For my group, the community service project and Baruch’s vast array of resources were mutually exclusive things. Baruch offers many tools to its students, but none of them were necessary to complete our particular project.
However, Baruch’s staff is always of the utmost help. The Star Career Development Center is a priceless tool unique to Baruch. Most of the professors teaching at Baruch are also at the ready to help anyone in need. I recently came upon a hard time. Both my LC coordinators, my peer mentor, and my guidance councilor reached out to help me. I am very thankful to be in a school where such care and attention is given to its students by the faculty.
Unfortunately, I have not yet joined a club. For my first semester as a college student, I did not want extracurricular activities to detract from my academic focus. Making the transition from a High School lifestyle to a College lifestyle is a big enough experience; I did not want to further complicate it unnecessarily. However, in the coming semesters I do plan on looking into some extracurriculars in order to expand my resources. Two organizations I am interested in are Alpha Epsilon Pi and AIESEC.
AEPi is a social organization that connects Jewish men across the country. I actually know a couple of kids from my high school that are in this fraternity – they tried to get me to rush but I was adamant in not joining any clubs this semester. AEPi runs trips to Israel, promotes Jewish charities, and holds ties with organizations ranging from Hillel to March of the Living. As a Jewish man I feel like this would be a great experience for me, as well as being able to meet many great people.
I would actually like to see if I could do AIESEC and Study Abroad consecutively. AIESEC is an international, student-run, nonprofit group that sponsors internships abroad. This would help me acquire many skills (leadership, communication, management, etc.), and would look outstanding on a resume.