Next Steps…

Wow! Time just goes by so fast. It seems like it was only yesterday when I, a small girls with big dreams, was entering Bruch for the first time. As I walked through the doors, the first thing that came to me was, ‘I can never get used to this.’ Yet, I have gotten used to it! I remember how I would constantly complain about the commute in the first 2-3 months. Now, I am grateful for it, to do my English readings for the day, or sleep, or just have time to enjoy my music. Life has been very hectic since I entered Baruch, with exams, papers, blog posts, reading, and other homework. Yet, I have managed to manage. I still have to work on improving my sleeping schedule and stop sleeping at 5 in the morning, only to awake at 7:30 later, but I guess that’s what caffeine is for. Being a caffeine addict already, I think it has only gotten worse since coming to Baruch, but I am working on improving it.

At first, I really didn’t like Baruch. I felt bombarded with work and at the same time, still felt so bored. Now, I have begun to enjoy my college experience. It is not only a very different environment, but also is filled with many opportunities, and I want to take advantage of them. My participation in the Community Service Project has made me realize that there is a ton of help available to anyone seeking it. All we have to do is ask, and we will get the help we need. The faculty in this school are very helpful and really do aid to foster a sense of learning, encouraging us to push forward and achieve all that we want. Without the support of my advisor, Mr. Medina and my peer mentor, Sam, I don’t know what I’d do. They offer so much support and are always there to help. Because of this project, I have realized the importance of teamwork and how we all have to work together to reach a common goal that we can all work towards. With a bit of disagreement and with our varied interests, it was hard to decide a place to volunteer at. In the end, we decided to volunteer at the New York Public Library, because it the option we could all actually agree on. It definitely was a great decision, because by volunteering our time there, we are giving back to the very institution that really means a lot to our society. As New Yorkers, we are dependent on the New York Public Library System, as it provides us with unlimited amounts of free knowledge and free access to many resources, including the internet. It has been our friend while we were growing up, and continues to aid us today. We feel that by volunteering there, we are not only helping the library serve our society, but also will be able to better ourselves.

I have come to appreciate the many resources available and the many different clubs that the college has to offer. I am definitely planning to use the Starr Career Development Center, in order to find internships in the future, build my resume, and attend other workshops that will aid me in my college career. I am planning to volunteer at an organization I found in the volunteer fair, New York Needs You, during the winter break and into next semester. I also want to join a club next semester. I am still exploring all the options. I definitely do want to try to get into an honor society as well. In the next three years I see myself to be a very involved, motivated, and ambitious person, who has better time management skills.

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One Response to Next Steps…

  1. ss113481 says:

    Shalika, caffeine has definitely become one of my best friends since I started college! But, I think that’s a good sign, because it means that you are willing to get involved and put a lot of effort into what you are doing! I know I was definitely a little intimidated by Baruch at first, so I can empathize with you. I’m also very glad to hear that you are opening up and starting to enjoy your time at Baruch more. You go, girl!

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