The Ticker Congratulates the Class of 2019!
50 Years of Commencement
Courtesy of Baruch College
The 2019 Baruch College commencement ceremony celebrated its 50th anniversary and awarded degrees to over 3,800 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students on June 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Seniors wore tassels, stoles, decorated caps, gowns and their school pride as Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein and other notable speakers recognized their hard work and accomplishments throughout the years.
The Ticker asked seven graduates to offer advice to both incoming freshmen and current students as they look back on their Baruch experience.
My time at Baruch was a rollercoaster, to say the least, but club life is a big reason I’ll look back on it fondly. When I joined Lexicon as a photographer during my sophomore year, I didn’t expect to meet so many amazing people that made my journey what it was. I went to so many enjoyable events and was given opportunities I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Baruch was truly a home away from home and I’m so thankful I made the last minute choice to spend the last four years here.
Everyone’s timeline is different. At some points you may feel like people are moving faster than you, but that doesn’t mean you’re behind. It means you’re working at your own pace, which is what everyone does. What’s meant to be yours will be yours; do your best, enjoy it, and you’ll get the best.
Since my first semester at Baruch College I have been heavily active in club life. Joining such organizations as Colleges Against Cancer, Japanese Anime Asylum, Archery Club, and my beloved, The Grid. In The Grid I was privileged to hold almost every executive board position sans President. Cultivating relationships within the club and aiding its growth to new heights has been the single best part of my college experience. Venturing alongside the club scene I embarked on a journey through student government, leading to a culmination of 10+ positions over three years time. Witnessing and learning the ins-and-outs of Baruch's bureaucracy can be summed up eloquently as, woof! Advice time: join clubs! Doing so will hopefully accomplish a few things: 1) meet people and create lasting relationships; 2) provide fun unforgettable experiences; and 3) discover yourself and grow. Personally, I was a timid person and loner. But, through joining these various clubs I grew to become an outgoing social butterfly with a plethora of crazies and misfits I love calling best friends.
My time in Baruch is something that I would describe as being an experience that shaped who I am today. Coming in as a freshman at Baruch, I was a really shy and reserved person. Something that’s been a huge part of that is T.E.A.M Baruch. All people I met through that program and those who I hopefully impacted is something I take away from my Baruch experience. And I am grateful for the lifelong friends I’ve made during my four years.
My biggest advice is be your most authentic self. When looking for a full-time job in the future, employers want someone that knows who they are and can bring that presence to their company environment. So don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t get a job right after graduating. When the time is right and the position fits, you’ll get it. Believe in the process!
Baruch has truly fostered a home-like environment for me where I’ve grown, learned and encountered some of the most beautiful experiences and people of my life so far. Holistically, Baruch is everything I’ve ever wanted in a college experience — the education is affordable yet invaluable, the resources available are endless, the huge network is inspiring, and the student life is dynamic. I’m so incredibly grateful for time here and you best believe I’m taking Baruch with me whenever I go! To incoming and first year students, I encourage you all to take initiative and actively look for all the beauty within Baruch that makes it what it is — it’s everywhere, I promise.
I transferred into Baruch Fall 2017. Luckily, I was able to attend Baruch with my brother and work alongside him as a Bursar for Undergraduate Student Government. At the same time I also decided to join T.E.A.M. Baruch. In T.E.A.M Baruch I was able to work as an Orientation leader for the Summer 2018 season and later became manager for the following Winter and Summer seasons. For my second year, I became a Leadership Coordinator for the Office of Student Life.
Throughout my jobs and schoolwork, I have also been able to become friends with some of the most beautiful, wild and incredible individuals. If it weren’t for them and the staff that believed in me, I would not be the person I am today.
To my current and incoming students, here is some advice for you: Take that awkward first step towards something you are curious about. It can feel impossible to even push yourself to say “hello” first. However, once you do it the first time, it only gets easier as time goes on. Second, become involved in club life. Baruch students are what keep club life alive and without it, Baruch would never be the same. Lastly, take care of yourself. You are capable of achieving what you put your mind to only if you take care of yourself and put yourself first. I believe in you all to do extraordinary things and wish success to you all.
My time at Baruch was fun and stressful. Fun because of the people I met and interacted with. Stressful because there was always something that I either had to turn in or actually do.
The best advice I could give would be to find three clubs or organizations that relate the most to you or your goals and cement yourself in them. Also for all my shy people, please don’t eat in the bathroom or the staircases — there are plenty of other places to eat in privacy.
My favorite memory of my time here was my first time as a peer mentor. This not only was a chance for me to teach others but reflect and better learn how to empathize and work with people. Improving not only my interpersonal skills but also creating a give and take relationship with my mentees.
My advice to the incoming freshmen is to run your own race at your pace while not forgetting to have fun and making the most out of the experiences.