Baruch is not just a business school

Zena Mohamed

Baruch College is recognized for its affordability and diverse student body, but most notably its Zicklin School of Business. However, students pursuing careers in creative fields lack the tools they need to explore their interests and the resources that open doors to their future.

Baruch needs more opportunities for those who are interested in subjects that are considered arts, such as theater, music, literature, journalism, visual arts and filmmaking.

When a Baruch student reveals they go to Baruch, they are too often asked if they’re pursuing a business degree. If a student chooses to attend Baruch because of its affordability and would like to put their focus on a performing arts-related degree, they might feel left out amid the school’s overwhelming emphasis on business.

There are various resources at the Starr Career Development Center, but they promote jobs and internships primarily for students planning on going into Zicklin.

While there are more than 3,000 students in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, there isn’t a theater or music club for students.

This creates a sense of displacement for students who may feel they’re on a misguided path and their career choice will inevitably lead to failure.

Baruch offers 50 areas of study within Weissman’s 13 academic departments.

“They also get to hear from and meet with experts and visiting artists at events sponsored year- round by Baruch’s Mishkin Gallery, New Media Artspace, Harman writers program, the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), and our climate change speaker series,” the Weissman website says.

However, these opportunities are often not visible and students may be unaware of everything the school has to offer.

A necessary solution to this is that the Weissman departments create, and promote, more opportunities for students. They can inform Weissman majors by sending out emails about upcoming events students can sign up for.

Furthermore, students can be more involved in the Baruch community by starting clubs for their interests.

It is paramount that students not feel scared to explore their interests or forced to take what seems like safest route. College helps people learn about themselves and students cannot do that without the necessary opportunities.

Baruch isn’t only a business school because there are students of different backgrounds and unique interests. There should be more emphasis on Weissman for students who want to express their creativity and share it with others.