Journal #1 – Where Have You Been and Where Are You Going?

I believe I’ve had some very different experiences compared to most of my peers at Baruch. I grew up about an hour and a half outside of NYC. My town was small, you’d see the same people every day, and everything was much further apart. Often I’d joke and say that no matter what you wanted to do, it would always require at least 20 minutes of straight driving first. While I did grow up in a small town I also was able to frequently experience “city life”. My father had an apartment in Manhattan and the rest of my family lived in Yonkers. Being able to experience both styles of living was really important for me. It allowed me to see different cultures and values, and, in turn, develop a unique set of values.

Now being a college student attending school in the city I am able to see how my values compare to my peers. I expect to meet new people, and hopefully grow and diversify my network of friends and professors/ professionals. Being that it is my first semester I am mainly focused on creating a routine that works for me. I try to stay consistent with when I do school work, socialize, go to sleep, and work. I was worried it would be a difficult transition, but I believe its gone smoothly and so far I have been able to stay on top of everything. Another concern I had going into this semester was getting to school. Being that I use the train to commute I was worried there would be delays and things of that nature. Luckily, I have not yet had that problem and hopefully it stays that way!