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The best thing at Baruch is definitely the location and the amenities that students here enjoy. First off, Baruch is located on 24th Street and Lexington Avenue, which is basically on the southeastern fringes of Midtown. In short, the school is close to the two main areas of business activity in the city, the other one being, of course the Financial District. In fact, thereÕs a saying at Baruch that reads like this: ÒItÕs not that far from 24th Street to Wall Street.Ó This saying confirms the geographical proximity but also attests more importantly the unique fiber that runs through our school. One thing I would change is to involve more people in learning about the selective recruiting process that financial firms have for applicants seeking to secure a summer internship or even an internship during the semester. What most people in Baruch think is that if they manage to graduate on time, everything will take care of itself. First of all, we do have a great resource, which is our STARR career development center. There, students can seek advice on how to a resume and cover letter, as well as participate in mock interviews to take some of the jitters away when going on a real interview. Every student should take advantage of this resource early on and not wait until they are about to graduate in order to get an internship. Another crucial thing that people fail to be aware of is that most of these summer internships may lead to full-time job opportunities with the firm, of course, depending on the performance during the internship. Second of all, I would try to have more classes or extracurricular events that are geared toward educating students on some of the things they should know before going on the interview. As Baruch students, we need to impress employers with the skills and knowledge we have about the finance industry. Walking into that interview unprepared does not bode for that studentÕs prospects for getting that internship and at the same time reflects poorly on the school itself. The school size is fine the way it is now. However, the only two things that I have comments about are the housing and the old school building. Currently Baruch does not have dorm to house their students. While I am aware of the fact that not all students would like to dorm, those that do donÕt have much in the way of options. There is one residential development undertaken by City College Ð another good college under the CUNY umbrella, which allows students from Baruch looking for affordable housing to live with City students in a building close to their campus. New York cannot really be called a college town per say since the city is quite huge and hosts a great variety of different population, not only college students. ThatÕs the good part about living in this beautiful city. The opportunities abound at every corner.
Best thing about Baruch is that it is located in NYC. One thing I would change... ON-CAMPUS HOUSING, PLEASE. This would make Baruch seem more like a college, have some sort of campus life. Many people complain that it just still feels like high school because of this. You don't hang out with people you are with all the time in school, simply because everyone lives so far away. When I tell people I go to Baruch this is how it goes: Me: I go to Baruch. B: Where? Never heard of that. Me: Oh, its a college in New York. B: Oh.. Where do I spend my most time on campus..hmm. I dont. Its boring, and there isnt much of a campus anyway. Its a building with 14 floors. There is absolutely NO SCHOOL PRIDE. Most frequent student complaints: WE NEED DORMS!!!
Because Baruch is part of the CUNY system, people who are unfamiliar with the school are unimpressed. However, people who know that Baruch is the best of the CUNYs react nicely. I spend most of my time at Baruch outside of the main building at the tables they have set up, or in the BPAC (Baruch Performing Arts Center). The best thing about Baruch is the staff. The professors are wonderful and knowledgeable and super helpful. The unfortunate part of Baruch is that it has no sort of "campus" atmosphere. Everything is very solitary, making it difficult for students to get to know each other. There is barely any school pride, the sporting events aren't really taken seriously (aside from the players). The most frequent student complaints are the elevators/escalators. The main elevators only stop on floors 2, 5, 8, and 11. at 2:30 on a monday afternoon it is nearly impossible to get to your class on the 13th floor unless you arrive 20 minutes early and don't mind waiting for an elevator for 15 of those minutes. The escalators only go up to the 5th floor, and they are ALWAYS broken. There is almost a 0% chance of getting all working escalators up to the 5th floor. because they're broken, there's always congestion of people trying to walk up and down the same escalator. We have express elevators hidden on the 1st floor, but even though not everyone knows about them or uses them, there's always a long line to wait. And the elevators are really small, so they don't even hold many people. Baruch has a beautiful library, but it's very hard to find any material within it.
The best thing about Baruch is the opportunities it provides. We have an excellent career center that helps students find jobs and internships. This secures your future to know you have people helping you gain experience with something relating to your major. In addition, we also have a tutoring service, a writing center, mock interviews, resume reviews, etc. that are useful for students. Baruch is a satisfying size in my opinion because I would not be happy with a small school where everyone knows each other. I like the feeling that you can meet someone new almost everyday. When I tell people I go to Baruch, they immediately link it with business and my friend from Cornell even told me she heard that the prestige for Baruch is becoming better. There are not that many buildings for Baruch because there are the 23rd building which is also the same building the high school is in, the Vertical Campus (VC) building of fourteen floors that consists of a majority of classes and activities, and the library building across from the VC. Baruch is not exactly a town because it is located in Manhattan, the mid-town areas of 25th street and Lexington Avenue. People come and go and remain in a rush just like the rest of New York City residents because people seem to be living in a fast-paced world which is also witnessed at Baruch of people running to their next class or appointments. A big complaint at Baruch would be in the VC when you have to rush to class. Make sure you have at least 15 minutes to spare if your class is on the 11th floor or higher unless you plan to run up/down the stairs (which you might have to because the main elevators only stop on the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th floor) because it is really crowded as we have to wait for elevators and people are jam-packed, squeezing their way just to fit in an elevator. Moreover, our escalators are frequently broken causing a traffic jam of people.
- The best thing about Baruch is definitely the number of activities that it is involved in. Located right at the heart of New York City, Baruch has access to some of the finest institution, right in it's backyard. Its students always have somewhere to go
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