Just a Barnard Baby

ABOUT

Founded 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.

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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.

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Just a Barnard Baby

Walking off my tired feet

Pounding 42nd street

To be in a show
Elsewhere
Jose Rizal Theme by Jeeddii.
Would a person who has mostly male friends have a rough time at barnard?
Asked by Anonymous

um only if you hate women.

4 Notes | Posted on July 11, 2014
Hey you mentioned your family live in china and I'm just wondering how you cope with homesickness? I'm from Thailand and I'm very aware I can't visit home apart from summer/winter and I'm just wondering how you found it?
Asked by Anonymous

It can be tough. I count myself as fairly independent (considering the number of affectionately passive aggressive calls I get from my family reminding me that they’re always calling me first), and though I love my family with all my heart, moving away from home was an amazing change for me. Nevertheless, every now and then I get hit with a wave of homesickness. It happens and I literally ache to be home, which is a kind of pain that is really just plain awful.

What works for me is knowing that the feeling with pass. I call my parents, I LINE my brother, I send them pictures of what I’ve been up to. I find a friend and we commiserate. I go through old pictures. 

The homesickness will happen. Everyone learns to cope with it their own way, and you’ll have to figure out what works for you. 

2 Notes | Posted on July 11, 2014
I shower at night (so as my hair can dry naturally) and some people find it odd and childish. Will I be judged for that at Barnard?
Asked by Anonymous

I shower at night.

3 Notes | Posted on July 10, 2014
hey, not barnard related as such , but could you recommend me some films?from what i've gathered from your posts on here we have similar tastes and i'm really interested in what your favorites are! on a barnard related note-do you know anything about film@ barnard?
Asked by Anonymous

My favorites???

Oh gosh. Let’s see.

  • Farah Goes Bang (2013)
  • Pacific Rim (2013)
  • Lilo and Stitch (2002)
  • Belle (2013)
  • Saving Face (2004)
  • House of Flying Daggers (2004)
  • Dear White People (2014)
  • Circumstance (2011)
  • Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) [Noomi Rapace not Rooney Mara]
  • Short Term 12 (2013)
  • The Brothers Bloom (2008)

That’s all I can think up now, but I know there are more. Belle is out in theatres and Dear White People is coming out in the Fall. Please go out, buy tickets, and put your butts in their seats. 

As for film @ Barnard, the one thing I’ve heard from ALL my film friends is that if you want to go into production, you’re better off going to a conservatory or another BFA program. Barnard/Columbia does not offer that kind of education. You come to Barnard for a very particular brand of learning and academia, so it depends on what is more important to you.

4 Notes | Posted on July 10, 2014
Is college cliquey?
Asked by Anonymous

No. I mean, I’m sure there are groups of friends who like to stay exclusive and isolated but those are few and far between. I haven’t experienced any sort of hierarchy of peers at Barnard. Some extra-curricular communities may be a little cliquey (the student theatre community has our own small pockets of cliques), but at the greater level of the college, it’s hard to have that kind of cabalistic attitude.

Posted on July 10, 2014
hey bb, i'm wondering about classism @ barnard/columbia?i come from a very low income family and w/o the uk welfare state we would have nothing. thanks to scholarships i am able to attend barnard but i'm worried about maybe classist attitudes of students?like here i have actually been called scum by other students due to my socioeconomic status but i've been told @barnard/columbia i will be seen as 'spoilt rich white girl' due to my nationality but in my country it's the opposite
Asked by Anonymous

You are much more likely to run into classist microaggressions than blatantly aggressive classism. No one will call you scum. Any student who does has no fucking place here. However, students here are still figuring out how to navigate identities they aren’t familiar with, so you may deal with some insensitivity. But that will happen wherever you are, wherever you go. I, personally, have not seen folks correlate nationality with socioeconomic class, so the only reason why I think you’d be seen as a ‘spoilt rich white girl’ is that such a stereotype is commonly associated with Barnard students in general (and women’s colleges and liberal arts colleges, and private colleges).

Posted on July 10, 2014
What are the communal bathrooms like? Are they dirty? Do you know how often they're cleaned? Are they often packed?
Asked by Anonymous

Actually nearly all the bathrooms in the Quad are newly renovated or relatively newly renovated. Barnard staff workers keep the bathrooms very clean, though you’ll get the usual hair in the drains, since hey, college students don’t clean up after themselves. They’re very rarely packed. Students tend to have their own schedules (some shower in the morning, some in the evening), and you’ll run into people, but I never had to wait for a stall to open.

Posted on July 10, 2014
I am very stressed!!!!! I thought I knew what classes to sign up for but now I'm so so unsure. Would it be wise to start getting my science req out of the way in first sem?
Asked by Anonymous

As long as you get your science req out before senior year (ideally before junior year), you’ll be fine. The fewer of the Nine Ways you have to fulfill during your junior and senior year, especially if you don’t know what you’re going to major in yet, the better.

Posted on July 10, 2014
how do you make the dean's list?
Asked by Anonymous

You need to get a 3.6 or higher to be on the Dean’s List for the semester.

2 Notes | Posted on July 07, 2014
Hi Jo! I'm a rising senior applying to Barnard in the fall but the common app essay is freaking me out…I honestly don't know how to approach it because it seems like there are so many things you can do wrong--I don't have a compelling life story
Asked by rocko-socko

You’re going to be fine. There are only 2 ways for you to write the essay wrong. 1) Be dishonest. 2) Make a lot of grammar and spelling errors. Avoid 1 by being you. Be present. Be real. Avoid 2 by running your essay by your parents, your friends, your teachers. I recommend not asking them for advice about your essay topic, just the structure. They can tell you whether your work flows or not, whether it makes sense or not, whether it is grammatically sound or not.

And don’t sell yourself short. You are compelling. Here’s a tip: it’s the little things that matter. If I’ve learned anything about storytelling, it’s the specifics that make the universal. The more specific you are to your experience, the more people can relate. It seems counterintuitive, but it’s true. We want to relate to each other. We search and reach and extrapolate to find things that connect us. What matters to you? What is a topic that you will have trouble keeping under 600 words? Is it a book? A film? A person? A picture? An experience?

5 Notes | Posted on July 06, 2014