, in my opinion, is its library, as the resources available can help a student drastically, whether it be with their printing services or finding a quiet place to study and relax.

I have been to a few club meetings, although I wasn’t as involved this semester as I would like to be. My plan for the future is to definitely join the Baruch Accounting Society, as Accounting is my major and it would be nice to meet new people with similar interests. I also hope to take on leadership positions in various clubs in the near future. 

As freshmen at Baruch, we are required to take an FYS class and to volunteer at a non profit organization for eight hours. I have volunteered quite a lot in the past, so this task was not a burden, and it was something I was glad to accomplish. My team volunteered at The Church of the Village Meal Service, and it was a rewarding experience, working there and hearing stories of inspiration from others. The Community Service Project was something I personally enjoyed working on, as I was able to work closely together with my group and got to know them better.

It is hard to say where I will  be in the next three years. I hope to be in the final steps of acquiring my undergraduate degree, and to have some sort of experience in Accounting, as that is my major. I also hope to have taken on a leadership role in the Baruch community, and maybe even become a member of T.E.A.M Baruch  .

Journal 2

Over the past few years, I have learned that you can affect change on a small scale and still make a difference. I have realized that global changes are actually often a series of miniscule, intricate changes that grow into something concrete. It is not something that will happen overnight, but requires time and effort. 

I have volunteered at quite a few places and have had the opportunity to work with people of different cultures, ethnicities, and perspectives. I am always learning that everyone has something to offer, that patience is a valuable skill, and that listening is exponentially important. I believe that all of these skills that I attained from just volunteering will help me so much in what’s to come in the future. 

I am excited that a requirement of the Honors Program is to volunteer, as it will force us to take out the time in our busy college life and expand our mindsets and perspectives of the world. I feel that not everyone understands the benefits of serving the community, and will be extremely grateful once we experience the gem of a privilege of having a positive influence on

someone’s life. 

As Baruch Scholars, we have so much to our disposal, and I think we should take a step back and really appreciate all the generosity we’ve been given, and give back to the community.

Where Have You Been and Where Are You Going?

My name is Homerra Akbar. I’m from Long Island so going to a school in the city has been quite an experience. Even though the commute can be tough, I’m glad I made the decision of coming to Baruch.

It is such a huge change, from going to high school a few blocks away from where I live and then just a summer later, going all the way to the city for school every single day. I don’t mind it though, as you can’t experience and taste the independence and culture better than New York City. The music of the city is palpable in the air, the aroma from ethnic and cultural foods, the tune of traffic, its unique to only NYC and nowhere else. I don’t think I’d trade it for anything else in the world.

At Baruch, I intend to be an Accounting major. To some it may seem boring, as math is usually one of the most hated subjects among students. Although I’m not exactly the best in math, I thoroughly enjoy that satisfaction you get when you finally get an answer right. For me, I can’t get that from any other subject. When I think of business, I usually associate it with numbers. To me, all that problem solving, the financial decisions, sifting through details and numbers and weaving together something important, it all stems from accounting. I think Accounting is a great field for anyone even remotely interested in math.

During my time here at Baruch, I plan to study hard, make new friendships, and hope to gain new experiences that will fuel my future career as an Accountant.

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