ABOUTFounded on the auspicious 11th of November, in the year 2011, Barnard Baby has blogged about provincial life in the small rural hamlet of New York City since arriving at the gates of the inimitable Barnard College with a vial of White Men's Tears in her pocket and a pair of sensible size 6 1/2 boots on her feet.
___________________________________Dubbed Mother of Prospies by the ever elusive Seer Overheard on the 22nd of July, in the 13th year of the 2nd millennia. Ask her a question or engage in some conversation. But beware. She may offer you tea.
___________________________________Just a Barnard Baby Walking off my tired feet Pounding 42nd street To be in a show
Honestly, I’m not sure how to answer you. The students at Barnard aren’t a homogenous mob of any particular identity. There are so many people here with such a diverse number of interests that I find it unfair to judge a class based on posts on a facebook page. People are so much more complex than what they share on social media.
I mean fandom and tea are totally my jam, but I’m so much more than that. They are too.
also it’s hard to make conversation with a whole bunch of girls you don’t know! talking about tv shows is like a nice thing lots of people have in common
Also keep in mind that those are the girls who are /using/ the Facebook group. There are likely girls who do not use social media to connect who are also going to Barnard. Not that social media is bad, but you’re getting a skewed sample. :)
Get a job. Either a part-time job on-campus through work study, and off-campus job, a paid internship, Barnard Babysitting, Barnard Codes, or Barnard Bartending. NYC is an expensive place, and you’ll need the funds for books and materials and transportation at the barest minimum. When you’re off the meal plan, you’ll need it for groceries as well (Trader Joes is, surprisingly, a life saver).
And that’s not counting the fact that you want to enjoy your time here. You want to see shows, go to events, have adventures. A lot of it takes money. At the same time, there are ways to enjoy yourself w/o shelling out cash. You just have to dig a little deeper into the city, but that’s part of the fun.
Jobs: great. Loans: also acceptable. They give you Stafford Subsidized Loans, but if you really need to, you can take out other loans. One year I took out a Subsidized, Unsubsidized and a Perkins. Helped a lot.
Internship opportunities in NYC are phenomenal. It’s both overwhelming and nervewracking, since the very fact that there are internships everywhere contributes to the pressure to always have one. But it’s so worth it.
As for the benefits, it’s really to each their own. I adore having small classes, and there’s something to be said about getting to know so many people in your class. It’s an interesting sort of intimacy, since even thought Barnard is considered a small college, 2k+ students is still a hell of a lot of people.
It’s all relative I suppose.
There are a number of transfer students at Barnard. It’s definitely not rare. I’ve met students from all over, so I don’t think it can be said that our transfers come from any usual place.
Decide when you get here. You have so much time to figure it out, so give yourself some space to explore. If the workload is too much, it’s too much. If it’s manageable, it’s manageable. You won’t know until you’re here.