Just a Barnard Baby

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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.

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Just a Barnard Baby

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Pounding 42nd street

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Jose Rizal Theme by Jeeddii.
So does that mean that there were Columbia freshmen who were in a few of your Barnard classes your first year there?
Asked by Anonymous

Yes, if by few you mean all except for my FYS, FYE, and PE classes.

Even my Barnard Women in Antiquities class had three Columbia men in attendance (I think they were grad students).

EDIT: I should tell you that most of the classes have a mixture of years. Only the FYS and FYE courses are fully first year courses.

1 Notes | Posted on June 20, 2012
i would really like to audition for one of the theater classes next year as a freshman. i have previous theater experience, but i don't really think i'm all that great. i was just wondering if the audition is just for placement purposes or if they are actually hard to get into? and also, what kind of work is involved in most theater classes?
Asked by Anonymous

The theatre department has this rather great system in which they have a freshman-only theatre course available in the fall called the Acting Workshop. I didn’t take it myself, but I heard that everyone who auditioned was able to get in.

The theatre department also has a course called Scene Lab which many first years take their second semester. It’s meant to be a class that people with no prior experience in theatre can attend, although even students who’ve done theatre before can apply for it if they so wished to. There’s no judgment either way.

On the next tier are the Acting Labs. They are more specific classes which deal with topics such as Avant-Garde Acting, Acting Chekhov, Voice and Speech, and Acting the Musical Scene. First years can attend these classes as well.

If you are comfortable on the stage and comfortable with audition processes period, than you should have no problem getting placed into a class. It’s not even require to memorize your monologue for your audition, though it’s always good to do so. The audition consists of filling out a form with the classes you wish to be considered for and auditioning for all of the instructors at the same time.  My advice is to audition for the Acting Workshop your first semester, and then for your second semester, audition for Scene Lab as well as Acting Labs you would like to take.

I didn’t audition for the Acting Workshop first semester since I wanted to focus on my academic theatre/general requirement courses. For my second semester, I auditioned for the Scene Lab as well as Acting Avant-Garde and Acting Chekhov. I was placed in Acting Avant-Garde with Sharon Fogarty (who is brilliant and adorable and fantastic. On a side note, she wrote a recommendation for the workshop I’m attending this summer in San Francisco).

What’s hard to get into is the productions. The Theatre Department productions use the same audition as the classes to decide who to cast. It’s a difficult balancing trick, and it’s far more difficult and competitive to get into a production than a class.

As for the classes themselves, what I’ve heard about the Acting Workshop and the Scene Lab seems to consist of scene work, script analysis and the like. In Acting Avant-Garde, we did some theatre/theorist history, a number of scenes, many many exercises, and a couple guest lecturers/workshoppers. Homework consisted of rehearsing with partners and creating powerpoints for presenting theorists or movements we were assigned to study and share.

If you have any other questions, shoot me more messages. I love answering theatre questions.

… not that you can tell or anything.

1 Notes | Posted on June 20, 2012
Did you take any columbia classes as a freshman? is it common to take columbia classes as a first year?
Asked by Anonymous

The only class I took at Columbia my first year was Latin. I’m a rather unusual case though since I’m majoring in theatre and most of the theatre major classes are on Barnard’s campus. In the end, you really don’t choose which campus you take classes on. You just choose which class to take and you’ll end up on one campus or the other after the fact. The exception is for majors such as English and Bio which have departments on both sides of the street.

Posted on June 20, 2012
Did you host any prospies?
Asked by Anonymous

Nope. I’m in a triple, so it’s a little harder to come to an agreement/action plan about hosting prospies. My friends on my floor, however, have hosted both semesters, and I’ve always headed over to their rooms to creep on them. I do want to host someone though, so I’ll probably do it next year.

Posted on April 16, 2012
Can you eat in Columbia's dining halls?
Asked by Anonymous

Yes, but it’s slightly regulated. We can’t have breakfast John Jay. We can’t swipe in other people. I believe that’s about it.

I’ve had lunch/dinner at John Jay and Ferris pretty often. It’s a nice change after weeks and weeks of Hewitt.

