Being a Scholar and having the opportunity to begin college with a learning community is very helpful. There is an advisor and a peer mentor who willing help me with whatever problems I face. Although I have yet to have such a problem, or make use of their assistance, it is reassuring to know that they are there. However, they are just two of the many resources that are available. From the special freshmen seminars we had, I am now aware of many more if not all the help that I have; from the Writing Center, to tutors, to the STARR center, etc.
The Community Service Project allowed me to really utilize the help our librarian Stephan Francour gave in his workshop. I was able to more effectively search for my group’s organization than I probably would have before that meeting. Although I didn’t use the school databases for this particular project, because of freshmen seminar, I was given the knowledge to use towards other classes. Similarly, the Community Service Project forced me to communicate with my peers. Sometimes I was put in a situation where I had to initiate the conversation between my group members. Before, I always relied on having others lead me.
When I was younger, I thought of community service/volunteering as something I was required to do in order to get something in return. However, as the years went by, I realized that it means more than that. It felt great to know that I was helping something and I didn’t necessarily want anything back for the work I done, although it is always a nice thought. The Community Service Project hasn’t changed that particular view much. Now I am more aware of who I should help and question why they would need my help to begin with.
I have only used the Writing Center, once, for one of my other classes. Although I was advised beforehand to make appointments ahead of time, my first experience of waiting for over an hour because I didn’t have an appointment taught me to know better for the next time. It was sad to see that I wasn’t able to effectively use what I learned from the Writing Center and get a good grade on my paper, but this will not stop me from going there a second/third/etc. time. In the future, I hope to attend more of the STARR and Writing Center workshops to help me improve in the many areas I lack in. Also, I recognize that the need for me to get rid of my fear of talking to professors and ask them for help when I need it.
Since the beginning of the Fall semester, I attended a few club meetings here and there. However, I haven’t really stuck to any. There were either more ‘important’ things to do. I rationalized my inactiveness as a student by saying I would do more next semester/school year. Although I am not sure if I will do this or not, it is my current plan in regards to clubs.
In the next 3 years, I hope that I will still be a part of the Scholars community. I would learn many things either from classes, from the clubs I will join, the STARR workshops I go to, etc. Then I could use this toward my job/career. Because I am currently undecided on my major, I want to be able to discover the major that I will be happy with yet it will be a career that I can benefit financially from. As I stated in my second journal entry, hopefully, I will be able to use whatever leadership skills I am able to acquire and use them towards the Baruch community.