The USG Report: USG president reflects on years of service at Baruch

A college career goes by in the blink of an eye. It has truly been an honor to serve as your president for the past year.

After four years of being a part of Baruch College’s Undergraduate Student Government, my ride is coming to an end and I am proud to have seen this organization improve in many aspects. I am proud to have seen student life flourish. We wanted to leave Baruch a better place than when we first arrived and we hope to have achieved this goal.

The institution outlasts the individuals and I am excited to see what the future holds. However, being part of such a unique college community sometimes leads to frustration. The trick is to channel this into action.

We are not in a perfect school by any means, but part of this job is working around the flaws we find within the system.

As a student government, we deal with the same bureaucracy on the administrative level that we see as everyday students on-campus.

This fosters a creative environment and a work ethic among students that is unparalleled. This is the Baruch Bearcat spirit. The hustle and buzz around campus is infectious.

If you ever feel the need to validate this, as classes change, stand on the third floor of the vertical campus looking down on the lobby and watch thousands of your peers go about their day. The liveliness and aura of the view are inspiring.

These individuals are the inspiration for the work that USG members complete each day.

Our work here is meant to engage and inspire each undergraduate through various initiatives and events. At times, we fall short of this goal but we come back with a fire and drive to do right by all students.

Each year, the student government focuses on a different set of annual goals, but there is a continuity and a shared mission that carries on through each administration. This is essential to the success of the organization and without it, we would fight the same battles each year.

This job comes with a lot of ups and downs, but the time spent learning from you and growing with you has been a true privilege. I do not regret a single moment and, despite our term ending, the foundation we have put into place will continue to serve students for years to come.

There are times in all of our college careers when we start to feel crushed by the weight of classes, work and various obligations. It is in these moments that I have looked to you for inspiration and you have never failed to provide. I will forever be grateful.

Daniel Dornbaum is the president of USG. He can be reached at His office is located at 3-272 in the Newman Vertical Campus.