1 Notes | Posted on April 16, 2012
What class did you take to fill your PE requirement?
Asked by h-oneyybee

I took the Alexander Technique this semester. I plan to take a dance class next semester, most likely Modern Dance. I do hope to take a dance class every semester (unless Taichi is available, because I’ve had my eye on that class for a while now). I really want to learn tap. Like really really really want to.

Posted on April 05, 2012
How precisely do you pronounce Barnard?
Asked by h-oneyybee

BAR + nard. The stress is on the first syllable. In all honesty it doesn’t matter how you pronounce the second syllable. Sometimes I like to pronounce it like I’m British, because everything is better in a horribly generic British accent. Lucky for us, no one’s going to judge or come after people who deviate from the sanctioned and official pronounciation with a hatchet and a hockey mask.

Posted on April 03, 2012
I'm only a freshman (in high school) right now, but just out of curiosity (and this might be too vague/irrelevant), do you think I still have a chance of getting into Barnard even if my freshman year grades were mediocre and not the best I've done?
Asked by Anonymous

Everyone who really wants to has a chance to get into the college they want in freshmen year. It’s the first year of high school. It’s definitely not going to define the rest of your life. Whether you have a chance or not depends on how well you do and how hard you work in the next three years. If you aren’t pleased with your grades, then definitely set Barnard as your goal, and get those grades up in time for applications.

Seriously though, I didn’t even think about college until sophomore year. Kudos to you for being on top of things.

Posted on April 03, 2012
I've been accepted, and though I'm still deciding, Barnard is super high on my list. However (as stupid as this is), I'm really worried about fitting in. I'm very big on body modifications, have pink hair and many a piercing and several tattoos. Will I be totally singled out? Can you describe an average Barnard lady?
Asked by Anonymous

It’s not stupid. Everyone worries about that, even if they don’t admit it.

People with body modifications are not statistically in the majority at Barnard, however, they are definitely not rare. We are in New York City after all. What’s so fantastic to me is that Barnard seems so incredibly diverse, especially when it comes to fashion. There is no average Barnard lady. Some people will tell you there is (cardigans, boots, scarves even in the heat), and yes, you might notice a style more often than another (seriously though, seems like everyone here wears boots, and I’m personally very guilty), but in the end, I can go outside, sit on a bench, creep on people and notice a multitude of styles.

You will make an impression. People will notice the fact that you have dyed hair and piercings and tattoos, but I strongly believe that you will not be singled out for it. No one makes a big deal, no one who matters judges. Hell, I think I would feel more singled out if I wore sweatpants and a t-shirt to class, and even then, not really.

More specifically, many girls here dye their hair. They don’t all go for bright, unnatural colors, but it’s not an uncommon sight. Piercings are definitely not uncommon. The lead actress in this year Varsity Show sports a nose ring as well as bleached blonde hair. I personally know a number of people with studs in all sorts of places, and I myself have two rather tame piercings in each ear. I don’t notice tattoos around as much, but then again, it’s not exactly summer weather yet so everyone is still pretty covered up. My obliviousness could also be because having tattoos really is not a big deal when you’re in NYC. I recall now that my Women in Antiquities professor had a rose thorn tattoo around her ankle, and I never got around to asking her about it.

The other thing is that while body modification is not rare here, neither does it appear where or as you expect. I have seen styles I’ve never imagined before. It’s fascinating to me. I’m weird, so I do a lot of creeping out of my window to see how people are dressing, because, well, it’s interesting.

I do have to remind you that this is my personal opinion. I adore fashion so I notice it differently from other people. You’ll likely get a another answer from someone else, but hopefully, this one is of some help.

Posted on April 02, 2012
Do you happen to know anything about the waitlist process. What do you think the chances are of getting in from it. Do you know anyone who got in off the waitlist?
Asked by Anonymous

I know very little about the waitlist process, unfortunately. I do know one girl who did get in, but I’ve never asked her about the process. I’m sorry that I cannot tell you any more than that. Just know that people do get in from the waitlist.

Ask your counselor how to actively work towards improving your chances. I believe it is a good idea to send in supplementary information about your work in high school. Maybe contact admissions and ask about how the waitlist process works.

If anyone knows more about the waitlist process, please let your voice be heard.

Posted on April 01, 2012