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!

5 thoughts on “Journal #1 – Where Have You Been and Where Are You Going?”

  1. Hi Jacob, I grew up in a smaller town that was outside of a city, and I agree that it’s nice to have the best of both worlds and a mix of the two environments. I have also been trying to find the right balance between school work, socializing, and sleep since school started and it gets easier as time goes on. I hope the rest of the semester goes well for you and the commute does not become too draining!

    1. Hi Jacob,
      I liked your post because it touched upon the differences in the city compared to small town life. Having lived in the city for most of my life, I can see that the fast paced life is intriguing but overwhelming at the same time. In the summers I spend my time in a small town in Florida, so I can understand the combination of different perspectives. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great experience at Baruch.

  2. Hey Jacob,
    I can definitely relate to some extent as you when it comes to geographical upbringings. Similarly, I grew up in a small town in a suburban area as well. Same faces, minimal diversity, quiet residential lifestyle. Fortunately, similar to you, I grew up a 25-minute LIRR train ride away from the city and its enticing “city life!” I’m glad I got to experience the city because the city is a fast-paced animal, one that takes time to get used to.

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