Journal 3

The significant difference between college and high school is that students are not necessarily looked after or pampered in every step they take. I realized that it is the students who need to take the initiative to seek out help and resources. Baruch College presents to us countless opportunities through faculty, peers, staff, support centers, the library, clubs, and many more.

Participating in the Community Service Project has encouraged me to utilize the library databases. Using the databases, I was able to research and find the nonprofit organization quickly and efficiently. As I learned to use the library resources for my community service project, I also learned to use them for my other classes’ research as well.

Throughout this semester, I “abused” the privilege of the Writing Center by going for almost every paper that I had to write. The faculty of the Writing Center do not just simply point out mechanical errors and fix sentence structures, but they give insight on what the weakest points and strongest points are in my paper and help enhance my strengths and work on my weaknesses.

Although I am currently not in a student club, I plan to get involved with organizations and clubs in the coming semesters. I am planning to join the Global Student Organization and a business fraternity next year, and hopefully more organizations in the following years that will help me grow as a person and fuel my interest in certain fields such as international relations and business.

As my group progressed in the community service project, my understanding of the importance of serving the community changed. At first, I thought that it would not make a difference whether I did community service or not. However, I now realize that every single volunteer makes a difference. The community depends on volunteers and I am encouraged to help in any way I can.

In the next three years, I hope to continue my studies at Baruch College. As mentioned before, I hope to be a part of different clubs, organizations, and a fraternity. Also, I hope to have expanded in my communication and presentation skills. Overall, I want to be able to look back on the previous years of college and be able to say, with no regrets, that I took advantage of all I could of the opportunities that are existent in Baruch College.

What it means to serve my community

Being a Baruch Scholar is truly a blessing. Where can I attend a college that will pay for my tuition and even give me my own Mac?  Well, Baruch is one of the few colleges that I know of that actually does this. Therefore, I believe that I have a role to play within the next four years in serving Baruch as well as the broader community.

With so many clubs and organizations, Baruch College has much to offer. I want to take advantage of all of these opportunities around me in Baruch in order to grow as an individual. However, I believe that life is not always about selfishness, but selflessness.

As a Baruch Scholar, there is nothing for me to do but to give back to the community that has allowed me to be financially relieved throughout the rest of my college experience. Like the donors who generously basically paid for my college tuition, I want to volunteer in helping the needy, whether they lack money, education, etc. Hence, the culture of service that requires Scholars to volunteer is critical. It gives Scholars the push they need to take a stance in helping the community.

I believe that community service is not just a requirement of the Honors Program, but it is a chance for us to experience the act of giving. It is a chance for us to build our character as Honors students. It is a chance for us to build our foundations as future leaders of our community.

On My Way

Ever since I was a child, I had dreams of making it big in life. That is why I believe coming to the States was such a large step in my life. In Korea, it is very hard to get into a college and even harder to find employment because of the job deficit. However, opportunities are just waiting to be grasped here in the States. Hence, in December 1999, my parents and I moved to Flushing, New York and have been living here ever since.

My mom and dad are very hard working. They haven’t taken a vacation since we got here. They work from morning to night, and seem to have no problems or complaints about the work they do. My parents work hard in order to provide the bet for my sister and me. I can say that they are the greatest inspirations of my life.

If I can wrap up my values and beliefs in one word, it would be perseverance. I will not give up on achieving success, for the sake of my parents.  And like I said, I’ve always wanted to make it big.

My expectation as a college student is to be crafted into an important contributor of society. I want to learn skills I will benefit from and use for the rest of my life, such as time management and becoming a better speaker. I hope to meet a lot of different people as well. My only concern for my first semester is my GPA. I hope to start college with a big bang, and am working hard to do so!