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Freshman Convocation at the beginning of every spring semester.
Freshman Convocation at the beginning of every spring semester.
Most students are rather school spirited, but only students in organizations. This includes the frats and sororities, the school newspaper, people on the sports teams, the yearbook (me), etc. These will be the only people you see wearing t-shirts with the school mascot (the bearcat) or at least something that says Baruch on it. But we all like to party too so that's something we all have in common.
Students mostly keep to themselves rather than making friends; we'd open up to each other if we have a class together and talk mostly about schoolwork and become friends like that, but after the semester is over, we tend to lose contact (liking each other's statuses on facebook doesn't count at all). Since realizing this, I started looking for an organization to join to meet more people, and to my happy surprise, an old friend turns out to also go to Baruch and is the editor in chief of our yearbook, the Lexicon. We now work together on the yearbook while also having fun with everyone else in the committee. Then again, there's also the bars around the campus where all students congregate to socialize.
I feel the academic requirements are balanced; the prerequisites needed before the business courses all add up to make a well rounded student, having at least a little knowledge in every single aspect of education. In addition to having a major, students are required to have a minor not related to their major. This was kinda good for me since I intend on majoring in marketing and advertising, but also had an interest in graphic design. The mandatory "minor with major" kinda gave me the push to go for my second interest as well.
The stereotype seems to be that all students in Baruch are in the business major. Although the majority of students are in the Zicklin School of Business, or intending to be, there are also students in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs.
Everyone has a lot of school pride, the majority of the professors are amazing. Only negative thing is that many of the offic...
Everyone has a lot of school pride, the majority of the professors are amazing. Only negative thing is that many of the office personnel don't really know anything outside of their own job.
There are a lot of clubs and different groups. They're friendly and always invite new people.
Professors are really friendly, although some are extremely strict and harsh graders.
Athletes. A lot of the kids that attend are athletes
I would tell myself to take advantage of speaking with professors after class hours because I think that is a great opportuni...
I would tell myself to take advantage of speaking with professors after class hours because I think that is a great opportunity to make the most of your education. Often times as college students we are too eager to leave class that even if we are confused on a subject matter, we refuse to ask for help. In college settings, education is delivered on a less personal basis unlike grade school or high school. There aren't always steady homework assignments or active class participation in all classes, especially large lecture classes which are common especially in the first few years of college. In these types of large class room settings, students tend to lose their train of focus and thought which leads to further confusion in the course's content. However, professors always set up personal office hours where students can receive tailored advice or help on exactly what they are struggling with. Most professors are more than happy to do that and it also shows them that the student is taking initiative in their education.
The faculty of the business and science departments are outstanding and are truly there to help the students. They are genuinely interested in the students' growth.
Registrar office is not helpful or mindful of students which makes it difficult for students who need help in terms of class registration or transfer of credits to receive any sort of legitimate, sound advice. Also, in terms of club events or club support, the school has too many regulations in comparison to private schools which makes it difficult for students to strengthen such activities.
Many people think students here are accounting or business majors, majority Chinese/Asians, as well as having a huge amount o...
Many people think students here are accounting or business majors, majority Chinese/Asians, as well as having a huge amount of Greek spirit. These sterotypes are very accurate. Many students are unsure of their majors and tend to lean towards managment as their major.
This school is getting way too overcrowded the past year. It's really hard to even get a computer in the computer lab when y...
This school is getting way too overcrowded the past year. It's really hard to even get a computer in the computer lab when you're going during peak hours, so if you go a few minutes late, you're out of luck and a computer to use. In terms of campus life, there really isn't much. Since it is a commuter school, everyone seems to just go home after class. However, this college life is what you make of it. If you choose to go home after class, you won't get much out of your college experience. Join clubs, be active!
The Newman Library is probably the first spot students think of when they need to get some studying done. There are 4 floors of tables and open space for students to get some quiet time. However, often times, it gets a little packed, so there are alternative places where I like to study. In the library building, on the 6th floor, holds the largest computer lab in the school. In addition, there are also multiple computer labs located in the VC building that are free to use.
The greek scene is definitely active on campus. During Thursdays, when we have our "club hours," a time when everyone has free time, all of the school organizations hold events for students to attend. Every week, on the second floor of the VC building, there are always events going on held by either the student government, or student organizations. Although greek life is present on campus, it definitely does not make those who are not in a greek organization feel like they NEED to be in one in order to enjoy college.
The school cafeteria food is mediocre. It rarely ever changes, but on the bright side, the prices are affordable. If you go outside of Baruch, it opens up your food options to anything and pretty much everything you crave for. Within a few block radius, you have your japanese, thai, indian, cuban, viet, food trucks, italian, etc.
Baruch College has one of the most diverse student populations. I believe we even ranked 1st for most diverse in the past.
FOr the most part, the professors at Baruch College are great. They are always available for you to speak to outside of class. Baruch students are always studying. There is never a day where the Newman library is empty.
