Journal #3

Although I have not actually started the Community Service Project, I am extremely excited to start it. I want to get involved, do something meaningful with my life. A meaningful life to me is one I can reflect on and in ten, twenty years tell myself, “That was worth it. I got something out of it. I am a better person because of that – not just a happier person, but a better person.”

I did not use many school resources to necessarily help with the project, but I did use some. I used the skills I learned about the Library, such as the different databases, and websites to find organizations. The usefulness of the databases helped me in other classes like my English class, and my Business Recitation class. They were EXTREMELY helpful at finding great information. Communicating with Dariya, our peer mentor, was also extremely helpful. She always provided great feedback to my group’s questions or draft submissions.

Because of this project, I have thought more about Volunteering. I have thought about how hard it is to find a great organization. As I was asked today when we presented, I do wonder why volunteering becomes such an issue in NYC. There are so many parameters on volunteering that should not be there. If I am willing to give you FREE help, why not take it? I feel like this is a lot of the reason why many New Yorkers are not motivated to volunteer, because it is inconvenient. Many people cannot volunteer every day for 3 hours; they have other obligations. I think there need to be more organizations like New York Cares, which make it easier to volunteer.

In three years, I see myself getting ready for my last semester at Baruch. I see myself having done my Study Abroad in either Spain or the Netherlands, having a couple of internships behind me, and getting ready to graduate with distinguished Honors, perhaps even an Honors Thesis.

-Pamela Ozga

05. December 2013 by Pamela Ozga
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Journal #2- What does it mean to serve your community?

As a part of Baruch Scholars, we have a duty to be more than just a regular Baruch student. We owe it to Baruch, who has given us this wonderful scholarship, to give a little bit of ourselves back to the community. I feel like any role we take in the broader community or Baruch is a relevant one, as long as it impacts someone or something and makes you feel good. I know this sounds broad, but to me, being a part of the Honors Program does not necessarily mean volunteering. Yes volunteering could be a source of impacting the community, but you could also do so by getting involved in something more than school.

I am in the Baruch play now. I put a lot of my time into it. I feel like this is a form of giving back to the community at Baruch. I know that this does not meet the requirements of what the Baruch Scholars Honors Program requires as community service, but I still feel that it is. The Baruch community is based on involvement in my opinion, and any involvement you can make aside from just going to class should be admired.

Of course, helping an organization that promotes some kind of social philanthropy is a little bit more moving than doing something solely that’s for you and a part of the Baruch community. I see why we are asked to volunteer. It’s a great way to help someone or something that needs more help than you.

10. October 2013 by Pamela Ozga
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Journal #1

Hi guys:

So, you probably already know the basics about me. I’m Pamela. We’re all in the same LC. How fun!

I guess I’m here to talk about experiences and how they have shaped me. I guess that’s what I’ll do.

My life has not been something completely out of the ordinary. Both of my parents are immigrants from Poland who came here in their early 30s to acquire a better life. They came here after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and found each other. Bla bla bla, got married and then had my sister and me. My sister is one of the biggest influences in my life. She is probably the most important person in my life. Her name is Katherine and she’s twenty years old. She was the first one in our family to go to college, and I’m the second to follow. Having her in my life, and dealing with the same parents, we rely on each other a lot. My parents and I aren’t as close as I wish we were. I’m not sure if it’s the age difference or the cultural difference, or just the mentality of an immigrant that I do not share, but something drifts us apart. It has become extremely prominent in the last couple of years. I don’t share a lot of the same values as they do, and it upsets them. I’m trying to deal with it, but it’s hard.

One experience that definitely had an impact on me was when my close friend died. He was only a year older than me at the time and it was the most unexpected thing in the world. It made me view life completely differently. I don’t look at death as something so far reaching. And this is not saying that I have become completely pessimistic; it’s just saying that I look at life like tomorrow could be my last, so using up any opportunities to better myself is what I try to do.

I expect college to be a lot more work than high school. I really hope to get the most out of it. I want to still be able to do the things that I love, but at the same time, focus on getting an education that will get me a job I enjoy. I really just hope I do well in every class, and I get adjusted.

22. September 2013 by Pamela Ozga
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11. September 2013 by Pamela Ozga
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