Baruch Voices Offers Creative Platform for First-year Students to Share Their Stories
NEW YORK, NY- November 20, 2014 - On November 13, in front of an audience of close to a 1,000 students, 15 first-year Baruch College students took the stage at Mason Hall to share their stories as part of Baruch Voices.
In its sixth year, Baruch Voices is a program that celebrates first-year students and their experiences at Baruch College through creative expression.
Baruch first-year students created and performed monologues as part of the Freshman Seminar curriculum, coordinated through the Office of Student Life. The purpose of writing and acting out monologues gives students an opportunity to develop their communication, writing and self-reflection skills all while sharing a particularly meaningful story or incident in their life.
Each Freshman Seminar section voted on which monologue would be presented at Baruch Voices. Nominated students were given the opportunity to participate in a Storytelling Workshop with professionals from Magnet Theater, an improvisational comedy theatre and school in New York City. Students were then invited to perform a story, monologue, or other spoken word piece during Baruch Voices.
Students explored a variety of subject matter and emotions in their performances. Jocelyn Chia, Director of Corporate Events at the Magnet Theater, said, “I was blown away by the talent and diversity of the students at Baruch. We heard pieces that were humorous, thoughtful, engaging and meaningful.”
“Watching the students come alive in front of their peers was a joy,” said Melanie Hoopes, Storytelling Program Director of the Magnet Genius Machine. “Baruch Voices are unique and dynamic and worthy of being heard.”
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.