Recently, Baruch College has been in the news for protests against tuition hike. The greatest asset to an individual in this ...
Recently, Baruch College has been in the news for protests against tuition hike. The greatest asset to an individual in this country is "freedom of speech." With that, both students and faculty members gathered outside Baruch to rally against the raise. However, by the evening, CUNY board of trustees had made their decision: they approved the $300- per- year increase in tuition. So, don't be alarmed when you see that bill increasing in amount every year. While the increase in tuition is a bummer, Baruch College, located at Lexington Ave and 24th Street (NYC), buzzes with students of various age and ethnicity.The college has been consistently named one of the most diverse schools in the United States. Baruch doesn't have a big campus environment like other CUNY colleges, but rather consists of 3 main buildings: 1. North Vertical Campus---NVC (most of classes are held in); 2. Field Building, also called the 23rd Building; and 3. The library located on 25th street. Being that it is a commuter school, Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, (President of Baruch College) is trying create a public plaza for students, which is to be situated between the NVC and library. While that is still in process, one can enjoy Madison Park, located just a few steps away. At the park, you can sit and enjoy your coffee during the fall, or read a novel and bask in the sun during spring. Union Square is also not far, and is the spot for shopping and hanging around. Baruch location is optimal. If you are hungry, you can walk a few blocks and be in the center of Indian cuisine, or walk to the other side, and find yourself eating Vietnamese. I find myself exploring the area and always finding different cuisines to eat. Not to mention, there are many halal stands that you can visit, if you are in a rush and need something quick to eat. In terms of education, Baruch provides opportunities in business (Zicklin School of Business), arts & sciences (Weissman), and public affairs (School of Public Affairs). While it branches into liberal arts and public affairs, Baruch is mainly synonymous with the Zicklin School of Business. Many students, international and domestic, enter as undergraduates to major in a specific field of business, with Accounting and Finance being the top contenders. When it comes to registration, it is difficult to get into a class that you really want, because you are competing with other students for seats. Many of the professors are amazing, but there are a few that I have encountered that haven't been the greatest. However, that is life. You have to learn to adapt yourself to certain situations and make the best of it. On a positive notes, professors are always available during office hours to provide extra help and guidance. So don't hesitate to drop by their offices and ask for their help. There are others sources you can turn to in order to improve your academic performance. If you are struggling in a subject, there is the SACC (Student Academic Consulting Center) tutoring service that can be used. Along with SACC, the writing center provides guidance to help you hone your writing skills. Furthermore, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, helps in developing your communication skills. Baruch stresses communication and writing intensive course to help students improve in both areas. One of the complaints with the college is that it doesn't emulate the campus feeling. To combat the issue, various clubs and organizations exist to provide the social atmosphere. To give a number, there are more than 160 clubs registered and recognized by Student Life. To get students involved, clubs collaborate with each other to host events such as Masquerade Party, Dress For Success Fashion Show, Relay for Life, and many more. Clubs hours (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:30-2:30PM and Fridays from 6:00-8:00pm) are specifically set aside, so students can get out of the confines of their classrooms and socialize/network with their peers. When I started my freshman year at Baruch, I felt lost and alone. Transitioning from high school to college wasn't a piece of cake. The setting and the people were all new. However, I soon settled in and went with the flow. I would wake up in the morning, get ready, and take the MTA to arrive at the college. Then take out my ID, swipe through the turnstile (just like swiping the metro card), and go to my classes. Speaking of ID, it is a hassle to go from one building to the next. If you want to enter the library, you have to swipe your ID. If you want to enter the computer lab, you have to once again swipe your ID. Oh! and if you want to enter the gym, guess what, you have to swipe your ID. It is understandable the safety measures Baruch implements, but at the same time, as a student it becomes a tad bit annoying. It is especially frustrating when you're running late for a class, but you're more late when you have to search through your bag to take out your ID to swipe and enter. But, rules are rule and so one has to follow them. After some time, it becomes a part of your routine when coming to Baruch. So remember, always have your ID handy, or else be ready to put in your ID# through the computer system in order to receive verification from the security that you may enter the educational facility. Furthermore, you will certainly get your daily dose of exercise, for the escalators that are located on the floors don't function. Repairs have been started, but they are still not functioning at the moment. So you have couple of options to choose from: 1. Use the main elevators (stop at main floors 5, 8, 11) and then walk up the stairs; 2. Use local elevators (very slow at coming); 3. Use the stairway, but you don't want to walk all the way up to 12th Floor; or 4. Walk up the non-functioning escalators. In addition, the purchasing price of textbooks is astounding. It not just at Baruch, but at other institutions as well. So make Amazon your best friend. Don't hesitate to buy used books and be on the look out for fliers posted by students who are selling textbooks. Practice your bargaining skills and ask for a better price. Lastly, if your going to the library, good luck finding a comfy cough to sit on and study. You will find students using couches as makeshifts beds by combining two couches together. So if your tired, and want to take a nap, be very quick, and dash to the library to make your bed. You will sure to get a good sleep, because it is very quite at the library, with an exception of few individuals. But, if you're not there to sleep, but rather to study, then don't worry. There are study rooms that you can rent for couple of hours. But be sure to renew the key if you need the room for extra hours because if you fail to return the key on time, then be ready to take out your wallet and pay a fee (kind of like an overdraft fee on a card). Bear in mind that with each college there are pros and cons. While Baruch is certainly not ahead with functioning escalators, it does have a great educational programs.
