After its first semester in operation, the Baruch Himalayan Club had a strong finish with its final general interest meeting. The final meeting primarily featured the elections for the next semester’s executive board, but the meeting was open to both past and new members so they would understand the club better.
Since its inauguration in December, the Baruch Himalayan Club has strived to become one of the leading clubs at Baruch College.
The goals of the club include spreading Himalayan culture at Baruch, creating an environment to help students with language and culture barriers and to bridge the gap between Himalayan students and students of other backgrounds.
With the events that the Himalayan Club has held this Spring semester, the club demonstrated it is capable of fulfilling all of its goals.
The first general interest meeting for the Himalayan Club was held on Valentine’s Day, marketed with the slogan: “Why spend Valentine’s day alone, when you can spend it with us!” The welcoming club had food, fun, games and prizes at the meeting, as stated on the flier. With a turnout of about 30 attendees, the Himalayan club’s first meeting proved successful.
One of the main goals of the club is to promote academic advancement and career development among Himalayan and non-Himalayan students. Throughout its first semester, the club achieved this by putting its members in contact with organizations such as the Network of Sherpa Students and Professionals. NSSP provides volunteer and networking opportunities through the Himalayan Buddhist Community of Nepal in USA, which is hosting the “Buddha Jayanti Celebration” on May 14. The “Buddha Jayanti Celebration” is a three-day event that will feature a blood drive, prayers and teachings of Buddhism and will end with the Nepal Day parade.
“The club hopes to reach out to as many Himalayan students and other interested students as possible who's [sic] are seeking the guidance and mentorship that one needs to succeed at Baruch and beyond,” wrote Sonam Doka Sherpa and Jamyang Dorjee Walden, the vice president and president of the Himalayan Club, through text. “We find that many students are not aware of the resources that Baruch has to offer, so we want to be there to help those students by letting them know about our events and other events they might be interest [sic] in.”
Sherpa and Walden accomplished their goal to expose students to events around Baruch through their Facebook page where they promote Himalayan Club events, other club events around Baruch and post about Himalayan culture.
As well as informing students about the culture, the Himalayan Club sought to keep its members engaged through small competitions and out-of-school events. One of the club’s competitions was a slogan-making contest open to all Baruch students. The aim was to see who could come up with a slogan that best represented the club. The winner was “Ascending to the Peak,” chosen by the e-board because its members felt that it best embodied what the club stood for, and also represented from where the club originated.
With such a successful semester, Baruch can only wait in anticipation for what the Himalayan club has planned for the coming Fall semester. Slated are various cultural events, a LinkedIn headshot workshop and a networking night where students can meet Himalayan professionals.
For such a new club, the Himalayan club is doing all that it can to become visible in club life and get the recognition it deserves.
“There wasn’t much competition, but our [e-board] candidates had some great ideas and vision[s] bigger and better in the coming year,” wrote Sherpa and Walden. All that is left to do is to wait and see.