Fall 2018 marks the beginning of Baruch College’s 50th year as an independent senior college within the CUNY system. This year welcomes the largest class of incoming first-year students in recent history.
Many students attend Baruch for its prestige, stellar business program and opportunities it can offer upon graduation. But at the same time, students may also crave a college with an active and social student life, which can be harder to find at an institution like Baruch.
Baruch is known for being a commuter school, in which many students show up on campus to attend classes or professional events and then leave. The lack of a real campus or a huge student hub adds to the intimidation new students feel as they find their way around the Newman Vertical Campus and 23rd Street building. Despite club fairs, tabling events and posters telling prospective students to sign up for various social, academic and professional clubs, students sometimes shy away from joining school organizations because they feel like outsiders.
Despite these fears, the key to finding a social life at Baruch is to be a go-getter. A commuter school forces students to put in the work if they want to achieve success, be it on the academic or the social front.
If a Baruch student has a problem with their financial aid, that problem will not be fixed unless they go through the painstaking process of contacting the various administrative offices involved and following up until the problem gets fixed.
Likewise, if a student wants to make lots of new friends on campus and become part of an organization, they have to show initiative and step out of their comfort zone.
Thankfully, becoming a go-getter at Baruch is not difficult if one puts in some time and explores the various socializing and networking options that exist. The first few weeks of the semester are the prime time to join clubs and organizations, as they are looking for potential new members to replace those who have either graduated or left.
It’s fairly simple to walk into a meeting and quickly find out what the organization is about, possibly enjoying some free food along the way. After that, it’s up to the student to choose what they’re interested in and stick with it.
Before long, they have made several connections that could lead to lifelong friendships or opportunities, proving that even commuter schools have a viable social life if one chooses to look for it.