Baruch has a structured guideline as to what classes one must take. When you enter Baruch, you have to first fulfill the core requirements. Then according to which school you want to go to (Zicklin, Weissman, or Pubic Affairs), you then have to complete their requirements and then take the necessary classes for your major. I am a Finance major and so am enrolled in Zicklin School of Business. With a concentration in business, I have to have a minor in the liberal arts arena. Therefore, I am a double minor in Political Science and Graphic Communications. Upon your acceptance into Zicklin, you are required to take a class in each of the following areas: finance, accounting, management, and marketing. The reason for this is because Baruch wants you to have a feel for each area and see which on you would be truly interested in. Many of the classrooms encompass 50-100 students. Then there are those big lecture halls, that can seat up to 500 students. In the lecture halls, you are recognized by your seat number. In smaller class sizes, they professor may know your name, that is if you are the type of student to participate. At Baruch, there is lack of participation within classrooms. With many students being international and having trouble with English, they choose rather to stay quiet. However, they will respond if the professor calls on him/her individually. Baruch is adamant about improving students writing and communication skills. In many of my classes, I have found myself working in a group and giving a presentation. It is important for you to be able to express your points both orally and on paper, when you graduate and enter the real world. In addition, networking is highly pointed out in classrooms and at professional events. By networking, you want to leave with a business card in hand and build a relationship with the individual who may provide guidance with your career.
Our college does not have dorms, but because its downtown brooklyn it has some nice scenary. There are plenty of good places ...
Our college does not have dorms, but because its downtown brooklyn it has some nice scenary. There are plenty of good places to get something to eat close to school and there's benches you can sit on and eat outside if the weather is nice. There are many sports teams and tournaments involing students and staff. This past Holloween we had a haunted house.
City Tech is very diverse, which came as a surprise to me. I thought my high school was diverse but its nothing compared to college. This made me feel more comfortable because if there was just one major type of student then I would have to try to fit in with them, but since they're more than one I just just be myself. Being yourself is very important. Also they are kids with full finicial aid there are kids who pay some of the tution out of pocket.
I think the corses that are assigned for your major gell together nicely. The things I'm learning in effective speaking relate to the things I'm learning in principals of selling which then relate to the things I'm learning in essentials of marketing and so on and so forth. When proffesors find out about things outside of school you might be interested they let you know. The professors don't always know your name by heart but they know your face. They aren't many lecture classes which can be seen as boring.
One of the many sterotypes at City Tech is that you have to be a genius to get in or you have to be "Chines." This is totally un true. There are many chinese students, but there are also many spanish, black and white students too. Don't think just because your not Chinese you won't get in. Another thing can be if your not a technology major the school is not for you. They have many majors that you wouldn't think they would have such as:cooking, fashion marketing and education. I am a fashion marketing major and its a good program. It is located in brooklyn, so people from other boroughs may think that its too far, its not. There are over seven different trains that go here along with many buses.
When I was a high school senior I was lost. The world seemed like a giant force that was constantly pushing against me. With ...
When I was a high school senior I was lost. The world seemed like a giant force that was constantly pushing against me. With family and money problems I never thought I would accomplish any of my dreams; especially college. If I could revisit myself in that confusing time I would have a lot of encouraging advice. For example, I would tell my stressed-out self not to worry. I would remind her that even though everything is upside down right now it will right itself eventually. I would also caution her to stay in school and graduate. I would tell her that I regret the decision to drop-out now. However, the most important instruction I could give would be to try and get into college. In high school I canceled myself out before I ever had the chance. I would tell my high school self that there are so many funds for need based students. The future student would advise her to take the ACT and apply herself. I would prove she is smarter than she thinks by showing her our current GPA. Finally, I would explain how much I have grown in only one year of college.
An eclectic group of people.
An eclectic group of people.
This is the best time of your life. Use your time wisely and remember that this is where you gain your independence. It is up to you to make wise decisions and know that whatever consequences you face they are based on your own actios. Have fun, be smart and think before you act.
I think it is a typical college, the only issue I had was that I did not like group projects.
I would've told myself to try and get an athletic scholarship instead of going to the school that I thought was the "school o...
I would've told myself to try and get an athletic scholarship instead of going to the school that I thought was the "school of my dreams." However, if I didn't get a scholarship for athletics, I would have told my self to start off at a community college and really think about what I wanted to do. Also, I would have taken classes that pushed me a little more in order to get ready for the harder classes that I would take in college.
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