Baruch Students Participate in TEAM Baruch Leadership Retreat
91 Students Participate in Two-Day Retreat in New Jersey
This year’s retreat was at the New Jersey Star Lake Retreat Center located in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. Students who participated in this retreat are all vying for membership into TEAM Baruch, a Peer Mentor Leadership program that strives to raise social consciousness by empowering students to make positive change within their communities.
Students who attended said the experience was rewarding on many levels. Annie Sourbis, public relations major, said Baruch students should considering applying to TEAM Baruch.
“It was a very valuable experience. As a current student leader, I did not expect to learn as much as I did,” she said. “I took something away from every seminar, learning how to resolve conflict, different leadership styles and ethics. Most importantly as a student leader, TEAM Baruch showed me where I have made some of my mistakes and how I can grow to become a better leader.”
“The T.E.A.M. Baruch retreat really caught me off guard with the whole strengths test and now I see myself applying it to everything I do,” said Ariel Ordonez, freshman undecided major. “The retreat is very informative in itself, but the level of intimacy achieved within only two days with a bunch of strangers was surreal, and is something I would love for many more students to experience.”
“It's easy to focus on one's weaknesses,” said Mariam Anuashvili, junior marketing major. “The T.E.A.M. Baruch retreat helped me become aware of my strengths and how to better incorporate them in my life -- and for that, I will always be thankful for the life-changing experience.”
Jordan Mcfarlane-Beau, School of Public Affairs graduate student, first attended the TEAM Baruch Retreat in 2009 and was invited back to share his experience at this year’s retreat.
“I was very fortunate to attend the 2014 TEAM Baruch Peer Mentor training retreat. I trained for and graduated from T.E.A.M. Baruch 5 years ago and I'm glad I was able to share my stories and experience with the next generation of students as well as reconnect with old friends I trained and worked with,” Jordan said. “My hope is that both TEAM Baruch family and alumni network will continue to grow and incite positive social justice and change within Baruch and then the world.”
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. 5 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/.
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