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.
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.
It’s a program run by the Athena Center to promote women’s leadership. Part leadership theory, part feminist theory, and part leadership training, the program is meant to challenge your preconceptions about what leadership means, and what leadership means in a white supremacist heteropatriarchal society.
It’s a 5 course program and you’re also required to take a number of leadership labs, run by the lovely Tomika, get involved with an internship, and complete a Senior Social Action Project. Being an Athena Scholar also offers opportunities like the Athena Scholars Mentorship Program, where you’re matched with a mentor who checks up on you every now and then (I’m getting lunch with mine next week). Abigail, the head of the program sends out e-mails every now and then with a shit-ton of resources and goodies.
It’s a fantastic program. The women who take part in it do it for different reasons and come back from it with different perspectives, but at the end of the day, it’s another chance to grow.
Hey! I wrote about this topic over here. It’s probably much more of an answer than you need, but I still think it’s worth bringing back, especially now that acceptances are out.
For your first year, you are required to live in multiples (mostly doubles, some triples, and a few quads), unless you get disabilities housing. You can either try to live with someone you know (not guaranteed) or you can go for random roommate assignments.
Unless you have a legitimate reason to be accommodated by the Office of Disabilities Services, you will not live in a single.
Would you mind elaborating on why you are scared about the roommate situation?
OH SWEET JESUS DON’T RENT A CONDO IN NYC.