Sep 25 2011

Where have you been and where are you going?

Posted at 9:28 pm under Uncategorized

Hi, my name is Steven Teng and there were many things in my past that helped shape who I am. However, in order to understand everything, we’ll have to start at the beginning. I grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and as a child, I wasn’t the ideal student. I vaguely remember getting low grades on my exams and annoying my teachers. However, I changed into a different person from 4th grade and on. My parents started comparing me to other students and how my grades were so low. It was also the time where I joined the school chorus, after several years of trying to get in. My experiences in the chorus taught me that hard work pays off and that I’ll have to work hard to please my parents. With this mentality, I entered Cunningham Junior High. Cunningham helped me academically and allowed me to try different things, such as playing an instrument. I have always loved music and I took the chance that my school gave me to join the school band. After trying hard to learn the flute, I was able to become one of the better players in the band. With everything that Cunningham gave me, I was able to enter Stuyvesant High School. I learned a lot from Stuyvesant and met people that will be lifelong friends.

Outside of Stuyvesant, I got my first job at a tutoring place. At that time, I was extremely timid and did not like talking to people that I didn’t know, especially those older than I was. However, I enjoyed the work that my boss gave me and it required me to communicate with the teachers. After working there for a few summers, I was able to interact with teachers, parents, and students comfortably. These are valuable life experiences that I can only gain by working at places such as the tutoring place that I am currently employed at.

The schools I attended and my work experience helped shape who I am now. These experiences changed me from a troublemaker to a timid boy to someone who is not afraid to speak with others. Now, I am in Baruch College, hoping for a good education. I have two cousins that attend Baruch and I often look to them for help. I hope to do as well as they do in school and live up to the expectations of my family and friends. The thing that I am concerned about is the format of how college classes and college in general is structured. However, I believe that Mr. Medina and Maria, along with my classmates and friends, will help me overcome this worry. I expect to have a lot of fun in Baruch and get a good education.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Where have you been and where are you going?”

  1.   Gerald Tabaosareson 29 Sep 2011 at 12:03 am 1

    YAY MUSIC LOVER! Despite the fact that you went to Stuy, I’ll let that slide because of our shared passion for music.

    If that whole open mic thing pulls through with the honors lounge one day, I hope to see you there performing!

  2.   Manna M. Changon 29 Sep 2011 at 5:23 pm 2

    Evil parents! Always like to compare. I guess there is some good to it.

    I think you have the ability to become a singer 😀

  3.   Daphne K Palasion 30 Sep 2011 at 9:13 am 3

    Steven! You’ll have lots of fun at Baruch and also learn so many new things…I can feel it, and I know it’s true for the rest of us, too. I also really like singing, and we should jam with other music lovers in our LC!!

  4.   mariajguglielmoon 01 Oct 2011 at 9:01 pm 4


    I really enjoyed reading about your transformation and how music has had such an effect upong your life. I had no idea that you loved to sing and played the flute. Maybe you and Gerald can find a place to express your love for music in Baruch. (Gerald plays the saxophone!)

    The structure of college is very different and takes some adjusting. Next semester you will have more freedom to structure it to your liking but it is a good opportunity to learn to be flexible. And yes I am here to help you in any way that I can.