Finals week is when you have 3 hour long final exams for your classes. Not all classes have final exams, but a lot of them do. The week before final exams is called reading week, because we don’t have class, and are supposed to be catching up and studying for finals. We also don’t have class during finals week, apart from the actual finals.
Barnard has an AMAZING career development office and internship/job opportunities. Many people take advantage of these services, and we also have student run agencies, such as Barnard Bartending and Barnard Babysitting. If you need to make spending money, it is definitely easy to do so through Barnard. I would recommend working because NYC can get quite expensive!
Hahah. No problem dude. Like any other college, we have sex. In our dorms. With people on both ends of the gender spectrum. One thing to know is that you do need to sign in guests at the front desk. And here’s a pro tip…try to fornicate in your partner’s dorm instead. Often, Columbia kids have singles.
Decision day is usually the Friday in the middle of the month. This year, I believe it will be the 13th. However, this may have changed, and could be different for international students. Last year, Barnard notified RD applicant through email, but ED applicants still have to wait for the old-fashioned letter in the mail. It is a big white envelope, and when you open it up, there is your acceptance letter, a black folder with Barnard info in it, and a map of NYC.
There are so many things that only Barnard provides! It is unlike any other place that way. I know people harp on our connection with Columbia as being our biggest attribute, but I like to focus to Barnard.
MONDAY: Wisdom teeth removal surgery. I stayed with a friend in the lower east side and ate mashed potatoes all night.
TUESDAY: Take a cab back to Barnard and watch movies all night with my friends down the hall.
WEDNESDAY: Leave class early on the pretense of a doctor’s appointment and head to midtown to see a taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Jet back up to Barnard, then head down town again for dinner with my friends’ family at one of the best steakhouses in NYC.
THURSDAY: Go see a Broadway show (Avenue Q) for free, thanks to the Urban New York lottery. Come back from Times Square, head to East Campus, leave and go to this bar Amigos, have a fishbowl with my friends, then go back up to a dorm party for one of Columbia’s literary magazines. Stumble home around 2am because my teeth hurt.
FRIDAY: Wine and cheese party in my dorm room. All of my roommates invite a few friends so I got to meet new people, and drink wine and eat cheese to my hearts’ content. Then, head to Riverside park to smoke with a few friends. Stumble home around 1am.
SATURDAY: Lie around all day, head to trader joes to do some grocery shopping, then smoking with a few friends. Praying to the teeth gods that my mouth is OK.
SUNDAY: Win the intramural championships for soccer! My team, however, is too cold to rejoice, since it is 10 degrees outside…Form a team huddle to preserve warmth and then run to the bus. Warm shower, blasted heat, and a wonderful roommate who brings you hot chocolate.
MONDAY: Dentist appointment in midtown, and by some miracle, my teeth aren’t fucked up by the massive amount of marijuana, vodka, and cheetos I’ve digested. Rejoice. Fly home to LA late that night.
I’m trying to give you a picture of what it’s like to come to Barnard, because it isn’t like any other college, and it certainly isn’t the stereotypical experience. These are just a few perks that I don’t think you would be able to find at any other schools.
What exactly do you mean by crazy? If you read the article in COSMO about how Barnard is policing their students’ sex lives, that is actually ridiculous. We have stricter guest policies in order to account for the fact that we are in a huge city and we want to give women a place to feel comfortable, but our RA’s also provide free condoms in the bathroom, so…
I personally love the single sex dorms. I’m all about working hard and then partying hard, so I like to be able to cross Broadway, party at Columbia, and then come back to my quiet safe haven at Barnard. I think the dorm life at Columbia is crazy, but at Barnard, it’s usually pretty quiet.
Good luck yo!
There is definitely a connection. Sometimes, people can be a little snobby and condescending towards us Barnardians, but you just have to let it roll off your back. I have Columbia and Barnard friends, but you do have to work a little harder to make friends across the street.